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Unsupervised, Unoptimized: Are Mail-In Clear Aligners Worth the Risk?

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 5:20 pm
Man holding up one of his mail-in clear aligners

Mail-in clear aligners have become more popular as patients try to treat themselves from home. Many consider them to be a convenient option for orthodontic treatment without frequent visits to the dentist. However, while achieving a straighter smile from the comfort of your home sounds good, there are several risks involved.

If you’re curious about the dangers associated with mail-in clear aligners, continue reading. You’ll learn that your options should be carefully considered before deciding.


Periodontal Pursuits: How Exercise Impacts Gum Health

December 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 2:41 pm
A man and a woman tying their shoes about to go for a run

2024 is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to reflect on your progress this year and set healthy goals for the coming months. If you’re like countless others, you might resolve to exercise every day to shed the extra pounds you put on over the holidays. Did you know, though, that in addition to improving your physical fitness, working out regularly contributes to your oral well-being? It may come as a surprise, but moving more actually reduces the likelihood of developing gum disease. Keep reading to learn more about it!


How Your Lifestyle Choices Impact the Lifespan of Your Dental Implants

November 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 7:43 pm
A woman relieving stress by lifting weights to help with her new dental implants

Dental implants, often considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, offer a durable and long-term solution for a confident smile. While implants are designed to last a lifetime, certain habits and lifestyle choices can decrease their longevity.

If you want to learn some good habits you can engage in to increase the lifetime of your dental implants, continue reading.


Don’t Blow a Fuse! Here’s What to Do When Your Dental Implant Feels Loose

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 10:40 pm
Dental implant

One reason that dental implants are considered the pinnacle of tooth restoration is that they have a success rate higher than 95%. However, some patients will find that their implants have begun to feel loose. While this is a serious problem that requires professional intervention, it is not the end of the world. Here are a few reasons why your implant might come loose and what to do if that happens.


5 Reasons Dental Implants are Nothing to be Ashamed Of

September 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 12:28 pm
A woman talking to her dentist about dental implants

As far as treatments go, dental implants are one of the best available. An artificial “root” in the form of a titanium rod is surgically implanted into your jawbone and capped with a natural-looking dental crown. This solves many issues with missing teeth and looks great. Despite all this, you may still feel some embarrassment about getting the treatment done.

If you want to ease your mind and learn more about dental implants in the process, continue reading. Below are five great reasons why you shouldn’t be embarrassed about getting dental implants.


Exploring the Link Between Aging and Periodontal Disease

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 8:27 pm
An older woman checking her smile in the dentist's mirror

Aging is a natural part of life, and as we grow older, our bodies continue to undergo changes. These changes aren’t as drastic as those you faced in your youth—you’re not going to suddenly grow six inches in a year, but they are significant.

One of these changes is the deterioration of oral health. Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, becomes a more significant concern as we age. Continue reading to learn more about gum disease and steps you can take to prevent it.


Object Stuck Between Your Teeth: What to Do

June 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 1:54 am
person flossing teeth

Whether or not you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment to achieve a more uniform smile, it’s not unusual to have gaps between your teeth. These spaces can occasionally trap objects, even for those who’ve had braces or Invisalign in the past. While these gaps contribute to the uniqueness of your smile, it’s essential to know how to deal with objects getting stuck between your teeth. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, continue reading to learn how to handle this dental emergency effectively.


Does Tooth Sensitivity Require Emergency Care?

April 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 12:36 am
person with tooth sensitivity holding their cheek

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? While it can be uncomfortable, it’s important to determine whether it constitutes a dental emergency. Understanding the causes and preventive measures can help alleviate the discomfort so you can get back to a pain-free beam. Continue reading to learn about when tooth sensitivity is an urgent concern, some common causes, and tips to prevent it.


3 Treatments for a Gummy Smile

March 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 9:27 pm

You can’t put a price on the benefits of a beautiful smile. A person with an attractive smile is viewed as young, confident, and successful; however, few people have flawless teeth naturally. Did you know the appearance of your teeth isn’t the only component of a stunning smile? Your gums are equally influential. If you have a gummy smile, you don’t have to be embarrassed by short or stubby teeth. Your cosmetic dentist has 3 solutions to reveal larger teeth. 


The Truth Behind 5 Common Dental Implant Myths

February 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — backbaydentist @ 2:21 pm
Crown, abutment, and dental implant post in the jaw

Are dental implants the best choice for re-completing your smile? This is a question that requires a lot of careful consideration. Before you make a choice, you need to make sure that it’s based on solid facts. There are quite a few popular misconceptions about dental implants out there; here’s the truth behind 5 of these myths.

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