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November 07, 2018

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.…

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Category: Smile Makeover
November 06, 2018

Thoughts from Dr. Clancy: Smile

Many people visit our office because of their smile.  It may be to keep a great smile healthy.  Sometimes is to repair a broken smile.  At our office, we often improve the cosmetic appearance of someone’s smile. 

Occasionally, we can also bring out someone’s inner smile through building relationships and trust. Smiling relaxes the facial muscles and calms the nervous system, and it can send a friendly signal that usually results in the other…

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Category: Sleep Apnea
October 17, 2018

There are many different types of dental crowns available, including metal, resin, ceramic, and porcelain fused to metal. Dental crowns can be built in a lab, taking a week or two to complete, or they can be created same-day using sophisticated CEREC technology.Illustration of a tooth wearing a golden crown, representing a dental crown

Each of these types of dental crowns has its own benefits and drawbacks, and after years of practicing dentistry…

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October 03, 2018

Sleep apnea is a condition that can significantly lower your quality of life and can contribute to health problems if left undiagnosed and untreated. Luckily, there are effective treatment options available for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. While the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is the most well-known sleep apnea treatment, dental devices (also known as orthotic devices) that keep the airway clear can also be highly effective.…

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Category: Sleep Apnea
September 18, 2018

Thoughts from Dr. Clancy: Fear

People have likely always been afraid of the doctor to some extent. Doctors are associated with illness and death, so some level of anxiety is natural. But modern medicine is more stressful than it needs to be. Many people are terrified of going to the doctor or dentist. At Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry we are not only aware of dental anxiety, we are providing the time and techniques…

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Category: TMJ
September 14, 2018

Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry option because it is a quick, painless, and affordable way to correct many minor cosmetic issues with the teeth. As with any cosmetic procedure, it has benefits and drawbacks, so we recommend coming in for an in-person complimentary consultation to see if it is the right choice for your situation.Smiling older woman with nice teeth, beautiful smile, and dog | Dr. Ryan Clancy

If you are…

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September 05, 2018

While Invisalign clear aligners can be a great way to correct minor issues with teeth alignment, it is very important that you are a good candidate for treatment and that your dentist understands how to create an orthodontic plan that takes the full jaw into account, not just the teeth. Otherwise, side effects such as headaches and TMJ disorder can occur.Man in dental chair with straight teeth | Cosmetic dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy | Boston


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Category: TMJ, Invisalign
August 30, 2018

Full face orthodontics, also known as epigenetic orthodontics, is more than just a teeth-straightening treatment. Unlike traditional braces, full face orthodontics is used to actually grow the jaw into a better shape, which in turn improves breathing, posture, and appearance.Close up of smiling blonde young woman | Medford cosmetic dentist | Epigenetic orthodontics

There are a multitude of orthodontic treatments available for teens…

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May 07, 2018

If you suffer from sleep apnea, it can be detrimental to your overall health and well-being. In addition, it can be an annoyance to your partner, who has to listen to your snoring. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that should be addressed as soon as possible in order to avoid long-term negative consequences, such as a higher risk of heart disease and inability to concentrate during the daytime.

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Category: Sleep Apnea
April 10, 2018

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is fairly common in men, women, and children. While children often grow out of it, in adults it can lead to severe symptoms such as chronic headaches and tooth damage. A number of physical, mental, and lifestyle factors can cause bruxism, and treatment may be a combination of lifestyle changes along with an oral appliance or dental work.

man with headache from teeth grindingBoston dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy is experienced in treating…

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