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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.

Don’t Let Concerns About Your Smile Stop You

August 9, 2016

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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.

Which Orthodontic Treatment Is Right For You? [QUIZ]

June 9, 2016

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Welcome back the ongoing blog of Lapalco Family Dental! Here at our Marrero, LA office, we offer two different types of short-term orthodontic treatment: ClearCorrect and Six Month Smiles. Please take a short assessment below to find out which option is best for you. Call us at 504-264-6461 or send us a message online to get started.


ClearCorrect Has Clear Advantages For Louisiana Patients

April 21, 2016

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Welcome to the Lapalco Family Dental blog. We are your trusted source for dentistry solutions in Marrero, Louisiana.

Basically, what makes us unique is that we are a one stop shopping site when it comes to dental solutions. We do some orthodontics, we do implants, we replace teeth, crown and bridge, and it’s always the same doctor.

Some of the new clinics that are popping up all over the place, you might see one doctor one time, another doctor the next time. There’s no continuity of treatment. With us, you’re getting thirty-two years of experience every time you walk through the door there’s only one doctor here.

One of our favorite things to do is help adults who have given up. Not on life! But rather, they have given up hope of ever transforming their crooked, crowded, or gapped collection of teeth. They assume that it is impossible to do anything about their issues now that they are all grown-up. To that, we say, anything is possible! ANd we are poised to make the unthinkable happen for you!

We can get you a better smile at any age through a forward-looking technique known as ClearCorrect. We like to tell our patients that ClearCorrect is a new approach to an old problem. ClearCorrect braces tackle the problem differently by moving your teeth through a series of transitional stages, each one getting you closer to your desired results.

This system truly expanded the opportunities for orthodontics in the modern era. ClearCorrect is perfect for older teenagers, college students, working professionals, parents and anyone who wants a discreet way to straighten their teeth. Maybe it will be the perfect solution for you, too!

How Does It Work?

During your appointment, we will scan your mouth and take photos and impressions of your teeth. The images are sent to ClearCorrect company that creates a 3D model of your current teeth and teeth after treatment, including the stages in between. ClearCorrect will use the models to create a series of custom plastic aligners that are ready to be worn in a few days.

Then you’ll just switch them out on your own every two weeks instead of coming in for monthly hardware adjustments!

Rather than making use of stark metal wires and brackets, ClearCorrect aligners are made of a gentle yet durable plastic that feels natural on your gums, cheeks and tongue. And the good news is that they won’t be noticed by outsiders. So, no unwanted questions or comments will be aimed at you,

These smooth, comfortable aligners are also removable, which means that your eating habits won’t have to be modified. And cleaning your gear is as simple as rinsing the aligners under warm water!

In our experience, we have found ClearCorrect to be safe, subtle, and effective. Treatment time is usually only a matter of months, depending on the severity of the problems we are correcting.

ClearCorrect works well for many busy adults seeking to straighten out the situation in their mouth, but it is not the best fit for all patients.

Let’s Get Going!

To see if you are a good candidate for ClearCorrect, call the Lapalco Family Dental office at (504) 264-6461. We can’t wait to help you smile with confidence!

Stop Living With Your Crooked Smile! Choose ClearCorrect

January 15, 2016

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Suppose you could go back in time and change something you did during your adolescence.

What would you change? Would you spent more time pursuing your favorite sports? Would you change your career path by studying something else? Or would you make sure you underwent orthodontic treatment?

If you’re an adult with orthodontic issues, you probably figure that it’s too late to do something about your teeth. But back in the day when many of your friends were wearing braces… back then it would have been okay to have braces. But it’s much too late for that now.

It’s not like you see very many adults wearing the metal brackets and wires of adult braces. Can you imagine what your coworkers would say if you walked into the office wearing braces?

That obnoxious guy in the Human Resources department would surely be calling you “brace-face” when you’re not around. Your unsightly “metal mouth” would be all the talk around the water cooler. You can’t wreck all the hard work that you’ve already put into your career.

So instead of wearing adult braces, you’ve simply learned to hide your teeth. You avoid any instances of direct contact, that way no one looks directly at your teeth. When you laugh at a funny joke from your boss, you cover your smile with your hand. Plus you never smile or show off your teeth when the camera come out.

But your know you’d feel more confident if you had a new smile. When your quarterly review came up at work, you’d feel confident enough to ask for raise. You’d feel confident enough to ask that cute bartender to go out on a date.

So why don’t you make 2016 the year you do something about your crooked smile? At Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, there are alternatives to traditional adult braces. We’re proud to offer the ClearCorrect system of adult orthodontics. Much like Invisalign, ClearCorrect is effective at straightening the smiles of busy adults. Read on to find out four reasons ClearCorrect can work for you!

Reason #1: ClearCorrect Won’t Make You look Foolish at Work

For most busy adults, the prospect of walking into work with a “metal mouth” is just too much to handle. You worry that traditional adult braces would make you look inexperienced or even immature. That’s just as bad as living with a crooked smile!

ClearCorrect won’t give you a “metal mouth” because it doesn’t use brackets or wires. Instead, ClearCorrect uses a system of clear aligners to straighten your teeth. ClearCorrect aligners are by far the most discreet option for orthodontic treatment. No one will ever know when you’re wearing your aligners! So you can look confident at work, not foolish.

Reason #2: ClearCorrect is Faster Than Traditional Adult Braces

Traditional adult braces often take two years or longer to straighten your teeth. Plus you have to deal with a score of orthodontist appointments and adjustments. ClearCorrect is faster option for most adult patients, often requiring a year or less of treatment. You also save time because they’re aren’t as many appointments or adjustments required with ClearCorrect.

Reason #3: ClearCorrect is a Sound Investment

Any orthodontic or cosmetic dentistry treatment is an investment in yourself. But some of these options are more expensive than others. In most cases, ClearCorrect tends to be more affordable than traditional adult braces or cosmetic procedures like dental veneers. ClearCorrect is also far more affordable than competing aligner therapy systems like Invisalign.

What will you do with the money you save? You could invest it, put it towards a new car, or use it to go on vacation! If you took a nice trip to the Caribbean, you’d have a wonderfully opportunity to show off your new smile on the sandy beaches alongside the ocean!

Reason #4: ClearCorrect Can Help You Feel More Confident

It’s hard to feel confident when you’re constantly worrying about the appearance of your teeth. That means you smile less. The less you smile, the more your self-esteem and confidence suffer. After you makeover your smile with ClearCorrect, you’ll be unable to keep yourself from smiling! That means you’ll feel happier and more confident. You may even work up the courage to ask for that raise, or ask out that cute bartender!

Are you ready to feel confident about your smile? Then ClearCorrect might be right for you! ClearCorrect is a comfortable and affordable alternative to adult braces. Best of all, no one even has to know you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment! Contact Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, to learn more. You can reach our office at 504-264-6461.

A Clear Alternative to Adult Braces | Marrero, LA

December 1, 2015

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Hello again readers! Welcome back to the dental health blog of Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. Recently, several of our patients have asked us about the ClearCorrect system of adult orthodontics. At our comfortable and modern office, we’re extremely excited about ClearCorrect because we believe it is changing orthodontics for the better.

ClearCorrect is an excellent option if you’ve ever considered adult braces. Unlike traditional adult braces, ClearCorrect doesn’t require the use of metal brackets or wires. ClearCorrect is an American-made system which instead uses a series of clear aligners which are nearly invisible in your smile.

In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to tell you a little more about ClearCorrect. We’ll look at the treatment time required for ClearCorrect, and contrast it with the lengthier treatment time required with traditional adult braces. We’ll also look at how ClearCorrect’s cosmetic advantages set it apart from its competitors. Then we’ll look at what you can expect when you eat with ClearCorrect. Lastly, we’ll compare the similarities and differences of ClearCorrect and Invisalign.

ClearCorrect Offers a Shortened Treatment Time

Traditional adult braces generally have to be worn for at least two years to be effective. ClearCorrect is a faster option for adults and older teenagers. ClearCorrect can solve many of the same problems as adult braces. ClearCorrect is useful tool is you are suffering from crowded teeth, gaps in your smile, or crooked teeth.

Your treatment with ClearCorrect is planned and mapped out before you ever put on an aligner. Using 3D model technology, we can plan out every stage of your treatment. We’ll even show you a preview of what your smile will look like when you finish your treatment. That means there’s absolutely no surprises, you can be confident in your treatment before you even begin.

ClearCorrect moves your teeth with a series of clear aligners. ClearCorrect aligners are worn for a few weeks at a time, then you move onto the next aligner. This process will quickly and painless realign your teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets. Most patients can see the results they desire in a year or less of treatment. That’s half the time of traditional adult braces!

ClearCorrect Aligners are More Attractive than Metal Brackets and Wires

One of the main reasons patients avoid traditional adult braces is because they dislike the idea of how they’ll look in metal brackets and wires. Teenagers seem to believe that traditional adult braces will make them look silly or “uncool.” The fear is similar for adults who worry about walking into the workplace in braces and looking inexperienced.

ClearCorrect takes all of these fears out of the equation. With ClearCorrect, you’ll never have to walk around school or the workplace with a mouth full of metal. ClearCorrect aligners are designed to be invisible when you wear them; patients have told us that friends and family members don’t even notice when they’re wearing their aligners! In addition, ClearCorrect aligners are removable if you have an important social function to attend.

Eating is Easier with ClearCorrect

Because ClearCorrect’s aligners are removable, eating is easy. ClearCorrect is one of very few orthodontic treatments which allow you to continue eating and drinking whatever you like during your orthodontic treatment. You simply take out your aligners to eat, then put them back in after you’ve finished.

Compare that to the minefield that is eating in traditional adult braces. With traditional metal braces, you have to worry about food getting caught in the metal brackets and wires. Food can end up trapped in traditional adult braces, increasing your risk of tooth decay. Other foods can even knock the brackets right off your teeth! Imagine how painful that could be!

ClearCorrect is An Alternative to Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most popular options for adult orthodontics on the market. Invisalign functions in the same manner as ClearCorrect; transparent aligners are used to realign teeth. Invisalign is an older system than ClearCorrect, but we believe ClearCorrect has several advantages.

Namely, ClearCorrect is more affordable than Invisalign. ClearCorrect can deliver the same results in comfort and privacy as Invisalign. How similar are the systems? The manufacturers of Invisalign actually sued the ClearCorrect. ClearCorrect can work for you and save you money!

Make An Appointment

Are you interested in learning if you’re a candidate for ClearCorrect? Then schedule an appointment at Lapalco Family Dentistry in Marrero, LA. You can reach our office at 504-264-6461.

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.

Contact Our Office

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.