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Orthodontics Aren’t Just For Teens [BLOG]

August 18, 2017

Braces are such a common treatment among teens, it’s become almost as much a rite of passage about adolescence as homework and acne. However, orthodontics aren’t just for teens. Not anymore, at least.

At Lapalco Family Dental, we see patients all the time who wish they had straighter teeth but feel like they’re too old to do anything about it. If you’re an adult, the thought of having to wear traditional metal braces for a couple of years is less than appealing. Somehow, braces are easier to endure when you’re in school and many of your friends are going through it at the same time.

So where does that leave adults with crooked teeth? Keep reading to find out why orthodontics aren’t just a young person’s game anymore.

Adults Have Special Events That Warrant A Beautiful Smile

Teenagers look forward to prom and high school graduation, two important life events where there are certainly no shortages of photo ops. But think about all the special life events that follow.

Photos taken at weddings, baby showers and milestones, family and class reunions, and dream vacations will all be revisited and enjoyed long after the events themselves. For years and years, those pictures will decorate your walls and photo albums.

You’ll want a straight beautiful smile staring back at you when you look back upon your most special memories.

Adults With Crooked Teeth Are At Greater Risk For Dental Problems

Even if your need for orthodontics is merely cosmetic, meaning you don’t have headaches or poor bite alignment, you have reason enough to straighten your teeth. As you age, your risk for dental problems like decay, cavities, and gum disease increases.

If you have misshapen, crooked teeth, or gaps in your smile, it can make these problems easier to manifest themselves. By seeking orthodontic treatment later in life, you’re lowering your risks for these issues because you’ll have a better chance of keeping straight teeth cleaner and healthier.

Adults Can Benefit Personally And Professionally From An Attractive Smile

It’s an unfortunate truth, but as much as we’d like to think we’re all judged solely by our character and our efforts, appearances do matter. An attractive smile can take you further than one you’d rather hide behind.

This is true professionally and personally. With an attractive, straight smile that gives you confidence, you’re more likely to win people over, to feel free to be yourself, and to attract others to you.

Adults’ Teeth Are Still Moving

It might surprise you to know that even into adulthood, your teeth are still shifting. They don’t move as quickly or as much as they do during childhood and adolescence, but they do move. That means that even if you had braces when you were younger, it is possible you could have one or more teeth that have come out of step with the others.

Adults Are Enjoying Longer Lives

Advances in technology and modern medicine, along with a deeper awareness about the connections between nutrition and health, we’re living longer. This is certainly something to celebrate!

But with that comes the greater possibility that you may experiences problems with your smile caused by wear and tear. This only means that you’ll have to work more at achieving and maintaining a healthy, attractive smile for longer.

Now we can answer the question we posed at the start, which is where all of this leaves adults who want straighter teeth. At Lapalco Family Dental, we offer options that are perfect for adults such as Six Month Smiles and ClearCorrect.

Both options are just as effective in correcting crooked teeth as traditional braces, but both are also clear and much less likely to draw attention than metal brackets and wires. They also have the advantage of time. ClearCorrect and Six Month Smiles take months in comparison to 2 years or longer with traditional treatment.

It’s as simple as that! An orthodontic solution for adults who want and deserve a beautiful smile, yet who prefer not to have to endure years of looking like a teen with a mouth full of metal to get it. You can explore your options in adult orthodontics right here in Marrero, LA.

Call Lapalco Family Dental today at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landry. Find out if one of our orthodontic options is the right solution for your smile!

Orthodontic Solutions Adults Can Count On [ FAQ BLOG]

May 26, 2017

If you’re an adult with crooked teeth, you’ve probably assumed the only orthodontic solution for you is wearing traditional metal braces for the next few years before you can enjoy a beautifully straight smile.

That couldn’t be further from the truth! At Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, we offer two options that can give you straighter teeth in half the time. This is perfect for adults who don’t want to look like a teenager during treatment or who don’t have time to deal with the hassle of frequent, inconvenient dental appointments.

That’s why we’re answering two of the most common questions patients have about adult orthodontics in our Marrero dental office.

Common Question #1: What are the advantages of short term braces?

The most obvious advantage of short term orthodontics is just that: a shorter duration of treatment. Adults have busy lives with work and kids. The last thing you want to deal with are a steady stream of maintenance appointments to get your braces tightened. You also want to get your treatment out of the way so you can move on to other things.

If your bite alignment is fine and your teeth are otherwise in healthy shape, you can opt for a faster solution, and possibly one that only focuses on the front teeth that show when you smile.

Another advantage of our orthodontic treatment options is that they are much more discreet than traditional braces. A teen will wear metal braces for a couple of years, and it’s no big deal because most of their friends are wearing them, too. It’s almost like a rite of passage.

But when you’re an adult, you need a method of treatment that isn’t so obvious. You want to be able to speak to potential clients or impress your supervisor at work with your great ideas. Metal braces might make it hard for you to feel like you’re being taken seriously on a professional level. Our ClearCorrect and Six Month Smiles options allow adults to get the straighter smile they’ve always wanted in half the time and in a less noticeable way.

Common Question #2: How do I know which treatment is best for me?

There are a few factors you need to consider when choosing either ClearCorrect or Six Month Smiles. Our team of specialists will make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible before starting your orthodontic treatment.

You also would need to discuss your smile goals with Dr. Landry, plus any other dental concerns you might be having. With ClearCorrect, you have the advantage of using clear, plastic aligners that you can take out when you brush, floss, and eat, which make good oral hygiene and social outings easier and more enjoyable. With Six Month Smiles, you wear clear brackets and tooth-colored wires only on those teeth that show when you smile, so the treatment doesn’t take as long as traditional braces.

But the only way to know for sure which of our treatments is right for you is by visiting Lapalco Family Dental for an examination with Dr. Landry. We will do all we can to help you achieve the straight, attractive smile you’ve been wanting for a long time. It’s just a phone call away!

Give us a call at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

4 Things to Know About ClearCorrect

August 1, 2015

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Greetings loyal readers! Welcome back to the dental health blog of Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. In today’s post we want to tell you about an exciting service we offer at our office. We are now offering the ClearCorrect system of short-term adult braces.

Have you ever been told your candidate for adult braces? Or is there just something about your smile that makes you unhappy? ClearCorrect could be just want you need to get the smile you want, and the smile you deserve.

In today’s post, we’re going to give you a few things to mull over if you’ve considered adult braces. Here are four things that separate ClearCorrect for other kinds of short-term braces.

#1. ClearCorrect Works, Fast!

ClearCorrect is one of the newest forms of short-term adult orthodontics. They can be extremely effective for adults or older teenagers who would like to correct the appearance of their teeth. ClearCorrect can correct crowded teeth, gaps in teeth, and other problems with your smile.

At the beginning of your ClearCorrect treatment, we will make a #D model of your teeth and create a complete treatment plan. This allows you to know what your teeth will look like before you even begin treatment!

Using a set of transparent aligners, ClearCorrect quickly and painlessly moves your teeth into your desired location. You wear each ClearCorrect aligner for four to six weeks then graduate to the next aligner. You can see amazing results in just a few months!

#2. Keep Your Smile a Secret

Many adults and teenagers avoid getting braces because they don’t like how they look. Traditional braces fill your mouth with metal, which can make you look silly when you smile or speak. Adults worry about looking immature and inexperienced at work when they wear braces; teenagers worry about getting picked on our teased at school for wearing braces.

ClearCorrect aligners are transparent, and virtually invisible when you put them in your mouth. This means you can stroll around your school or workplace without anyone seeing you with a mouth full of metal. If you have an important presentation coming up, or important event, you can even take-out your aligners ahead of time.

#3. You Can Eat What You Want

ClearCorrect allows you to continue eating and drinking whatever you’d like during your orthodontic treatment. Because the aligners are safe and easy to remove, you simply take them out before a meal or a snack.

This not the case with traditional adult braces. Traditional braces use brackets, metal wires, and rubber bands. Food can easily become tangled within this metal maze. Trapped food is not only uncomfortable, it’s also unhygienic and can actually lead to tooth decay.

How bad is the problem really? Consider a grocery cart full of crusty bread, macaroni and cheese, steak, and perhaps some candy for dessert. With traditional braces, all of these things would be difficult to eat.

Crusty bread can loosen the wires of traditional braces, which can be painful and makes the braces less effective. Macaroni and cheese can get caught in the brackets, and remain there for a very long time. Chewing a well-done steak could even knock the brackets off your teeth.

#4. ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign

You may have heard of the Invisalign system of short-term adult orthodontics. Much like ClearCorrect, Invisalign uses a system of transparent aligners to correct issues with teeth spacing and appearance.

We believe the ClearCorrect system to be superior. ClearCorrect aligners are thinner, making them more comfortable to wear in your mouth. In addition, ClearCorrect is made of a more transparent material than Invisalign, which makes them even more invisible when you wear them. ClearCorrect is also more affordable than Invisalign.

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Do you want to learn more about ClearCorrect? Or maybe you’re interested in learning if you might be a candidate for ClearCorrect? Click here to contact the office of Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA.