When seeking to improve your smile, you have numerous options to suit your specific needs. At the office of Dr. Michael Young, you’ll receive detailed information about the cosmetic dental procedures we offer. We believe an educated patient is better prepared to make decisions concerning his or her oral health. Today, Dr. Young explains two popular cosmetic procedures: porcelain veneers and lumineers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
If you have a number of dental issues that you wish to correct, Dr. Young may recommend porcelain veneers for an esthetically-pleasing solution to them all. Veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain that Dr. Young bonds to the front of your teeth. The porcelain is custom fabricated to fit the area you wish to cover (veneers are only applied to the teeth that are visible while smiling and talking). The procedure requires removing a small, thin section from the fronts of the teeth and then bonding the custom-fabricated veneers to the surface. Stains, chips, cracks, and slightly misshapen teeth can be covered all at once with porcelain veneers. (more…)
National Men’s Health Month highlights preventable health issues in men and boys and emphasizes the importance of early detection for treatment of diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 11.9% of men 18 years and older are considered to have fair or poor health. Men are not doing too well with dental health, either. Only 49% of men take proper care of their teeth by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, as opposed to 57% of women. Dr. Young knows that your mouth has an important impact on your physical wellbeing, and he is dedicated to helping you establish and maintain good health.
What is the Mouth-Body Connection?
The mouth-body connection, or oral-systemic health, describes the connection between your oral health and the health of your whole body. Plaque and bacteria continuously form around your teeth and gums. When left alone, these elements weaken tooth enamel and sap teeth of essential nutrients and minerals. Bacteria also attack your gums, erode the connective tissue that holds your gums to your teeth, and ultimately cause tooth loss. Studies show that oral infections, like tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, have been linked to potentially fatal systemic diseases. The bad bacteria that attack your mouth’s defenses can also enter into your bloodstream through the infected soft gum tissue. Once in your bloodstream, the bacteria travel throughout your body and can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and other diseases. (more…)
We all know a smile is important for social interaction, showing emotion, and making relationships. However, you may not know about the many other benefits that come along with flashing a big smile. Psychologists and sociologists have been studying the health benefits of smiling for decades, and our Lafayette dentist would like to share some of their findings with you.
How Smiling Improves Your Health
Scientists discovered that the body releases endorphins every time a person smiles. Endorphins are important neurotransmitters that help relieve discomfort and improve your mood. If you’re having a crummy day, forcing a smile will lift your spirits. In addition, smiling provides a relaxing effect on the body. People who smile frequently have lower stress levels. Excessive stress wreaks havoc on the body and contributes to a diverse range of health problems.
Smiling Improves Your Professional and Social Life
If you need to diffuse a tense situation at work or at home, a warm, welcoming smile might just do the trick. Smiling puts others at ease. It is also the most common form of non-verbal communication that is reciprocated by others. It’s simple! If you smile at others, they will smile back. A smile may even improve your professional life. Did you know that employees who smile often are more likely to receive promotions? Smiles are also perceived as attractive. If you’re looking to date, wearing a big smile will show potential suitors that you’re welcoming and accepting.
Dr. Michael Young and his team would like to remind you that May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day. While we strongly encourage patients to abstain from all forms of tobacco on that day, Dr. Young encourages abstinence every day, all year round. It is well documented that tobacco use is harmful to your health, but many people still ignore the avalanche of information available today. To help you be mindful of the dangers, here are a few interesting facts that illustrate how tobacco harms your dental health.
- A single cigarette contains over 4,000 harmful chemicals. The main ingredient, nicotine, is a substance also found in bug spray.
- Other ingredients found in cigarettes include tar, the same substance used to pave roads, and formaldehyde, which is used to embalm and preserve deceased animals and humans. Also included are cyanide–the main ingredient in rat poison–lead, acetone, ammonia, and carbon monoxide
- Smoking not only causes bad breath and destroys your teeth, but it can also compromise your dental implants, weakening their attachment to your jaw by affecting the bone and soft tissues around them.
- Smoking causes severe inflammation of the salivary glands, reducing a smoker’s ability to smell and taste.
- Tobacco smoke can lead to gum disease by weakening the bone and soft tissues of your mouth. Smoking can also cause oral cancer. (more…)
About 74 percent of women and 57 percent of men would be embarrassed by a missing tooth. As an adult, you may lose teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, infection, or another tragic event. Missing teeth leave holes in your smile and create alignment problems and make it difficult to function properly. Fortunately, Dr. Young offers dentures, bridges, and implants to replace missing teeth and restore your smile.
What are Dentures?
If you’re missing several teeth and have a lot of bone loss, Dr. Young may recommend dentures. Dentures fit over or around remaining teeth and are usually removable. Traditional dentures involve adhesives, slipping, irritation, and frequent re-adjustments. However, your Lafayette dentist will take impressions of your mouth and create a set of dentures that fits securely and comfortably for your smile.
A recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed that most people wish they could brighten their smiles. Dr. Michael Young offers many different techniques to improve the appearance of your smile. Your Lafayette cosmetic dentist will determine which method will best treat your discolorations and suit your needs.
Zoom! In-Office Whitening
The Zoom! Whitening procedure is performed in our Lafayette dentist office. Dr. Young will apply a strong whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. He will activate the gel with a special light to brighten your teeth six to ten shades—in just one hour! In-office whitening is considered the safest bleaching treatment because your Lafayette cosmetic dentist will monitor your progress and protect your lips and gums. After the procedure, Dr. Young will apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth, and provide take-home trays for maintenance. Zoom! is ideal for patients who want quick results and people with light or shallow surface blemishes.
Taste is the weakest of the five senses, but it’s responsible for distinguishing between sour lemons, sweet chocolate, and salty popcorn. Keeping your mouth healthy will keep your sense of taste strong, but other conditions can impair your taste. Dr. Young can help clean your mouth so you can enjoy your favorite flavors.
How You Taste
When you look at your tongue, you’ll notice lots of tiny bumps on the surface. These bumps are called papillae, and they contain tiny nerve endings called your taste buds. Your taste buds have small hair-like structures called microvilli. When you eat, the microvilli send messages to your brain to help you detect the flavor. Your tongue has about 10,000 taste buds, but about 10 percent are also located inside your cheeks and along the roof of your mouth.
When your Lafayette dentist tells you that would benefit from orthodontic treatment, you may suddenly fear metal wires or clear aligners that take months to shift your teeth into their proper positions. If you want a straighter smile quickly, Dr. Young may suggest a treatment known as “instant orthodontics.” Veneers, bonding, LUMINEERS, and crowns can make your smile appear straighter in just a few visits to our Lafayette dentist office.
What is Instant Orthodontics?
“Orthodontics” typically implies using gentle forces to push your teeth into alignment. Instant orthodontics, however, doesn’t actually adjust your teeth. Instead, the treatment simply covers your teeth to hide gaps and misalignments. Since there are no wires, brackets, bands, or aligners, you don’t have to deal with poking, pulling, breaking, or irritation. Furthermore, instant orthodontic treatments can straighten, whiten, and restore your smile in just one procedure.
Drinking alcohol decreases your mental focus and concentration, but it also destroys your dental health. Alcohol contributes to enamel erosion, tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth, and oral cancer. In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, Dr. Young offers these tips to keep your mouth healthy when consuming alcohol.
You may be too tired or clueless after getting intoxicated that you forget to clean your mouth before passing out. Alcoholic beverages are often filled with sugars and acids that destroy your teeth. To worsen the situation, alcohol reduces the amount of saliva in your mouth. The dry environment will allow bacteria to feed all night long.
Dr. Michael Young is dedicated to forming relationships with each of his patients. At our Lafayette dentist office, our team will take time to meet with your family and discuss your needs and desires so we can build a bond based on trust and understanding. In return, we would like you to get to know the backgrounds, personalities, and qualifications of your Lafayette dental team. Take this quiz to see how much you know about Dr. Young.
1. Where did Dr. Young receive his dental degree?
a. LSU Eunice
b. LSU Baton Rouge
c. LSU School of Dentistry
2. How did Dr. Young develop his work ethic?
a. Running the traps in his family’s crawfish ponds
b. Providing customer service at his family’s grocery store
c. Waiting tables at his family’s local diner