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By Norton Family Dentistry
March 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonded retainer  
ABondedRetainerMightbeaBetterChoiceAfterBraces

The braces are finally off! But to keep your new, straighter smile you'll need to wear a retainer for some time. That's because the same structural mechanism used to move your teeth could undo what we've just accomplished.

That mechanism resides in an elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament that lies between the teeth and the bone and attaches to both with tiny fibers. While the ligament holds the teeth securely in place, it also allows for slight movement in response to bite changes. Braces "pull" the teeth in the desired new direction, and the ligament responds.

But with that pressure gone after the braces' removal, a kind of "muscle memory" can set in that moves the teeth back towards their original positions. A retainer, a dental appliance worn on the teeth, exerts just enough pressure to "retain" or keep the teeth from regressing.

Retainers are effective, but the most common type has a feature that poses potential problems: it can be removed by the wearer. Because of this, less disciplined patients might be tempted not to wear their retainer as directed. There's also a higher risk of losing one and incurring additional cost to replace it.

But there is another type, the bonded retainer, which stays permanently in the mouth until removed by an orthodontist. It's composed of a thin piece of metal that's firmly attached to the back of the teeth with dental composite material. Not only does a bonded retainer solve the problems mentioned before, it also can't be seen from the outside like a removable retainer.

A bonded retainer does have one disadvantage: because it can't be removed, it can obstruct the teeth during brushing and flossing and require more effort. You won't have as much difficulty with a removable retainer keeping teeth and gums clean. You can overcome this disadvantage, though, with specialized tools like a water flosser or a floss threader to make hygiene easier.

To choose which type of retainer is best for you or your family member, have a talk with your orthodontist. And if you choose a bonded retainer and later have it removed, be sure to switch immediately to a removable one if your orthodontist advises. With either retainer, you'll be able to preserve that hard-earned smile for years to come.

If you would like more information on bonded retainers, 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 “Bonded Retainers: What are the Pros and Cons.”


By Norton Family Dentistry
March 13, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileAt Norton Family Dentistry, we use cosmetic dentistry to restore your teeth structurally and aesthetically. Here are a few cosmetic dental procedures that are offered at our Norton, MA, office:

Veneers

Veneers resurface an individual's damaged teeth. Your Norton dentist removes some enamel before placing porcelain veneers on the teeth's surface. Veneers help with stained, discolored, crooked, chipped, and generally mishappen teeth.

 

Contouring and Reshaping

Contouring and reshaping teeth are simple cosmetic procedures that will give you a more confident smile in little time and at an affordable cost. They help with problems such as crooked and crowded teeth, pits and/or grooves in enamel, and with defects such as chips, cracks, and fractures.

 

Teeth Whitening

There are two available options for this treatment: in-office procedures and take-home kits.

Teeth whitening is a great option to improve that gorgeous smile you already have, however, taking good general care of your teeth is just as important. Here are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that the improved look fo your teeth remains for a long period of time:

  • Quit tobacco, as it can stain your teeth and cause oral diseases
  • Reduce the intake of staining beverages such as coffee and tea

 

Dental Implants

This tooth loss treatment creates stability, strength, and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace the missing tooth roots. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for a bond to form between the implant and the jawbone. After this period, your dentist secures a crown on top of the post, finalizing your new smile.

 

Basic Care for Your Cosmetic Procedure:

  • Gentle brushing and flossing every day.
  • Regular dental checkups and bi-annual dental cleanings.
  • Using a nightguard if you have a problem with teeth grinding.

 

Consultation

If you'd like more information about cosmetic dentistry, contact our Norton, MA, office today at 508-226-1686!


By Norton Family Dentistry
March 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
J-LosUnluckyBreakChippingaToothonStage

Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.

“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”

With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.

But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.

For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.

For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!

Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.

Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.

If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”




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