Cosmetic Dentist - Acton MA

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Make Your Smile Shine with Cosmetic Dentistry

Ever found yourself hiding your smile due to gaps, chipped or stained teeth? Cosmetic dentistry can address these concerns. This field of dental care offers multiple solutions, transforming those imperfections into an impressive, confident smile. To put it simply, cosmetic dentistry is all about refreshing your smile. But it's more than just beautifying your teeth, the benefits of cosmetic dentistry extend well beyond aesthetics.

An improved smile can significantly boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. We've all experienced those times when we've been reluctant to smile because of discolored, chipped or crooked teeth. Such insecurities could affect your overall personality and mentally hinder your ability to fully enjoy life.

But with cosmetic dental treatments like teeth whitening, dental bonding, and dental veneers, you can flaunt a fabulous, bright smile and reclaim your confidence. Suddenly, those family photos gatherings, business meetings and social events become joyous opportunities rather than dreaded situations where you’re worried about your teeth.

Here at Acton Smile Hub, we offer a range of cosmetic dental services such as Teeth Whitening, Bonding and Veneers  that can help rejuvenate your smile by changing the shape of your teeth, their size or color, or by covering gaps between your teeth. After determining what you want to change about your smile, we'll highlight the different treatments, their benefits and drawbacks, helping you choose the one that suits you best and leads to a healthier, more natural smile.

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Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a wide range of procedures designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile. One of the most common procedures is teeth whitening, which can be done in a dentist's office or at home with custom trays. This procedure can significantly brighten your smile and remove stains caused by food, drinks, or smoking.

If you're not happy with the color of your teeth, we can help with our teeth whitening treatments. You might have heard of store-bought trays or strips, but we offer professional whitening at our office, tailored to your needs.

We're proud to use the Philips Zoom system, a leading name in teeth whitening. It's quick and convenient, meaning you can fit treatments into your busiest days.

young woman with teeth color samples teeth whitening prep

We offer several professional whitening options:

  • Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed in-office treatment – Get up to eight shades whiter, all in one quick session.
  • Philips Zoom take-home treatments with custom whitening trays – See noticeable results in just a few days.
  • Teeth Whitening Bundle – Ideal for longer-term results.
  • Enamel Microabrasion – Perfect for those with uneven or patchy white stains, such as in cases of fluorosis.

Before we kick off your whitening treatment, we'll do an exam to ensure your teeth and gums are ready to shine. If any existing, more urgent issues are identified like decay or gum disease, we will suggest a proper treatment and help you deal with those first. Usually, it's best to have your teeth cleaned within two weeks before whitening so we may recommend dental cleaning as well.

In-Office Zoom Teeth Whitening with WhiteSpeed LED Light

If you're considering Zoom teeth whitening, here's what to expect.

This process uses a strong hydrogen peroxide gel and a LED light lamp designed to work together with the gel, brightening your smile as much as possible in a short time.

We recommend you prepare for the treatment by brushing twice a day with Prevident Sensitive, MI paste, or Sensodyne toothpaste. Start this at least 1-2 weeks before your Zoom appointment to help avoid sensitivity during the procedure. It's also a good idea to take 200-600 mg of over-the-counter Ibuprofen about an hour before your visit to further help with sensitivity.

We'll take "before and after" photos, and record the color of your upper-front teeth to ensure we achieve your desired shade of whiteness.

The actual procedure consists of applying the whitening gel to your teeth and then exposing them to the Zoom lamp's blue light for three 15-minute sessions. If your teeth are heavily stained, we might add an optional fourth session. To help you stay comfortable during the procedure, we'll use a plastic retractor to keep your mouth open, and we'll cover your lips, gums, cheeks, and tongue to protect them from the gel. You'll also wear protective eyewear to guard against the LED light.

Plan on staying with us for up to 90 minutes. After the treatment, we'll explain the steps you should follow at home to maintain your brighter smile. Click here to access the zoom teeth whitening instructions whenever you need them.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening with Custom Trays

Home teeth whitening is a simple way to brighten your smile. It uses a whitening gel and a custom-made tray that fits over your teeth. It usually takes between one to two weeks of regular use to see results.

First, we take an impression or a scan of your teeth. From this, we make trays that fit perfectly over your teeth and hold the whitening gel in place.

You can re-use these trays whenever you feel like brightening your smile.

There are two types of Philips Zoom Whitening Gels to choose from. DayWhite Gel is perfect for daytime use and NiteWhite can be used longer during the day or overnight, depending on your preference.

Our team will show you how to use the trays and the gel and share some useful tips to get the best results. Click here to view detailed instructions on how to use the home whitening kit at your leisure.

Whitening With Bleaching Tray

See how the appearance of your teeth can be improved using custom-made trays designed by a dentist.

Teeth Whitening Bundle

The Whitening bundle combines a single session of teeth whitening at the dental office and a home-care kit of custom trays with whitening gel.

This treatment is perfect for patients with dark, grayish-brown or persistent tetracycline stains. It's also an excellent choice for anyone wanting to keep their teeth bright for a longer period.

Enamel Microabrasion

Occasionally, teeth may develop white patches on the surface due to varying reasons, such as changes in the mineral composition of the enamel - the tooth's outermost layer. These spots can become more noticeable during a whitening treatment, as they tend to lighten quicker than the rest of the tooth.

If this occurs, we recommend a procedure called enamel microabrasion before starting the whitening treatment. This process helps these unique areas blend in with the rest of the tooth, ensuring a smooth, even whitening effect.

It is a simple, in-office procedure where we gently remove the flawed enamel using a special  paste and rubber cup. Following this, we will provide you a high concentration fluoride gel for home application. This gel, used in custom trays, aids in the replenishment of minerals in the enamel, restoring it to its original shine. After this, you can safely go ahead with your regular whitening regimen. The results can be maintained with intermittent use of the custom trays as needed.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are another popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. These are thin shells made of porcelain or composite material that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. Veneers can be used to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.

Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic choice for those who want a gorgeous smile without major changes to their teeth. With veneers, we augment the appearance of your natural teeth using a slim porcelain overlay, enhancing your facial look and elevating your self-confidence.

Unlike natural enamel, veneers hold up against stubborn stains from coffee, tea and red wine. With the right care, they're long-lasting too.

porcelain veneers placement

Getting veneers typically involves a few appointments. Your first visit will consist of Dr. Tufa taking precise impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used by a dental lab technician to create a model of your mouth which will then be used to craft your temporary and final veneers.

Next, you'll have a visit to get your teeth ready for the veneers. Dr. Tufa will take another impression and place temporary veneers over your teeth until the final ones are ready.

At your last appointment, it's time for the grand reveal. Dr. Tufa will take off the temporary veneers and attach the final ones. The result? Teeth restored to their optimal shape and function, and, of course, a significantly improved smile!

Curious about how it all works? Check out this video from Spear Education for a visual walk-through of the process.

Veneers (Impression) Video

See how porcelain veneers are used to improve the appearance of a smile, using traditional dental impressions.

Luminieers

Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers that offer a minimally invasive approach to cosmetic dentistry. They are ultra-thin, about the thickness of a contact lens, and are applied directly onto the teeth usually with minimal need for grinding or shaving. This makes them a popular choice for those seeking a smile makeover without the discomfort or downtime associated with traditional treatments.

Lumineers are made from a patented cerinate porcelain, known for its exceptional strength and natural appearance. They can correct a variety of dental imperfections such as stains, discolorations, chips, gaps, or misaligned teeth. The procedure typically requires few visits to the dentist office.

During the first visit, a digital scan is taken of your teeth and the desired shade for the lumineers is chosen. Dr. Tufa will discuss your concerns and needs, making sure the smile design meets your expectations.

In the second visit, she will be able to visually show you your new smile on a waxed-up model and mockup a trial smile directly in your mouth. This is an excellent way to visualize your new smile and make any adjustments and modifications to your liking. After the teeth are prepared and scanned, provisional restorations will be placed.

At the next visit your custom-made lumineers will be bonded to your teeth and you will receive instructions on how to properly care of them.

smiling patient holding mirror dental office

An advantage of Lumineers over traditional veneers is that they are minimally invasive and often prep-less because there is minimal removal of tooth structure.  They are also considered the most esthetic type of veneer. However, they may not be suitable for everyone. For instance, those with severely misaligned teeth or large gaps may require orthodontic treatment instead. Some situations may call for traditional crowns or dental bridges.

Like all dental procedures, Lumineers have potential risks and complications. These may include sensitivity, especially to temperatures, potential detachment, and chipping or cracking of the Lumineers. However, with proper care and regular dental check-ups, Lumineers can maintain their appearance and longevity over a long period of time.

In terms of cost, Lumineers are generally more expensive than traditional veneers due to the advanced technology and materials used. Acton Smile Hub offers CareCredit financing options to make the procedure more affordable.

Overall, Lumineers can be an effective solution for enhancing your smile, but it's important to consult with a cosmetic dentist to determine if they are the right choice for you. Factors such as your dental health, the alignment of your teeth, and your personal aesthetic goals will all play a role in this decision.

Tooth Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure where a tooth-colored, putty-like resin is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special light so that the material can bond to it and improve its appearance. It is also called cosmetic bonding, and it is a simple process used to fix teeth that are worn, chipped, discolored, or have unwanted shape or size. It's also considered a simplified version of laboratory processed ceramic veneers.

How is this treatment performed? The dental bonding procedure is usually completed in one office visit, unless multiple teeth are involved. We will begin by selecting a composite resin color that closely matches the shade of your teeth, ensuring that the bonding blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Next, the surface of the tooth will be gently roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. This aids in helping the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed until it's the proper shape. It is then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser.

Once hardened, Dr. Tufa will further trim and shape the bonded material. This is followed by polishing until it matches the sheen of the rest of your tooth surface. The process generally takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth to complete.

Dental bonding usually doesn't require anesthesia, and causes little or no pain. Because the material used bonds strongly and can be made to match the color of your teeth, bonding is a great way to reshape your teeth. What's great about dental bonding is that it provides you with an effective solution for making minor dental corrections. All while maintaining a natural tooth appearance. It's also a cheaper alternative to veneers.

In short, dental bonding can be used to:

  • Fill in a small gap between two teeth
  • Repair decayed teeth by filling a cavity with tooth-colored resin
  • Change the shape of a tooth
  • Repair chips or cracks in teeth
  • Cover up discoloration
  • Protect the root of a tooth after it has been exposed by receding gums
  • Make a tooth look larger than it is which is usually done to make it match the other teeth

Tooth Bonding Video

See how teeth bonding cosmetic procedure is performed

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Ready to Improve Your Smile?

Dr. Tufa is a highly-skilled cosmetic dentist that can help you find a solution to achieve your ideal smile. Check our before & after smile gallery for examples of completed cosmetic dental work and get in touch with us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.