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By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
July 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration…and today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?

Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.

Tilt your head just a bit

Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.

Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks

A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.

Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!

It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.

Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office

Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
August 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If whitening toothpaste isn’t cutting it, our dentists can help!teeth whitening

Have you been trying every whitening toothpaste or whitening kit possible but still don’t have a dazzling white smile? While these products can be a great way to remove minor stains over time, if you are looking for a quick and effective way to brighten your smile, then it might be time to consider getting professional teeth whitening from our Billerica, MA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan.

Who Should Consider Professional Teeth Whitening?

If you have good oral health and are dealing with dental stains, chances are good that you could be a candidate for professional whitening. If you have yellow stains caused by aging, or the foods you consume, our powerful whitening system is enough to remove these stains (often in just one visit). In just one hour, you could have a smile that’s several shades whiter.

Of course, not all stains will respond as effectively to this treatment. Stains that are brown, blue or gray may not whiten as well as yellow discolorations. Also, if you have dental restorations like fillings or crowns you should know that whitening treatment will not lighten these artificial structures.

The best way to determine whether professional teeth whitening is right for you is to see our Billerica dentist for a consultation. We will be able to determine if teeth whitening is the best approach or whether there are better cosmetic options out there.

Other Options for a Whiter Smile

In most cases we will find that people can benefit from what professional in-office teeth whitening can offer. Of course, if you have gum disease or tooth sensitivity then we may have already told you that your smile isn’t right for whitening treatment. This doesn’t mean that you have to just put up with a yellow smile. There are other options like dental crowns or veneers, which can mask these imperfections and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

One Dental Care in Billerica, MA, is ready to help you get the whiter smile you want. Whether you are ready to take the plunge or you have questions about our whitening treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out why you may just want to choose to get tooth-colored fillings to restore your cavity.fillings

Our Billerica, MA, dentist, Dr. Kunio Chan, just discovered a cavity during your routine cleaning. Oh no! What happens next? Even if this is your first cavity you probably already know that we have to remove the decay and fill the tooth. Don’t worry; this is a very common dental procedure (you may even know someone who had to have a tooth filled that can help relieve your anxieties about it). Plus, here are just some of the benefits you’ll get when you get a tooth-colored filling:

The Restoration Will Match Your Tooth

Composite fillings are designed to blend in with the rest of your tooth. This is why more and more people are turning to composite fillings to restore their tooth after a cavity. Our Billerica general dentist will choose the right composite material based on the shade of your teeth to make sure that the filling blends right in. No one will even know that you have a filling.

Less Tooth Preparation

When you get composite fillings, we won’t need to remove as much of your tooth. Preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible will ensure that it is reliably strong for many years to come.

It Strengthens Teeth

Composite resin will actually bond to the tooth, which provides your tooth’s structure with a little more support. This is a great way to protect teeth from weakness, fractures or breakage over time. Sometimes this same composite resin can also be placed over small chips, discolorations and gaps between teeth to improve the look, size or shape of your smile.

Do you have questions about getting composite dental fillings in Billerica, MA? If so, call One Dental Care today to learn more.

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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.”