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Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Millbrook Smiles
April 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Your smile is often the first thing others notice about your outward appearance. Showing off your best possible smile can make face-to-veneersface interactions and first impressions more enjoyable and help you feel great about the way you look. However, sometimes it takes some help from your dentist to get to that point. Find out the facts about dental veneers and how they can help you achieve a smile you love with Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA.

What can dental veneers do for me?
Dental veneers can overhaul your smile to give you a new look. On the other hand, veneers can also provide subtle changes to your teeth. The results and effects of your veneers on your look depend completely on your preferences and expectations for your final results. Some of the most common issues corrected by veneers include:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slightly gapped or overlapped teeth
  • uneven teeth

Can dental veneers compliment other cosmetic dentistry services? 
Dentists often use several cosmetic dental procedures in conjunction with each other to provide the results you want. Veneers work well with many other cosmetic procedures, especially if you only receive veneers on a few teeth. While teeth whitening does not work on the porcelain of the veneers, it can help you whiten the natural teeth in your smile. Your dentist can then match the color of the veneers to your natural teeth. Other procedures like dental implants or bridges can fill in the gaps in your smile alongside veneers. Consult with your dentist to determine the best cosmetic procedures for you.

Dental Veneers in Sudbury, MA
A good candidate for dental veneers is in good dental health with no cavities or gum disease. Candidates should also have realistic expectations for their veneers and understand that veneers are a permanent and irreversible commitment. Veneers usually require two dental appointments about two weeks apart. This gives the dental laboratory enough time to customize each veneer for your individual teeth.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Reina Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. Call (978) 443-5500 to schedule your consultation for dental veneers with Dr. Garcia today!

By Millbrook Smiles
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you consider that chip in your tooth you’ve been annoyed with since childhood a simple fact of life? Do you wish you could snap your fingers and even out the length of your teeth? Do your teeth’s stains make you feel insecure or self-conscious? If you answered yes to these questions, cosmetic dentistry can repair these imperfections and more. Get what you want out of your smile with help from your Cosmetic DentistrySudbury, MA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Reina P. Garcia at Millbrook Smiles.

What can cosmetic dentistry do for me? 
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on using dental procedures to give you the smile you desire. Improving your smile could be as simple as a teeth whitening session. In a single treatment, teeth whitening can lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades. On the other hand, porcelain veneers cover the teeth’s imperfections, such as chips, cracks or stains, to provide an entirely new smile. Dental contouring evens out a tooth which has always rested a little lower than the rest or is slightly crooked. With practically countless options, achieving the perfect smile is effortless.

The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry 
Having a functional, beautiful smile benefits both your physical and mental health. The most obvious benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the boost in confidence and self-esteem from feeling great about your smile. Some cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental crowns or bridges, actually strengthen the teeth and give them added stability. Cosmetic dentistry procedures have long-lasting results, with most procedures lasting at least 10 years, if not longer.

How do I know which procedure is best for me? 
Your Sudbury dentist is your best tool for understanding cosmetic dental procedures and determining which are best for you. Depending on what changes you would like to see in your smile, your dentist can help you choose a procedure or mix and match several procedures to produce the desired results.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Reina P. Garcia at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA. Call (978) 443-5500 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation today!

By Millbrook Smiles
February 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Find out the many ways veneers can improve the look of your teeth.

Have you ever thought to yourself that you don’t have the smile that you would like to have? Unfortunately, so many other people feel the veneersexact same way. Just normal wear and tear on teeth can cause them to chip, crack, break or become discolored. While you should be seeing your Sudbury dentist Dr. Reina Garcia every six months to maintain a healthy smile, if you are looking to correct your smile’s flaws then it’s time to find out if veneers are the right way to do it.

Porcelain veneers are a less invasive way to change the shape, color or size of your teeth without needing as much tooth preparation as other restorative dentistry treatments like dental crowns. Veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide imperfections and to improve the overall look of your smile. Veneers are made from tooth-colored porcelain that not only cover defects but also are designed to look just like natural teeth. In fact, the porcelain used is designed to even mimic the translucency that real teeth offer, so you’ll get a restoration that looks natural and realistic every time.

Sometimes veneers can be placed immediately over the front of your teeth or your Sudbury cosmetic dentist may need to remove some enamel from your teeth to make room for your new restoration. Dental veneers can be great for,

  • Reshaping teeth that are uneven, cracked, chipped or have excessive wear due to teeth grinding. Veneers can restore their shape.
  • Hiding major discolorations and stains that don’t respond to whitening treatment. Better yet, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
  • Providing additional structural support. Veneers are highly durable so applying these restorations to the front of your teeth can increase strength and resilience back into weakened teeth.
  • Instantly straightening your smile. Consider veneers like orthodontics but without all the metal brackets and wires. Veneers can close gaps, cover slightly rotated or crooked teeth, and even minor overlapping.

If you are ready to find out what veneers could do for your smile, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our Sudbury, MA dental office Millbrook Smiles. Call us today!

By Reina P. Garcia, D.M.D.
January 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you see something you wish you could change? Perhaps you're unhappy with the way your teeth are lined up, or you wish they could be brighter. If you're missing a tooth, maybe you want to fill in the gap. Regardless of your issue, there are a variety of cosmetic dental procedures available at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Learn how cosmetic Cosmetic Dentistrydentist Dr. Reina Garcia and her staff use these procedures to help their patients look and feel their best!

Reshaping and realigning

Do your teeth have overlaps between them or chips along their edges? Bonding from your Sudbury cosmetic dentist is an easy and affordable way to repair problems with the teeth. By building up edges or filling in spaces with a durable tooth-colored material, Dr. Garcia can repair cosmetic anomalies in your smile without anesthesia or downtime.

For more in-depth cases or a more dramatic change, your Sudbury cosmetic dentist can also craft veneers for the front of your teeth. These micro-thin sections of porcelain change the entire shape, color, and luminance of your teeth.

Whitening and brightening

One of the most popular procedures for improving your smile is dental whitening, which the staff at Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury is pleased to offer. A specially-formulated gel is applied at our Sudbury cosmetic dentistry practice; it lifts stains off your teeth, revealing a brighter and more radiant smile!

Filling in the gaps

Dental implants from your Sudbury cosmetic dentist not only give you a full smile you can be proud to show off, they also restore the structure of your teeth from the inside out, giving you a new lease on oral health. These amazing restorations are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.

Regardless of your cosmetic dental issue, Dr. Reina Garcia can give you a reason to smile with one or more procedures she offers at her practice in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Give us a call at Millbrook Smiles to set up an appointment!

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In his decades long career, pop-music chameleon David Bowie has gone through a dizzying series of transformations. And as he morphed from alien-inspired space oddity to fashion-forward international superstar, his smile benefited from some very dramatic ch-ch-ch-changes. While Bowie hasn't talked much about his dental treatments, a comparison of pictures from the mid 1970s to the mid '90s (not to mention a much-viewed youtube video on the subject) makes it clear: his tooth staining, misalignment and gum recession have been left behind like polyester bellbottoms.

But tooth makeovers aren't just for pop stars! Cosmetic dentistry can benefit anyone who's interested in improving their appearance, at any age. Often, treatment starts with a “smile analysis” — a review of the current aesthetics of your mouth, including the shape, spacing, color and alignment of the teeth, the appearance and general health of the gums, and the way the lips and gums frame the smile.

This analysis can help pinpoint some places where the overall look of your smile may need improvement, and it can also identify some specific treatments to make it better. It's even possible to see a simulation of what you'd look like after the treatments are complete, to help ensure that your goals are realistic and attainable. What are some of the most common cosmetic procedures?

For stained teeth, you can try in-office whitening with concentrated bleaching solutions, or professionally-supervised at-home treatments using plastic trays that are custom-made to fit your teeth. The major difference between the two is the amount of time you need — with in-office treatments, you'll see results right away, while at-home gels may require weeks.

Tooth bonding and restoration with composite resin is a relatively fast and easy way to fix minor to moderate chips, flaws and discoloration. Because the composite material bonds directly to the tooth itself, this method requires only minor tooth preparation, and is often completed in just one office visit.

If your teeth, like Bowie's, need more extensive restoration, dental veneers or crowns may be required. Veneers are super strong, wafer-thin coverings that fit over the front surface of your teeth. Besides giving you that “Hollywood white” smile, they can also lengthen teeth that are too small, correct misalignment and close gaps in your smile. To correct even more extensive problems, crowns (also called caps) can replace the entire visible portion of one or more teeth — or, if teeth are missing, a permanent, long-lasting dental implant can be placed.

Many adults are choosing orthodontics to correct problems of tooth position, alignment or spacing — in fact, some 20% of all orthodontic patients today are grown-ups! It's never too late to start treatment, and with less-noticeable appliances like clear aligners and tooth-colored braces, it's easier than ever to make those ch-ch-ch-changes.

If you would like more information about the options available in cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics For The Older Adult” and “Cosmetic Dentistry.”