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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.

Don’t Let Concerns About Your Smile Stop You

August 9, 2016

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , — lapalcodental @ 8:00 am

You are an adult. You are a professional, and you are advancing in your career.

You want to take the next step, and you know that an opening will be available in your department within the next year or so.

And yet … you would be hesitant to apply if a position came open today.

It’s not because of your work. You have been told repeatedly that your bosses appreciate what you are doing.

It’s not because of your work ethic. You make it a point to get your work done on time.

It’s because of your teeth. You know that moving up means more face-to-face interaction with clients, and you worry that your teeth (which aren’t as straight as you would like) may be a distraction during meetings.

You could let your opinion of your teeth hold you back. You could move forward in spite of your discomfort

Or you could call Lapalco Family Dental if you live in or near Marrero, LA. We offer two kinds of short-term orthodontic treatments in our office that could help you feel more comfortable with your smile.

Which Option Is Right For You?

We offer two kinds of short-term “braces” in our practices. (You will understand the quotation marks as you read on.)

ClearCorrect and Six-Month Smiles both offer effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile. We will explain the differences between them in a moment.

Our dentist can go into greater detail about them if you schedule a consultation at our office. When he understands what you would like to do, he can help you decide the right option for you.

For now, we’ll focus on the features that set each of these treatments apart from traditional braces.

► If Discretion Is Important

As a working adult, we can understand why you may not want to get traditional metal braces.

It’s hard to conceal the fact that you are wearing them, and the brackets and wires could make you feel self-conscious when in meetings, where they are with clients or co-workers.

If this is a concern, then we may recommend ClearCorrect instead. This kind of treatment has sometimes been called clear braces although it does not involve any brackets or wires.

Getting ClearCorrect starts when we scan your mouth, take pictures, and make impressions, all of which are sent to ClearCorrect. There team with use computer-aided design to create a series of plastic aligners for you to wear.

Each aligner is made of a transparent plastic that makes them virtually undetectable while you are wearing them. This means you can go through your orthodontic treatment without calling attention to what you are doing.

ClearCorrect also offers some other benefits over traditional braces. For starters, you can remove your aligners during meals and when brushing and flossing your teeth. This means you can continue to eat all the foods that you like during your treatment, and you won’t need any special tools to make sure nothing gets caught between your braces and your teeth.

► If Speed Is Your Priority

On the other hand, you may prefer to get your treatment completed is as little time as possible. In that case, we may recommend Six-Month Smiles instead.

Six-Month Smiles are more like traditional braces, but as the name implies they work in less time.

Traditional braces take about two years to finish moving your teeth on average. Six-Months Smile takes an average of six months. (The actual length of either treatment could be longer or shorter depending on your specific alignment issues.)

Six-Month Smiles uses ceramic brackets. While these are not as transparent as ClearCorrect aligners, they are less attention-grabbing than metal brackets.

The reason Six-Month Smiles can work so quickly is because they are focused on the teeth in the front of your mouth. Traditional braces are used to move all your teeth, including the bigger, heavier molars in the back of your mouth.

By focusing on the smaller, lighter, and most visible teeth, we can transform the appearance of your smile is less time.

If you would prefer to complete to save time on your treatment, this may be the best option for you.

Come Talk To Us

We want you to make the decision that is best for you and gives you the smile that you want. Our dentist can help you understand the pros and cons of each option, or he may be able to recommend a different kind of cosmetic dentistry to give you the results you are seeking.

The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. To make your appointment, call 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form.

Six Month Smiles Will Make Your Smile

April 18, 2016

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , — tntadmin @ 6:38 pm

Hello! Thanks for stopping by the virtual dental office of Lapalco Family Dental.

We proudly serve Marrero, Louisiana and nearby communities. So, if you are looking for a family dentist in the region, you should come check us out.

Around here, we do a little bit of everything. We are well-versed in the science but our style is folksy and approachable. Like we said, we offer comprehensive solutions aimed at meeting your ever-changing dental needs, because we know that keeping your mouth clean is important, but so is delivering the best possible smile.

What sets us apart is our commitment to investing in modern technology and to providing exceptional dental care. You’ll soon see that we genuinely care about our patients.

No matter how old you are, we are of the opinion that it is never too late to start working towards a better smile. In fact, we make it easier than ever for adult patients to straighten out crooked, overcrowded, and gapped teeth. We’d love to turn you on to a great new solution known as Six Month Smiles!

With Six Month Smiles, we’re basically looking to help people that are unhappy with the front of their smile. If you chew adequately, have no headaches, but just have those few teeth in the front that you’re unhappy with, this might be the solution for you.

Cosmetic Orthodontics In Louisiana

Sure the name is catchy. But you may be wondering, what can be done for a messy set of teeth in just six months? Lots! While it does depend on the severity of your issues, with Six Month Smiles, your unruly smile can generally be completely transformed in a handful of months (as the name implies).

You know, sometimes in orthodontics we’re talking four to five years of wearing braces. But we’re only talking six to eight months in braces with this method. We’ve seen many wonderful results, and everybody has been happy with it. We really can’t say enough about it.

Six Month Smiles is a great new teeth-straightening method that is certainly as effective as metal braces and as subtle as Invisalign aligners.

We are confident that you will love that this system relies on nearly invisible brackets and tooth-colored wires to gently and quickly move your teeth to the places we want them to be.

This modern treatment only takes a fraction of the time that traditional braces would require, and no one will ever know you are a work-in-progress. Short treatment time means better compliance and less discomfort. Six Month Smiles is also typically more affordable than traditional braces, aligners and veneers. So there you go! What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking!

Let’s Get Started!

At Lapalco Family Dental, YOU are the top priority. We strive to make every visit as rewarding as possible. Contact us right away to learn more about what short-term orthodontics can do for you! Call 504-264-6461 to speak to a member of our team about Six Month Smiles!