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By Advanced Dental Concepts
December 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
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Our main focus as your dentist is to keep your teeth and gums healthy and functional. But there’s another important aspect of care — your teeth’s appearance. It’s not just a superficial concern: your smile can have a profound effect on your self-image, as well as your personal and professional relationships.

This is the realm of cosmetic dentistry: served by both specialists and general dentists, it focuses on altering your teeth’s appearance with treatments as basic as teeth whitening or as comprehensive as dental implants. The goal, however, is the same: a new, more attractive smile.

In a way, cosmetic dentistry begins with you and oral hygiene. The twin tasks of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque not only lowers your risk for tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, they also improve the appearance of the tooth surface. There are, however, circumstances where otherwise healthy or repaired teeth may need extra cosmetic attention due to chipping, misshape or staining. In these cases, a truly cosmetic approach may be necessary.

One approach is to cover a tooth’s blemishes. Veneers, for example, are thin, layered pieces of dental porcelain shaped and colored like natural teeth that are bonded to the outside of an unattractive tooth. In other cases, a tooth may require a life-like porcelain crown that completely covers it to gain the same effect.

Missing teeth, of course, pose a different challenge, but here there are a wide range of solutions: dental implants, fixed bridgework or removable full or partial dentures. Advancements in dental materials and techniques can produce new teeth that are so life-like and natural that they’re imperceptible from the real thing.

 These and other measures like orthodontics can all be used to turn a smile you find embarrassing into one you’re confident to share with the world. It begins, though, with both you and us taking a good, close look at your current smile — a smile analysis, if you will.

After assessing both your current needs and your expectations for change, we can develop an appropriate treatment plan. It might be quite simple or with multiple treatment stages, but it will be the best plan for you. Through cosmetic dentistry we have the means to help you achieve a new, more confident smile.

If you would like more information on the many ways to transform your smile, 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 “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 02, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Advanced Dental Concepts
January 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Smile problems? Dental bonding can improve the overall appearance of your smile. With bonding, you have one of the fastest, easiest and dental bondingmost affordable dental treatments at your disposal. Dr. Richard Hopgood at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, offers a full range of dental services. Here's everything you should know about bonding.
 
Dental Bonding Overview

Dental bonding is a dental procedure in which a dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material to one or more teeth and cures it with light. This improves the overall appearance of the teeth. Dental bonding is routinely used to repair various tooth damages such as tooth decay, gaps, or cracks. Dental bonding is also used to fix discolored teeth, make the teeth appear longer, or change the shape of teeth. 

Benefits of Dental Bonding

Bonding can usually be done in just one visit. The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes per tooth to complete. Very little enamel is removed during the procedure, which gives it an advantage over options like dental crowns.  

Ideal Candidates for Bonding

If your mouth is healthy, you may be a suitable candidate for dental bonding. This cosmetic dental procedure is not an appropriate treatment for patients with oral health problems that require immediate care. Once these oral health problems have been treated, then a patient's candidacy for dental bonding may be reassessed.

Your Dental Consultation

During your dental consultation, your Andover dentist will talk to you about the cosmetic changes you would like to make to your smile. During your consultation, your dentist will conduct an examination of your teeth and gums that may involve dental x-rays. Your dentist will then determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental bonding.
 
Don’t wait to get started on your beautiful new smile right away! Call Advanced Dental Concepts at 978-475-2431 today to schedule a dental consultation in Andover, MA. A beautiful smile can improve your life!

By Advanced Dental Concepts
November 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how professional teeth whitening can truly create a more radiant smile.teeth whitening

Our teeth take a lot of abuse everyday with the foods and drinks we consume. From guzzling large cups of coffee to enjoying red wine, pasta dripping with tomato sauce and other dark-colored foods, no wonder our smiles just can’t hold up over time. As we get older we all notice that those years of eating and drinking whatever we want have truly dulled our smile. Luckily, our Andover, MA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood can help.

If you are dealing with dental stains and a dull smile due to the foods you eat, smoking or perhaps not brushing as often as you should, then chances are good our whitening system is exactly what you need to refresh your smile. Most people wonder why professional office delivered whitening is more effective than other whitening systems. The secret lies in the strength of the whitening gel and the custom made delivery trays.

When you get a whitening product at your local drugstore or grocery store you may think that it will give you the same results as any other whitening system, but you’re wrong. The gel or toothpaste that you get over-the-counter doesn’t have nearly the same amount of active ingredient (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) as our whitening system does. Having a higher percentage of the stain-fighting ingredient within the whitening gel will get your smile several shades whiter faster.

It’s not unusual for our Andover, MA, dentist to get the results you want in as little as one week. And the good news is that because this is an at-home whitening system, you can re-whiten anytime to maintain your bright new smile.

With the proper care and with good oral hygiene your results could easily last a year or more. 

Why deal with a yellowing smile when you can finally get a radiant smile? Here at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, we are ready to wipe away dental stains and get your smile back on track. Book your consultation with us today!

By Advanced Dental Concepts
September 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”