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How Aging Effects Oral Health

March 3, 2018

Senior woman pointing to healthy smileAt different ages, we all need specific healthcare. Senior patients have a different set of needs than kids or younger adults. Many patients don’t know that they need to change the way they take care of their smiles as they age, but a good dentist should partner with you to maintain good in-office and at-home dental care routines to ensure you keep a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime. In this post, we’ll discuss the effects of aging on your oral health and how you and your dentist can work together to improve the lifetime health of your smile during dental checkups and by optimizing at-home oral hygiene routines.

The Truth About Toothpastes

November 6, 2017

Woman choosing toothpaste One of the questions dentists hear most often from patients is, “What toothpaste should I use?” Most patients don’t love the typical answer, “It’s up to you.” However, the most important factor in picking a toothpaste is choosing a product that you like. Whether it’s the flavor, aroma, or the texture you like, as long as you consistently brush your teeth, your toothpaste should do its job, keeping your teeth clean. In this post, you can learn some basics to better understand what to look for and how to make the right toothpaste choice for your unique smile. You can also be one of the patients who asks their dentist for a recommendation during your next preventive dentistry checkup. Dentists and dental hygienists are always happy to help their patients make these choices.

Invisalign Clear Braces – Clearly Correct Your Smile

July 9, 2015

Orthodontic retainer

For nearly 20 years, Invisalign clear braces have been the trusted brand for discreet tooth alignment. Whether you’re an adult who can finally afford bite correction or a young person who doesn’t want the embarrassment of metal braces, Invisalign can help you straighten your teeth without impacting your confidence. In Framingham, MA, Dr. Marianna Gaitsgory of Framingham Premier Dental provides outstanding Invisalign treatment to invisibly perfect your smile.

Invisalign vs Traditional Alignment

Traditional braces use tension between your teeth to shift your bite into alignment. Using a system of brackets and wires, the teeth are slowly shifted overtime. This method works fairly well for adolescents and teens because their teeth are still developing and shifting. The older you are the more your teeth fuse with your jawbone, and become more difficult to move. Adults who choose to have traditional braces often experience a great deal more pain than young adults because of the added pressure are their teeth. Additionally, there’s the embarrassment factor. You may not be in high school anymore, but it’s still difficult for people to take you seriously when you’re smiling with a mouth full of metal. At Framingham Premier Dental, we think you should be able to keep your confidence while you perfect your smile.

Invisalign has been the clear choice in discreet dental alignment for nearly 20 years. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign can help reduce the pain associated with adult dental alignment, are not as noticeable as traditional braces, and have a less significant impact on your lifestyle. Invisalign straightens your bite using a series clear, plastic alignment trays. The trays are worn for about two weeks, and they exert pressure on the teeth to gently shift them into places. Because Invisalign doesn’t rely on resistance from surrounding teeth to pull a tooth into alignment, patients often experience less pain. Because the trays are clear and removable, it’s easy to straighten your smile without attracting unwanted attention. On most days, your trays are hardly noticeable, but if you are taking photos or have an important event, you can take your alignment trays out for increased discretion. Finally, Invisalign alignment plans usually take about a year, and require less than half the number of dental office visits that regular braces do. This means you don’t have to take as much time out of your schedule to achieve a beautiful smile.

State-of-the-Art Cosmetic Dentist, Framingham

teeth with whitening tray

At Framingham Premier Dental, Invisalign just got even better. We use 3D imaging technology to create higher definition images of your current bite, and the ability to plan every step of your alignment from a computer screen right at your chairside. You are involved in every step of the process, and this improved technology makes your aligners extremely precise and further reduces the number of dental visits you’ll need during treatment.

Contact Your Invisalign Dentist, Framingham, MA

12 months, half the dental visits, and no one besides you and your dentist has to know about it. So, what are you waiting for? Call our Framingham, MA office to schedule an Invisalign consultation to find out more about how we can perfect your smile without impacting your life. Our state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry facility welcomes patients from Natick, Sudbury, Ashland, Southborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, Sherborn, and the surrounding communities.

Cosmetic Dentistry Questions: What are my teeth whitening options?

October 17, 2014

83812897Your teeth are highly susceptible to staining and discoloration. There are many things that can yellow or darken your enamel.  Behavioral factors like drinking carbonated and caffeinated drinks and eating acidic foods or smoking, as well as uncontrollable factors, like advanced age and genetics can all affect the color of your teeth. If you are unsatisfied with the color of your teeth but don’t know where to start, or if you have unsuccessfully tried to whiten your teeth in the past you may be curious about your teeth whitening options. Dr. Gaitsgory, at Framingham Premier Dental, can help you choose teeth whitening treatment that works best for you. Her office is conveniently located in Framingham, MA, also serving patients in Middlesex County, Natick, Sudbury, Ashland, Southborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and Sherborn.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

You shouldn’t rely on whitening toothpaste to correct the color of severely stained teeth. In fact, whitening toothpastes can only polish the enamel. They cannot remove stains that are underneath the enamel. Once you have found effective whitening treatment, using a whitening toothpaste can help you fight the everyday staining of food and drinks.

At- Home Teeth Whitening Kits

You may be tempted to try an at-home whitening kit from your local drugstore. However, these kits may not be the best option. Instead of merely polishing the teeth, they actually contain bleaching agents that bleach the enamel. This is more effective than whitening toothpastes, but the harsh chemicals used may cause irritation to your gum line. There is also a risk of improper application if directions are unclear of if you make a mistake.

Reliable Teeth Whitening Treatments in Framingham, MA

The truth is that sometimes tooth enamel can be so badly damaged that no whitening treatment will be effective. At this point it may be necessary to consider another cosmetic procedure like porcelain veneers or dental bonding. The best teeth whitening option is to make an appointment with Dr. Gaitsgory today. Only a dentist can help you choose the teeth whitening option that will work for your unique needs. Dr. Gaitsgory can professionally whiten your teeth or give you a safe and effective at- home whitening treatment. If a different cosmetic treatment is necessary, you’ll be able to get that instead. Either way, you will save yourself time and money by finding the right treatment option the first time.  Framingham Premier Dental in Framingham, MA serves patients throughout Middlesex County, Natick, Sudbury, Ashland, Southborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and Sherborn.

Bad Breath Solutions from Dr. Gaitsgory

April 16, 2013

bad breathDo you find yourself having bad breath frequently, and not just after you eat certain foods like garlic or onions? Do you feel like you’re always reaching for the mouth wash or mints but your breath still smells? Your bad breath may be a sign of something else going on in your teeth or mouth.

At Framingham Premier Dental, we can analyze your smile and diagnose the cause of your bad breath. Dr. Gaitsgory will perform a dental check-up and look for the cause of the odor issue.

Many causes of bad breath include the following:

  • Bacteria growth on the tongue
  • Cavities, especially when food particles are stuck in them
  • Gum disease
  • Dentures that haven’t been cleaned properly
  • Alcohol and tobacco use

Once we discover what is causing your bad breath, we can address the dental issue and help to clear up your breath. Treating the underlying cause is the only way to stop bad breath. Mints and mouth wash will just mask the odor, leaving the real issue unaddressed.

If you have frequent or persistent bad breath, it’s important to give us a call to schedule an appointment, as this is frequently a symptom of other issues with your smile. We want all our patients to have beautiful smiles and are here to help.

At Framingham Premier Dental, Dr. Gaitsgory provides caring dentistry to help you achieve the beautiful smile that you deserve. Our Framingham dental office serves patients from Middlesex County, MA as well as Natick, Sudbury, Ashland, Southborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and Sherborn. To schedule your appointment, call our office today!

Start the New Year Right with a Dental Checkup

January 21, 2013

The New Year is here, which is a perfect time to get started on good habits, including going to the dentist regularly. Resolve to have better dental health in 2013 and come to Framingham Premier Dental for your regular dental checkup!

Preventative dental care is important to ensure that your teeth are healthy, beautiful, and remain that way. The foundation for a health smile starts with brushing your teeth twice daily and nightly flossing. In addition, it is important you see Dr. Marianna Gaitsgory every six months for your dental checkup appointment.

Your dental checkup is an important part of your oral health.  Not only will we clean your teeth, but we will also check for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. These are serious dental health concerns, so it’s important to regularly check for the warning signs. Regular visits allow us to help keep your teeth beautiful and healthy for a lifetime.

Make 2013 the year you commit to take care of your dental health! Call us today to schedule your dental checkup appointment!

Framingham Premier Dental provides quality dental care to help you achieve the beautiful smile that your deserve. Our Framingham dental office serves patients from Middlesex County, MA as well as Natick, Sudbury, Ashland, Southborough, Westborough, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and Sherborn. To schedule your appointment, call our office today!