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Thoughts from Dr. Clancy: Appreciation
As a practicing dentist, I feel humbled when my patients go through hardship to travel long distances just to be treated by me. Our patients who go out of their way to see us simply because of how well we treat them and the quality…Read Full Post
Porcelain veneers can seem expensive at first glance. While exact costs vary depending on things like how many you need, how custom you want your veneers to look, and how complex the problems with your teeth are, veneers can easily run into the thousands of dollars.
However, the important thing to keep in mind with veneers is that they have incredible long-term value. They…Read Full Post
The Medford High School Hope Chest Food Pantry, otherwise known as “Priscilla’s Pantry,” was recently opened to all Medford High and Medford Vocational Technical High students. The pantry, named after Priscilla Hoff and made possible by donations from the Hoff Family Foundation, provides shelf-stable foods and household goods to students in need.…Read Full Post
Many men and women grind their teeth at night, which can lead to jaw problems such as TMJ disorder and can wear down or crack the teeth. If you consistently wake up with a sore jaw, headaches, or both, you may be grinding your teeth during the night while you sleep.
If you want to stop grinding your teeth at night, there are a number of treatment options available depending on…Read Full Post
A common side effect of Invisalign is headaches, especially when first starting or when switching aligner trays. These headaches can occur for a number of reasons, and can range from minor discomfort to full on migraine. It is important to know that you are a good candidate before embarking on Invisalign treatment, as if you are prone to headaches or migraines it might not be the best choice for you.…Read Full Post
Exercise itself doesn’t usually directly contribute to TMJ disorder, but it can indirectly contribute if you tend to clench your jaw or use improper form while exercising. If you notice that you experience jaw pain or other TMJ symptoms after exercising, it could be from clenching your teeth, placing too much strain on your neck and jaw muscles, or both.
Boston dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy…Read Full Post
Thoughts from Dr. Clancy: Stress
Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life’s experiences. All of us lead busy and demanding lives that can leave us breathless, exhausted and stressed. There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress. In fact, it is hard to think of any disease that stress does not play some aggravating role in. At our office, we not only acknowledge that stress plays a large role in dental visits, but we have taken great steps to minimize the amount of stress that our patients feel daily. Every new technology that we introduce is aimed at making our patients comfortable, such as:
If you are anxious or nervous at the thought of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Up to 20% of adults suffer from dental anxiety or full-fledged dental phobia that prevents them from visiting the dentist as often as they should, if at all.
Boston dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy understands that dental anxiety is a real and valid concern for many people. This is why he is so invested in helping each of his…Read Full Post
Smoking in general is bad for your teeth and your health, and if you smoke we strongly suggest trying to quit. That being said, it is possible to smoke while undergoing Invisalign treatment. You have to be very careful about it, and if you are a heavy smoker you may want to consider a different type of orthodontic treatment. If you are a light or social smoker it will be easier to manage smoking while undergoing Invisalign.…Read Full Post
Unfortunately, dental insurance does not typically cover cosmetic dentistry. However, exactly what your dental insurance covers will vary depending on your plan, so it’s worth it to check with your provider to see if they will at least partially cover some of your cosmetic treatment. Different plans may have different ideas of what constitutes “cosmetic” work, so often you can get at least part of your treatment covered by insurance.…Read Full Post