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By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How procedures from your cosmetic dentist in Burlington, Massachusetts can improve your smile.

If there are things you don’t like about your smile you’re not alone. In fact, cosmetic dentistry has become a very popular type of dentistry. It’s popular because of the versatility cosmetic dentistry procedures offer. The only question is, which cosmetic dentistry procedure will you choose?

Dr. Paul David Epstein in Burlington, MA offers a wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic dental procedures to improve your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can correct:

An aging, yellowing, dull smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment; this procedure allows you to whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and the results last up to 5 years.

Small chips, cracks, or tooth wear with a cosmetic bonding treatment; this procedure uses a liquid material known as composite, which is sculpted into the natural contours of your teeth, filling in the damaged areas.

Decay with natural-looking tooth-colored fillings; this procedure also uses composite to replace old, broken-down metal fillings with a filling that blends into your smile.

A porcelain veneer procedure is in a class by itself. Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain, which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneers can hide both minor and major damage like chips, cracks, fracture lines, and areas of lost tooth structure.

You may even be able to cosmetically hide alignment issues like closing gaps between your teeth, making rotated teeth appear straighter, and minimizing the appearance of tooth overlap.

You can also choose a smile makeover, which combines two or more of these procedures to give your smile a completely new look. Your dentist will discuss all of the available options and help you decide which are best to get the look you want in your smile.

To view some amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Epstein's patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at

You don't have to settle for an uninteresting smile. You and your smile can stand out, thanks to cosmetic dentistry services! To find out more about how cosmetic dentistry can help your smile, call Dr. Paul David Epstein in Burlington, MA at (781) 273-1152. Call today.

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
August 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.

With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.

While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.

Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.

Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.

Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.

Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.

Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.

If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
June 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.

Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?

Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.

What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.

Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.

Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.

Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.

If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
April 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Find out which treatment option will give you beautiful results and a more confident smile.

There are so many ways to improve the appearance of your smile. If you aren’t sure the right option for you then it’s time to sit down and bright smiletalk with our Burlington, MA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Paul Epstein. Let us know what your goals are for cosmetic dentistry and then we can help you decide which is right for you. Here are the top three cosmetic dentistry treatments to consider here in Burlington, MA,

Teeth Whitening

Have you thought that your smile could benefit from being a bit whiter? Most of us notice that our teeth get yellow and dull as we get older. You can blame everything from natural aging to the foods and drinks we consume. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening won’t just remove stubborn external stains but also it will brighten the color of your teeth. In about one hour, professional in-office whitening treatment could get your smile several shades brighter.

Dental Bonding

Do you have a small gap between your front teeth that bugs you? Do you have small cracks or chips in a tooth that also throw off the rest of your smile? It’s amazing how even the smallest flaws can affect your appearance. Fortunately, bonding can fix these little problems quickly.

Bonding is the most inexpensive and non-invasive cosmetic treatment and it is great for repairing minor flaws. Our Burlington, MA, general dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin over discolorations, chips, or gaps. Then the resin will be shaped, trimmed and hardened into place to look just like real tooth enamel.

Dental Veneers

If you have more serious cosmetic imperfections that bonding won’t be able to tackle, don’t worry; this is a job for dental veneers. Veneers are thin shells made from porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the shape, size, color, and alignment of your smile in as little as two visits. In order to get veneers, we will first need to shave off some enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for the veneers.

Are you ready to sit down with our dentist in Burlington, MA, and talk about which cosmetic treatment could meet your smile goals? Then call our office today to schedule your free consultation.

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
March 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

One of the best restorative options for slightly deformed, misaligned or stained teeth is a porcelain veneer. Composed of thin, laminated layers of dental material, the veneer is bonded to the outside of the tooth to transform both its shape and color to blend with other natural teeth.

Veneers are more than a technical process — they’re works of art produced by skilled artisans known as dental lab technicians. They use their skills to shape veneers into forms so life-like they can’t be distinguished from other teeth.

How technicians produce veneers depends on the material used. The mainstay for many years was feldspathic porcelain, a powdered material mixed with water to form a paste, which technicians use to build up layers on top of each other. After curing or “firing” in an oven, the finished veneer can mimic both the color variations and translucency of natural teeth.

Although still in use today, feldspathic porcelain does have limitations. It has a tendency to shrink during firing, and because it’s built up in layers it’s not as strong and shatter-resistant as a single composed piece. To address these weaknesses, a different type of veneer material reinforced with leucite came into use in the 1990s. Adding this mineral to the ceramic base, the core of the veneer could be formed into one piece by pressing the heated material into a mold. But while increasing its strength, early leucite veneers were thicker than traditional porcelain and only worked where extra space allowed for them.

This has led to the newest and most advanced form that uses a stronger type of glass ceramic called lithium disilicate. These easily fabricated veneers can be pressed down to a thickness of three tenths of a millimeter, much thinner than leucite veneers with twice the strength.  And like leucite, lithium disilicate can be milled to increase the accuracy of the fit. It’s also possible to add a layer of feldspathic porcelain to enhance their appearance.

The science — and artistry — of porcelain veneers has come a long way over the last three decades. With more durable, pliable materials, you can have veneers that with proper care could continue to provide you an attractive smile for decades to come.

If you would like more information on dental veneers, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”