Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and most conservative cosmetic treatments. However, it can have dramatic results for your smile. In-office whitening Zoom2!® Advanced Power can lighten your smile by several shades in an hour or less. It involves negligible discomfort. Nonetheless, if you are nervous about the treatment, Dr. Chad LaCour can also provide nitrous oxide. Additionally, Opalescence® take-home whitening kits may be a good option, especially if you are watching your budget.
If you want a true smile transformation, porcelain veneers may be the solution. Dr. LaCour will attach these custom-designed and carefully fabricated ceramic shells to the front of your teeth. Matched to the natural color of your smile, veneers can conceal stains, chips, cracks, and many other cosmetic imperfections. Dr. LaCour offers both traditional and minimal-prep veneers. After evaluating your teeth and aesthetic goals, he will determine the right type of veneers for you.
Straightening your teeth does not have to involve a year or more of inconvenient orthodontic treatment. Six Month Smiles® will use tooth-colored brackets and clear wires to exert a slight force on your dental arch. Over the course of your treatment, your teeth will gradually straighten. Six Month Smiles® will only address the appearance of your smile. Therefore, your treatment time will be greatly accelerated. However, this treatment is not a good option if you have more severe misalignment.
If you want to address multiple aesthetic issues, you might be a candidate for a smile makeover. Dr. LaCour may use advanced imaging technology to show you your new smile before any work is done, including our panoramic x-ray machine, iCAT® machine, and computed tomography (CT) scanner, to examine your smile. With these detailed images, he can help you select several treatments to address your concerns. Treatments, you may benefit from include all-porcelain crowns, veneers, or other restorative procedures.
Dr. LaCour wants you to feel truly confident about your appearance. For this reason, he offers BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. This safe, effective treatment can significantly reduce lines and wrinkles, especially on your forehead and between your brows. BOTOX® Cosmetic will block nerve signals in the treatment area. Your nearby muscles will not be able to contract, erasing the lines that result from continuous movement. When administered by an experienced practitioner, BOTOX® Cosmetic will yield subtle results with negligible side effects. Botox is also a very effective treatment for headaches, TMJ, and facial pain.
Many people overlook the role that our gums play in creating an attractive smile. For this reason, we provide precise gum grafting procedures to help improve the appearance of patients' smiles who have a "gummy smile" or an uneven gum line. Following a gum contouring treatment, patients can achieve a smile that reveals the beauty of their teeth and showcases the vibrancy of their smile. At our practice, we focus on conservative treatment for the most natural-looking results.
Chad A. LaCour, DDS
South Baton Rouge