Providing Cosmetic Dental Solutions For All Smiles
You can look good and have a healthy smile. Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth and having a “gummy” smile. Dr. Sadeghi creates a customized treatment plan for you, based on your age, goals and financial comfort level.
From teens to seniors, we offer cosmetic dentistry that can make your family happy to grin again. Our services include:
These beautiful tooth coverings will solve multiple cosmetic issues such as gaps, chips, and discoloration by literally snapping into place over your natural teeth. First Dental Associates is a Preferred Provider for Snap-on Smile.
Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Porcelain veneers are conservative cosmetic dentistry that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have chipped teeth, crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth or dull or stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution for you. After minimal tooth preparation, Dr. Sadeghi will skillfully bond and shape thin films of porcelain to your teeth, creating a straight, brilliant smile that enhances your appearance and your self-esteem. You are only a couple of appointments away from having the smile you have always wanted!
A dental crown covers the entire tooth, usually after a root canal or some other restorative procedure. At First Dental Associates, you have the option of porcelain or zirconium crowns, which are stronger and more natural looking.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures in our Reading, Massachusetts dentist office. For your convenience, we offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments.
Q: Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
A: Nearly anyone can benefit from a brighter, whiter smile. However, treatment results do vary. Your dental professional can help you decide if you are a good candidate through a careful oral examination that includes a shade assessment.
Q: Is whitening safe? Are there any side effects?
A: Extensive research and clinical studies demonstrate that teeth whitening under careful dental supervision is a safe procedure. Many dentists consider whitening the safest of all procedures. But please keep in mind that Zoom! is not recommended for young children under 13 or for pregnant or lactating women.
Some patients may experience sensitivity during treatment. The Glo light generates low heat, which can cause some discomfort. Rarely, minor tingling is experienced post procedure, but this always dissipates. Ask your dentist to provide anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to treatment if you are concerned.
Q: How can I whiten my teeth?
A: There are multiple ways to whiten your teeth.
- At-home whitening trays. These products use peroxide-based gels to bleach your teeth. Generally, the process involves the daily application of the gel in a custom-formed “mouthguard” for about two weeks. Side effects may include short-term tooth or gum sensitivity.
- Porcelain veneers. Many people who have tetracycline-stained teeth and who cannot whiten their teeth with traditional means, or people who want a more permanent solution will opt for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a great way to whiten your teeth in a more permanent fashion. The veneers do not stain over time, and they also correct many other concerns you may have, including crooked teeth, gaps in teeth, and gummy smiles. Most of the smile makeovers you see on television are accomplished with porcelain veneers.
Q: I want my teeth to be whiter. Do you recommend at-home or in-office whitening?
A: Dentist-directed, at-home whitening is one of the most effective ways of brightening your smile. Your custom home-whitening kit involves a special tray that is tailored to fit over your teeth. You also receive prescription whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Your dentist gives you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day, and you should expect the entire home whitening process to take between two and four weeks, leaving you with a dazzling smile.
If you are embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured or discolored teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A composite resin is a silicon dioxide-filled tooth-colored material mixture that can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins present several advantages to the patient compared with traditional silver fillings. First, your dentist is able to blend composite shades and shapes so as to match the original teeth nearly perfectly. Second, the tooth-composite bond actually serves to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and providing insulation against temperature changes. Finally, small- to average-sized composites have demonstrated similar duration to silver fillings.
Resin placement is simple. Depending on the size of the filling and location of the composite, it may require as little as 10 or 20 minutes longer than what is needed for a traditional silver filling. Although some patients notice a bit of post-placement sensitivity, this is temporary. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea and other staining types of foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.
Invisalign offers a more comfortable and less embarrassing alternative to the metal brackets and wires commonly associated with teeth straightening. These clear braces will gently move your teeth into alignment in less time and with less hassle than traditional braces.
Q: What is Invisalign?
A: Invisalign is a revolutionary option for correcting misaligned teeth. More specifically, it is a series of clear trays. These trays are custom made to move your teeth into their correct position over time. Almost invisible, the trays can be taken out for special occasions, for eating meals and for tooth brushing but must be in place for at least 22 hours per day to properly do their job.
Q: How long must I wear Invisalign?
A: Wearing time can vary depending on the degree of adjustment your teeth require. Invisalign patients sometimes complete the process in as little as six months, while others make take up to two years. Either way, you can be sure the correction mechanism will be much less obvious than traditional braces when you select Invisalign.
Q: Is there a route to straight teeth that's faster than Invisalign?
A: For those wanting an almost instantaneously improved smile, porcelain veneers are the clear option. Porcelain veneers are completely different from braces or Invisalign in that they don’t correct your existing teeth, but are instead thin shells of ceramic material placed over your existing teeth.
Q: Why should I bother to undergo the tooth-straightening process?
A: Not only do straight teeth boost confidence in big way, but many patients report a dramatic leap in self-esteem. Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean and are more subject to decay. They make chewing much harder work, and this can ultimately lead to a painful condition called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). To avoid these problems it is best to address this challenge while also attaining a more attractive smile.
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Dental bonding can fix chipped or fractured teeth, as well as fill in gaps between teeth. For this process, Dr. Sadeghi uses a tooth-colored composite resin to sculpt and shape the cosmetic flaws away. Bonding can be used on its own to fix minor cosmetic issues, or along with other treatments, like Invisalign or teeth bleaching, for more significant problems.
Sometimes removing tooth decay effectively requires the removal of a portion of your tooth.
The removed portion is replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Dr. Sadeghi customizes an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when the part of your tooth is removed. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made out of metal, much like traditional filings. Now, porcelain-milled inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain and tooth degeneration.
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