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Dental Bonding with Dr. Alaa AlWazzan

Dental Bonding with Dr. Alaa AlWazzan

Are you unhappy with the way your teeth look? Maybe a teeth has been damaged or maybe it’s just simply discolored. If you’re having an issue similar to that, then Dr. Alaa AlWazaan, a cosmetic dentist in Quincy, MA, can help you through the process known as dental bonding. Dental bonding can solve issues such as large gaps in your teeth to any cracks, chips, or imperfections in a tooth. Take a second to learn what dental bonding is and how this procedure can be used to your advantage!

Dental Bonding: What is it?

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The procedure referred to as dental bonding utilizes a tooth-colored material made from resin. This material can be applied to your teeth at which point is it hardened with the utilization of a special light. This process bonds the resin to your teeth and is typically used to improve or restore your smile. Here are some examples in which dental bonding can help a patient:

  • Decayed teeth repair; composite resins are used to fill cavities.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth repair.
  • Discolored teeth appearance improvement.
  • Closure of gaps between teeth.
  • Making teeth look longer.
  • Altering the teeth’s shape.
  • Protecting a tooth’s root when it is exposed from a receding gum line.

Dental Bonding: What is the Procedure Like?

Dental bonding typically can be done in three main phases. The first and easiest phase requires any beforehand preparation to be done. This usually involves assessment and discussion of what the dental bonding procedure is being used to accomplish. From there, the resin material is applied in phase two and finished off in phase three with the curing light. To summarize, this is the dental bonding process:

  • Preparation: The dentist will select a resin color that matches the color of your teeth or the desired color that you want. From there, the only other preparation that might be performed is anesthesia if the tooth being bonded has experienced severe decay and causes pain.
  • Bonding: The tooth’s surface must be roughened first and then an application of conditioning liquid is performed. At that point, the putty resin material can be placed on your tooth and then conformed to the necessary shape.
  • Completion: While it can take upwards of 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, the procedure is typically finished by the ultraviolet light which hardens the resin material. Once hardened, it can be tripped, shaped, and polished as needed.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

If your teeth are generally healthy, regular dental checkups may seem unnecessary. But brushing and flossing at home, while essential to good dental health, are not enough to keep your teeth at their best. A dentist can clean teeth in ways that you can’t, and also uses these regular checkups to watch for signs of more serious health problems that you might not otherwise spot. At Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC, we confirm the general recommendation that most people should visit the dentist at least once every six months–and if you have risk factors for dental and periodontal disease, you might need to come in more often.

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Risk factors

A heightened risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease can result from:

Dry mouth due to low saliva production, medication, or environmental factors. Your saliva helps clean and protect the surfaces of your teeth; when there isn’t enough saliva present, decay can advance more quickly.

Dental appliances like retainers and bite guards, which prevent saliva from flowing freely over the teeth.

Dietary factors like acidic foods, frequent snacking, and a high sugar intake, all of which can accelerate decay.

Excessive plaque production. Everyone’s mouths produce plaque at different speeds. If you notice large visible plaque deposit on your teeth between cleanings, this may indicate faster than average plaque production.

Teeth that are difficult to clean adequately due to being too close together or having deep pits and fissures. Food and bacteria can become trapped in these spaces and lead to decay.

While factors such as diet are controllable, many are not. If you have more than one of these risk factors, you might benefit from more frequent cleanings.

How we can help

When you visit Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC, your teeth will be examined to spot the early signs of decay and periodontal disease. At the early stages, these conditions are often reversible without invasive treatment. We will advise you of any problems and how to take care of them. We also offer scaling and root planing to remove dental calculus, which can’t be removed by brushing or flossing; and we provide fluoride treatments to help strengthen your teeth and replenish lost minerals. These cleanings and treatments help to prevent and even reverse the slow deterioration of your teeth over time, in a way that at-home care can’t.

Regular dental exams and preventive cleanings are a vital part of your dental health care. Don’t skip out; schedule your appointment with our office today.

Aesthetic Dental Treatments

Aesthetic Dental Treatments

A full smile makeover can be a major investment of time and money and can sometimes require invasive surgery. Installing dental implants, applying veneers, and other high-end dental procedures are a big commitment that not everyone is in the position to make. If you are looking for smaller, simpler ways to improve your smile, Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC offers a range of options for brighter, more beautiful teeth without the hassle of extensive cosmetic dentistry.

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Teeth whitening

Our in-office professional teeth whitening treatments can have your teeth noticeably brighter in a single visit. Teeth whitening performed by a dentist is a better alternative to over-the-counter treatments. By coming to our office, you allow us to monitor your teeth to ensure they lighten evenly and don’t grey from over-treatment. We are also able to offer stronger compounds than would otherwise be available, so you can have the results you want in the shortest possible time. Teeth whitening will improve the look of any smile, allow you to make your best first impression, and give you an immediate boost in confidence.

Dental bonding

One of the most versatile and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures available is dental bonding. Dental bonding can correct short, uneven, crooked, stained, or oddly shaped teeth in the course of a single visit. Using the same composite resin substance that we use for tooth-colored fillings, we can shape and sculpt your teeth, producing an even, natural-looking smile in as little as an hour per tooth. Although dental bonding is temporary, it offers an immediate improvement to your smile that will last for several years.

Scaling and root planing

When plaque is allowed to build up on your teeth, it hardens into a substance called tartar or dental calculus. Aside from its effect on your dental health, tartar is a dull greyish-yellow that seriously detracts from the brightness of your smile. Tartar can’t be removed by regular brushing and flossing. If your smile is being dulled by tartar, Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC offers scaling and root planing to remove tartar both above and below the gumline. Not only will your smile be brightened, but your long-term dental health will be improved by removing this source of irritation and infection

A brighter smile now

Even if you aren’t looking for an extensive makeover, you can still have the smile you want without invasive cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your aesthetic dental procedure, or request an appointment online.

Invisalign with Dr. Alaa AlWazzan

Invisalign with Dr. Alaa AlWazzan


Many adult patients have lived with crooked or misaligned teeth for years because braces seemed unfeasible; they’re perceived as expensive, uncomfortable, and primarily for children. Luckily, you’ll find that straight and perfect teeth are well within your reach. Quincy DMD offers an affordable, comfortable, and effective method for adults to straighten their teeth: Invisalign.

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Invisalign: Adult Orthodontics

With Invisalign, your teeth are gradually shifted into place and straightened through the use of a clear set of retainers. Invisalign can be used to straighten your teeth while addressing a wide variety of issues such as spacing, crowding, overbite, crossbite, and underbite. Here are some of the benefits and advantages to using Invisalign over traditional braces:

 

  • Remove the device from your mouth whenever you want; allowing you to easily eat and brush your teeth without worry.
  • Due to the clear nature of the retainer, most people won’t notice that you’re even using Invisalign when you have the retainer set in.
  • Frees up your schedule by only requiring a dental office every four to six month for progress checkups.
  • No metal brackets or wires. The Invisalign retainers are smooth and comfortable; causing little to no irritation to your mouth, gums, and teeth in comparison to traditional braces.

The Invisalign Process

  • Step 1) Receive an Invisalign Assement: In order to determine if you’re a viable candidate for Invisalign, you’ll want to have a small consolation meeting with Dr. Alaa AlWazaan. We will be able to go over whether or not Invisalign is the right treatment path for you and if other factors are suitable as well; such as costs and insurance concerns.
  • Step 2) Create a Customized Treatment Plan: Everyone is unique and different; this includes your teeth. Once you’ve determined that you want Invisalign, we will begin taking x-rays and molds of your teeth, then chart out the precise movements of your teeth to ensure that your teeth are straightened and perfect by the end.
  • Step 3) Receive Your First Aligners: Once the treatment plan has been created, we will send out the necessary information to have your first set of customized aligners made. Once you receive them, you can begin wearing them to start the Invisalign treatment.
  • Step 4) Wear New Aligners: Every two weeks, a new set of retainers are sent to you for you to wear. By switching retainers throughout the process, you will see a gradual shift in your teeth until they’re straightened. Regular assessments are performed to make sure that you’re on track to reach your goal.
  • Step 5) Maintenance: Once the treatment plan is finished, you can show off your straightened smile to the world. Just remember to follow appropriate maintenance which may include continued use of your Invisalign retainers to keep your teeth in place.

A Healthy Body Starts with a Healthy Mouth

A Healthy Body Starts with a Healthy Mouth


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Every individual body part has a role to play in your body’s overall function. When one part of you is damaged or in poor condition, it affects every other aspect of your health. Your dental health is no exception. Gum disease and tooth decay can have a major impact on your overall health. Caring for your body means caring for your teeth, and Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC is here to help.

Pain-free and happy

If you’ve ever experienced recurring pain or a long-term injury, you know what an effect lasting discomfort can have on your life. Pain distracts you and drains your energy the longer it lasts. A toothache or other dental health problems can cause long-lasting symptoms that seriously detract from your ability to live your life. If you experience tooth pain, jaw aches, or a dental injury, prompt treatment is the best way to get relief. Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC offers treatment for dental emergencies, as well as preventive care to stop toothaches before they start.

The impact of infection

Decay and disease in your mouth are uncomfortable in and of themselves, but they can also have more serious long-term effects on your health. Tooth decay and periodontal disease have been linked to many major health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. There is also evidence that gum disease may contribute to the development of rheumatoid arthritis, and similarities have been identified between the way gum tissue reacts to infection and the way that joint tissues behave when suffering from RA. Gum disease in pregnant women even increases the risk of premature birth. By caring for your teeth, you lower your risk for all these serious conditions, contributing to a longer, healthier life.

A healthy diet

Poor dental health can limit your diet, as chewing becomes uncomfortable or impossible due to weakened and missing teeth. This can prevent you from getting the nutrients your body needs to stay at the peak of health. On the other hand, a healthy diet for your teeth is good for your body overall. Keep your whole body healthy by lowering your sugar intake and eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals.

Keep smiling

Your body is an efficient system whose parts all depend on each other. Keep yourself running by taking good care of your teeth. For advice, exams, and preventive cleanings, make your appointment with Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC today, so that we can help you keep your teeth at their best.

Toothache Pain Relief

Toothache Pain Relief


A toothache can be a major inconvenience when it distracts you and interrupts your day. Any tooth pain or change in tooth sensitivity should be checked out by a dentist, but once you’ve scheduled an exam, here are some tips to get you through to your appointment.

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Be mindful of sensitivity

Pay attention to the pain you experience and avoid anything that increases it. If your pain is worsened by heat or cold, try to prevent those temperature changes and stay away from hot or cold foods and drinks. If your tooth responds to pressure, try to avoid using it too much when you eat. While it isn’t a cure, being mindful of what triggers your symptoms can help you deal with the pain until you can get treatment.

Keep your teeth clean

The symptoms of a toothache can be exacerbated by exposure to food and especially sugar, which give bacteria a boost and cause them to secrete tooth-damaging acids. Limit your sugar intake, and keep up with your dental hygiene, including regular brushing and daily flossing. A disinfectant rinse may also help keep bacteria under control—although it may sting while you use it. Make sure to follow the directions on whatever product you’re using, and don’t over-clean, as this can cause damage of its own.

Use over the counter pain relief

Many products are designed to relieve pain either in the mouth specifically or more generally in the body. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce the discomfort of a toothache. Products such as Sensodyne toothpaste or Orajel medicated gels and liquids can be applied more directly to the affected area.

Seek treatment

Although these techniques may help relieve the pain of a toothache, remember that they are temporary relief, not permanent treatments; the cause of your tooth pain is still there, and can get worse without proper care. At Dr. Alaa Alwazzan DMD PC, we offer quick and compassionate treatment to relieve pain and treat the underlying cause, so that you can start smiling again. If you are experiencing tooth pain, don’t wait; make your appointment as quickly as possible, and let us take care of your teeth.

Dental Veneers with Dr. Alaa AlWazzan

Dental Veneers with Dr. Alaa AlWazzan


Numerous patients are unhappy with their teeth as a result of damage, misalignments, discoloration, or a handful of other reasons. Luckily, there are numerous cosmetic dentistry options that can help return your teeth to their desired state. One of these options, dental veneers, is discussed in detail below and can be performed by Dr. Alaa AlWazaan, a cosmetic dentist in Quincy, MA.

Dental Veneers: What are They?

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A dental veneer is made from tooth-colored material and it is a thin shell that covers the teeth’s front surface. This material can be resin (which requires less of a tooth to be removed, but is thinner) or can be made from porcelain (which better mimics natural teeth and resists stain). Dental veneers are used as a way to improve a person’s teeth; altering the length, shape, size, or color of a tooth. The following issues can be addressed through the use of dental veneers:

  • Teeth that have some kind of discoloration.
  • Teeth that are weakened or eroded.
  • Teeth that are uneven, misaligned, crooked, or otherwise shaped differently.
  • That that are broken, chipped, or otherwise damaged in some way.
  • Teeth that have extreme gaps between each other.

Dental Veneers: What is the Procedure Like?

Dental veneers typically require a minimum of three trips to Quincy DMD. The first appointment is a consultation with Dr. Alaa AlWazaan to determine why you want dental veneers and whether or not they’re a good fit for your dental issues. The following two appointments involving the making and the application of the dental veneers. Summarized below are the procedure steps and what they entail:

  • Step 1) Treatment Planning: Come into our office and we will consult with you to determine whether or not dental veneers are appropriate for the problem you’re trying to solve. We will examine your teeth during this time and if dental veneers are determined to be the right solution, we will begin the process and planning for your veneers which may include taking x-rays and making mouth and teeth impressions.
  • Step 2) Treatment Preparation: The tooth receiving the veneer will need to be prepared; a portion of the tooth’s enamel has to be removed so that the veneer can be placed on the tooth. An anesthetic is used to numb the area to ensure that no pain is felt during the procedure. The impression of the area will be made and sent off to the lab for a permanent veneer to be made while a temporary one is capped on your teeth.
  • Step 3) Treatment Bonding: Upon receiving your permanent veneer, we can then bring you back in the office and remove the temporary one. At that point, the permanent veneer can be cemented in your tooth and adjusted as needed to ensure that it fits properly and that it is polished, etched, and clean to perfection.

How Stable and Reliable are Crowns and Bridges?

Are crowns and bridges a good investment? Read on.

If you’ve broken or lost a tooth from an accident or decay, replacing it is important to maintain your appearance and dental health. If you only need one or two teeth restored, Dr. Alaa AlWazzan, your Quincy dentist, may suggest getting one of two implements: a dental crown or a bridge.

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Crowns vs. Bridges

Crowns, sometimes called caps, fit over existing teeth that need stabilized after dental procedures or accidents. Depending on where the affected tooth is located, your Quincy dentist will have them made out of gold (for molars) or porcelain (for teeth that are visible to others). They are designed to look and function just like natural teeth would, but a portion of the original tooth has to remain in order to place a crown properly.

Bridges may look like crowns to the casual observer, but they are designed to fill in a gap – hence their name – after losing one or more teeth. They are situated between two natural teeth, which act as abutments, or support, for the restoration.

Bridge Basics

To place a bridge, the tooth on each side of the empty space must have a crown on it. This provides the necessary support for the bridge. Bridges are not considered fully permanent restorations; they will likely need maintenance or replacement after a decade or so.

Crown Conversation

With proper care and regular checkups at Dr. Alaa AlWazzan’s office, crowns usually hold up longer than any other restorative dental implement. However, since the natural teeth are still present underneath them, decay can build up. This can affect a bridge if the crown to which it is attached experiences problems.

Your Quincy dentist will help you understand how to maintain your restorations for optimal performance. Contact Dr. AlWazzan’s office today for more information.

How Dental Implants Can Improve your Smile

Find out the benefits of getting dental implants from your Quincy dentist.

Dental implants are a long-term solution to tooth loss. They can replace one, several or all of your missing teeth. Dental Implants consist of three different parts:

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The implant: This is the part that is actually placed into the jawbone. It looks just like a tiny titanium post or screw.

The abutment: This part is attached to the top of the implant and serves as a connector between the implant and the artificial tooth.

Dental crown: This artificial tooth, the same kind that is used to cover a damaged tooth or a tooth after root canal treatment, is placed over the top of the abutment and is designed to permanently replace your missing tooth.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer multiple advantages over other tooth loss treatment options.

They are strong: Just like natural teeth, dental implants are built to be tough and durable. Unlike dentures or dental bridges that only last from about five to ten years at most, dental implants are designed to last you a lifetime.

They stay in place: Again, if anyone has had to deal with dentures then they know how stressful and embarrassing it can be when your teeth shift and move around when eating and talking. You may even notice that your dentures make audible clicking noises. Eliminate all this hassle with dental implants. No need for adhesives or worrying that your artificial teeth will move around in your mouth.

Helps retain your facial structure: Those suffering from tooth loss also have to deal with sagging, sunken in cheeks, which can make anyone appear older than they are. However, dental implants prevent this sagging from occurring and help you maintain your natural face shape.

Protects your jawbone: As if tooth loss wasn’t frustration enough, leaving gaps in your smile can also cause jawbone deterioration. Since part of the jawbone is not being used to support your natural tooth anymore it begins to lose density. However, dental implants not only prevent jawbone loss but also promote the development of new bone cells.

If you want to find out how dental implants can benefit your smile then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your Quincy dentist, Dr. Alaa AlWazzan.

How Can Teeth Whitening Change My Life?

Having whiter teeth means more than just a better reflection in the mirror.

Whitening your teeth is widely considered to be the quickest, safest and most affordable way to transform your smile. With Americans spending $1.4 billion on tooth whitening products and procedures each year, it is now the most popular practice in cosmetic dentistry. Discoloration from smoking, drinking coffee or tea, medication or aging can be erased in just a half-hour visit to your Quincy dentist. But why whiten?

Make your first – and best – impression

A recent dental product survey found that the majority of its respondents believed that whiter teeth give off an initial impression of being professional and honest. A third of the respondents said that teeth were the first feature they noticed upon meeting someone. If your teeth are discolored, however, your first impression might not be as outstanding as it should. Dental whitening treatment at Dr. Alaa AlWazzan’s office can turn things around.

Boost your confidence

When people look good, they feel good, and with your teeth whiter and stain-free, you’ll feel more confident about smiling and talking. These important features tend to make a person seem more friendly than someone who is taking extra measures to hide their imperfect teeth.

Easy access

More than 100 million Americans have taken steps to whiten their teeth with gum, gels and bleaching strips. This popularity means that whitening your teeth has become extremely simple and inexpensive. Most dental professionals, including your Eastern Massachusetts dentist, will agree that over-the-counter products can be effective, but they require repeated use and can cause pain to sensitive gum tissue if they are not used properly. For this reason, an in-office procedure is suggested as the safest and most long-term way to brighten your smile. With proper maintenance, the effects of these procedures can last several months.

You don’t have to hide your smile any longer. When you whiten your teeth at Dr. AlWazzan’s office, your life can change for the better in just one appointment!