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By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Your smile is an important part of your overall appearance. In fact, 48 percent of people surveyed by the American Academy of Cosmetic cosmetic dentistryDentistry said that a smile was the most memorable feature of a person that they'd just met. When your teeth aren't as perfect as you would like, cosmetic dentistry services offer a simple way to improve your smile. Our Seekonk, MA, dentist, Dr. Frank Casarella, discusses several smile-changing procedures.

Contouring and reshaping

During contouring, small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to eliminate overlapping areas, get rid of points at the bottom of teeth, or subtly change the appearance of teeth. Composite resin, a tooth-colored material that becomes as hard as tooth enamel, may also be bonded to teeth during the treatment. Because only very small amounts of enamel are removed, you won't even need an anesthetic during this procedure.

Teeth whitening

Bright, white smiles are definitely in vogue these days. If your teeth are dull or stained, teeth whitening treatment in our Seekonk office will offer a dramatic improvement. Most people notice a three- to eight-shade difference after whitening. In-office whitening is a quick procedure. If you can spare an hour, you can experience a whiter smile.

Dental veneers

As effective as whitening is, it might not make your teeth as white as you'd like in some cases. If your teeth are naturally yellow, even a three- to eight-shade difference may not result in extremely white teeth. Adding stain-resistant veneers to the fronts of your teeth can improve the whiteness of your smile and conceal minor flaws. Thin porcelain veneers are attached with dental cement and can hide uneven surfaces, chips, gaps, cracks, and oddly shaped teeth, and also lengthen teeth.

Dental implants

Dental implants are the most recent tooth restoration option. They can be used to replace any number of missing teeth and offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Titanium dental implants are added to your jawbone, where they soon bond to the bone. The implants act as tooth roots for the dental crowns connected to them. Implants feel more like natural teeth, don't decrease your biting power and help keep your jawbone strong.

Can you benefit from any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures? Call our Seekonk, MA, dentist, Dr. Casarella, at (508) 761-8668 to schedule your appointment.

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
October 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Showing off your smile is something that should make you feel confident and proud. Unfortunately for many people, this is simply not the veneerscase thanks to the abnormalities or imperfections in their teeth. However, dental veneers can repair these issues and make you feel great about the way you look, boosting your self-esteem and allowing you the freedom to smile with pride. Find out more about veneers with Dr. Frank Casarella at Seekonk Dental in Seekonk, MA.

Are dental veneers right for me? 
Though you may look at dental veneers and decide that they are the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you, you may not be a good candidate for this treatment. Veneers can fix several cosmetic issues at once, making them ideal for people who have several different problems with their teeth. You should have good overall dental health, free from teeth decay and gum disease. Candidates should also have good dental hygiene and brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. Those who suffer from bruxism, or tooth grinding, should not have veneers as this condition can damage the restorations.

What do veneers treat? 
Veneers can fix several dental problems in one fell swoop, making them the ideal smile makeover tool. Some of the most common uses for veneers include to treat:

  • cracked teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • severely stained teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • misshapen teeth

Dental Veneers in Seekonk, MA
Dental veneers require your dentist to prepare the tooth receiving the restoration. This process involves removing a super-thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. This makes veneers a permanent and irreversible procedure, meaning that you should be committed to this treatment and have realistic expectations for its results. Determining whether or not veneers are the best treatment option for your smile is easy with help from your dentist.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Frank Casarella at Seekonk Dental in Seekonk, MA. Call (508) 761-8668 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Casarella today!

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
September 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

With cosmetic dentistry, you’ll be ready to show that beautiful smile to everyone around you.

A smile is often one of the first features a person notices. Think about it: How often do you meet someone new and immediately look at cosmetic dentistrytheir teeth? Probably pretty often! So if you are dealing with certain imperfections that keep you from having the smile you’ve always wanted then it’s time you talked to our Seekonk, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Frank Casarella about which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you.

Teeth Whitening

If you want to brighten your teeth and remove surface stains prior to a wedding or special event then look to teeth whitening to help improve your smile. While over-the-counter whitening products might boast better prices, they won’t give you the instant and significant results that in-office whitening can. In just one hour we can get some smiles up to eight shades whiter (or more!).

Dental Bonding

Not all cosmetic dentistry has to be expensive or invasive in order to improve the overall shape or look of your smile. If you have one or more teeth that have small chips, stains or other imperfections, or if you have small gaps between teeth, dental bonding might be the solution. Just by applying and molding tooth-colored resin over these problem areas we can hide these imperfections for good. No anesthesia, drills or invasive techniques required!

Tooth Reshaping

Sometimes this cosmetic procedure is used in conjunction with dental bonding to achieve the perfect smile. This cosmetic treatment shaves down tooth enamel to reshape and change the size or appearance of a tooth. Because very little enamel is filed down, this procedure isn’t painful and won’t require topical numbing agents or anesthesia.

Dental Veneers

While some chips, cracks, discolorations and other imperfections may be fixed by bonding, not all problems can be. More significant flaws—as well as misshapen or uneven teeth, and crowded or gapping teeth—can benefit from dental veneers. These thin layers of porcelain are adhered to the front of your teeth to mask aesthetic problems and to improve the overall color, shape, and size of your smile.

Full Makeovers

Sometimes more than one cosmetic dental procedure may be recommended if you have more severe dental issues that you need to address. Fortunately, many of these procedures can work along with others to give your smile the significant makeover it deserves.

If you want to find out which procedure is right for your smile or if you already have an idea of which treatment you want then it’s time you turned to Frank P. Casarella, DMD today. Let Dr. Casarella give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

By Frank P. Casarella, DMD
July 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Thinking about dental veneers to close gaps or brighten dark teeth in Seekonk, MA? Consider talking to Frank P. Casarella, DMD, about veneershow veneers can remake your smile.

Dental veneers are the most commonly sought after and popular cosmetic dental procedures today. That’s because veneers are easy, non-invasive, and virtually pain-free.

They are tooth-colored blanks made of ceramic or porcelain that your Seekonk dentist custom designs and permanently affixes to the front of your teeth. In a veneer procedure, Dr. Casarella carefully removes a tiny portion of your tooth enamel and permanently cements a custom shaped and designed veneer to the front surface of each tooth. The result is a new, bright smile that will last a long time – up to ten years – before the veneers have to be replaced.

While veneers are useful, safe, and effective, they are not for everyone. Usually, veneers are best used for corrections of minor shape issues, chips, tooth discoloration and mild alignment problems. Severe malocclusions or broken or severely damaged teeth, for example, will require more extensive work. People with severe gum disease, unhealthy teeth, or serious enamel loss and people who habitually grind their teeth are generally not good candidates for veneers.

Unlike other dental procedures, such as a crown, your Seekonk dentist does not have to remove a significant amount of your tooth to prepare it for the veneer. Nonetheless, because the dentist does remove a tiny portion of enamel, a small percentage of people have experienced some heat and cold sensitivity in their teeth.

Finally, veneers are permanent; once it is done the procedure cannot be reversed. That means you need to be absolutely sure you want them, and that’s why it is so important that you consult your Seekonk dentist Dr. Casarella to make sure veneers are the right choice for you.

Contact Frank P. Casarella, DMD, to find out how veneers can help you remake your smile. For more information call (508) 761-8668.