Over the years, our bodies begin to heal and otherwise regenerate less quickly. Beginning to look like you're aging is a combination of many factors, but whenever you begin to attend to them, you can start to slow the process or even reverse some of the negative effects that the years can have on your looks. One thing that makes people look aged is their teeth. Stained and chipped teeth can be a sign that the years have finally caught up to you. We find that when people get the stains on their teeth removed and irregularities of shape corrected, achieved with our cosmetic dentistry in Newton, MA, their smiles look better and more youthful.
Did you know that people have tried to whiten and straighten their teeth for thousands of years? There's textual evidence from the Roman poet Catullus that people were willing to go to extreme lengths to whiten their teeth. Many people would swish with sour goats' milk or even with substances that contained urea, which might be as unsavory as animal urine! We are lucky that today we don't need to resort to ancient wire contraptions to close gaps in teeth or any mysterious potions that probably won't work to correct teeth coloration issues. We can tell you about the numerous advancements that have happened in cosmetic dentistry in Newton, MA, and around the world!
Evidence of the First Fillings and Tooth ImplantsTooth fillings and implants were both intended to be aesthetic and functional improvements. Archaeologists discovered a beeswax filling in what is now Turkey, which has been dated to over 5000 years in the past. Fillings would over unsightly holes caused by plaque and would keep them from getting infected again. Dental implants have been created using teeth bought from people who have lost them throughout history. Early dentists would collect teeth, screw them into posts made from wood or metal, and then give them to patients to put in place of their missing molars or incisors. In Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, one of the main characters sells her teeth in 18th century France. The demand for her teeth can be explained by the demand for real-tooth implants.
Dentistry Improves in the Modern AgeAfter bacteria was discovered in the 20th century, medicine of all kinds became much more advanced. People began to insist on brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay, as well as using sterile methods for cosmetic dentistry. Dental implants and dentures began to be made from polymer and stainless steel, which wouldn't put harmful metals or other substances into the body. The newest technology our Newton cosmetic dentistry practice utilizes includes digital scanning and imaging to make smiles better. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryne Johnson and his team of dental experts at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners today!
Porcelain dental veneers have grown significantly in popularity over the past few years as more and more patients begin to see the benefits that an improved smile can offer to both confidence and appearance. While the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) reports that porcelain veneers procedures have increased by 250% in the past five years, patients have only recently begun to seek the procedure as a way to enhance lip fullness and plumpness. Dental veneers can help increase confidence and improve one’s smile by augmenting natural lip shape. In fact, Dr. Johnson says that dental veneers are a very common cosmetic dentistry procedure, but now patients are choosing veneers in order to produce fuller lips, reduce wrinkles, and improve the appearance of the entire face. By adhering a thin, wafer-like strip of porcelain to the surface of teeth, veneers create an added thickness to the teeth that pushes out one’s natural lip curves to create a more rounded, ample shape. With a dental procedure like porcelain veneers in Newton and Wellesley, patients can experience plump, luscious lips without having to undergo plastic surgical procedures or dermal fillers. Dental veneers can improve the look of the smile and the entire face, and are permanent unlike dermal fillers. With veneers, patients can permanently enhance their lips and remove or reduce wrinkles in the corner of their mouth without having to endure frequent injections. As with any procedure, consult with an experienced and dedicated prosthodontist before proceeding with any cosmetic enhancement. Through the skilled hands of a qualified dentist, patients can achieve full, natural lips to complement their overall appearance. For more information, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners. And remember, “See a Specialist, the Difference will Make You Smile.” Cosmetic Dentists News
Perfectly formed, gleaming teeth in neat and even rows: On television, everyone has them, and in real life, everyone admires them. Cosmetic reasons for getting teeth aligned are pretty self-evident, but did you know that having straight teeth comes with additional health benefits? Since oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, this is just one way having straight teeth can improve one’s well-being. 1. Easier to Keep Clean Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss than crooked and overlapping teeth, which are more likely to trap food particles. If teeth are crooked, there are places the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, and plaque and tartar accumulates. People with straight teeth are able to keep them clean without extra effort. 2. Lower Disease Risk Having easy-to-clean teeth will then lower your risk for gum disease, which can lead to heart disease and may contribute to diabetes. Oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and affect the inner lining of blood vessels and brain. While the plaque on your teeth is not the same stuff in arteries that cause heart attacks, the same species of bacteria that cause periodontitis is also found in artery-clogging plaque. 3. Avoiding Tooth Loss Ten percent of 50- to 64-year-olds have lost all teeth, and most adults lose at least one tooth over their lifetime. Since the most common reasons for tooth loss are periodontal disease and tooth decay, it pays to make sure that your teeth are as easy to take care of as possible. 4. Keeping Your Jawbone Healthy Some people are born with gaps in their teeth or have adult teeth that never came in. Others lose an adult tooth. A missing tooth leaves that area of the jawbone with little to do, so the bone in that area grows weak, leading to possible tooth loss. Braces might not be the best option to close a gap where an entire tooth is missing. In that case, the most popular restorative option is to get a dental implant. 5. Fewer Headaches Teeth alignment issues contribute to bad bites and teeth grinding, both of which can lead to headaches. Correcting alignment will help alleviate these issues. 6. Less Chipping The more your teeth jut, the more likely they could get cracked or chipped in an injury. This is a particularly important consideration for players of high-impact or contact sports. In aligned teeth, the pressure from the bite will go along the long axis of the teeth versus hitting from the side. This makes it less likely for the teeth to be chipped or abraded, and the long-term prognosis for the teeth is much more favorable. 7. Lower Risk of Lip and Gum Injury Crooked teeth can push against soft tissues in the mouth. If you routinely bite your cheek or lips due to a misaligned bite, it can result in cuts, sores, and infections—not to mention the annoyance. 8. Better Digestion Poorly aligned teeth can compromise chewing, and chewing is the first step of proper digestion. When you chew, saliva carries enzymes that help break down the food, making it easier for the stomach and intestines to do their jobs and reducing the number of bacteria needed to help break down nutrients in the gut. So when chewing is a chore, people are often tempted to gloss over this important—and pleasurable—part of their meals. A lot of patients report they can enjoy food better after getting their teeth aligned. 9. Clearer Speech Try pronouncing “van” or “fan” if you have a gap in your front teeth, and you may find that you’ll whistle a little. A lot of times when people have diastema, during speech, they have trouble [pronouncing clearly. Patients who straightened their teeth have experienced improved speech. Diastema” is the term for a gap between teeth. Clearer speech is naturally a confidence booster and may help correct psychological causes for speech impediments like stuttering. 10. Smiling More, Feeling Happier Research shows that smiling—even if it’s forced—actually makes you happier. If you are self-conscious about crooked teeth, you might not be smiling as much as you would otherwise. Straight teeth give a confidence boost, you can’t imagine. A lot of people suffer loss of self- esteem due to crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth and then get a confidence boost when their teeth are aligned. For more information on cosmetic treatments for misaligned teeth, contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners. And remember, “See a Specialist, the Difference will Make You Smile.” Epoch Times
More than 9 in 10 Americans say a smile is the most important social asset, and three quarters of them say an unattractive smile would hurt a person's career chances. But only half of adults polled by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry say they are happy with their own smiles. As a society, we are very smile conscious. While some may turn to cosmetic dentistry solely for aesthetic purposes, it also can improve dental health. A person with malocclusion, or misalignment of teeth, who opts for cosmetic dentistry will likely end up with a prettier smile. But straighter teeth also will be easier to clean, potentially leading to better oral health. There also can be a self-esteem boost that comes with having an improved smile. There are instances when cosmetic dentistry is not strictly cosmetic. There's a place for it. A dentist should ask patients why they want cosmetic dentistry and what they want to achieve with improvements to their smile, then proceeds from there to decide what procedure might be best for that patient. There are different reasons to choose it. If it's just the shade of their teeth that patients are concerned about, then maybe bleaching is enough. If the patient has very good teeth intact and wants to even them out, maybe dental veneers are the way to go. If the dentist suggests cosmetic dentistry, patients can ask several questions to help them decide what is best for them:
- What is your reasoning for it?
- Why do you believe I need it?
- Is it strictly cosmetic or are there health benefits for me?
- What are risks and benefits of it?