Tips to Improve Your Smile

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February 11, 2022

Having perfect pearly-white teeth is what everybody desires. After all, aren’t we all mesmerized by our favorite celebrity’s perfectly bright beautiful smile? How do we achieve that dazzling, brilliant smile which will make heads turn? Oral health is about more than cavities and gum disease. 

Research has shown that there is a correlation between the health of a person’s mouth and their overall health. We, at Fisher & Orfaly Dental, believe that oral health affects your overall health. There are various ways of achieving a healthy, beautiful smile, including cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Tips to Improve Your Smile

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that counters discolored teeth and stained teeth. There are several ways that you can whiten your teeth, from over-the-counter products to professional strength products. In-store options include whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwashes, and whitening strips. Regardless of which product you choose, use products that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

One reliable method your dentist can provide is whitening trays. At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, Salem, MA, we use custom-made teeth whitening trays to give you whiter teeth. Dr. George Orfaly, your trusted family dentist, will take impressions of your teeth in order to fabricate custom-fitting trays. You will be given the trays along with a professional strength gel for teeth whitening. Before starting any whitening treatment, you should visit your dentist to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and disease-free. Learn more about teeth whitening here.

John Dudley
John Dudley
January 20, 2022
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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

William Stewart
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January 20, 2022
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Needed a new dentist in Salem, picked Dr. Orfaly by location. I met him before agreeing to my first appointment, and so far, have been very happy. I'm a curious sob, and credit Dr Orfaly for being patient with my atmospheric river of questions. He knows how to relate to patients, and seems to be on top of his game. Highly recommend.

Carol Gray
Carol Gray
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Everything about my dental experience is professional and considerate.

Peter Gaudreault
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Made you feel comfortable, right from the start. Definitely five stars found my new dentist!

Ed Schutte
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I have been a patient of Fisher & Orfaly for many years now. But recently, my whole family moved to the practice. Their approach has always been kind, caring and practical.

John Dudley
John Dudley
January 20, 2022
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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

William Stewart
William Stewart
January 20, 2022
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Needed a new dentist in Salem, picked Dr. Orfaly by location. I met him before agreeing to my first appointment, and so far, have been very happy. I'm a curious sob, and credit Dr Orfaly for being patient with my atmospheric river of questions. He knows how to relate to patients, and seems to be on top of his game. Highly recommend.

Carol Gray
Carol Gray
October 21, 2020
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Everything about my dental experience is professional and considerate.

Peter Gaudreault
Peter Gaudreault
August 5, 2020
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Made you feel comfortable, right from the start. Definitely five stars found my new dentist!

Ed Schutte
Ed Schutte
January 10, 2020
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I have been a patient of Fisher & Orfaly for many years now. But recently, my whole family moved to the practice. Their approach has always been kind, caring and practical.

Dental Crowns

A crown is an excellent treatment option to reshape and/or change the color of a tooth. Dental crowns are also used to repair damaged teeth or broken teeth. A crown slips over a tooth allowing your dentist to make the tooth look the way you want it. Crowns not only provide you with the natural shape of the tooth but also protect a damaged tooth from further deterioration. Generally, people prefer porcelain or ceramic dental crowns because they look and feel like natural human teeth. Read about this dentistry procedure in detail here.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are thin ceramic facings that are cemented to the front teeth. Dental veneers allow your dentist to change the color and shape of your teeth. Veneers can be used to treat a number of cosmetic concerns including chipped, broken, or smaller than average teeth. Veneers cover the front surface of the natural tooth. There are many types of veneers available in the market today, but the most popular type of dental veneers is porcelain veneers. Learn about the benefits of porcelain veneers here.

Dental Bonding

Your dentist can help improve your smile by applying tooth-colored composite resin to your teeth. In dental bonding or cosmetic bonding, composite resin is used to counter discolored teeth or teeth with stains. This is typically done in a single office visit and can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your teeth. Dental bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin that is applied to the affected area of the tooth and then hardened using a special light. These are among the least expensive treatments to give you whiter teeth and improve your smile. Find out if you're a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry treatment here.

Dentures

Dentures are dental devices used to replace missing teeth. They improve functionality and appearance. Dentures can be used to replace lost teeth, gums, and tissue. Learn about the different types of dentures here.

Orthodontic Clear Aligners

While you may think of braces as something only for children, orthodontics is a great option for adults that want to straighten their teeth. Orthodontic advancements have made it possible to straighten teeth without metal braces. Now dentists have clear aligners as an option. These aligners unlike traditional braces can be removed before eating or brushing teeth. Made out of a special thermoplastic material, the aligners fit snugly onto your teeth. At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, Salem, MA, we offer Reveal Clear Aligners to straighten crooked teeth and misaligned teeth. Read about the process in detail here.

Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth, it can greatly decrease the appearance of your smile. Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. Surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, they act like a “fake root” which will support a crown that your dentist will make. Implants are a long-term option for restoring your smile. Read about dental implants in detail here.

Brushing And Flossing

Brushing and flossing as directed by your dentist are the most important methods for keeping your mouth healthy. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to prevent cavities, and improve your oral health. A clean, healthy mouth is much more attractive than a mouth with plaque and red, puffy gums. Good oral hygiene habits will go a long way in improving your smile.

Regular Dental Visits

It is important that you have your teeth examined by your dentist and cleaned professionally as instructed by your dentist so that you can keep your mouth healthy and looking great. This can diagnose any dental issue you may have and can be treated well in time.

This article was first posted on November 24, 2019, and last updated on February 11, 2022.
Maura Murphy
Maura Murphy
January 24, 2022
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I was not a fan of going to the dentist! One might say afraid… but thanks to the amazing team at Fisher & Orfaly I am back on track with my 6 month cleanings. The team did an amazing job calming my fears and I can actually say I may even enjoy going to the dentist now! The team is professional, accommodating, and they do a fabulous job cleaning my teeth! I am so grateful that they have me back on track with great dental habits. They certainly have given me something to smile about.

Corbin Bettencourt
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Who likes to go to the dentist? Fear no more. Dr. Orfaly and his staff provide an environment of ease and professionalism that relieve the jitters that so many feel during visits to the dentist. Whether a routine check up or more complex procedure, our experiences have been most positive.

Jacqueline Traynor
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I am someone who has been terrified of the Dentist from a very young age, but after seeing Dr. Orfaly and his team over the past couple of months I have 100% gotten over my fears. I have never felt more comfortable and taken care of by the staff. Everyone is so nice and down to earth they make you feel welcome! Dr. Orfaly even came in on a day they were closed because I was having extreme tooth pain, and he totally fixed the problem, I will never forget that. I’m so happy I decided to go to Fischer & Orfaly, best decision I’ve ever made!

Ashley Spencer
Ashley Spencer
April 1, 2021
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Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!! 😊

Martina Pena-Martes
Martina Pena-Martes
February 7, 2020
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Before coming to Fisher & Orflay my daughter hated coming to the dentist, she now looks forward to her appointments fully knowing and understanding every procedure being done. They make her visits pleasant each and every time, providing excellent service with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Sam Smullin
Sam Smullin
January 22, 2020
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After many years of neglecting my my teeth due to fear of the dentist my dental issues got bad enough that I had no choice but to adress them. I randomly selected Fisher & Orfaly and am very glad that I did. Dr Orfaly did a great job while making sure I was as comfortable as possible.After completing the initial, extensive repairs my mouth looks and feels great. In the 10 years since I first visited I had had no new major work needed. Even better, I can walk into the office without that sense of dread that is familiar to so many people.

Dr. George Orfaly
Dr. George Orfaly, D.M.D.

About the author

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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