September 26, 2017
Want a straighter smile but don’t want to wear traditional braces for the next few years?
Find the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in half the time with cosmetic orthodontics at Lapalco Family Dental!
Here’s Dr. Landry explaining how we can correct your crooked teeth faster than traditional braces in our Marrero dental office!
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!
August 9, 2017
Are you happy about your smile? Do you have a smile that gives you the confidence you need to fully enjoy life and to pursue your dreams?
If the answer is no, then today’s blog is for you! Cosmetic dentistry at Lapalco Family Dental may be just what you need. Today’s infographic shares four ways your life might improve with a healthier, more beautiful smile.
June 1, 2017
Don’t you love those stores that offer anything from bananas to home improvement tools? Where you can get everything you need in one convenient location?
That’s one of the many things you’ll love about our Marrero, LA dental office. Hear more from our own Dr. Landry about Family Lapalco Dental’s commitment to meeting your various dental needs with the same convenience of your local one-stop shop.
August 17, 2016
Welcome back to another blog from your friends at Lapalco Family Dental! Today we have another awesome infographic for you! If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, don’t forget about our teeth whitening services! You can look great simply by brightening your smile. Call 504-264-6461 to get started today. We look forward to working with you.
August 9, 2016
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.
July 1, 2016
Welcome back to the ongoing blog of Lapalco Family Dental. Today, we would like to take a moment to remind you about some of our top-notch cosmetic services! These services can help you achieve a beautiful smile this summer. If you have any questions or concerns about our services, please feel free to contact our team at any time.
Why A Beautiful Smile Is Important
If your smile is lacking, your self confidence probably is too. This summer, we want to help you change the way you feel about your smile! You will enjoy your summer more when you look your best … let our team help you get there.
Option #1: Professional Teeth Whitening Services
Want to make a quick and easy, but noticeable change to your smile this summer? Consider professional teeth whitening. We can craft for you custom whitening trays so that you can whiten your teeth in the convenience of your own home. You use the trays along with a professional-strength whitening gel for just a few hours each day to achieve results. And you will see results fast! You can expect to notice a change in the appearance of your smile in just three or four days.
Option #2: Cosmetic Bonding
Do you have a chipped tooth or some other minor cosmetic flaw? Even a few? That is okay! We can help you erase those imperfections and beautify your smile with cosmetic bonding! Cosmetic bonding works similarly to placing a composite filling. We clean the area, flow in the composite resin material, shape it to fit your needs, and then harden it to perfection. This technique can be used to correct chips, fractures, stains, discoloration, and more.
Option #3: Porcelain Veneers
Do you have more major cosmetic flaws that you would simply like to cover up? Dental veneers can tackle anything from a chip or fracture to major areas of discoloration, misshapen teeth, and minor alignment problems. The procedure is simple. We first remove a small layer of enamel from the surface of your tooth. We then bond the thin, shell-like piece of porcelain directly to your tooth. This procedure essentially replaces the natural surface of your tooth with strong, flawless piece of dental ceramic.
Hollywood celebrities use this procedure to gain gorgeous smiles all of the time. Now, great teeth are not just for the rich and famous! Contact your local Marrero, LA dental office to learn more about dental veneers today.
Option #4: ClearCorrect
Cosmetic problems? Can’t stand the idea of braces? Our team offers ClearCorrect clear aligners that can gently shift your teeth into place over a period of about 12 months. Yes, that is about half the time of traditional braces! ClearCorrect is comfortable, quick, and can help you achieve the smile of your dreams in only about a year. Get started on it this summer!
Option #5: Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is another great orthodontic option that can help you achieve a beautiful smile in less time that traditional braces. Six Month Smiles focuses on the front teeth only — the teeth that are visible when you smile. Because it is not a full smile solution, it can help you improve your appearance in just about six months! Begin your journey to a beautiful smile this summer with Six Month Smiles!
How To Schedule A Consultation
Are you ready to achieve the beautiful smile of your dreams? Do you have any questions or concerns about our services? Please contact our office directly if you would like to book an appointment. Give us a call at 504-264-6461 or use our online contact form. Either way, our Marrero, LA dental team would be happy to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit.
Don’t let a sad smile hold you back from having a great summer! Let your friends at Lapalco Family Dental help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve. We look forward to working with you!
June 1, 2016
Do you ever look up at the stars in our night sky? It’s amazing how they constantly look bright and white. Unfortunately the same is not always true for your smile. Any number of lifestyle factors and dietary factors can darken your smile. So how do you brighten it? Check out the infographic about professional teeth whitening treatments.
February 22, 2016
White teeth make any smile look better.
Yet, it’s an unfortunate fact of life that maintaining a white smile is more difficult as we get older. Every cup of coffee we sip, every plate of spaghetti we eat, every tea we drink adds to the stains on our teeth.
You may have seen all the whitening products in the toothpaste aisle and wondered if they could work for you. You might have tried a few, too.
If you really want to whiten your teeth, then make plans to visit Lapalco Family Dental. We have two solutions that will give you a noticeably whiter, brighter smile — professional teeth whitening and veneers.
If you live in Marrero, Henry, or anywhere else in or near Jefferson Parish, we would love to talk to you about these options at our dentist office.
The Benefits Of A White Smile
We all know how white teeth improve the appearance of your smile.
But have you considered the psychological benefits.
If your teeth are yellow or discolored, then you may become self-conscious about your teeth. You may feel the need to hide your smile when someone takes your photo — and that could happen at any moment thanks to camera phones.
Plus, that photo can end up online almost as soon as it’s been taken. Fair or not, people are judging you based on your smile. By hiding your teeth, you may come across as sad or angry.
A whiter smile could help you feel more relaxed. Maybe that’s why 68 percent of women said that their smile affects their confidence, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. That could also explain why teeth whitening remains one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry.
If you are ready to whiten your smile, you can consider at Lapalco Family Dental.
Teeth whitening products are supposed to do one thing: remove the stains from your teeth.
These stains can come from poor oral hygiene, from the things you eat and drink, or from using tobacco.
You could try an over-the-counter toothpaste, mouth rinse, strips, or gel product, which could take weeks or months to show some improvement. Or you could try a Boost in-office whitening treatment at our dentist office to get results in one day.
Both commercial and professional whitening products use comparable ingredients, but professional products have a higher concentration of those active ingredients. That’s why professional whitening is both faster and more effective than anything you can buy at a retail store.
A good comparison would be someone who has stains on the siding of his or her house. When our homeowner decides it’s time to clean up, he or she could use a garden hose with one of those spray attachments. If he or she waits long enough, that will probably remove the dirt and grime eventually.
Or he or she could use a pressure washer, which will peel the dirt off in a lot less time.
Think of Boost like a pressure washer for the stains on your teeth.
Now, if you want to whiten your teeth on your own schedule, Boost also makes a take-home product, which we can provide for you. This doesn’t work as quickly as our in-office product, but it will give you much better results than commercial options.
Teeth whitening is an excellent option for people who have stained teeth. Not all teeth are discolored because of stains, however.
In some cases, you teeth can look yellower because of worn down enamel, a reaction to medication, or tooth decay. Stain removal is not going to fix those problems, but porcelain veneers will.
To go back to our house analogy, let’s say something serious happened on the side of the house, say something caught fire and burned part of the siding. Spraying that with a hose or even a pressure washer is not going to fix the problem.
Instead, the homeowner can restore the appearance of his or her house with new siding. Veneers are like siding for your teeth.
Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, and they can completely change the appearance of your smile. Veneers make your teeth look whiter, and they can make your teeth look straighter, close any gaps between your teeth, and repair chipped or broken teeth.
Your Smile, Only Better
If you are tired of having not-so-pearly whites, talk to our dentist at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. Together we can determine whether teeth whitening or porcelain veneers could help you and your smile.
Call 504-264-6461 or use our online form to schedule your appointment.
August 21, 2015
Greetings Marrero, LA! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Lapalco Family Dental. We usually use this blog to tell you about a new procedure we’re offering, or tips and tricks for your oral health. Today, we’re going to take a slightly different approach.
We know you have many different options when it comes to choosing a dentist. We believe you should choose us. Today, we want to give you four ways in which our office is different than the typical dental office.
#1. We Can Meet All Your Dental Needs
Everyone shops at a super center for many of their household goods. We go to six different stores, when you can get your groceries, stationery items, hardware, and other items all in one place? At Lapalco Family Dental, we offer all the dental services you need and desire in one comfortable modern office.
Whether you need a dental implant, a new crown, professional teeth whitening, or preventative dentistry; we offer all these services and then some. Many other dental offices will ship you to other offices for certain procedures, or have many different doctors offering different services.
At Lapalco Family Dental, Dr. Landry will perform your dental procedures. This continuity of care ensures that you’re always in the care of a professional with more than thirty years of experience.
#2. We Center Our Office Around Patient Needs
We always make sure our patients are our top priority. We will greet you with a smile, and try to make sure you’re comfortable for the duration of all your procedures. We will sit-down with you and discuss different options you have for dental services, and answer any questions you may have.
We also promise not to lecture you if it’s been awhile since you visited a dentist. We have treated several adult patients who had never visited a dentist prior. Instead of lecturing you, we provide quality services and offer tips for preventative care.
#3. We Offer State of the Art Technology
Technology is changing everything in life. The technology and software inside a typical smartphone is actually more advanced and powerful than the technology that took the Apollo missions to the moon.
At Lapalco Family Dental, we recognize how technology is changing dentistry. For that reason, we strive to stay in front of the technology curve and offer our patients the latest and best procedures.
This technology starts with preventative care. We use low-radiation x-rays to give you an accurate impression of your oral health, without exposing you to the radiation of traditional x-rays. We also perform cone beam CT scans to take three-dimensional images of your mouth, and help plan treatment.
With restorative care, we also use the latest in technology. We can use a plasma arc light to finalize dental fillings, ensuring a healthy smile. We even have a soft tissue laser we can use to minimize trauma when we make incisions.
#4. We Offer Sedation Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry is designed to help you feel more relaxed during a procedure, and relieve any fear or anxiety you may be feeling about an appointment. Fear and anxiety keeps millions of Americans from receiving the dental work they need and deserve.
It doesn’t have to be like that anymore. At Lapalco Family Dental, we offer two different forms of Sedation Dentistry to meet your needs. Both forms of Sedation Dentistry are safe and effective. Come to our office, and discover how little you have to fear at the dentist’s office.
We offer Nitrous Oxide Sedation. You’ve probably heard this called ‘laughing gas’. With laughing gas, you breathe in a safe and healthy mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide. It produces an effect not unlike a happy drunk. It wears off quickly after your procedure, allowing you to drive yourself home.
We also offer Oral Sedation. With Oral Sedation, we can prescribe you a safe and effective sedative medication to take prior to your procedure. This is an excellent option if yoou want to feel more sedated than with laughing gas.
Make An Appointment
Dr. C.J. Landry offers patient-centered care, cutting edge technology, and Sedation Dentistry at Lapalco Family Dental’s comfortable office in Marrero, LA. Click here to make an appointment.