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Would you like to improve smile? Dr. Valerie Martins and Dr. Sukhpreet Heer of Martins Dental Partners cosmetic dentistryin Beverly, MA share a few cosmetic dentistry treatments you may want to consider.

Cosmetic Contouring

You don't always have to make major changes to your teeth to enhance your smile. Cosmetic contouring, a popular cosmetic treatment, involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel to subtly reshape teeth. It's often used to eliminate overlapping tooth edges, remove points from the ends of teeth or shorter a tooth that's just a little too long.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening offers big benefits for your smile. Professional whitening in our Beverly office only takes about an hour, yet lightens your teeth many shades. Whitening is a good choice if you've noticed that your smile has grown duller over the years, you smoke, or your teeth have become stained from coffee, tea, wine, cola, berries or other dark foods and beverages. The effects of whitening last several years and can be extended even longer if you avoid tooth-staining foods and drinks.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Whether your smile is too gummy, or you don't like the appearance of your receding gums, you may benefit from cosmetic gum surgery. Gum surgery can be used to remove excess gum tissue with a laser or add tissue grafts to restore a normal gum line if you have receding gums.

Invisalign

Is straightening your teeth on your to-do list, but you're not sure how you feel about metal braces? Invisalign eliminates metal wires and brackets and replaces them with clear aligner trays. The trays are virtually unnoticeable and are removed to eat or brush your teeth. If you choose Invisalign, you'll receive a series of trays that you'll replace every two weeks. Invisalign treatment may only take about a year if you're an adult.

Veneers

It's usually not a good idea to cover up a problem unless you're talking about a cosmetic dental issue. Thin porcelain veneers attached to the fronts of your teeth conceal several common types of imperfections, including discolorations, short teeth, gaps, cracks, chips and twisted or oddly shaped teeth.

Improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call cosmetic dentists Drs. Martins and Heer of Martins Dental Partners in Beaverly, MA at (978) 288-1946 or use our website to schedule your appointment.

Do you have misaligned or crooked teeth and wonder what you can do about it?  Have you considered veneers but determined they're not the right fit for you?  Have you considered braces but feel you’re too old for traditional orthodontic treatment or fear how they’ll alter your appearance or impact your daily life?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, Invisalign orthodontic treatment from Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA may be just what the doctor ordered.

Invisalign is a modern, invisible and painless approach to straightening your teeth. Using advanced digital orthodontics, a series of custom-made aligners created just for you gradually shift your teeth into the desired location leaving you with a beautiful, straight smile.

The Invisalign Process

The process starts with a free consultation.  The consultation is an opportunity for you to speak with one of the doctors at Martins Dental Partners to discuss your goals and the options available to you, including Invisalign.  If you determine Invisalign is the right choice for you, the dentist will take x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth.  Then, the dentist will create a 3D image and detailed treatment plan which helps you to understand the entire process, from start to finish.  Finally, the dentist will order the full set of custom-made, clear invisible trays specifically for you.  When the trays arrive you simply begin wearing each set of aligners, typically for two weeks at a time, and watch your teeth move gradually until they’ve straightened into final position.

A Convenient Approach to Straightening Your Teeth

Wearing Invisalign clear aligners, made from medical grade polyurethane won't hurt or result in sore gums the way traditional braces sometimes do.  Switching to a new tray rarely causes pain or headaches. And of course, your dentist will be with you every step of the way to ensure a comfortable process and successful outcome!

Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without fearing that food will get stuck on your braces and brush & floss as you normally would. The best part?  Most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!

Why Martins Dental Partners?

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA. Our mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins or Dr. Sukhpreet Heer, please call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

Do you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth?  Do you have a tooth that needs extraction?  Are you wearing a removal prosthesis that makes you feel uncomfortable or insecure?  If so, you’re likely considering your long-term goals and options available to you.  A dental implant from Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA may be the perfect solution.

A dental implant is a fantastic, permanent solution that looks just like your natural tooth while restoring normal function and strength to your smile.  When a tooth is lost, forces become distributed on adjacent teeth, weakening healthy teeth and affecting their stability making them more vulnerable to attrition and heavy stresses where loosening and shifting can occur.  If you leave missing teeth unrestored, opposing teeth may over-erupt towards the edentulous space, affecting the periodontal health of the opposing teeth and affecting the stability of occlusion.  In addition, in most cases the adjacent teeth will eventually shift, trying to close the space created by the missing teeth, leading to malocclusion and spaces between adjacent teeth.

By choosing dental implants, you will save your occlusion stability, opposing teeth integrity, adjacent teeth alignment, and periodontal apparatus health.  Dental crowns, bridges, or dentures can be used in combination with a dental implant to replace multiple missing teeth.  Dental implantation surgery is completely painless and is performed under local anesthesia for your comfort.  If an implant cannot be placed immediately following an extraction, a temporary tooth will be placed in the space left by the missing tooth.  After the required healing has taken place, the implant will be topped with a custom-made crown matching your existing teeth.  The final treatment plan will be dependent upon a conversation with Dr. Martins regarding your long-term goals and a thorough review of all of your options.

If you’re missing a tooth you owe it to yourself to consider a dental implant. Implants are the longest-lasting option for tooth replacement because dental implants actually become part of your jawbone making them the only permanent solution to tooth loss.  Other methods of tooth replacement such as removable dentures and bridgework often need to be replaced over time while dental implants last a lifetime! 

If a dental implant sounds like an amazing way to replace your missing tooth, reach out to Dr. Valerie Martins of Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA to discuss your options.  Dr. Martins, a Board Certified Periodontist, has placed over 1,000 implants; helping countless patients achieve the healthy, beautiful smile of their dreams.  Call Martins Dental Partners at (978) 288-1946 or visit our website to schedule a complimentary consultation today!

It can be difficult to know exactly how healthy we are. We often receive healthy reports from our doctors & physicians, yet regularly experience upset stomachs, headaches and other issues that suggest something may be going wrong and our bodies are not in complete harmony.  Hidden allergies and Autoimmune disease can often be challenging to identify but can have a severe impact on ones day-to-day life.

Your mouth is a gateway to your body

One way to support your overall wellness is to take great care of your smile.  As you know, the body is an intricate, interconnected system. Poor oral health has been linked to inflammation, diabetes, Alzheimer's and even cancer.  Studies show the risk of fatal heart attacks is 8 to 10 times higher in patients with advanced gum disease.  It’s also believed that a high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease and arthritis may actually originate from oral diseases. 

The main part of teeth is called "dentin" and while it appears solid, it is actually made up of tiny "tubules" that, in healthy patients, transport fluids which nourish the tooth. However, tiny organisms hiding in the tubules can move into the interior of the tooth and multiply. Microorganisms shrink to fit small areas and they can survive on small amounts of food.  These organisms can become pathogenic and are able to produce serious disease due to their adaptation capabilities.

Risks of Poor Dental Health

Poor oral health’s connection to several body diseases has recently become clear. Germs and harmful bacteria from infections such as decaying teeth, roots, inflamed gum tissues, and tonsils, can metastasize to the heart, eyes, kidneys, lungs, or other organs and tissues. Low-birth weight in babies has also been also linked to gum disease.

One study compared brain samples from ten patients without dementia to ten patients with dementia. The research revealed that there was a link between dementia and chronic periodontal (gum) disease as well as Alzheimer's. 
All cancer patients are asked to have their dead teeth removed because there is compelling evidence of the link between dead teeth and cancer, due to the harmful toxins they release.

A Healthy Smile is an important factor in achieving Full-Body Wellness

Bacterial growth and infections in the mouth affect the entire body, traveling throughout it and causing serious health problems such diabetes, bacterial pneumonia and heart disease.  Poor dental health can even result in endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of your heart, when harmful bacteria from your mouth spread throughout your tubules, lymph nodes and bloodstream then attach themselves to damaged areas of your heart. 

The mouth is not an isolated system, but an integral part of the immune system. The mouth is closely connected to many parts of the body and a bacterial imbalance or gum disease in the mouth can create immune problems and inflammation in other parts of the body.

The lesson? Taking great care of your smile is an important factor in achieving Full-Body Wellness.

Martins Dental Partners' mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Valerie Martins or Dr. Sukhpreet Heer, please call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

5 Creative Ways to Stay Active This Winter
By: Jason Lewis, Founder strongwell.org

Freezing weather is no reason to let your fitness goals fall by the wayside. Sure, it’s easier to get outside for a run when it’s sunny and 70 than when you haven’t seen the sun for weeks, but there are plenty of ways to exercise without freezing your fingers off. Instead of resigning yourself to a winter paunch, try these tips for staying active all winter long.

1. Join a Fitness Class

We tell ourselves that signing up for a gym membership will motivate us to go, but the numbers say otherwise. According to data from Statistic Brain, 67 percent of gym memberships never get used. That’s an average of $58 down the drain every single month. Why the lack of follow-through? With monthly and annual memberships, it’s too easy to indefinitely put off going to the gym. But when you sign up for a fitness class that’s only a couple weeks long, procrastinating means missing your chance altogether. For a workout you’ll be excited to attend, sign up for a boxing, spin, pole dancing, or aerobarre class with a group of friends.

2. Build a Home Gym

When the roads are too icy to drive, a home gym is your saving grace. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or a reforming couch potato, you can meet nearly all your fitness needs within a small area of your home. You can build a simple home gym with a yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands, and a Bosu balance trainer for under $300—less than half the price of an annual gym membership.

3. Embrace Winter Sports

One of the best things about winter recreation is that, outside of busy ski areas, it feels like you have the whole world to yourself. While everyone else is hiding from the cold, why not embrace it and learn how to snowshoe or cross-country ski? You’ll see your favorite hiking trails in a whole new light while enjoying a heart-pumping workout that’s sure to keep your body temperature up. Just be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, paying special attention to keeping your feet, hands, and head dry and warm. If you’re new to winter sports, read the National Ski Patrol’s advice on dressing for warmth and comfort.

4. Take the Stairs

Exercise doesn’t only come in the form of sweaty workout sessions. Find creative ways to get your blood pumping throughout your busy day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the far end of the parking lot, stretch during your lunch break, and squeeze in mini-workouts during TV commercial breaks.

5. Grab Your Shovel

Shoveling snow might not be your idea of fun, but do it right, and you’ll get a surprisingly effective full-body workout. As you clear snow from the driveway, focus on pushing, not throwing the snow, and be sure to lift from your legs to prevent back injuries. If your driveway is too short to get proper workout, why not be a good neighbor and clear a few other driveways while you’re at it? Since shoveling poses a heart attack risk for adults over the age of 55, you’ll be doing a big favor for older neighbors.

Consistency is key to building a strong and healthy body, and that means not taking a break from physical activity just because it’s cold outside. Whether you’re a snow bunny or prefer to spend your winters in the comfort of a heated home, you can find ways to stay active even in the dead of winter. What are your favorite ways to work out in the winter months?

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