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Traveling with 5 women into family we are on a mission trip to an orphanage with over 600 children. After months of planning today has finally arrived…. and I am both nervous and excited but can not wait to meet the children finally.
A special thanks to everyone who has wished us well and sent donations for the children in Haiti at the Pwoje Espwa. With the fund raising help of our family -my daughter, sister-in-law and neices we leave for Haiti tomorrow with $5000 in donations, 6 large duffle bags full of supplies -600 toothbrushes, 300 tubes of tooth paste, 105 tote bags, 35 pairs of sneakers donated by New Balance, toys, art supplies, literally hundreds of pairs of childrens underwear and clothes……and hugs and smiles from all of you to them.
Check out where we will be headed to www.freethekids.org
Thank you again, keep us in your thoughts!
Dr. Jill Smith
For spring break this year, 5 female relatives in our family – my twelve year old daughter, nieces, sister-in-law, and myself – are going on an adventure to volunteer at a rural Haitian orphanage called Pwoje Espwa for one week. Pwoje Espwa (meaning Project Hope in Haitian Creole) is a non-profit organization, also known as Free The Kids, that houses, feeds, educates and nurtures orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. Originally focused on boys, they have expanded and opened their doors to include girls after the terrible earthquake in the country that happened 3 years ago.
This trip is a first of a lifetime adventure for our family; much different than anything we have ever done before. We are not world travelers or wealthy philanthropists, but we would like to make a difference in a child’s life. We feel we are so lucky in our lives and want to experience firsthand the struggles other people face and the reality of their difficult worlds. We also want to assist these children and this wonderful organization by raising money and raising awareness for this cause.
Just by taking the time to read this letter or visit their website, we will have raised awareness for the children of Haiti.
My girls are fundraising to raise money, new children’s underwear and backpacks to bring with us for the children of the orphanage. They have set a goal of $3000; in their minds that equals $5 for each of the 600 children we will be visiting. These donations may be made through our Fundly Page or mailed to our address:
Dr. Jill Smith
Dental Health and Wellness Boston
31 State Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Please make checks payable to “Free the Kids”. For more information about our cause, visit www.FreeTheKids.org. It costs Pwoje Espwa $150 a month to provide medical care, education and clothing for each child, so they could definitely use our help.
We appreciate your help and support, and want you to keep us in your thoughts for a safe journey. I look forward to sharing our stories and adventures with you when we return!
Dr. Jill Smith
Do you feel your smile is changing over time? They say the only thing in life that is permanent is change. We’re inclined to agree, especially when it comes to dentistry. From the moment we’re born, our smiles are constantly in flux — growing teeth, aligning teeth, losing teeth, misaligned teeth. It’s the cause of wonder and of woes, certainly. Ever wonder why our teeth are always getting so bent out of shape and what can be done to correct it? Dental Health and Wellness has the answers.
Genetics, of course, can be a major factor. You can actually inherit your tooth shape! Tracing back either one or several generations, if it’s in your genes to have small or misshapen or crooked teeth, then that will probably be your eventual (not-permanent) fate.
On that biological note, age is another factor. New York-based cosmetic dentist Steven E. Roth, DMD, says that the distance between our upper and lower teeth can wear or erode away as we get older. And, because the lower teeth are inherently thinner, they wear out faster. This is called vertical bite collapse, and once they wear out, they can’t put up with the pressure of our upper teeth when eating or biting and so the teeth shift.
Believe it or not, tooth loss can lead to shifting teeth! As if the missing teeth weren’t bad enough, if bottom teeth are missing, the tooth above will begin to grow downward — nothing is stopping it from doing so or pushing it back into its place.
Lastly teeth grinding, whether during the daytime or at night (known as nocturnal bruxism), can be a culprit to changes in your smile as well. Grinding the hard surfaces of enamel together can wear down and chip your teeth. Your teeth may appear shorter or angled. Another effect of teeth grinding is actual changes in the position of the teeth. This grinding action juts the lower teeth forward and can loosen your upper teeth over time. Eventually, these stresses can allow the teeth to move or drift to a different position and dramatically change your smile.
Six Month Smiles — we gently straighten and align teeth over time (just six months on average). Let Dental Health and Wellness Boston help you take the first step towards improving your smile, your confidence and your life.
Invisalign — Using advanced 3D technology we can straighten your smile with clear braces. You’ll receive Invisalign aligners that are removable and virtually invisible. Gradually, they will move your teeth back into place. And since they can easily be taken out, you can eat, brush and floss like you normally would. No one will know you are wearing them, but they will certainly notice your newbeautiful smile!
Restoration Dentistry – Restoring damaged teeth and replacing missing teeth is very important. At Dental Health and Wellness Boston, we choose the best dental restoration solution for you. For worn teeth we offer veneers and porcelain crowns to strengthen and beautify your smile. To replace missing teeth the dental options include dental implants, bridges, dentures and partial dentures.
Dental care is very important no matter who you are… from the smallest grade school students to the most highly-trained athletes on the planet. That’s why Paul Warren, head of Proctor & Gamble Co., which owns the Oral-B company, is contributing dental products to a special clinic in Olympic Village, London.
The clinic is manned by volunteer dentists and dental hygienists who provide participating athletes with free services and materials to help keep their smile in shape. After all, these Olympians are traveling from all over the world and in some cases oral care is not stressed in their home countries.
In other cases, athletes are concerned about the health and look of their smile as a result of their intense dietary regimen. Some Olympians eat a lot of food to maintain ideal weight classes, build or maintain muscle and refuel after incredibly heavy activity (ever seen Michael Phelps’ meal plan?). Much of that food is full of much-needed calories, but it’s also very sugary and destructive to the enamel in their teeth. And swimmers may find their teeth are getting worn down by excessive exposure to highly-chlorinated water.
So, while some seek the Olympic Village dentists as a result of accidents during competition, the majority are using the clinic for basic, reliable decay prevention techniques and to restore their teeth to clean, healthy levels.
On that note, Dr. Jill Smith offers some special services and tips to maintain your Gold Medal Smile.
Pretty soon, you’ll be grinning like Sanya Richards-Ross — minus the Olympic gold, of course!
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Sometimes, you just can’t keep your teeth as clean as you want them to be. In fact, most of us are unhappy with the state of our teeth. If only they were a just little bit brighter! But easy tricks for keeping teeth white can go a long way, and Linda Wells, editor-in-chief of Allure Magazine, recently visited The Today Show to share her great tips for keeping your teeth white without having to schedule a dentist appointment every other day. Check out some of Linda’s advice!
1. Wash It Down With Water. When sipping dark drinks, like coffee and Coca-Cola, chase it with a glass of water to help prevent discoloration. Or try drinking them through a straw, and mixing coffee with non-skim milk to brighten it up.
2. Dark Wine, Not White. Believe it or not, a glass of pinot grigio is worse for your teeth than pinot noir. White wine, the more acidic beverage of the two, is corrosive to the enamel on our teeth.
3. 50 Shades of Blue. When it comes to lipstick, blue-based red and berry shades make your teeth look whiter. And apparently, anything golden or orange will just make you look like you’ve got a mouthful of corn!
4. Vaseline On Your Teeth. Miss U.S.A. did this all the time. The taste is unpleasant, but the filmy protection will keep your teeth stain-free for a couple of hours. (This is probably for the most important occasions only, though.)
Now, these tips are great, but nothing beats a professional whitening from Dental Health and Wellness Boston.
Changes in tooth mineral structure, exposure to coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco and some prescription antibiotics can contribute to tooth staining and discoloration. If you want whiter, brighter teeth, Dental Health and Wellness Boston has a variety of tooth whitening procedures designed to restore a dazzling smile.
As one of the first dentists in Boston offering KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™, Dr. Jill Smith is thrilled to bring this advanced procedure to Dental Health and Wellness Boston patients. Combining in-office visits and the use of at-home whitening trays, “WOW White” can make teeth over sixteen shades whiter. Best of all, with periodic home maintenance, this teeth whitening treatment is permanent!
How KöR “WOW White” Teeth Bleaching Works
There are three levels of whitening with this system, Standard, Max and Max Ultra. The process for the standard treatment will begin with your first visit to our dental office, where molds of your teeth are made to create unique, comfortable, custom whitening trays. On your second appointment, you receive your custom trays, KöR whitening gel and instructions for proper use. On your third and final visit to the office, you take part in an hour and a half in-office procedure, and you’re done! To discuss the additional steps for the super whitening of Max and Max Ultra, contact Dental Health and Wellness Boston.
BriteSmile may be the perfect solution for you. This revolutionary technology is clinically proven to get your teeth their whitest. Brite Smile is one of the most popular appearance enhancement options at Dental Health and Wellness Boston because it offers maximum results and can be completed in a single office visit. Sit back and relax for an hour while a dental professional oversees our safe and gentle tooth-whitening system.
How BriteSmile Tooth Whitening Works
Get maximum whitening with an at-home tooth whitening system from Dental Health and Wellness Boston. Before prescribing a whitening treatment, the dental professional checks the health of your teeth and repairs any damage. He or she may take impressions of your teeth to make the plastic trays fit your teeth just right. You then use these trays at home with a special whitening gel that is stronger than any over-the-counter product.
How At-Home Tooth Whitening Systems Work
Simply place a small amount of the whitening gel on the front surface of the trays and place them over your teeth. You wear the trays for about two weeks. Depending on your situation, you may need to wear them for an hour a day or overnight. You should see results in just a couple of weeks.
No matter how you decide to keep your teeth and mouth as healthy as they can be, you should make an appointment at Dental Health and Wellness Boston and meet Dr. Jill Smith. While pursuing excellence in dental healthcare and refining techniques and procedures for optimum patient service and satisfaction at Dental Health and Wellness Boston, Dr. Smith has continually developed her training. She has advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, and has participated in hands-on medical courses alongside plastic surgeons, dermatologists and physicians to study the latest appearance enhancement techniques. She is also certified in advanced dental procedures including laser dentistry and CEREC dentistry.
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Your teeth are crooked, or they’re chipped. They have stains that won’t brush out no matter how hard you try, or for some reason they’ve always been a little misshapen and you’ve always been embarrassed about it. So you look up your options for cosmetic dentistry and you hear about veneers, but the thought of them conjures up mental images of patchy teeth and alarming tooth shavings. Now you’re not sure you want these dental installations at all, but you’re still dissatisfied looking the mirror or at photographs of yourself.
Think again! New Beauty Magazine recommends the use of veneers, a great, effective and extremely convincing cosmetic dentistry procedure. Dental technology has come a long way since the invention of veneers – dentists are now on the seventh generation of porcelain laminates. With practice comes progress, and the new veneers are stronger, completely resistant to stains, metal-free and incredibly thin (about as thick as a fingernail!) . And the cutting-edge, most expensive veneers are so realistic, they allow light to shine through, which gives the laminate an incredibly realistic look that is also quite attractive.
Did you know? Many celebrities have already received veneers. That’s right, those dazzling, perfect smiles are not natural; more importantly, they can easily be recreated! And the great thing about veneers is they don’t wear down the way regular enamel in our teeth do. They’re also totally stain resistant, and create a dramatic improvement in how white and straight your teeth look. Just wait till you see the difference! Plus, you can get the entire procedure completed in only a few dental appointments. Dr. Jill Smith and her Dental Health and Wellness Boston team offer veneers installation in three visits of only an hour or two each!
Keep in mind: veneers are a permanent procedure, and not an inexpensive one. While they can give you a world-class smile, they must be applied properly and by careful professionals; otherwise, there can be real complications when the veneers don’t settle in correctly or irritate the gums. Let the skilled staff at Dental Health and Wellness Boston fit you for a stunning new smile – they have plenty of practice and years of experience with veneers. You’ll have nothing to fear with Dr. Jill’s team near!
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