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What is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Does it Compare to Other Specialties? 

May 1, 2023

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Although cosmetic dentistry isn’t recognized as a specialty by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards (NCRDSCB), it takes a special combination of technical expertise and an artistic eye to deliver superb outcomes. 

General dentists are often thought of as skilled technicians, while cosmetic dentists combine technical skills with artistry to create beautiful aesthetics that closely match a patient’s unique perception of a dream smile. 

In a nutshell, general dentistry focuses on preventing and treating oral disease, while the primary goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve overall aesthetics. Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of reshaping, aligning, and brightening teeth to create natural-looking, confident, and beautiful smiles. 


How to Maintain & Care For Dental Implants

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Dental implants have gained popularity because they restore natural chewing function and smile beauty while enhancing self-confidence and quality of life. Whether you need a failing tooth extracted or already have a gap caused by a missing tooth, dental implants are the number one tooth replacement solution. 

Dental implants consist of three parts that replicate the function and aesthetics of natural teeth. They’re the only tooth replacement option that helps maintain bone health and stimulate new growth once the implant post integrates with your underlying jawbone. 


Comparing Dental Implants & Other Tooth Replacement Options

April 28, 2023

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According to the American Dental Association, it’s common for adults aged 20 to 64 to have three or more decayed or missing teeth. Potential repercussions of tooth loss include ongoing jawbone loss, drifting of adjacent teeth, gum disease, tooth decay, loss of other teeth, discomfort eating, and a hit to self-esteem. 

The good news is that ongoing advances in dental technology have led to a greater number of available tooth replacement solutions. If you’re dealing with tooth loss, today’s options include dental implants, traditional full or partial dentures, dental bridges, overdentures (also called snap-in or snap-on dentures), and fixed implant-supported dentures. 

Replacing missing teeth is necessary to prevent tooth loss from negatively impacting your oral health, systemic health, and quality of life! But so many tooth replacement options can make it difficult to take the first step.


How to Maintain White Teeth After A Professional Teeth Whitening

April 27, 2023

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Professional teeth whitening is the most effective method for reversing tooth discoloration caused by aging, tobacco use, and certain beverages and foods.

Professional teeth whitening options have a high concentration of bleaching agents that penetrate tooth enamel (and even dentin) deeper than over-the-counter (OTC) methods. In-office treatment can brighten teeth by many shades in as little as one hour, with minimal tooth and gum sensitivity. As such, it’s not surprising that millions of Americans choose professional teeth whitening every year. 

While professional teeth whitening can produce the dazzling pearly whites you desire, treatment can cost several hundred dollars. And teeth can lose their luster fairly quickly if you don’t follow proper care.

In this post, learn how to maintain whitening results for as long as possible to protect your smile beauty investment. 


Comparing Teeth Whitening Options

April 11, 2023

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If you dislike smiling for pictures or avoid looking in the mirror at your smile due to discolored teeth, you’re not alone. It’s common for stained teeth to make people feel overly self-conscious, while radiantly white teeth can do wonders for a person’s self-esteem. 

The good news is that a wide array of teeth whitening solutions can restore your pearly whites. Many whitening formulas include similar active ingredients, but efficacy, treatment duration, and cost can vary greatly.

As such, it’s important to learn the basics to select the best option to meet your smile and budgetary needs. 


How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

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Surveys indicate an estimated 34% of adults in the U.S. are dissatisfied with their tooth color. That’s not surprising since the majority of people desire a healthy white smile. Regardless of the cause, discolored or stained teeth can cause a hit to your self-confidence, make you feel too embarrassed to smile, and even negatively impact your relationships. 

If you’re looking for teeth whitening that offers consistent, predictable, and easy-to-maintain results, it’s important to consult a dentist like Dr. David Sabourin who has a proven track record of whitening teeth with professional and safe teeth whitening methods. 

In this article, we will review the basics of tooth whitening and how it works so that you can determine if it’s the right treatment for you.


Invisalign vs Veneers (Which is Best For You?)

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Tooth color, shape, and alignment are a few of the qualities that comprise a lovely smile. If your teeth need improvement in any of these areas, Invisalign or porcelain veneers could be the solution you’re looking for to achieve a dream smile. 

To make an informed decision, it helps to learn essential details about both options—starting with the fact that Invisalign and dental veneers involve completely different approaches, timelines, and costs for improving smile aesthetics. 

Regardless of the procedure you ultimately choose, a successful outcome depends on your individual circumstances and receiving treatment from a dentist with a proven track record in Invisalign and porcelain veneers. 

With more than 35 years of cosmetic dentistry experience, Dr. David Sabourin has helped countless patients achieve picture-perfect smiles with both Invisalign and dental veneers and will recommend the best one to meet your needs. 


Invisalign Aligner Care Guide

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Invisalign has been a game changer for millions of adults and teens who wanted to straighten their teeth discreetly. 

Unlike metal braces, clear aligners are minimally invasive, removable, and won’t trap food particles and plaque between your teeth. 

While more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than metal braces, clear aligners require proper care to ensure the best results and prevent costly replacement. 

Read the following care tips to help Invisalign do its intended job in the expected timeframe! 


Invisalign vs Braces Compared

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Although efforts to straighten teeth date back to Ancient Greece and Rome, major advances in orthodontics didn’t occur until the 19th century, which is when it was recognized as a separate dental specialty. Many advances have occurred since, including the advent of clear aligners. 

Invisalign technology was first introduced in 1997 and gained FDA approval the following year. Although competitors have emerged since, Invisalign is the most widely used aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces, with more than 14 million people treated and counting, according to the company. 

Dr. David Sabourin is an adept Invisalign provider with vast expertise in helping teenage and adult patients who desire a more discreet option than traditional metal braces achieve functional and aesthetic improvements. 


How to Maintain Your Veneers (Best Practice Guide)

April 10, 2023

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Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that can effectively conceal discolored, chipped, short, or gapped teeth in your smile zone for improved aesthetics.

But it’s important to keep in mind veneers require attention to provide long-lasting smile beauty. 

Porcelain veneers require expertise in patient selection, design, preparation, and placement. Furthermore, they can be costly and aren’t covered by dental insurance, so this isn’t an investment you should take lightly. 

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