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By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 23, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Where there’s an Oscar-winning celebrity smile, chances are there's also a little help from cosmetic dentistry. When it comes down to what makes for a beautiful, healthy smile, there are a few key characteristics that every killer smile has in common.

What’s in a (Celebrity) Caliber Smile?

When designing the perfect smile with a set of veneers, your expert dentist in Andover will work with a few metrics. At Advanced Dental VeneersConcepts, the ideal smile comes down to three things:

  • Color
  • Shape and Size
  • Spacing and Alignment

While the ideal smile may come down to a few basic characteristics, no two smiles will ever be alike. Perhaps you feel you might shine your brightest as a Nina Dobrev, but your Andover dentist might decide that you’re actually more of an Alyssa Milano.

As with any cosmetic enhancement, the trick to getting the best outcome from a set of veneers at Advanced Dental Concepts is to make the teeth look as natural as possible (remember Ross in the black light episode from Friends)? Whitening or reshaping the teeth too far beyond their natural shape, color, and positioning in the mouth could make your smile look more freakish than fab.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Investing in smile enhancement with veneers in Andover will not only improve the appearance and quality of your smile, it can be an instant boost in confidence and self esteem. Everything from our professional to personal relationships are affected not only by how we look, but how we present ourselves to our friends and colleagues.

Ready to rock your star inspired teeth? Some of the many celebrities reported to have enhanced their smiles with porcelain veneers include:

  • Jessica Simpson
  • Hilary Duff
  • Tom Cruise
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Brad Pitt
  • Heidi Klum
  • Bon Jovi
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Halle Berry
  • Denzel Washington
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Alessandra Ambrosio


If you would like more information on getting porcelain veneers in Andover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  
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Today, many people are taking positive steps to reduce the risks posed by major health problems like cancer, cardiopulmonary diseases, hypertension, and diabetes. But there’s one disease that makes the top-ten list of worldwide health conditions, and yet isn’t thought about as much as many of the others. That malady is severe periodontal (gum) disease — and according to a new study, it’s the sixth-most prevalent health condition in the world.

The study, released by the International and American Associations for Dental Research, reveals that some 743 million people around the world — about 11 percent of the global population — suffer from severe periodontal disease; that percentage hasn’t changed significantly since 1990. The study also shows that while an individual’s chance of developing this condition rises gradually with age, there is a steep increase in people between 30 and 40 years old, with a peak at age 38.

If severe periodontal disease is such a major concern, why isn’t it “on the radar”? A 2010 report from the U.S. Surgeon General, titled “Oral Health: The Silent Epidemic,” gives some clues. For one thing, diseases related to oral health don’t always produce dramatic symptoms: Even tooth loss, for example, is sometimes (wrongly) regarded as an inevitable consequence of aging, when it’s more often the result of disease or injury. For another, these conditions disproportionately affect people whose voices aren’t always heard: children, the elderly, and the disadvantaged.

Severe periodontal disease is clearly a challenge to the public health. But what can you do as an individual? Plenty! The good news about periodontal disease is that it is largely preventable, and very treatable. Prevention is chiefly a matter of maintaining good oral hygiene.

Have you flossed lately? Is your brushing technique up to snuff? Do you avoid sugary snacks and beverages (especially between meals), and visit your dentist for regular checkups? If so, you’ve taken some major steps toward preventing periodontal disease. But despite their best efforts, it is difficult for some people to control periodontal disease without extra assistance. That’s where a periodontist can help.

Periodontists are concerned with treating problems of the gums. We use a number of methods to combat periodontal disease — including removing plaque bacteria, restoring healthy tissue, and educating people about how to maintain better oral hygiene at home. Your general dentist may refer you to a periodontist if warning signs are noticed, but you don’t need a referral to come in for an exam. If you notice the symptoms of periodontal disease — redness or inflammation of the gums, a bad taste or odor in your mouth, or any amount of bleeding when you brush — then it may be time to have your gums checked.

If you would like more information about periodontal disease, call our office for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.”


By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?