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How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?

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Are you thinking about investing in cosmetic dental treatment? You may be wondering if it’s within reach, both for your timeframe and your budget. What Treatment do You Want?  What is it that you want to change about your smile? Depending on if you want whiter, straighter, or fuller looking teeth, we can use a combination of different cosmetic restorations and procedures to enhance the characteristics of your smile: Whitening trays or in-house whitening Dental bonding Porcelain veneers Gum recontouring Missing tooth replacement White fillings and crowns Of course, you’ll also need to know how many appointments it will take, … Continue reading

Caring for Your New Dental Veneers

Woman flossing her dental veneer

Now that you’ve completed your smile makeover in Somerville, you want your investment to last as long as possible. But just like your natural teeth, veneers aren’t invincible. Aside from not using them as “tools” to open packages, there are a few other things to keep in mind if you want to help them look dazzling for years to come.   Floss Them Daily The margins of your veneers rest against your natural teeth, and like crowns, they can provide a prime location for plaque biofilm to collect over time. To prevent the edges from leaking or developing decay around … Continue reading

2 BIG Reasons to Schedule a Scale and Clean Twice Per Year

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Even if you have a good oral hygiene regimen at home, it’s still very important to come to Somersmiles Dental in Somerville at least twice per year for a check and clean. Here are 2 BIG reasons why: Cleans Helps to Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Decay No matter how many times a day you brush your teeth, there are still places in your mouth that are impossible for your toothbrush to reach.  Back molars are very hard to clean at home.  Front teeth, especially the inside of the ones at the lower front of your mouth, can be too. … Continue reading

Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which is Right for Me?

woman having teeth whitening

Have you been thinking about improving your smile?  You may be wondering what your options are.  Two of the most popular choices for better looking teeth are whitening and porcelain veneers. Whitening Treatments If your teeth are already straight, of appropriate size and shape, without gaps, then whitening is a great option for you.  This can be done one of two ways: in office, or at home. In the office we will place a bleaching solution on your teeth that will be activated once we shine a light over it.  This process brightens your teeth several shades in just one … Continue reading

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder

woman wearing a splint for TMJ disorder

“TMJ” is a common term used to refer to a disorder in the temporomandibular joint. It’s more accurately known as TMJD or TMD. What causes TMD/TMJ? Usually, an improperly aligned teeth that lead to an unbalanced bite. A misaligned bite causes symptoms such as pain in the jaw, popping, or soreness.  Someone that suffers from TMJ may have difficulty opening their mouth wide. Pain in the jaw, by the ear, along with headaches are also common.  Chewing gum or hard, sticky foods can lead to additional strain in the joint. Will I Need Surgery to Fix TMD/TMJ?  In severe cases … Continue reading

Three Common Problems Caused by Crooked Teeth

Girl with crooked teeth

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, you should strongly consider some type of orthodontic treatment to get them straightened out.  Aside from the appearance of a misaligned smile, crooked teeth can actually cause a number of problems.  Here are a just a few:   Increased Risk of Gum Disease Gum Disease can be caused by too much plaque buildup being left on the surface of the tooth, causing tartar to build up under your gums. It can be very difficult to properly clean your teeth when they are crooked.  This can in turn lead to gum disease.  It is … Continue reading

Facial Enhancement: What is it?

woman after facial enhancement

You finally have white, straight, beautiful teeth. But when you look in the mirror, you notice that you still don’t feel as if you’ve achieved everything you wanted in a smile makeover. What is it that’s lacking? Sometimes, it’s what’s framing your teeth. Your lips, cheeks, and possibly even the folds of skin along your nose and eyes. They still look like they’ve lost volume and smoothness that you had decades prior. Fortunately, Somersmiles Dental has an excellent option for enhancing your smile and overall appearance: facial enhancement.   Erase Fine Lines and Wrinkles A dentist understands your facial anatomy … Continue reading

4 Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard

Woman wearing bite splint

Mouthguards, bite splints, and athletic mouthpieces are all just a few examples of the types of appliances that we make for our Somerville dental clients.   Although you might feel as if it’s easier to get an appliance over the counter at the supermarket, a professionally fitted mouthguard offers many advantages over loose, generic guards sold in stores. Here are four reasons to make the investment:   Reduce Your Risk of Concussion Yes, an athletic mouthguard can prevent you from chipping or knocking out a front tooth. But it has another benefit that most people aren’t aware of: concussion protection. … Continue reading