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Posts for: October, 2016

By Nashua Smile Makers
October 30, 2016
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 Nashua Smile Makers
October 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Are you ready to find out if dental veneers are right for you?

While cosmetic dentistry has certainly been a major lifesaver for anyone who has had dental imperfections and wanted to improve their veneerssmile, it’s important that you visit our Nashua, NH dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta, before choosing the dental treatment that’s right for you. Learn more about what it’s like to get dental veneers and what factors play into your candidacy.

No matter how big or small your dental flaws seem to be, any imperfections can leave you feeling self-conscious. If this sounds like you then you could potentially benefit from getting dental veneers. While the first course of action is to visit our Nashua cosmetic dentist first to make sure your smile is healthy enough for veneers, here are some ways to tell if you are a good candidate:

  • You have healthy teeth that are free of cavities, infection, etc. You also should have enough healthy enamel to support your veneers. Sometimes patients who grind their teeth wear away their teeth so much that they cannot support veneers.
  • You are an adult who is looking to make aesthetic changes to your smile. Fully developed teeth are the only teeth that can get dental veneers. While children and teens may deal with dental defects there are other options for them to consider (and once their teeth are fully grown then they can get dental veneers, if they so choose).
  • You are dedicated to caring for your veneers. Since traditional veneers require that some tooth enamel be removed prior to applying these porcelain shells, you have to be prepared to keep up with your dental veneers for life. While veneers will need to be replaced at some point, the better you care for them the longer they will last.
  • You have dental issues like discolorations, cracks, chips, small gaps between teeth or minor crowding that you want to address. Minor to moderate issues can be treated through dental veneers, but serious misalignments will require orthodontics or other options to improve the overall health and shape of your smile.

If you think dental veneers sound like the right cosmetic treatment to boost the appearance of your smile then it’s time you called our Nashua, NH dental office. Turn to Nashua Smile Makers to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.


There are an assortment of techniques and treatments in an orthodontist's toolkit, braces being the most common and best known. Of course, there wouldn't be any tools at all if teeth couldn't move naturally.

Teeth aren't directly connected to the jawbone. An elastic tissue called the periodontal ligament lies between each one, with tiny fibers attaching to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other. The ligament's elasticity and other qualities allow micro-movements of the teeth as we bite.

The ligament can also adapt to changes in the mouth and teeth by allowing the teeth to move to different positions. That's the basic concept behind braces: we thread a thin wire through brackets attached to the teeth, which we then attach to anchor points (usually back teeth not intended to move) and apply tension to it. Gradually over time, the target teeth move.

But what if your malocclusion (poor bite) is more complicated or the back teeth can't supply enough anchorage for moving the intended teeth? That's where we take advantage of other sources of anchorage.

One such source is the patient's skull, which we can make use of through special headgear worn a few hours a day. The device consists of a strap under tension that runs around the back of the head or neck to a wire housing attached to brackets on the target teeth. If you want to “pull” the teeth forward, the strap would come over the chin, forehead or a combination of both.

We may sometimes want to isolate some teeth to move without moving nearby teeth, such as moving front teeth backward to close a space without affecting teeth further to the rear. We can create a separate anchor point in the jaw with a TAD or temporary anchorage device.

TADs are tiny screws made of stainless steel inserted temporarily into the bone. We loop an elastic band over the TAD on one end and to a bracket or tension wire attached to the target teeth on the other. When we've achieved the teeth's new position we can easily remove the TAD from the bone.

These various tools make it possible to correct difficult or complex malocclusions. They may not always look attractive, but they'll help ensure the final result is.

If you would like more information on available orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontic Headgear & Other Anchorage Appliances.”