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By Sudbury Family Dental Care
April 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.

With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.

The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…

Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.

A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.

And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.

One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.

If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
December 06, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry beautifies a person's smile and boosts self-esteem. Your dentists in Sudbury, MA, provide their patients with the cosmetic dentistryprocedures they need to look their best and experience a new level of confidence—read below to learn more!

Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain or plastic, bonded on the surface of unsightly teeth. At our Sudbury office, we use veneers to adjust patients' teeth color or shape.

Some advantages include:

  • Concealing a variety of issues, including uneven teeth surfaces, chips, discolorations, and crooked tooth placement
  • They need little to no anesthesia during the procedure
  • They have a long life expectancy and great color stability
  • They are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, and smoking

Teeth Whitening is achieved through two methods:

  • In-Office Whitening: Your dentist will cover your gums and tooth-root surface with a plastic retractor to keep your lips and cheeks away from the surface of your teeth. The dentist then applies extra strength hydrogen-peroxide and leaves it on your teeth for an hour.
  • Take-Home Whitening: This method is sometimes more convenient, but won't necessarily give you the same results. Your doctor will give you custom-made plastic mouth trays (one for the top jaw and the other for the bottom jaw) and gel to apply on your teeth. You will then need to leave the trays in your mouth for about an hour. A single application generally won't produce the optimal results, so you will need to repeat the process until you are satisfied with your smile.

Tooth-colored Fillings also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles. These fillings are used to fix chips, cracks, dental discoloration, irregularly-shaped teeth, fractures, and decays.

If you have any questions, or concerns, about cosmetic dentistry, then contact our Sudbury, MA, office at (978) 443-5193 today!

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
February 02, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry treatments help your smile look its best. The Sudbury, MA, family dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care discuss a fewcosmetic dentistry cosmetic treatments you may want to consider.

Zoom! teeth whitening

Zoom! teeth whitening is an excellent choice if your teeth are dull and stained. The Zoom! ultraviolet light enhances the effects of hydrogen peroxide gel, making it easier for the gel to break apart the pigments that cause stains. Whitening takes less than an hour in our Sudbury office and can lighten your teeth by several shades.


Dentures restore your smile and make eating enjoyable again after tooth loss. Full dentures are used if you've lost all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace several missing teeth.

Dental implants

Dental implants offer a more long-lasting tooth replacement option. Single implants are available, as well as implant-supported bridges and dentures. After a titanium implant is placed in your jawbone, it begins to bond to your jawbone. In just a few months, the implant fuses to the bone completely, providing an effective root substitute. Implants are topped with dental crowns that close the gap in your smile and allow you to chew normally.

Crowns and bridges

Crowns improve the appearance of teeth and strengthen and protect damaged or fragile teeth. Made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic, hollow crowns slide over teeth and cover them on all four sides. Crowns are used if teeth are cracked, broken or have undergone root canals or other dental procedures, but can also change the way teeth look. Several crowns attached together form a bridge. Bridges are used to replace one or missing teeth and are anchored by supporting teeth on either side of the bridge.


Invisalign offers a more discreet way to correct orthodontic issues. Metal brackets and wires are completely unnecessary in the Invisalign system. Straightening is accomplished by wearing removable aligner trays made of clear plastic. You'll receive a series of trays and replace each set after two weeks. Eating and oral hygiene is much easier with Invisalign because the trays are removed when you brush your teeth or eat.

Could you benefit from one of these treatments? Call our Sudbury, MA, family dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care at (978) 443-5193 to schedule your appointment.

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
January 31, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening   veneers   bonding  

With the help of cosmetic dentistry, a person’s smile can be restored. Sudbury Family Dental Care, in Sudbury, MA, offers the chance to cosmetic dentistryrestore both the function and appearance of the teeth. With the help of our cosmetic dentists, your dream smile can be achieved.

Reasons For Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

When you’re looking for the most innovative dental treatments, it’s important to seek the help of Sudbury cosmetic dentistry experts. They will evaluate your teeth and gums to determine which procedures would benefit you the most. Some of the most common reasons for cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Smoking
  • Heavy coffee/tea drinking
  • Broken or damaged teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Badly shaped teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Grinding

While these are just examples of instances a cosmetic dentist may suggest treatment methods, a more specific treatment plan can be determined after an individual dental exam. The experts at Sudbury Family Dental Care can correct the appearance of your teeth by providing a variety of treatments.

Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Teeth whitening is often the most popular minor treatment as it can lighten the teeth in a quick and easy way.
  • Veneers are another option for those seeking a perfect smile. They are made and placed over the front teeth to correct unevenness, discoloration or spaced out teeth.
  • Bonding is another option that is great for small gaps in the teeth or to change the shape or the color of the teeth.

Seek Help from Sudbury Cosmetic Dentistry Specialists

With the help of Sudbury Family Dental Care, your dream smile can be achieved. To begin the process of improving your smile, call their office today to schedule an appointment at (978) 443-5193. After a thorough dental examination, a suggested personalized plan will be suggested to you as you begin your journey to a perfect smile at Sudbury, MA.