August 26, 2017
Greetings, from all of us at Lapalco Family Dental!
Do you fear going to the dentist? If you answered yes, that’s probably because you haven’t met Dr. Landry yet! Hear what Dr. Landry has to say about what he finds most rewarding about being a dentist and serving the Marrero, LA community!
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.
July 26, 2017
You’ve heard the expression, “No pain, no gain.” But that rule doesn’t apply according to one of our satisfied patients, Craig.
Today, we’re sharing Craig’s heartwarming testimonial about his experiences with Dr. Landry and our team at Lapalco Family Dental. Hear what he has to say about his pain-free root canals and other dental work!
July 17, 2017
July is when we get to celebrate our country’s independence, and our team at Lapalco Family Dental is giving you another reason to celebrate!
We want you to finally free yourself from the fear and anxiety that’s been keeping you out of the dentist’s chair for too long. Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety to the extent that it compromises their oral and overall health. With all the advances in dentistry over the last few decades, there just isn’t a good reason to let that fear hold your health hostage anymore.
That’s why today’s blog is dedicated to answering a couple of the most common questions patients have about dental anxiety and how you can overcome it.
Question #1: If I’m not in pain, why does it matter if I skip routine dental checkups?
This is perfectly reasonable question and one that we hear quite a bit. One of the reasons you should never skip dental cleanings and exams is that not every dental problem comes with noticeable symptoms like pain and discomfort.
A great example of this is gum disease. This is an insidious infection that can sneak up on you. There are three main stages of gum disease, the earliest of which is gingivitis. It can take many years for the disease to advance to its most serious stage, and by then, you’re at serious risk for overall health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, not to mention tooth loss.
Gum disease can come with various symptoms like red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. But unfortunately, there are some cases where a person with gum disease won’t show any symptoms at all. That’s why you need to have your teeth and gums thoroughly cleaned and examined by a professional on a regular basis.
With prevention and early detection, you can ultimately save your teeth, save your smile, and save your life.
Question #2: How can I get over my intense fear of the dentist?
Once you understand the importance of regular dental checkups, your next question almost always centers around how you can go about making that first step toward conquering your fears.
It’s actually so much easier than most people realize. Dentistry has come so far thanks to modern technology. Many procedures that were painful in the past simply aren’t painful anymore. The tools and techniques Dr. Landry uses here in our Marrero dental office allow us to provide a far more comfortable experience in the dentist’s chair than you’ve probably had in years past.
But it’s not just the technology that’s changed the face of dentistry. Now, you can rely on sedation options to help you feel calm and relaxed while you receive treatment. Although we do offer nitrous oxide, which has been a widely popular method for many years, our options in oral sedation have been incredibly effective in helping patients conquer their dental anxiety.
With oral sedation, you can take a pill prior to your procedure that will allow you to get and stay comfortable throughout your treatment. Even though you’re awake and aware of what’s happening, the medicine takes the edge off and helps you feel completely relaxed. Sedation gives you the courage to get the dental care you need to keep your teeth, gums, and smile as healthy and beautiful as possible.
Now it’s our turn to ask the questions! Are you ready to break free from your dental anxiety so you can get and stay healthy? With our technology, our gentle, patient-centered approach, and our sedation options, you have absolutely no reason to fear our team of caring professionals!
July 9, 2017
Our team at Lapalco Family Dental wants to help you and your family keep your smiles healthy while you battle the summer heat.
Today’s infographic lists some of the ways you can protect your teeth, gums, and oral health overall!
June 26, 2017
It’s about that time for some family fun in the sun! But with the nice weather and outdoor activities, dental emergencies can come out of nowhere.
Our patient, Glenn, knows this all too well. Hear about Glenn’s experience when his son’s dental emergency cut short the family fun and how Dr. Landry was able to get him the help he needed fast!
June 18, 2017
Summer is finally here! That means barbecues, baseball games, picnics, and trips to the local swimming pool with the kids. With so much fun to be had in the fresh outdoors, it’s hard to remember that there could be risks to our oral health.
Dr. Landry and our team at Lapalco Family Dental have that covered in today’s blog, so you don’t have to worry about it. Today, we’re talking about the dangers that dehydration can pose to your healthy summer smile.
With a little help from our Marrero dental staff, you can better protect your oral health from dehydration while you’re out enjoying time with the family in the heat of the summer months.
All That Saliva Can Do
Being dehydrated is bad for your overall health, certainly. You know about the importance of staying hydrated to avoid things like dizziness or heat stroke. But many of us don’t know what dehydration can do to your teeth.
The most obvious problem is that it causes dry mouth. Saliva is definitely among the unsung heroes of your oral health. It’s easy to forget how important it is to a healthy smile. But let’s take a moment to ‘brush up’ (you’re welcome!) on all that saliva does for you:
Saliva Keeps Your Breath Fresh
Believe it or not, the human body comes equipped with its own mouthwash factory. Saliva production helps wash away debris that food and drinks leave behind to keep your teeth, gums, and tongue clean and your breath nice and fresh.
Saliva Keeps The Stains Away
Did you know that saliva is like a protective shield for your teeth? It’s true! It keeps a coating of protection on your enamel so that dark pigments from things like pasta sauce, coffee, and red wine aren’t able to stick to your teeth and stain them.
Saliva Keeps Your Enamel Strong
Another way your saliva protects your teeth is by shielding your enamel with its calcium and other trace minerals. This helps to keep your enamel healthy and strong.
Saliva Keeps Cavities And Gum Disease At Bay
As we mentioned before, saliva helps wash away debris left after you eat or drink, so along with keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh, saliva gets rid of all that harmful bacteria that would otherwise feast on food particles and sugar, which would lead to things like decay, cavities, and gum disease.
All That Dehydration Can Do
Now that you know the ways saliva protects your healthy mouth, let’s take a look at how your smile could potentially suffer without it! Dehydration, and resulting dry mouth, could cause all sorts of problems for your teeth.
It Weakens Your Tooth Enamel
Along with strengthening your tooth enamel, saliva helps remineralize it and repair damage you don’t even see. But when you’re dehydrated, there isn’t enough saliva to do all of that. As a result, your enamel can erode, growing weaker as that happens.
It Gives You Bad Breath
Without saliva acting as your body’s natural mouthwash, all the debris from food and sugary drinks will just hang out in your mouth. If your teeth, gums, and tongue aren’t kept clean with enough saliva, your breath will start to smell bad.
It Leads To Gum Disease
Dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease. This is because bacteria in your mouth feeds on the food particles and sugar left behind after you eat. Without saliva to wash those particles away, the bacteria will create acids as it feeds. Once the acids have eaten through your teeth, they move on and can attack your gums.
Gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss if it goes untreated. That’s why the ripple effect of dehydration can lead to much more serious dental problems over time.
It Causes Cavities
In the same way dry mouth can lead to gum disease, it can lead to cavities. Again, the bacteria feeds off food particles and other debris, and the acids created from that process create holes, or cavities, in your teeth.
Make An Appointment!
Protecting your teeth and gums throughout the summer months is a team effort. Our Marrero dental staff is here to help you! Call us today at 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to schedule an a routine dental cleaning and exam with Dr. Landry.
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.
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!