March 20, 2015
You do your best to maintain a healthy smile with your regular at-home hygiene routine that includes brushing twice every day and flossing at least once a day. And Dr. Alan Sasson and Dr. Ray Dempsey and the team at Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, do our best too, with the most comprehensive dental checkups. Nevertheless, there usually comes a time when we may need to repair tooth decay with a filling. For strength, durability and appearance, we use metal-free fillings to restore a tooth with a cavity.
Although the American Dental Association maintains that the mercury level in metal, or amalgam, fillings is safe, we’re not taking any chances with your health. So for fillings, we use composite resin and dental porcelain.
The Pros of Metal-free Fillings
The composite resin material that we use for fillings is matched to the color of your teeth. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, are always dark and as such can mar the appearance of your teeth when you smile, laugh or talk. With a filling made of tooth-colored resin, you don’t need to worry about the filling showing at all.
Secondly, with a metal-free filling, our dentists can preserve more of the natural tooth structure. This is exactly the idea behind conservative dentistry—repair a tooth while preserving as much of the tooth as possible. Amalgam fillings necessitate reducing more of a tooth to accommodate the filling material. With composite resin material, a minimal amount of the tooth is removed.
Finally, for strength and protection, tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin can’t be beat. Composite fillings are bonded with adhesive to your tooth, protecting it against decay and also strengthening the tooth. Furthermore, composite fillings shield the tooth from bacteria, too. Once bonded, a composite filling won’t wear down or change shape, so bacteria and food particles cannot penetrate the tooth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to learn more about metal-free fillings, call Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA. We also serve patients from Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
February 20, 2015
When you see your smile in the mirror or in a picture, are you pleased? Or are there a few characteristics about your smile that you’d like to change? Maybe you’d like a whiter smile, or a smile with teeth that are well-shaped and not misaligned. If this is the case, then you would do well to consider porcelain veneers. Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, has dramatically improved the smiles of many people with porcelain veneers and we can do the same for you!
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain designed to correct and conceal the imperfections on your front teeth that mar your smile. Using his patented Ceramel® technique, Dr. Alan Sasson custom designs veneers that mimic the translucency, color, and shape of beautiful, natural teeth.
When you come to Boston Smile Center, Dr. Sasson will meet with you to discuss your smile goals and assess your dental health in order to address any concerns before beginning the porcelain veneers process. In some instances, Dr. Sasson may recommend teeth whitening before veneers, so that your natural teeth will be as white as your new veneers.
Porcelain Veneers in Two Visits
At your first appointment for porcelain veneers from Boston Smile Center, we’ll need to prep your teeth. This requires removing a minor amount of enamel from your front teeth so the veneers adhere well and lay flush with your other teeth. Because the veneers are bonded to the surface of the tooth instead of encompassing the entire tooth as with a crown, only a small amount of enamel is buffed away prior to veneer placement. In cases where gaps need to be closed, no buffing may be necessary.
While your custom designed veneers are fabricated, you’ll wear temporaries for a short time. Then, you’ll return to our office where Dr. Sasson will bond your permanent veneers and artfully trim and polish them to a perfect finish.
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If you’d like to learn how porcelain veneers can give you a new smile, then call Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, to schedule a consultation. Our office also conveniently serves patients in the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
January 20, 2015
If you’d like to have a smile with straight teeth, but don’t want to contend with traditional braces that require so much time, then Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, may have the solution for you. Six Month Smiles®, as the name implies, straightens teeth in about six months. Dr. Alan Sasson or Dr. Ray Dempsey would be happy to talk to you about your orthodontic options and whether or not Six Months Smiles is right for you.
The Six Month Smile Advantage
Obviously, having straight teeth in about six months is a clear advantage of Six Month Smiles. But there is another advantage that is equally clear. Actually, this advantage is literally clear. Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that are practically invisible. And because Six Months Smiles braces are designed to straighten the teeth that are just in your smile zone—smile in the mirror and you’ll see what we mean—they are much more comfortable and less irritating than traditional braces.
Six Month Smiles braces use less force than other braces, too, so you experience less discomfort, as well. These braces use standard orthodontic mechanics, but because the emphasis is on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite, the force required to move teeth is reduced.
Caring for Your Smile after Six Month Smiles
To maintain your straight smile, our dentists will want you to wear a retainer. You can wear a removable retainer or one that is bonded into place behind your teeth. And of course, be sure to continue your at-home hygiene routine of brushing and floss at least twice every day so your new straight smile is healthy and white, too!
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If you would like to find out if Six Months Smiles is the right orthodontic option for you, schedule an appointment for a consultation with Boston Smile Center today. We serve patients in Brookline, MA, and the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
December 23, 2014
Missing teeth are more than just a matter of appearance. Just one missing tooth can hamper your ability to speak and to chew. The consequences, therefore, may degrade your self-confidence and impair your ability to eat a nutritious diet. Dental implants replace missing teeth in the most natural way possible. The dentists at the Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, will give you dental implants that restore your smile, your confidence and your overall health.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant not only looks like a live tooth, but with a “root” it even mimics the function and structure of a natural tooth. This root is actually a titanium post that is surgically embedded into the bone beneath the space of the missing tooth. As the implant and bone tissue fuse, the implant provides the added advantage of helping to prevent bone loss and maintain your facial features. After the implant is securely anchored within the bone (a process called osseointegration that usually takes between three to six months), Dr. Alan Sasson or Dr. Ray Dempsey will then secure your custom made crown to the post.
Actually, implants are often the solution for when you have more than one missing tooth, in that they are used to secure bridges or partials for multiple tooth replacements and can even be used to secure full upper and lower dentures. Your doctor will be able to determine what the best course of treatment for you is. So, whether you are missing one tooth or more, dental implants may provide the most natural and the most comfortable solution.
Call Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile, your confidence and your wellbeing, schedule an appointment at Boston Smile Center. We conveniently serve patients in Brookline, MA, and the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
November 23, 2014
Traditions run deep in Boston, and Boston Smile Center—your 02446 dentist—wants to be one of your family’s traditions. Conveniently located in Brookline, MA, Boston Smile Center can provide dental care for you and your entire family. Dr. Alan Sasson, an expert in cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry with more than 25 years of experience, founded Boston Smile Center with the idea of taking care of his patients the same way he would want his family to be cared for—personally and professionally.
Your 02446 Dentist Provides Comprehensive Services
Whether you come to Boston Smile Center for a routine checkup—which includes cleaning and polishing your teeth, an oral cancer screening, examining for early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, and x-rays when necessary—or one of our specialized treatments, you can be sure your teeth are in good hands.
Dr. Sasson is a graduate of the Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry at Boston University and earned his certification in Oral Implantology from Brookdale Hospital in New York. He has taught at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Forsythe Institute, and the Medical Research Foundation of Boston. Dr. Sasson is a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry among other well-respected professional organizations.
In an effort to be the dentist 02446 residents can count on, Dr. Sasson has built a team to provide all of the dental services you need in an environment of care and convenience. His colleague, Dr. Ray Dempsey is our periodontist. Dr. Dempsey is highly skilled and trained in restoring the health of your gums as well as the surgical aspect of replacing missing teeth with permanent dental implants.
The rest of the staff, from our dental hygienists to the front office, are dedicated to making sure your visit to Boston Smile Center is pleasurable. Patient care and exceptional customer service are our top priorities. Therefore, we offer a variety of payment options, including cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and American Express. We will also file your insurance claim to maximize your benefits. If you’d like to finance cosmetic or restorative treatments, then we can arrange a payment plan with CareCredit.
Schedule an Appointment Today with Your 02446 Dentist
If you are ready to receive the best in dental care for you and your family, then call Boston Smile Center today. We conveniently serve patients in Brookline, MA, as well as the surrounding communities of Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Newton and Somerville.
October 23, 2014
Root canal. Just the mention of this not-so-uncommon dental procedure can send shivers down the spine. Actually, however, you can save the shivers for the thought of losing a tooth because you didn’t have a root canal. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson combines modern dental anesthetics with a gentle touch to perform a practically painless root canal that will save your tooth and eliminate the pain associated with a tooth root infection.
At the center of your tooth is a soft tissue layer known as dental pulp. If this pulp becomes traumatized because of extensive tooth decay, a severe chipped or cracked tooth, or perhaps a hard hit to the face, then the pulp may become infected. In most cases, this infection causes indescribable pain, because the pulp is filled with nerve fibers, blood vessels and lymph tissues. Other symptoms may include:
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
Left untreated, such an infection can lead to an abscess at the tip of the tooth’s root or the infection may spread to the jaw and neck.
During a root canal, Dr. Sasson removes all of the infection and associated debris from inside your tooth and the root. The root is filled with medication and a biologically inert substance and is then sealed from further infection. Usually, this tooth will require a crown to protect the root canal. You’ll care for this tooth like your others, with at-home oral hygiene and regular check-ups.
Call Our Office Today
If you or someone your care for is having a toothache, please don’t delay having the tooth examined for whether or not a root canal is necessary. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Alan Sasson at Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA. Our office also serves patients from the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Newton, Somerville, Boston and Cambridge.
September 23, 2014
An attractive, open smile is an invaluable asset in your personal and professional life, conveying confidence, charisma, and a whole host of positive attributes in a single flash of your pearly whites. If your teeth are crowded, misaligned, or unevenly spaced, you may find yourself hiding your smile in public and in photographs. Fortunately, there is a teeth-straightening solution that doesn’t involve the use of metal wires and brackets: Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Alan Sasson at Boston Smile Center is a 2014 Invisalign Preferred Provider serving Brookline, MA and the surrounding areas. Our team would love to show you how much of a difference Invisalign can make in your smile and in your life.
Choose Invisalign for a Confident Smile
If you are a candidate for Invisalign orthodontic treatment, we’ll begin the process of straightening your teeth by taking precise digital measurements of your dentition. This data will be sent directly to an Invisalign lab where your custom aligners will be created. When we receive your aligners, we’ll assess your bite to ensure optimal fit and comfort. The rest is easy! Simply wear your clear, comfortable aligners for the designated amount of time each day for a period of about two weeks for each set. As time passes, you’ll graduate to the next set of aligners in the series until treatment is complete. With Dr. Sasson’s guidance, you’ll begin to see your new smile emerge in no time!
Because we want you to begin enjoying the innumerable benefits of straighter teeth as soon as possible, Dr. Sasson also offers Propel Orthodontic technology. This revolutionary solution actually improves the restructuring process within your jaw as your teeth are shifted into their final positions. Capable of reducing orthodontic treatment duration by up to 60 percent, Propel has been successfully utilized with both traditional braces and the Invisalign system. We genuinely look forward to becoming your partners in your journey toward a healthier, more balanced smile with Invisalign clear aligners.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you’ve been dreaming of straighter, healthier teeth and a more confident smile, Dr. Sasson and his team can help. Contact our office in Brookline, MA today to schedule your Invisalign consultation with our caring, experienced team. Remember to ask about the Propel Orthodontics system as well to find out if you’re a candidate for even more rapid orthodontic treatment. Our state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves families from throughout Brookline and the surrounding areas, including Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Newton, Chelsea, and more.
August 25, 2014
Oral cancer is an incredibly aggressive and deadly disease, affecting approximately 43,250 Americans every year. Only about half of these patients survive for past the five year mark following diagnosis, making early detection a pivotal component of successful treatment. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson and his team are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic exams, including oral cancer screening, during general dentistry checkups.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is most easily and successfully treated when the disease is detected and addressed in its earliest phases. If it is allowed to progress into advanced stages, the likelihood that treatment will succeed is substantially diminished. This is another reason that routine general dentistry exams and cleanings are so vital to overall oral health. Dr. Sasson will meticulously check every surface of your mouth, examining the gums, tongue, palates, and cheek linings for any sign of abnormalities or lesions.
Patient vigilance is also important, and if you notice anything unusual about any of the soft tissues of your mouth or your throat, it is important that you call us as soon as possible to schedule an exam. Some of the common symptoms associated with oral cancer include:
- Persistent cough or hoarseness
- White or red patches anywhere within the mouth
- Unexplained pain and/or bleeding that won’t subside
- A sore that does not go away
- Unusual sensations, including numbness and tingling
- Discomfort when moving the tongue or jaw
- Thickening of tissue anywhere in the oral cavity
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
Observing any of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate the presence of oral cancer, but each of them should be considered serious and should be evaluated by your dentist.
Defending Against Oral Cancer, One Screening at a Time
Has it been more than six months since your last general dentistry checkup with Dr. Sasson? If so, we encourage you to contact us today to reserve your appointment. We look forward to providing you with the high-tech, personalized oral healthcare services you want and deserve. Our conveniently located Brookline, MA dental practice proudly serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Chelsea, Newton, Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and beyond.
August 6, 2014
Bad breath is something that we all must deal with from time to time, but that doesn’t make it any easier or any more pleasant when it occurs. Mints, flavored chewing gum, and mouth rinses may temporarily provide respite from malodorous breath, but these only serve to cover up the problem rather than addressing the root cause. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson helps patients battling bad breath treat their condition in a way that actually works.
Bad Breath Treatment in Boston, MA
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, may be caused by a variety of factors, including dehydration, certain medications, diet, smoking, chronic health problems, and more. In the majority of cases, patients suffering with bad breath can find substantial relief using over-the-counter oral healthcare products and practicing proper oral hygiene at home. Keep the following in mind if you are dealing with mild to moderate halitosis:
- Avoid tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption
- Brush teeth at least twice per day, preferably after each meal
- Don’t skip the floss! Bacteria trapped between teeth can cause odors
- Clean your tongue using a tongue scraper. Most bad breath bacteria hide on the tongue
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash each time your brush and floss
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
If your bad breath woes still persist even with the above practices in place, the underlying problem may warrant specialized treatment from your dentist. We are always happy to provide you with the treatment you need to achieve fresh breath and a more confident smile.
Breathe Easily with Halitosis Treatment in Boston
Dr. Sasson and his team understand how embarrassing chronic bad breath can be, particularly when it begins to negatively impact your social life. Fortunately, there are ways to treat and finally overcome halitosis, and we want to help. Contact our office in Brookline, MA today to speak with our caring, compassionate staff and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sasson. We look forward to working with you to develop a customized treatment plan that suits your lifestyle. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout the Boston area and surrounding communities, including Newton, Somerville, Chelsea, Cambridge, and beyond.
July 15, 2014
Have you ever seen a smile with one tooth that just doesn’t seem to fit? Perhaps your own smile is marred by multiple imperfections caused by decay or injury. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, Dr. Alan Sasson helps patients just like you rediscover healthy, beautiful smiles and improved function with a variety of restorative dentistry solutions, including all-porcelain crowns.
Why Choose All-Porcelain Crowns?
All-porcelain crowns effectively restore function, strength, and aesthetic appeal to teeth that have been compromised by injury, decay, or other damage. The crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth, preserving it and protecting it from further harm. An all-porcelain crown is custom-crafted from a single block of durable dental porcelain to match the shape, size, and shade of your natural teeth. Unlike crowns that contain gold, silver, or other metallic alloys, all-porcelain crowns look more like your real teeth so that you can smile with confidence.
All-porcelain crowns serve a variety of purposes. Dr. Sasson may place a crown to cover a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy or cracked due to injury. Teeth that are misshapen, fractured, or otherwise damaged can be repaired with all-porcelain crowns to promote a more uniform, attractive appearance. Talk to Dr. Sasson about your expectations, desires, and concerns during your restorative consultation and find out how the placement of all-porcelain crowns can help you.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Whether you currently have a crown that you would like to have replaced or you are in need of a completely new restoration, Dr. Sasson is here to help. Contact our office in Brookline, MA to schedule your appointment today and to learn more about our broad selection of smile-perfecting dentistry solutions. Boston Smile Center warmly welcomes patients from throughout the entire Boston area, including Somerville, Chelsea, Newton, Cambridge, and more. We can’t wait to show you what a difference our advanced technology, extensive experience, and caring touch can make in your next dental experience.