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By Dentistry by Design
August 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   cosmetic dentistry  

Dental Crowns DiagramFind out more about these commonly used tooth-shaped restorations in Andover.

Did one of our Andover, MA, dentists - Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Leo Kharin - recently tell you that you need a dental crown? Are you dealing with a weak, damaged, or cosmetically flawed tooth? If so, this is most likely why you need a dental crown. Sure, teeth are amazingly strong, but even they can fall victim to damage. When cracks, chips, or fractures occur, it’s always comforting to know that you can get a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage.

A crown, as you might imagine, is made to mimic the look of a natural crown of a tooth. This dental “cap” is a permanent restoration that is custom-made to fit over a tooth to not just improve its appearance but also to restore functionality and strength. So why would a dental crown need to be used? If a tooth has become damaged by direct injury (such as a crack or chip) or if the tooth has been weakened by extensive decay or an infection you may also benefit from this restoration.

If you need to get a root canal to get rid of bacteria that has infected the inside of the tooth, more often than not a crown will be placed over the tooth after root canal treatment in order to restore and protect the tooth so it doesn’t become brittle and begin to fracture and crack. A crown provides the ultimate in protection for a tooth to prevent further damage.

A dental crown is also instrumental in treating tooth loss. For example, a crown is placed over natural teeth to support a dental bridge (false tooth or teeth) to replace one or two missing teeth in a row. A crown is also placed over the top of a dental implant to permanently replace a single missing tooth. So, as you can see, these tooth-shaped caps are pretty amazingly versatile and can improve the look of your smile while also restrengthening and even rebuilding damaged and toothless smiles.

Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, prides itself on providing the very best in restorative dentistry. No matter whether you want to discuss your treatment options or you need to just schedule a routine dental cleaning, we are here for you.

By Dentistry by Design
May 01, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Dentistry by Design
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You don't have to go through life with stained teeth. Professional teeth whitening can give you the brilliant smile you've always wanted. Dr. teeth whiteningNicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, and Dr. Leo Kharin at Dentistry by Design in Andover, MA, offer professional solutions for patients who want a bright smile.

Causes of Teeth Discoloration

If you smoke or use tobacco products, your teeth will darken over time. Pigments from dark-colored beverages cause permanent stains on your teeth. Certain medications can also cause stains on your teeth.

How to Prevent Stains on Teeth

By making a few changes to your lifestyle, you may be able to prevent tooth discoloration. For instance, if you are a coffee drinker or smoker, consider quitting altogether. You can also prevent teeth discoloration by brushing and flossing regularly and having your teeth professionally cleaned by your Andover dentist every six months.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office cosmetic teeth whitening involves combining hydrogen peroxide gel with a light to speed up the whitening process. In-office bleaching will give you a beautiful smile in only one office visit. In-office teeth whitening yields immediate results—often 8 to 10 shades lighter in about 45 minutes. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Professional take-home whitening involves custom-fitted, bleaching trays filled with a whitening solution that you can use at home. These tray-based systems are dispensed by dentists to their patients. A take-home treatment will make your teeth several shades lighter in one or two weeks. 

While it may be disheartening to feel like you have lost your dazzling smile —you can get it back. Say goodbye to those unsightly dental stains for good. Call Dentistry by Design at 978-475-5333 now to schedule a teeth whitening appointment in Andover, MA. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

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Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Dentistry by Design
June 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”