Revitalizing Your Smile with a Smile Makeover

smile-1Your smile is one of the first things a person will notice about you. Having an attractive smile can be the best first impression you can make. If you have had untreated tooth problems stemming from childhood, or if you have had changes to your teeth over time, a smile makeover could be an excellent choice for you. Whatever your reason, taking steps toward a beautiful smile is never a mistake.

Talk to your dentist about what you like and don’t like about your smile. Your dentist will make a plan with you toward achieving your perfect smile. Digital imaging software may be employed so that you will have the best idea about the positive changes coming to your life via your revitalized smile.

Here are some popular reasons that people decide to pursue smile makeovers:

  • Tooth alignment and gaps: If you have alignment or spacing issues and needed braces in your youth but never received them, straightening and properly aligning your adult teeth can make drastic improvements to your smile. Products such as porcelain veneers, orthodontics or Invisalign are best used here.
  • Tooth color: Years of drinking coffee or soda can affect the color of your teeth. Discoloration can also result from different foods. Metal fillings can leave a mouth looking less than its best. Yellowed teeth may be brightened with different whitening techniques, including both at-home and in-office options. More marked changes can be achieved with porcelain veneers, crowns or dental implants.
  • Chipped teeth: A chipped tooth can have rough edges that are painful to your tongue and mouth. Chips and cracks can be easily fixed with a bonding agent or veneers to make quick and lasting improvements to your smile.
  • Missing teeth: Losing a tooth can cause you to be insecure about your smile and can affect everything about your relationships. Fix this unsightly problem with a bridge or a dental implant. No one will know the tooth is not your own!
  • Misshapen teeth: With age and use, teeth can change and create unattractive texture and proportions. Teeth may be reshaped in many ways to make the most of the smile you have now.

A smile makeover can be big or small. You may take a few steps each visit. Your dentist is an artist who will give you the best advice possible so you can be the best with the confidence a beautiful smile can bring.

To schedule a smile makeover consultation, contact our Shreveport dental office today!

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Recovering From a Root Canal Procedure

After your root canal procedure at our Shreveport LA dental office, you may feel some discomfort in the gums surrounding your tooth. This tenderness is generally caused by tools used to isolate your tooth from the surrounding area. Any soreness you experience should be minor and should dissipate within one or two days.

It is not uncommon for the tooth itself to be tender following a root canal procedure. Because the most common source of pain in this case stems from inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tooth’s root, over-the-counter pain relievers with anti-inflammatory properties such as aspirin or ibuprofen are recommended. Your endodontist may have prescribed a narcotic analgesic that provides a higher level of pain relief. Check with your endodontist to be certain that any over-the-counter medication you take is right for you.

Do not wait to take your pain medication until your pain is severe. Narcotic pain relievers can make you feel sleepy or dizzy.

Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. Eating while your mouth is numb may cause you to bite your tongue or cheek. Do not bite or chew hard foods on the treated tooth until it is fully restored by your endodontist.

In some cases, a root canal procedure can lead to an infection which can become serious if left untreated. Often, endodontists will prescribe an antibiotic. Be sure to take the full course of any antibiotic you are given.

If you experience any difficulty that seems out of the ordinary, contact your endodontist immediately. Many times, you will be told that what you are experiencing is routine and can be handled by you with no direct assistance from them.

Call the endodontist immediately if you have a fever, experience pain that does not lessen with pain medication, or if your new filling feels loose or falls out. Also call immediately if your tooth cracks, breaks or hurts when you bite down, or if you have pain or swelling that spreads up your gums and cheek. Based on their knowledge and experience, your endodontist will give you the best advice for your specific situation.

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Family Dentistry: Lifetime Care You Can Trust

family-dental-officeThere are important benefits to utilizing a family dentistry practice. A family dentist is in the unique position to treat your teeth (and your children’s teeth) throughout your lifetime, providing comprehensive care. This lifelong care allows the dentist the unique ability to look at the patient as a whole with an awareness of dental history and oral hygiene habits. Taking your family to a family dentistry practice can be a positive decision that can last a lifetime for you and for your children.

Family dentistry is about trust and building a relationship with your entire family. A family dentist who treats a patient in his or her teens will remember any pertinent information regarding that patient’s oral care that would affect him or her at 20, 30, or more years of age.

Your family dentist in Shreveport will be familiar with your mouth over time and will be on the lookout for signs of oral health problems, such as gingivitis (gum disease) or oral cancer. Gingivitis is one of the highest causes of tooth decay and loss, and, left untreated, can lead to much larger problems like stroke or heart disease. Because it can be reversed if it is caught early, it is important to visit your family dentist regularly for checkups.

Your family dentist provides regular preventative services to your entire family, like check-ups and basic cleanings. A family dentist has the knowledge and expertise to know when you might need the care of a specialist, and will offer recommendations for excellent care outside of their practice if necessary.

Because a family dentist treats your entire family, a strong relationship is established that strengthens over time. Their offices are comfortable and inviting, designed to provide a relaxing environment that leaves even the youngest or most fearful member of your family feeling more confident and happy. Offering the convenience of one location to serve your entire family, family dentists are committed to providing service to you and your family for years to come.

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The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

teeth-whitening-4Your smile is one of the most valuable aspects of the impression you leave on people. So of course, you want the brightest smile possible. Age and diet can often cause teeth to become dingy and discolored, which makes teeth whitening an obvious and attractive option. While there are many over-the-counter (OTC) treatments on the market to whiten teeth, these methods are not usually the safest or most effective. While OTC treatments can briefly whiten your teeth one to two shades, these options do not offer the same intensive long-term results as professional teeth whitening done at our Shreveport dental office.

There are a variety of options for professional teeth whitening. One option is professional at-home treatment. This method utilizes professional strength gels and preparations. Care must be taken to protect sensitive gum tissue around your teeth. To prevent pain and discomfort, your dentist will create custom heat-fitted trays, which keep the bleach properly applied to each individual tooth. This process usually requires one to two applications per day for up to two hours per application over a period of one to two weeks.

For an even more effective teeth whitening option, you may want to consider in-office treatments. In these procedures, your dentist can use stronger whitening agents for quicker and more efficient results. They may also utilize high-density lights to get optimum whitening. In as little as one hour, your dentist can shield your teeth and gums properly to prevent sensitivity or discomfort while applying multiple applications of active stain removing agents.

In cases that require more intensive whitening, your dentist may recommend a combination of in-office and at-home treatments. This process involves an in-office treatment with a deep bleaching system, followed by two to four weeks of at-home treatment with custom fitted trays, and finally an additional in-office session.

Teeth whitening by your dentist can yield results six to eight shades lighter than other methods. With proper care, results can last for several years. Check with your dental professional for the specific types of teeth whitening treatments offered to make your smile white and bright again.

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