The Cosmetic Solution to a Gummy Smile

If teeth stains are your smile’s biggest cosmetic concern, then improving it could be as simple as undergoing customized teeth-whitening treatment. In fact, you have a variety of options for addressing virtually cosmetic blemish that affects your teeth. However, for many people, their teeth aren’t the biggest factor or concern with their smile – they’re gums are. Excessive and/or uneven gum tissues can create an asymmetrical appearance for your smile, regardless of how straight and healthy your teeth are. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we can correct your gummy smile with custom-designed cosmetic gum contouring – the process of carefully sculpting minimal amounts of gum tissue to create a straighter, more attractive gum line. (more…)

Why Tooth Bonding Might Be a Better Option

Cosmetic dental treatment has been one of the more notable areas of advancement in the dental health field. For example, most cosmetic dental treatments today not only offer highly lifelike and esthetically appealing results, but are also designed to help optimize your immediate and long-term oral health, as well. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we offer a wide range of customizable cosmetic dental treatments, each with a unique set of advantages depending on your specific needs. For many patients, tooth bonding is the better option for improving their smiles because it accomplishes both of those goals – smile improvement and preservation – with optimal results. (more…)

Does Teeth-Whitening Always Work?

When your teeth are stained, professional teeth-whitening may be the first solution that comes to mind. As one of the most convenient cosmetic dental treatments, teeth-whitening is well-known for its ability to successfully erase most types of external teeth stains in a highly conservative manner. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we often perform customized teeth-whitening to help patients regain the youthful, healthy, and blemish-free appearance their smiles deserve. However, before recommending it, we’ll ensure that teeth-whitening will work by performing a thorough, comprehensive examination of your teeth and oral health. (more…)

Get to Know Your Wisdom Teeth Better

You may never have a problem with your wisdom teeth (or never develop any at all) and yet still be familiar with how commonly they can lead to oral health trouble. Unfortunately, many people do experience such trouble, and their knowledge of it is first-hand. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we commonly perform wisdom tooth extraction to remove the impacted molars and alleviate the discomfort associated with them. We also help you get to know your wisdom teeth better, and recognize when extracting them may be a good idea even if you haven’t yet experienced any issues. (more…)

What Happens When You Don’t Check Your Teeth-Grinding?

Unless your teeth are already sensitive, worn down, and/or damaged, you might not consider grinding your teeth a significant concern. However, when left unchecked, chronic teeth-grinding (also known as bruxism) can become one of the biggest risks to your long-term oral health. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we can diagnose your bruxism and the specific cause of it during a comprehensive oral examination. Then, we can help you check your teeth-grinding habit by designing an appropriate treatment plan to help you stop, and to repair any tooth damage that may have resulted from it. (more…)

Ways to Improve Your Chances of Avoiding Tooth Loss

Tooth loss affects a large percentage of adults to varying degrees, and it happens often enough that many people consider it a natural part of the aging process. However, most cases of tooth loss occur from highly preventable conditions, such as dental disease, and could be prevented with the right level of care and maintenance. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, protecting and preserving your smile is our top priority, and that includes helping you improve your chances of avoiding tooth loss with highly customized treatments and services. (more…)

How Veneers Create a Smile Makeover Instantly

Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore a blemish on your tooth here and there, especially if it isn’t that obvious at first. However, most types of blemishes grow worse over time, and by the time you notice them, you may have multiple different issues to address in order to restore your smile’s healthy, beautiful appearance. Making over your smile might seem like a huge challenge, but at our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we can often design a customized smile makeover using one or more porcelain veneers. The thin, lifelike shells can address a wide variety of issues at once, allowing you to completely makeover your smile almost instantly. (more…)

Reasons Why You Should Consider Invisalign® Aligners

One of the most important things to remember about crooked teeth (malocclusion) is that, if you have them, then ignoring them will only make matters worse. For that reason, we strongly advise correcting malocclusion as soon as possible, regardless at what age it occurs. However, for older teen and adult patients, the appearance of traditional braces can sometimes make them hesitate to seek the orthodontic treatment they need. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we help make the decision to straighten crooked teeth easier with the help of Invisalign® clear aligners. (more…)

How to Tell if Your Root Canal Needs Therapy

Your dental health isn’t static. Your teeth can be perfectly healthy during one routine visit, and during the next, you may learn that a tooth is decaying and needs immediate treatment to restore it. Depending on the extent of the decay, you might be able to treat it by filling the cavity it caused in your tooth, or you may need more involved treatment, such as root canal therapy. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we offer comfortable, customized root canal therapy to help you restore your tooth’s good health, but only after determining that it’s the most appropriate solution. (more…)

How Tooth Extraction Restores Your Smile

Before professional dentistry became so advanced, extracting a tooth was a common solution to minor problems like cavities or tooth damage. However, now, you have several customizable options for restoring teeth that have suffered all types of damage or infection. Yet, there are still instances when tooth extraction is the better option for the long-term health of your smile. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we only recommend tooth extraction when it’s the most effective way of removing a serious threat to your oral health and allowing us to restore the rest of your smile. (more…)