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By Putnam Family Dental
February 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Now that the holidays are behind us and spring is ahead of us, winter doldrums may be setting in. If you are feeling a little blah, it might be time for a pick-me-up—and what better way to lift the spirits than by giving your smile a boost?

There are several ways to achieve a more attractive, confident smile, depending on your individual dental situation. Here are some possibilities:

Teeth Cleaning. If it sounds simple, it is! During your regular cleaning appointment, in addition to getting rid of plaque and tartar that cause dental disease, we use a polishing paste that removes surface stains.Not only will your teeth feel smoother, they'll look brighter.

Teeth whitening. If your teeth are yellowed, they can take the pizzazz out of your smile and make you look older. Professional teeth whitening is an easy way to upgrade a smile, and we can control the level of whitening—whether you want dazzling Hollywood white or a more subtle shade.

Dental bonding or veneers. If your teeth have gaps, chips, discoloration or a poor shape, dental bonding or veneers may be in order. Bonding is a way to repair minor defects in a single visit by applying tooth-colored material to the tooth. Veneers, which can be applied in as little as two visits, are thin porcelain shells that cover the entire front surface of your tooth. With both bonding and veneers, we custom color-match the materials so your smile looks completely natural, only better.

Crowns, bridges or dental implants. If you have a tooth that is not sustainable on its own, a lifelike crown can replace the visible part of the tooth, making it look good as new. If you have one or more missing teeth, a crown or bridge supported by dental implants can look and function like natural teeth.

Orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are not as straight as you'd like, orthodontic treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile and give you newfound confidence. This original “smile makeover” is not just for teens; people of all ages undergo orthodontic treatment. ┬áNot a fan of traditional metal braces? Not to worry—you may be a candidate for clear orthodontic aligners, which are nearly invisible and can be removed for meals and special occasions.

Gum surgery. If your teeth seem small or you think your gums show too much when you smile, changing the contour of the gums through periodontal plastic surgery can have a big impact on the look of a smile. Reshaping the gums also helps the teeth appear more prominent.

As you see, there is an array of options for enhancing your smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you. So consider sprucing up your smile and boosting your spirits with a tip or two from this list.

If you would like more information about enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry.”


It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”


Before we discuss cosmetic options for transforming your smile, and before any preparations for treatment, there’s one question that needs to be answered: What do you want to be different about your smile?

There’s a common misconception that cosmetic changes to the teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is primarily a technical achievement based on rigid principles of beauty. Patients believe they must defer to their dentists for what will look best. But that’s not the entire picture: what’s often lost in the understanding is that it’s your smile — the smile at the end of the process you must be comfortable showing with confidence.

In this regard, there are two types of patients, with no right or wrong view — simply what a patient perceives as the smile they want. Some want the “perfect” smile — the greatest level of regularity between teeth shape, size and alignment and the maximum level of brightness. Others are more comfortable with a “natural” smile, a more subtle look with just enough change to create something new and different. The latter may even desire a less than perfect look that doesn’t “fix” all their imperfections — the ones they believe give their face “character.”

Knowing to which side you lean is important at the outset. It’s then important for you to communicate those expectations with us. While we’re focused on the technical aspects of treatment — tooth length, the lineup of teeth with other facial features or the gum-to-lip distance — only you can express what’s going to be a beautiful yet comfortable smile for you. By meshing the technical requirements with your personal desires, we’re able to formulate a makeover plan that fits you.

It all begins with a comprehensive examination to determine the exact health state of your mouth, and it may be necessary to first perform dental work to improve it. From there we can discuss what is and isn’t possible to change the appearance of your teeth and gums. In the end, we want the same result as you — a beautiful smile you’re happy and confident to show the world.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations: Is what you get what you want?

Do you want a visibly whiter smile fast? Then turn to professional teeth whitening.teeth whitening

Does your once vibrant smile now seem a little dull and drab? Whether you haven’t always been the best about your at-home oral care or you are someone who smokes or eats a lot of stain-producing foods, there are many reasons you could be dealing with a faded smile. This is where our Putnam, CT, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Alaa Ahmed and Dr. Islam Dehis, come in.

Most people believe that a white smile is healthy and attractive while a yellow smile can be rather unsightly and unpleasant to look at. No matter if you want to win them over at your next job interview, you have a special occasion coming up or you just want to give your appearance a little boost, our Putnam dentists can help you erase those embarrassing stains often in just one hour.

Turn to the Pros!

While you can certainly whiten from the comfort of your own home I think we can all agree that the results certainly leave something to be desired. You may wear those silly, awkward whitening trays for hours a night and still not see the results you want even after weeks of use. While at-home whitening can remove some surface stains it won’t be able to actually alter the shade of your teeth like professional teeth whitening can.

During in-office teeth whitening we will apply a powerful whitening gel over the front surface of your teeth. This gel contains a high percentage of the active ingredient needed to actually brighten your smile and target stubborn and deep-set stains, which means that it doesn’t need to be left on your teeth very long in order to get the results you want.

We will apply, remove and reapply the whitening gel two or three times during the course of your treatment. After your whitening session is complete we will pull out the shade guide to show you just how much whiter your smile is after this cosmetic treatment. While those with more severe stains may require more than one whitening session, in many cases we can give you that more radiant smile after just one visit.

If you are dealing with a discolored smile in Putnam, CT, and want to get a brighter smile as quickly as possible then turn to the cosmetic dentistry experts at Putnam Family Dental.

By Putnam Family Dental
April 25, 2017
Category: Dental

How a teeth whitening treatment from your Putnam dentist can enhance your smile

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If you have a dull smile, you can improve it. If you have a stained smile, you can change it. If your smile isn’t as dazzling as you’d like it to be, it’s time to consider improving your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Islam Dehis at Putnam Family Dental in Putnam, CT, wants to help you discover what professional teeth whitening can do for you.

Professional teeth whitening offers benefits that can’t be matched by over-the-counter whitening products. When you choose professional teeth whitening you will experience:

  • Dramatic results; you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Long-lasting results; your smile can stay white up to 5 years

You may need a professional teeth whitening treatment if you use tobacco products, drink coffee or red wine, or eat highly-pigmented foods like berries. The main reason your smile isn’t as white as it used to be may be due to aging.

Aging creates many changes in your body, one of which is thinner dental enamel. As your dental enamel becomes thinner, you can see through to the layer underneath, called dentin. This dentin layer is yellow in color and gets darker as you age. The result is a darker, more yellow smile as the years go by.

Professional teeth whitening allows you to take back what the years and lifestyle habits have done to your smile. At Putnam Family Dental, you can choose from these effective teeth whitening methods:

  • In-office whitening, which is a great choice for busy people, or if you have a special event coming up; treatment takes about an hour and is done in the office in one appointment.
  • Take-home whitening, which is a great choice if you want to whiten on your own schedule in the privacy of your home; you will receive a kit containing everything you need to whiten your teeth whenever you want.

No matter which professional teeth whitening method you choose, you will be delighted with your whiter and brighter smile. Don’t let stains and yellowing take over your smile. It’s time to improve your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment. To find out more about what teeth whitening can do for you, call Dr. Dehis at Putnam Family Dental in Putnam, CT. Call today!