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    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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How May We Improve Your Smile? Let Me Count the Ways

October 26, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Troy Patterson
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Your face is an integral part of your essential character, but you may not appreciate how truly vital it is. For many years, psychological research connected facial recognition with assessments of a person's character: "Like it or not, judgments based on facial appearance play a powerful role in how we treat others and how we get treated." But when researchers considered those judgments versus time, they found it happens so quickly you may hardly realize it.

You may wonder how quickly, a couple of seconds or perhaps less? In fact, in as little as 1/10 of a second, a person can decide if someone they meet is trustworthy, competent, or likable. And looking longer doesn't usually change people's minds. In the end, we tend to make a snap judgment and then go with it.

So, if a first impression happens in the blink of any eye, how do you make a good one? The answer is simple: smile!

According to a first impression survey, "more than two-thirds (68%) of Americans think people who smile are more trustworthy, confident, and approachable, and 76% admit a smile is the #1 physical trait to make a first impression of others."

At Oak Family Dental, we understand the value of a bright smile you won't hesitate to show off. Our mission is to help create smiles that leave a memorable first impression. We provide a variety of cosmetic dental services to achieve that goal. But first, we consider your individual needs.

Smile Design Treats Your Teeth Holistically

We've learned in three decades that successful cosmetic dentistry does not take a one-size-fits-all approach. Your smile needs are unique, and your goals are your own. So we will begin the process with a thorough consultation, where we take x-rays and other images of your teeth. Then we discuss your smile goals so that we can create a custom treatment plan just for you, your very own smile design.

This personalized plan will combine cosmetic dental services, starting with professional teeth whitening and moving on to dental veneers, tooth bonding, and potentially clear aligners provided by Invisalign.

Professional Teeth Whitening for Surface Stains

Most people who seek to improve their smile's appearance start on the surface by eliminating stains and discoloration. Seven out of ten people seek teeth whitening because it's straightforward and non-invasive. Additionally, when we provide professional teeth whitening, the advantages are numerous:

  • Custom trays – We take impressions of your teeth so that your whitening trays will fit tightly to hold the bleaching agents against your teeth.
  • Prescription-strength – Our whitening gel is as potent as you can find, which is why a dentist can only supply it
  • Safely monitored – Our dental team will instruct you how to safely use your whitening treatments, monitor your progress, and address any of your concerns

While professional teeth whitening in Metairie, LA, is an excellent place to start, your teeth may be discolored in ways that require more extensive restorative dentistry.

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding

Of the two types of tooth discoloration, teeth whitening corrects the external type, called extrinsic stains. But if your teeth suffer from intrinsic or internal stains, then the best way to treat them is by concealment. At Oak Family Dental, we offer two options for covering flaws on the front-facing surface of teeth: dental bonding and porcelain veneers.

To perform dental bonding, our cosmetic dentists sculpt with the same composite resins we use to fill cavities. This is a practical and affordable way to hide tooth flaws, and it can be completed in one visit.

Porcelain veneers are porcelain shells we design to fit on the fronts of damaged teeth. These restorations are more involved than dental bonding, but they are also more durable and resist stains and tooth decay better than natural teeth or dental bonding treatments.

Invisalign Clear Aligners Straighten Metairie Smiles

While therapies like teeth whitening, dental bonding, and veneers address the appearance of your teeth, we can straighten your smile through a clear aligner tray system provided by Invisalign. These aligners come in a set, and you begin with the first in the series, wearing them for two weeks before moving to the next.

Over time, each clear aligner moves your teeth into your desired position, correcting several alignment issues, such as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Crowding
  • Teeth gaps

We plan this treatment digitally, and you can follow your progress because the aligners are transparent. The average treatment lasts one to two years, depending on your case.

Cosmetic Dental Services in Metairie, LA

Your smile can be one of your greatest assets, and your Metairie cosmetic dentist, one like Oak Family Dental, should offer all the dental care you need to transform your smile. Our highly skilled team specializes in dental services that enhance the appearance of your smile. 

If you're ready to work with us to design a new smile, we encourage you to call our dental office and schedule a consultation. We can't wait to help you make every first impression the best it can be.

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