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January 07, 2019

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.…

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Category: TMJ, Invisalign
December 26, 2018

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.…

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Category: TMJ
December 11, 2018

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:

  • Painless anesthetic…
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December 10, 2018

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.Man smiling in dental chair after a relaxing treatment with NuCalm

Boston dentist Dr. Ryan Clancy…

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November 15, 2018

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.…

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Category: Invisalign
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 person smiling back. …

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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.…

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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 to…

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Category: TMJ