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November 08, 2017

Although part of the reason porcelain veneers are so popular is because of their durability, they are not indestructible. Just like real teeth, they may chip or crack due toPorcelain Veneers 5-year Guarantee | Boston, MA trauma outside of a person's control. Dr. Ryan Clancy has years of experience placing porcelain veneers, and he knows that despite a patient's best efforts, sometimes they need to come in for an early replacement of a damaged veneer.

This is why Dr. Clancy offers a 5-year guarantee on porcelain veneers. If your porcelain veneers are damaged in any way that was beyond your control, he will replace the damaged veneers free of charge. Dr. Clancy stands by his work, and this guarantee is part of our promise to give you the best treatment and care possible.

Be aware, though, that this guarantee does not apply if your veneers were damaged through your own carelessness. Dr. Clancy will give you guidelines for caring for your new porcelain veneers, and if you neglect to follow these guidelines and your veneers are damaged because you didn't take good care of them, you will need to pay for a replacement.

How To Care For Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great investment if you take proper care of them. They are stain-resistant, durable, and last for a long time. In addition, they look and function just like normal teeth, and you don't need to embark upon any special dietary restrictions or complicated hygiene routines.

That being said, just like regular teeth, porcelain veneers require care to remain in good condition. Here are some guidelines to care for your veneers:

  • Brush for two minutes twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Do not grind your teeth
  • Do not chew on non-food items (such as pens, pencils, fingernails)
  • Visit Dr. Clancy every six months for a cleaning and checkup
  • Avoid eating a lot of hard, sticky, or crunchy foods (such as hard candy, toffee, ice, etc)
  • Do not use your teeth as tools (for instance, to open packages)

Grinding your teeth is bad for regular teeth as well as porcelain veneers. If you have a problem with teeth grinding, also called bruxism, Dr. Clancy may be able to help fit you with a custom night guard to protect your teeth and relieve other symptoms that teeth grinding can cause, such as headaches and jaw pain. Teeth grinding and TMJ often go hand in hand, but Dr. Clancy is trained in TMJ diagnosis and treatment.

Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation

If you are interested in porcelain veneers to correct dental imperfections and achieve a beautiful smile, contact Dr. Clancy today at 781-350-4385 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in and around Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, and Boston, Massachusetts. 

October 27, 2017

If you're wondering if you're in need of porcelain veneers, this quiz may help determine if you are a good candidate.

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells placed on existing teeth to create the illusion of beautifully shaped, white teeth. They are stain resistant and longer lasting than dental bonding. However, they do require some natural enamel to be removed. Most people find that the end result is well worth it, but if you only have minor imperfections, bonding or teeth whitening may be all you need.

You can have anywhere from one to 28 porcelain veneers placed, depending on your personal preferences and how many of your teeth have problems. Dr. Clancy will advise you during your consultation how many (if any) veneers would be best to achieve your smile goals. 

Take our quiz to see if you may be a good porcelain veneers candidate, then call Dr. Clancy at 781-350-4385 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Medford, Cambridge, Winchester, Boston, and other areas of Massachusetts. 


October 18, 2017

Thanks for reading our newsletter! Below you will find the full contents of each section. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clancy, please call us at 781-350-4385.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Thoughts from Dr. Clancy: Time

In my opinion, there is nothing more powerful or precious than timeTime once past cannot be brought back by any means and it is important to understand the value of time. There goes a proverb, “Time and tide wait for none.” Having a wife, four children and a dental practice, time is on my mind every day.  

I long ago had a vision of the ideal work/family balance. I have constantly worked and trained towards finding that balance. I believe that a team who understands the importance of time will work together in an efficient manner. Fortunately, my team shares the same values of family. We all believe that the more efficiently we act as a team, the more time we will have left over for family and friends. 

Many of you have remarked to me how great our team works together, and I agree with all of you. For 3 years we have been closing the office every 8 weeks for two days of training.  It is during these trainings that we learn new techniques, incorporate new technology, review challenging cases, improve efficiency and focus on every detail. 

Each morning we review the day's schedule, and collectively we plan for the expected and the unexpected.  Being on time, and being aware of what time it is, ensures that we will not run late for our day’s appointments. This is very important to our team because we want to treat others with politeness and respect. Your time is valuable, just like ours is, and we should not waste it.  I look forward to seeing all of you early for your next visit at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry.

-Dr. Clancy

The Perfect Smile for Your Big Day

porcelain veneers cosmetic dentist | boston, massachusettsThe leaves are changing colors, making a gorgeous backdrop for a fall wedding. Brides and grooms everywhere are making preparations for their big day, which can include hair, makeup, dress, tux, and of course teeth. Photographers will be on hand capturing every moment, friends and family will be all together, and you want to make sure your smile is as radiant and beautiful as your environment.

If your teeth are stained, chipped, cracked, crooked, or have other minor cosmetic issues, it can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness. In addition, you may not want to have your photo taken, or you may modulate your smile so that it is reserved and close-mouthed.

On your wedding day, though, you want to smile enthusiastically to convey your love and joy, and you want that smile captured by photographers so that you can look back on these memories in the future.

Dr. Clancy can help you obtain a beautiful, bright smile with porcelain veneers. Veneers are a solution for even, white, straight teeth that will last through your wedding day and well beyond.

Some benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Stain-resistant
  • Does not require dental surgery
  • Painless procedure
  • Easy to care for

Porcelain veneers require a few office visits, as they are custom-made to match the rest of your teeth and fit comfortably. If you are thinking about porcelain veneers for your wedding day, make sure to book your initial consultation well in advance.

If you've procrastinated on dental work and now don't have a lot of time before the big day, there are other cosmetic procedures that take less time than veneers. These solutions are not as long lasting, but they can be great options if you need a quick fix. These can include:

If your only concern with your teeth is that they are discolored, then a simple teeth whitening procedure may be all you need. Teeth whitening is performed in-office in one visit, and can lighten teeth up to ten shades. Professional teeth whitening is much more effective and safer than over the counter at-home options.

If you have minor chips and cracks, or want to lessen a gap between teeth, then dental bonding may be a good solution. Bonding does not last as long as veneers, but it can be performed in one office visit and can create cosmetically beautiful teeth.

Schedule Your Pre-Wedding Cosmetic Dental Consultation Today

If you are looking for ways to achieve a bright, beautiful smile, don't hesitate to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Clancy by calling 781-350-4385 today. 

Featured Employee Story: Danielle H.

I have been asked many times about how I came to the decision to follow through with my full mouth rehabilitation experience, especially as a dental hygienist. Why would I choose to change my entire mouth when I have a great smile? A lot of people would consider full mouth rehabilitation mostly for cosmetic reasons, but mine were related to symptoms and pain that I was having that I didn’t realize were related to my bite.

About one year ago, I started getting earaches, and along with that came jaw pain and clicking. I waited months before I decided to have my jaw symptoms addressed, in hopes that the pain would subside without any treatment. I had also sought out other ear, nose, and throat doctors, thinking that they would have the solution to my recent symptoms, but they came up with nothing.

During my consultation,Dr. Clancy’s team took impressions for models and hooked me up to a diagnostic machine that measures how my muscles are firing, so Dr. Clancy could study my bite to find an answer for me. When I returned for my follow-up appointment, he presented the models of my teeth. To my surprise, I had severe wearing on the lower teeth and an overbite that was causing my teeth to chip.

As a hygienist, I was learning a lot about malocclusion/bite correction, so I decided to correct my bite. I wanted to do this in order to get rid of the jaw pain and the wearing without having to get braces. So for six weeks, I wore an orthotic appliance that placed my bite in the correct position, and then I had 28 crowns placed. I was amazed at how quickly my jaw clicking disappeared and my smile was expanded.

I had teeth I could live with before, but now I have a big and perfect smile. And the best of all, people can’t tell I had my teeth done until they ask me what's different!

September 14, 2017

Dental implants require surgery, which is why many people initially turn to options such as dentures or bridges instead when thinking about replacing missing teeth. However, dental implants are worth a second look, as they have many benefits that traditional bridges or dentures do not.what are the benefits of dental implants

Most patients who undergo dental implant surgery find that it is well worth it. Although there will be some discomfort following the surgery, it is generally no worse than that of wisdom teeth removal, and can be managed well with medication and proper care.

Here at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry, we perform all dental implant procedures in-house, making the process much more streamlined and easy for the patient. Our periodontist is board-certified and highly experienced, and you are in good hands with her.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

The root of the tooth is an essential part of the jaw, and plays a role in keeping the jaw bone healthy and intact. Once a tooth is lost, the jaw bone in that area begins to slowly shrink, which can lead to jaw collapse and affect the appearance of the face.

A dental implant, unlike a bridge or denture, actually replaces the tooth root. The implant is placed into the jaw where the natural root used to be, and over time fuses with the jawbone. This helps preserve jaw stability and protects the shape of your face.

The main benefits of dental implants are:

  • Long lasting
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Provides a stable base for an artificial tooth
  • Helps preserve surrounding teeth
  • Restores full bite function

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges or Dentures

Dental bridges require that surrounding teeth be filed down in order to fit a crown over them, so that the false tooth can be anchored in place. While this method is very stable and looks natural, it does unfortunately damage your natural teeth. Dental implants do not require the surrounding teeth to act as an anchor, and you are able to preserve your existing teeth.

Dentures are generally used when multiple teeth are missing. They are a tried and true solution for missing teeth, but they do come with potential problems, including:

  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Difficulty with adhesives
  • Multiple missing teeth increases the chance of significant bone loss in the jaw

Many people are perfectly happy with dentures. However, if you want the most stable solution and are concerned about your appearance, implant supported dentures may be the better option. Implant supported dentures are more secure than dentures held in place with adhesive, and since the implants replace the roots, there is less chance of bone loss.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Most people who are missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. However, this procedure is not for everyone. Dr. Clancy may not recommend dental implant surgery if you:

  • Are diabetic
  • Are a smoker who can't quit temporarily
  • Have an uncontrolled chronic medical condition
  • Have bruxism (teeth grinding)

Medical conditions, including diabetes, may not be a deterrent to dental implants if they are well controlled. Make sure to have clearance from your primary doctor before deciding to undergo elective oral surgery, though.

If you are a smoker, you will need to be able to quit for at least a month prior to implant surgery, as well as for a few weeks after. Smoking is detrimental to the healing process following surgery, and increases the risk of complications during surgery as well.

Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation

If you have missing teeth, schedule your consultation by calling Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry at 781-350-4385 today. Dr. Clancy will discuss the benefits of dental implants, as well as let you know all of your options for tooth replacement.

We serve patients in Medford, Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston, Massachusetts.

August 18, 2017

There are so many cosmetic dentistry options out there, it can easily get overwhelming trying to find out which type is best for you. While the best way to find the right treatment option to achieve your goals is to visit Dr. Clancy in person for a one on one consultation, we've put together this quiz to help point you in the right direction. 

Take the quiz to get an idea of what cosmetic treatment you need, then call Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry at 781-350-4385 to schedule your complimentary consultation and get Dr. Clancy's expert opinion on how you can best correct your smile.