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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”
People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.
You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.
Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.
Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.
Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.
Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
May is National Save Your Tooth Month, and tooth decay is a leading cause of lost teeth. It all begins with oral bacteria growing rapidly in built-up deposits of dental plaque, and in turn producing high levels of acid. At these levels, acid can erode the minerals in tooth enamel to create holes (“cavities”) that allow bacteria to enter the tooth and infect it.
If at all possible, we need to try to stop tooth decay early by disinfecting and filling these cavities. If not, decay can spread through the teeth to the underlying nerve (pulp) tissue, following passageways known as root canals. If this happens, the chances for saving the tooth are extremely low.
But if the decay does reach the tooth’s innermost layer—the pulp—filling the cavities won’t be enough. Decay this advanced requires a procedure known as root canal therapy, or a root canal for short.
If you winced a little, it’s understandable: Root canals have gained an unfair reputation as an unpleasant experience. In reality, a root canal performed by a skilled dentist or endodontist (a specialist in root canals) isn’t painful. In fact, if you come in with a painful tooth, you’re very likely to leave after the procedure without any pain.
Root canal procedures can vary depending on the type of tooth and the intricacy of its root canal network. Essentially, though, we remove the diseased pulp tissue, and then clean and fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals. This stops the infection and, along with sealing and crowning the tooth, helps prevent a future re-infection.
How do you know if you need a root canal? You may find out from us if we discover advanced decay during a checkup or cleaning appointment. But you may encounter signs yourself like a throbbing toothache, pain during and after eating and drinking, or gum tenderness around a tooth. These are all possible indications of tooth decay.
If you experience any of these signs, you should see us as soon as possible for an examination. And don’t cancel your appointment if the pain goes away—this could simply mean the nerves in the pulp have died and are no longer transmitting pain signals. The infection, though, could still be there and continuing its rampage beyond the tooth and into the surrounding bone tissue.
Root canal therapy may not seem glamorous, but it’s an excellent option for a diseased tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. A root canal could get rid of your pain and give your troubled tooth a new lease on life!
If you would like more information about treating advanced tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
How dental implants from your dentists in Milford, MA, can give you back your smile
Are you missing teeth or need a denture replacement? If so, you need to learn about dental implants! The truth is, dental implants are the closest replacement to your natural teeth, in both feel and functionality. Here at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian offer dental implants to give you back your smile.
More about implants
So, what’s so special about dental implants? Well, they offer many benefits that can’t be matched by dental bridges, partials, or full dentures. Consider these important advantages that dental implants provide:
- A naturally beautiful look, because dental implant crowns are made of materials that look just like natural tooth enamel, so your dental implants will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Complete stability, because dental implants are fully embedded and surrounded by bone, so they will never move around
- Great oral health, because you brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy
- Outstanding convenience, because you never have to remove dental implants, they are a permanent part of your smile
- Long-term beauty, because the dental implant crown material resists staining, meaning that your new dental implants will stay beautiful for years
Dental implants also help maintain bone, because your body grows more bone to fuse with the dental implant and lock it in place. More bone means you will have less facial sagging and a firmer jawline.
Implants can also replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, with the latter being achieved through how implants are able to support dentures.
Give us a call!
Find out how dental implants can give you an outstanding smile by calling Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Dial (508) 966-7923 now!
Get the smile you’ve always dreamed about thanks to dental veneers.
Do you wish you felt more confident in your appearance but your smile is holding you back? Are you dealing with dental imperfections that make you embarrassed by your smile? If so, our Milford, MA, dentists Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian offer porcelain veneers to hide these imperfections and to give you a smile that you feel more confident showing off.
Veneers are a fast and easy approach to getting a more beautiful and perfect smile. These customized porcelain shells are designed to mimic the look of real tooth enamel. They are then bonded to the front surface of your teeth to alter the appearance of your smile. Each veneer is precisely shaped to fit your teeth.
What cosmetic dentist issues can veneers improve?
There is a wide range of dental issues that could greatly benefit from getting veneers. You may want to consider getting dental veneers if you are dealing with:
- Discolorations (particularly severe stains and ones resistant to teeth whitening)
- Chips and cracks
- Worn or uneven teeth
- Malformed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
Veneers can be a simpler and faster treatment option than dental crowns or orthodontic treatment for improving your smile. For one, dental crowns require a significant amount of tooth enamel to be removed prior to placing the crown. With veneers, a very small amount of enamel is shaved off of the front of your teeth before veneers can be placed.
Furthermore, veneers have the ability to give you a straighter smile, which can be wonderful news for those dealing with minor misalignments such as gaps between teeth, crowding or minor overlapping. This means that instead of wearing braces for up to a year or more, you could fix your misaligned smile in as little as 2 or 3 visits with dental veneers.
Milford Dental Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care to patients in Milford, MA. If you want to discuss getting porcelain veneers with us then call our office today at (508) 966-7923 to schedule an evaluation.