Who Can Benefit From Dental Veneers?

Are you unhappy with your smile? Are you looking to improve the shape or color of your teeth but don’t know where to start? Dental veneers may be the best choice for you. Dental veneers are extremely thin, wafer-like shells of porcelain or some other material that are adhered to the front surface of your teeth in order to create the perfect smile you want.

Dental veneers are able to correct a host of dental imperfections, such as teeth that are gapped, crooked, chipped, broken or discolored. Teeth that are losing enamel or are uneven or misshapen can be corrected with veneers, as can teeth that are very short or smiles that are “gummy.”

Dental veneers are an extremely popular choice for correcting common dental cosmetic issues, and can even take the place of braces in some patients, providing a white, even smile in days, not years.

Dental veneers are extremely natural-looking, and if applied properly, only your dentist and you will know your secret. They can be made in very bright, white shades and are tolerated very well by the soft tissues of the mouth. They are stain-resistant and will remain brighter and whiter for longer than your natural teeth will. Advances in materials have allowed the veneer shell to become more and more thin, requiring that less of the natural tooth be worked away to make room for the veneer.

Typically, veneers last about ten years, but if you care for them properly, they can last much longer. You will care for your veneers exactly as you would your natural teeth, including brushing and flossing regularly, especially before sleeping at night.

If you are thinking about pursuing veneers as part of your smile goals, contact cosmetic dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA today. This is especially true if it’s been years since you inquired regarding veneers. So much has changed in the last few years that you might be surprised at how much dental veneers could benefit you and your smile.

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Benefits of Hybrid Dentures

Have you lost all or most of your teeth due to damage, disease or decay and don’t find traditional removable dentures an attractive option? Implant-supported hybrid dentures are an alternative to traditional dentures that provide a secure and stable prosthetic replacement for missing teeth by combining the benefits of a fixed replacement with the advantages of a removable denture. Hybrid dentures are an especially viable option for patients who have lost a large amount of jawbone due to missing teeth. Some of the benefits of hybrid dentures include:

  • Hybrid dentures save your natural roots and preserves bone while reducing bone resorption and deterioration.
  • Hybrid dentures help to control facial contour changes caused by missing teeth.
  • Hybrid dentures function more naturally, allowing you to chew food better and speak more clearly.
  • With hybrid dentures, there is no need for messy denture creams and adhesives, eliminating much of the embarrassment associated with loose dentures.
  • Hybrid dentures eliminate the slippage, clacking and loss of taste associated with traditional dentures.

If you would like fixed teeth to replace teeth that you have lost but are not ready or a candidate for multiple individual implants for each missing tooth, hybrid dentures could be your solution. Hybrid dentures require only a few dental implants to secure the new teeth in place, allowing for quicker recovery time and increased comfort.

If you are seeking an alternative to traditional dentures to replace your missing teeth and you live in the Shreveport, LA area contact our dental office today to determine if you are a good candidate for hybrid dentures. With hybrid dentures, you can successfully restore the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.

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Teeth Whitening With Your Family Dentist

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and common cosmetic dentistry procedures requested and performed today. Everyone wants brighter and whiter teeth. If you and your family enjoy the services of a family dentist, you might wonder if you’ll need to go elsewhere for your whitening therapy. You don’t! Your family dentist can perform all of the dental services offered by a “regular” dentist, and many offered by dentists identifying as “cosmetic dentists.”

If you’re thinking about whitening your teeth, talk to your family dentist. You can address any outstanding dental issues that would prevent optimal whitening, such as decay, gum disease or infection. Loose crowns or bridge work should be dealt with prior to whitening. After these issues are addressed, you’ll want to have a thorough cleaning before proceeding with your whitening.

All of your family members who have had their adult teeth fully erupt are able to have their teeth whitened. Whitening teeth prior to having a full set of adult teeth, or partially erupted adult teeth, can result in uneven whitening results. Avoid this by waiting until teeth are ready. At-home products can irritate gums and provide poor results if used improperly. If your teen is anxious about his or her teeth and wishes to proceed with whitening, schedule an appointment with your family dentist.

Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport has all the answers you need to whiten your smile safely and effectively. Don’t go somewhere else where your dental history isn’t as well known. Your family dentist can help you make all of the right decisions to have the best, brightest smile available to you and to each member of your family.

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Enjoy Food Again With Hybrid Dentures

If you are currently a denture wearer, you know that dentures can be problematic when it comes to eating a wide variety of foods, especially those foods with a very crunchy or chewy texture. Dentures can click or move when you are eating, or food debris can collect underneath, leading to poor fit and irritation of the soft palate and gums. Over time, if your dentures aren’t properly cleaned, this can lead to an odor in the dentures that causes bad breath for the wearer.

Issues with stability and retention of standard dentures mean that many wearers have food restrictions, including healthful and fresh foods they previously enjoyed with their healthy natural teeth. Some of the most nutritious foods available are problematic for denture wearers, making chewing difficult. Because so much of the digestion process begins in the mouth with the mastication of food, poorly chewed food can cause digestion difficulties and eventually be a factor in overall poor health.

Standard dentures can also affect the enjoyment of eating the foods that are allowed. They can be bulky, especially on the roof of the mouth, taking away a large part of savoring the texture and flavor of foods.

Hybrid dentures address all of these issues. They are crafted so that the roof of the mouth remains completely open and uncovered. Texture and flavor are enhanced over typical dentures. Hybrid dentures are affixed firmly with four or more dental implants functioning as anchors. These denture anchors are extremely secure and stable, giving the wearer the confidence to eat, drink, and speak.

Schedule a consultation at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA today to see if hybrid dentures can improve your life. Experience the positive effects of hybrid dentures as your put your best smile forward with confidence that it looks and functions virtually identically to your natural teeth and gums.

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