Posts for: June, 2018

By James P. Watts, DMD
June 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  
3AdvantagesforImprovingYourSmilewithCompositeResins

Are you embarrassed by your front teeth? Maybe it’s just moderate defects—a chipped tooth here, an irregularly shaped tooth there—but it’s enough to make you less confident to smile.

There are a number of ways to transform your teeth’s appearance like porcelain veneers or crowns. But a relatively inexpensive method that’s less involved is to bond dental material called composite resin to your teeth to correct defects. Made of synthetic resins, these restorative materials can mimic your own natural tooth color. We can also artistically shape them to create a more natural look for an irregular tooth.

If you’re looking to change the way your front teeth look, here are 3 reasons to consider composite resins to restore them.

They can be applied in one office visit. Although effective, veneers, crowns and similar restorations are typically outsourced to dental labs for custom fabrication. While the results can be stunning, the process itself can take weeks. By contrast, we can colorize, bond and shape composite resins to your teeth in just one visit: you could gain your “new smile” in just one day.

They don’t require extensive tooth alteration. Many restorations often require tooth structure removal to adequately accommodate them, which can permanently alter the tooth. Thanks to the bonding techniques used with composite resins, we can preserve much more of the existing tooth while still achieving a high degree of artistry and lifelikeness.

Composite resins are stronger than ever. Over the years we’ve learned a lot about how teeth interact with each other to produce the forces occurring during chewing and biting. This knowledge has contributed greatly to the ongoing development of dental materials. As a result, today’s composite resins are better able to handle normal biting forces and last longer than those first developed a few decades ago.

Composite resins may not be suitable for major cosmetic dental problems, but you might still be surprised by their range. To learn if composite resins could benefit your situation—even a large defect—see us for a complete examination.

If you would like more information on composite resin restorations, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”


By James P. Watts, DMD
June 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
JuneIsMensHealthMonth

Each June, as we celebrate Father’s Day, we get a chance to pay tribute to the important men in our lives. One of the best ways to do that is by encouraging them to stay healthy—and June is a great time for that, since it’s also Men’s Health Month. So let’s take this opportunity to focus on one important aspect of maintaining good health: preventive dental care.

Preventive care includes all the measures we can take to stop disease before it gets started. One facet of prevention is encouraging people to make healthier lifestyle choices: for example, quitting tobacco, getting more exercise, and improving their diets. You can start by eliminating foods that have added sugar (like many soft drinks and processed foods) or acids (like some fruit juices and sodas, both regular and diet)—and by limiting snacks to around mealtimes, so your saliva has time to neutralize the acids in your mouth that can cause cavities.

There’s increasing evidence that having good oral health promotes better overall health—and coming in for routine checkups is essential. While some men avoid the dental office until they have a problem, that isn’t a wise decision. In fact, a routine dental visit is not only one of the greatest values in preventive health care—it’s also one of the best ways to maintain good oral health. Here’s why:

Tooth decay is among the most common chronic diseases—yet it’s almost 100% preventable! A routine office visit includes an oral exam and a professional cleaning that can help stop tooth decay before it gets started. But when decay is discovered, it’s best to treat it right away, before treatment gets more complex—and costly!

The major cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. If your gums bleed or show other signs of disease, we can help you get it under control with instruction for more effective oral hygiene, and/or appropriate treatment.

Routine exams include not only a check for tooth decay and gum disease—they also include screening for oral cancer. This isn’t just for older folks: Recently, the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients has been young non-smokers. The sooner it’s treated, the better the chances of a successful cure.

Good at-home oral hygiene is necessary to keep your teeth in top-notch condition. If you have questions about proper brushing, flossing, or everyday care of your mouth—this is a great time to ask. Our staff is happy to show and tell you the best practices for maintaining excellent oral health.

If you would like more information about oral health and hygiene, please call our office to schedule a consultation.


By James P. Watts, DMD
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Learn about veneers from your Mystic dentist.veneers

Smile problems? Porcelain veneers can give you that beautiful smile you've always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the front part of the teeth. Dr. James Watts is one of the finest dentists in Mystic, CT. He offers porcelain veneers to his patients. Read on to find out how veneers can renew your smile.

1. Fix Gapped Teeth- A diastema is a space or gap between the teeth. This condition affects both children and adults. It's also to fix gaps between teeth through the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers fit over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

2. Restore Chipped Teeth- For some patients, having chipped teeth can affect their self-confidence. If you have chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can cover and strengthen them, restoring their appearance and function. A veneer covers the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the chipped part of the tooth. 

3. Cover Crooked Teeth- You may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can slide over your crooked teeth and straighten them, without the discomfort or hassle of braces. Veneers can give you a straight smile quicker than any orthodontic option.

4. Strengthen Teeth- Veneers are made of a durable, porcelain material. These shells can strengthen and protect your weakened teeth. Veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. Although veneers are very thin, they become very strong once they are bonded to healthy tooth structure. 

5. Whiten Your Smile- Porcelain veneers can give you a dazzling, white smile instantly. Now that's something to smile about. These shells are bonded to the teeth changing their color. Dark-colored foods and beverages do not stain veneers as they do real teeth because unlike enamel, porcelain isn't porous. 

Porcelain veneers are for anyone who wants a smile they will absolutely love. Don't wait another minute- call 860-536-6446 today to schedule a dental consultation in Mystic, CT. You will enjoy a beautiful smile every day with porcelain veneers.


By James P. Watts, DMD
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Dental VeneersLearn about veneers from your Mystic dentist.

Smile problems? Porcelain veneers can give you that beautiful smile you've always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the front part of the teeth. Dr. James Watts is one of the finest dentists in Mystic, CT. He offers porcelain veneers to his patients. Read on to find out how veneers can renew your smile.

1. Fix Gapped Teeth- A diastema is a space or gap between the teeth. This condition affects both children and adults. It's also to fix gaps between teeth through the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers fit over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

2. Restore Chipped Teeth- For some patients, having chipped teeth can affect their self-confidence. If you have chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can cover and strengthen them, restoring their appearance and function. A veneer covers the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the chipped part of the tooth. 

3. Cover Crooked Teeth- You may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can slide over your crooked teeth and straighten them, without the discomfort or hassle of braces. Veneers can give you a straight smile quicker than any orthodontic option.

4. Strengthen Teeth- Veneers are made of a durable, porcelain material. These shells can strengthen and protect your weakened teeth. Veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. Although veneers are very thin, they become very strong once they are bonded to healthy tooth structure. 

5. Whiten Your Smile- Porcelain veneers can give you a dazzling, white smile instantly. Now that's something to smile about. These shells are bonded to the teeth changing their color. Dark-colored foods and beverages do not stain veneers as they do real teeth because unlike enamel, porcelain isn't porous. 

Porcelain veneers are for anyone who wants a smile they will absolutely love. Don't wait another minute- call 860-536-6446 today to schedule a dental consultation in Mystic, CT. You will enjoy a beautiful smile every day with porcelain veneers.


KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”