Your smile may be a small portion of your appearance, but it is arguably one of the most important ones. Your smile can make a lasting impression – either a good one or a bad one. Plenty of research has gone into the impact of a smile, showing that individuals with warm, attractive smiles and white teeth are perceived as happier, more put together, and more successful. Liking your smile can go a long way in improving your confidence and self-esteem, causing you to engage more in both personal and professional environments.
So, what do you do if your smile is less than stellar? Well, many patients often turn to teeth whitening to dramatically impact their smiles quickly. While teeth whitening is an excellent solution, it only improves the color of your teeth. If you have imperfections such as cracks, chips, gaps, uneven lengths, or permanent staining, you may be a better candidate for porcelain veneers. This cosmetic dental solution involves the permanent bonding of thin strips of porcelain to the teeth to completely transform the smile, and is the solution to improving a wide variety of common cosmetic problems. The team at Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA is proud to offer porcelain veneers to our patients who wish to invest in the beauty of their smiles. Let’s take a deeper look at veneers.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are permanently attached to your existing teeth to mask specific imperfections. Porcelain is used because it’s a strong ceramic material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel. Veneers can be fabricated in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and lengths to enhance your unique smile while still looking natural and proportionate. They can be used on a single tooth or all your visible teeth for a true smile makeover.
After Dr. Levenson has determined you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, the teeth must be prepared. Preparation involves removing a small layer of enamel to allow room for the veneers to be placed properly and not cause bulk. Local anesthetic is used to eliminate any discomfort during this part. Impressions are taken and sent to the lab where your unique set of veneers will be made.
Temporary veneers may be placed, depending on how many teeth are receiving veneers and how much enamel has been removed. Once your final veneers are ready, you will return to the office for placement. First, the veneers will be temporarily placed on the teeth to confirm proper size, shape, and color. Minor adjustments can often be made in our office when necessary. Once we are happy with the fit of the veneers, they will be permanently bonded to the front of the teeth.
Because porcelain veneers are uniquely fabricated for each patient, they are extremely natural looking. Most people cannot tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.
Porcelain is stain resistant, which means your new smile will remain bright white.
With proper oral care and regular exams and dental cleanings, porcelain veneers can last for many years. It’s important to note that you cannot fix a chipped or broken veneer, which means it’s important to avoid biting or chewing on hard objects. Do not use your teeth to open packages and try to eliminate habits such as clenching your teeth.
Oral hygiene with veneers is the same as it is for your natural teeth. Brush twice each day and floss once each day using a non-abrasive toothpaste.
There are many factors to consider when determining which cosmetic procedure is best for you. If discoloration is your only issue, teeth whitening may be the best choice. If the problem is crooked teeth or gaps in the smile, orthodontic treatment may be a solution. If there are serious imperfections with one or more teeth, porcelain veneers may indeed be the right answer. At Levenson Smile you can be sure that our team will perform a thorough evaluation and will recommend the solution that is the best fit for your need, budget, and lifestyle.
To learn more about porcelain veneers, call us at (855) 849-8255.
Sleep apnea has become more and more important as studies show how this particular sleeping disorder can affect a person's overall health and well-being. Physicians are better trained to determine the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea to better diagnose and treat the issue. Several symptoms of sleep apnea may carry into other medical conditions, so it is important to know what is going on with your own body and help your physician determine the underlying problem.
To understand sleep apnea better, it is essential that you know what is causing it. Sleep apnea is often caused by an obstruction. This obstruction can be your throat muscles, your tongue, the alignment of your head and neck, or even your tonsils. When your airway is blocked during sleep, you will have difficulty breathing. Patients with sleep apnea will not get enough airflow into the lungs and it will cause a drop in oxygen levels. When this happens, your brain is told to wake up. With sleep apnea, this pattern can happen several hundred times each night, keeping the individual from getting a true, full night's sleep. This, in turn, can affect a person's nighttime and daytime lifestyle.
Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Excessive snoring while sleeping (as noticed by a bed partner)
Gasping or shortness of breath during sleep (as noticed by a bed partner)
Inability to concentrate
Dry throat upon waking up
Headache in the early morning hours
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you will want to consider going to your physician to get a proper diagnosis, usually through a sleep study. Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your physician will recommend several sleep apnea treatments. One treatment option includes the use of an oral appliance made through your dental office. Dr. Levenson of Worcester is one area dentist that can fabricate oral appliances to help treat the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea for patients who struggle with this sleep disorder. Oral appliances are often preferred over the often-recommended CPAP machines, which are cumbersome and difficult to use for many. Compliance with oral appliances gives patients the ability to treat the issue and experience a healthier lifestyle and better quality of life.
Today, straightening your teeth is as simple as wearing a dental appliance that resembles a mouthguard. Why contend with wires and brackets when Dr. Levenson creates unforgettable smiles with plastic aligners in Worcester MA?
Made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, Invisalign trays are customized to your mouth. When worn as advised, teeth incrementally shift into proper position. Unlike braces or alternatives to traditional orthodontics such as Six Month Smiles, trays are removed during meals and for cleaning. This allows comfortable eating and effective brushing and flossing.
Every couple of weeks you’ll replace the tray with the next aligner in the series. Each tray corresponds with a different step in your treatment. One of the best parts about Invisalign treatment is that the aligners aren’t noticeable. Since the plastic used to make the trays is clear, all workmates or friends will notice is your smile.
If Dr. Levenson determines you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, the impressions he’ll make are digitized. These digital models serve as the basis for your plastic aligners and help to guide your treatment plan. Along the way:
You’ll visit Levenson Smile about every four to six weeks, so the doctor can check that treatment is progressing on schedule.
You’ll clean the aligners as directed. It’s important to brush well before placing the trays back in your mouth, because foods like blueberries or tomato sauce can stain the transparent plastic.
Resist the urge to use hot water when cleaning, because it warps the plastic.
Cracked or otherwise damaged aligners are no longer effective. They can’t place the pressure needed to appropriately move your teeth. You’ll need to replace that tray ASAP.
The doctor will discuss a retainer that helps to maintain the beautiful results from Invisalign treatment. Call 855-849-8255 to schedule your consultation.
Misaligned, crooked teeth can be a source of embarrassment and contention for many patients who have less-than-perfect smiles. While everyone dreams of having straight, gorgeous white teeth, not everyone is aware of how they can achieve it. Hollywood smiles are so perfectly aligned and white that the everyday person doesn't think it's attainable without traditional metal braces and years of realignment. It is, however, with the use of Invisalign.
Invisalign braces are one way to straighten your smile without having to hide behind unattractive metal wires and brackets that are associated with traditional orthodontics. One Worcester dentist that provides Invisalign braces is Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smiles. Dr. Levenson has years of experience in working with Invisalign, and continues to have exceptionally satisfied patients walk out of his office with gorgeous, Hollywood smiles!
The secret to Invisalign is the clear aligner trays. These trays are created using computer-aided design to custom-fit your smile, and each tray is slightly different to help push your teeth gently into their new desired positions. These trays are clear and fit over your teeth during the day and while you sleep in order to work their magic and transform your smile, without having to deal with years of metal wires and brackets that can rub and irritate your mouth.
Because these aligners snap into place over your teeth, they can be easily removed in order to eat the foods you love. This also makes them easy to clean, as well as allowing you access to brush and floss your teeth during treatment. Flossing and brushing is hard to do with traditional metal braces, as the wires and brackets keep you from getting the deep clean you need for a healthy smile.
Additionally, Invisalign braces typically cost the same as traditional orthodontics, but can be much faster when addressing minor misalignments and crooked teeth. In addition, during your treatment, you are able to enjoy your smile as it transforms into a new, more enhanced look.
There are many advantages to Invisalign braces over traditional orthodontics, and Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smiles in Worcester can discuss all the pros and cons of receiving such a state-of-the-art treatment with you at his dental office. Call Dr. Levenson today to schedule a consultation appointment, and discover the amazing benefits and positive features of Invisalign braces!
A misaligned smile can be embarrassing. Teeth may have shifted or created gaps between the teeth that are not conducive to a beautiful, healthy smile. However, patients are even more embarrassed when they think about the ways in which they can realign their smile: orthodontics. Thoughts of metal bracket and wire braces keep teenagers and adults from seeking the dental assistance they need. Thankfully, Dr. Levenson offers his patients a revolutionary way to straighten their smile without conventional braces. Worcester patients can enjoy the benefits of Invisalign!
What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a method of realigning teeth with clear aligner trays. These trays are custom-made for a patient’s teeth and are made to fit over their dental arch. Over the course of two weeks, each aligner tray in the series helps to move the teeth gently into a new position. Patients change to the next aligner and continue until their treatment is complete. The severity of the misalignment and the compliance of the patient determine the time needed for the course of treatment.
Invisalign aligner trays are worn all day and night by patients. They are comfortable, clear, and easy to wear, which increases the likelihood of compliance. Teenagers and adults can enjoy this treatment and straighten their smiles without others noticing they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. This makes it a wonderful, "clear" alternative for patients of all ages considering the benefits of a straighter, more aligned smile.
There are many benefits to Invisalign over traditional metal bracket and wire braces.
No food or snack restrictions.
Comfortable and easy to wear.
Discreet and not easily noticed while wearing.
Easy to clean.
Allows easy oral hygiene.
Comparable treatment times to conventional orthodontics.
If you live in the Worcester area and are considering the benefits of clear braces such as Invisalign, today is a great time to get started learning more! Contact Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile today to schedule a consultation visit and see how Invisalign orthodontics can help you achieve that unforgettable smile you’ve always wanted!
Many patients who visit Levenson Smile may be struggling with the idea of undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten their smiles. Crooked, misaligned teeth may be the source of embarrassment for patients. However, undergoing traditional orthodontic braces is not always a desirable option. When these individuals visit Dr. Levenson's practice, they are educated on alternative solutions such as Six Month Smiles.
Six Month Smiles is a method of restoring the alignment of the smile. This particular orthodontic method helps in restoring the alignment of the teeth near the front of the mouth. It can be used for mild to moderate misalignment, but it cannot address the bite. This treatment is done to realign the anterior teeth of the dental arch.
Six Month Smiles achieves results in a way similar to traditional braces. They use brackets and wires to provide low force movement, but they are tooth-colored to be much less visible on the teeth. In most cases, patients can enjoy a completely changed smile in approximately six months. They can achieve the results with more comfort and less embarrassment than traditional braces, and find Six Month Smiles to be a more affordable option than aligners, veneers, or conventional orthodontia.
Dr. Levenson of the Worcester area can help patients determine if Six Month Smiles is right for them. The best candidate is one with minor misalignment of the anterior teeth, who has an otherwise healthy smile free from decay and periodontal disease. A full examination is completed during the initial consultation appointment, including x-rays, and can provide Dr. Levenson with the information he needs to decide if patients are appropriate for this method of orthodontics.
Are you ready to learn about the ways in which Six Month Smiles can rejuvenate and transform your smile? Contact Levenson Smiles today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levenson and his dental team to educate yourself on this revolutionary alternative to conventional orthodontic therapy. Our staff is ready and willing to assist patients in finding out how Six Month Smiles can change their appearance and their life!
Dr. Stanley Levenson is a dentist near the Shrewsbury community who is proud to offer his patients a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry solutions to enhance their smile. He wants to help patients achieve the unforgettable smile they’ve always wanted, and therefore offers a selection of orthodontic alternatives that can address issues such as misalignment and malocclusion.
At the practice of Levenson Smile, there are two methods of orthodontics readily available including Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Many patients facing mild to moderate malocclusion are good candidates for quick straighteners such as Invisalign.
Invisalign is a way for patients to achieve a more beautiful smile without having to go through years of treatment with traditional bracket and wire braces. Patients are excited that they can continue to visit the dentist they already know and trust for treatments instead of being referred to an orthodontic specialist whom they have no relationship with. Dr. Stanley Levenson helps patients from start to finish with their orthodontic care while using Invisalign.
Invisalign is a type of aligner therapy. These trays are made of clear acrylic and are worn for two weeks at a time. Patients who go through the series will notice the slow adjustment of their smile over the course of several months until they use their final tray.
Most patients with mild to moderate malocclusion of the teeth are appropriate candidates for Invisalign. Both teenagers and adults can use them to achieve their dream smiles. However, it is important for patients to understand that compliance is key in achieving the desired results. Invisalign aligners are removable for easy cleaning, but should be worn as much as possible both day and night to get the desired results in a shorter period. If patients fail to wear their aligner trays, there may be added cost and added time for treatment to get it back on track.
Are you interested in learning more about Invisalign aligner therapy? Contact Dr. Stanley Levenson today!
Taking care of your teeth is an important regimen that should not be taken lightly. If you do not brush properly and floss regularly, you may find yourself experiencing gum disease. Not only can gum disease result in discomfort in your mouth, it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
Gum disease starts with the inflammation of the gums – gingivitis. They may feel uncomfortable, look discolored or swollen, or bleed when brushing or flossing. You may also have bad breath. These are typically the first signs for concern. Untreated, the condition of your gums will worsen into periodontitis. The gums will pull away from your natural teeth, which causes pockets of space between the gum line and the roots of your teeth. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can seep into these spaces and infect your mouth. Over time, the gums will loosen further from the teeth and the bone will deteriorate, causing your teeth to fall out. You may also experience tooth decay in conjunction with the gum disease. Losing your natural teeth is an irreversible effect of periodontal disease.
Gum disease can impact the health of your entire body. There is a scientific link between your oral health and your systemic health. This is because bacteria and infection inside of your mouth can spread through the bloodstream resulting in serious medical concerns, including increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes.
Deep cleanings and proper education on oral health will get you on your way to reversing the effects of periodontal disease.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of gum disease and to take early steps in treatment to avoid permanent damage to your mouth. By taking care of your oral health, you will experience better overall medical health as well.
Dental anxiety is real and impactful. There are millions of people who would just as soon ignore a toothache than spend one minute in the dentist's chair. Regardless of the cause of dental anxiety, we understand that the sounds, smells, and sights of the dental office can be off-putting to some. It is important to us that we meet our patient's needs. We are committed not only to helping you achieve your healthiest smile, but to do so using painless dentistry techniques when you visit our Worcester, MA practice for care.
Patients who visit our office for compassionate dental care are handled with gentleness and precision. We perform dental check-ups with a light hand, taking care to ensure the process of evaluating teeth and gums is comfortable and effective. Our dental team, as well, is committed to making sure your dental experiences are positive. From x-rays to dental cleanings, gentle techniques are used.
When dental anxiety is a problem, a patient may have a difficult time undergoing even routine care, let alone restorative treatment such as a dental filling. Part of our “painless dentistry” commitment is to provide anxious patients with the opportunity to relax under our care. If you have avoided seeing the dentist due to anxiety, Dr. Levenson would like to change your attitude about dental care by providing treatment while you are relaxed with an appropriate sedative.
Sedation dentistry is not new, although our practice is one of the only in the immediate area that provides this service. Under a sedative such as nitrous oxide, or an oral medication, our patients find that they can receive the care they need without nervousness making the entire experience challenging. Before your visit with Dr. Levenson, we are happy to discuss the factors that have lead you to avoid dental care, and devise a plan in which you can benefit from painless, anxiety-free dentistry.
We have found that the anxious patient benefits greatly from the use of sedatives during dental treatment. Although local anesthetic is applied, blocking any discomfort during a procedure, starting treatment with relaxing medication eases feelings of apprehension. The use of sedatives in dentistry can literally change your entire experience. Many people find that they eventually have the ability to undergo treatment without sedation.
We believe that you deserve to show off a smile that looks and feels good. You don't have to put off seeing the dentist due to fear. Our team provides the highest standard of care, and caters to your sense of wellbeing. Contact us today to learn more about our sedation dentistry services.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions such as whitening strips, toothpastes, and gels may seem like an affordable, quick fix for stained and discolored teeth. However, many patients who have used them are often very unhappy with the results. This is why Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile in Shrewsbury strongly suggests patients consider the benefits of professional grade whitening products.
Teeth whitening is done by safely bleaching the enamel of the teeth to lighten them several shades. This results in a more brilliantly stunning smile in a shorter period of time. Unlike over-the-counter products which can take months before noticeable results are achieved, professional teeth whitening products can providing a drastic different in just a few days.
Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile provides the KoR whitening system for his patients. This whitening system uses a combination of both in-home whitening trays and in-office treatments. Patients start out with a professional cleaning of their teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and gum tissue. Then, an in-office treatment is performed for an immediate boost in results. Patients are then supplied with a custom-made take-home whitening tray which uses a special gel to further improve the color of the enamel. Once several weeks of whitening have been done at home, patients return one last time for a final in-office treatment. The results from this method are amazing and unsurpassed by any over-the-counter whitening solution.
The cost of teeth whitening through a dental professional in Shrewsbury can vary depending on many factors—including the possible need for patients to replace existing restorations which may not respond to the bleaching including veneers, crowns, and bridges. This can add onto the cost of teeth whitening but provide a seamlessly beautiful look once the entire process is complete.
If you live in the Shrewsbury community or surrounding areas and have considered the benefits of whitening the smile professionally, it is important to seek out a dentist with the experience and trustworthiness to achieve optimum results. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile has been in the business of providing unforgettable smiles for many years and is happy to assist new and existing families in his state-of-the-art dental facility. Contact him today to schedule an appointment and learn about the benefits of professional grade teeth whitening.