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By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
January 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
4WaysYouCanImproveYourSmileintheNewYear

Although we begin our New Year's resolutions with high hopes, many of them fall by the wayside by the end of January. It simply takes tremendous willpower to lose weight or exercise more. So to improve your resolution success rate, why not throw in some with a little more zing, like trying every item on the menu at your favorite restaurant or learning a new magic trick every month? Or how about this one: Resolve to do four things this year to change your smile.

Okay, it doesn't have to be exactly four. But we just happen to have four suggestions—one for each quarter of the new year—that can make your smile the best it can be in 2020.

Brighten up your smile. A professional whitening procedure can improve a stained, dingy smile. Our advanced bleaching techniques give your teeth that brighter look that could last for years with proper care and regular touchups. We can also control the level of whiteness to give your teeth a softer natural look or one that's dazzling bright.

Fix a chipped tooth with bonding. You may have a great smile, except for that one tooth that's missing a little piece. We can repair minor chips and other defects with composite resin material bonded directly to the tooth. Composite resin can be color-matched and shaped to fit the tooth being repaired so that it looks completely natural. Best of all, we can transform your tooth's appearance in just one visit.

Gain a new look with veneers. If you have one or more teeth with mild to moderate chipping, staining or misalignment, dental veneers could change their appearance altogether. These thin wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to permanently mask imperfections. They're so lifelike, others will have a hard time telling the difference between your teeth with veneers and those without.

Straighten your smile. It's never too late to have a crooked smile straightened. And you might not even have to wear braces: Clear aligners are computer-generated plastic trays worn in sequence to straighten teeth. They're removable, so you can take them out to eat or clean your teeth. Best of all, they're hardly noticeable—and they can give you a more attractive smile.

These and other cosmetic treatments are relatively easy ways to make a big impact on your appearance. Be resolved, then, that with a little help from us this can be the year you'll gain a more attractive smile through the art of dentistry.

If you would like more information about smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change” and “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
August 23, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

4AffordableWaystoTransformYourSmileforaOnce-In-A-LifetimeMoment

People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.

You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.

Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.

Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.

Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantA missing tooth can cause a whole array of issues with your smile. From shifting teeth to bone atrophy, leaving a gap untreated can have a detrimental effect on the health of your teeth. The versatility of dental implants lets you fill in your smile in various situations — from a single missing tooth to a whole arch of gaps. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger at Silvestri and Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA.

What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a restorative dental procedure that focuses on replacing one, several, or all of your missing teeth. Implant dentistry is unique from other forms of tooth replacement options because it integrates into the bone below your missing tooth, providing a secure foundation for the replacement tooth itself. Implants are often considered the most lifelike solution to missing teeth and are made to last a lifetime.

Are dental implants safe?
Implant dentistry is FDA-approved and considered safe for use. Like any dental procedure, especially one requiring anesthetic, there are certain risks associated with implants and the process to place them in the mouth. However, the risk is considered low and most people can benefit from this powerful dental procedure.

Dental Implants in Slidell, LA
If you think you can benefit from dental implants, you should first determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Someone considering dental implants should be free from teeth decay and gum disease or be willing to undergo the procedures necessary to reverse these conditions prior to placing their implants. The patient should also have a strong at-home oral care routine to ensure that both their natural teeth and implants remain healthy and free from complications such as cavities or gingivitis.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Susan Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger at Silvestri and Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA. Call (985) 641-7200 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
August 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you are like most busy adults, getting to the dentist every year for a check up and professional dental cleaning is probably somewhere on dental servicesyour to-do list, but may get pushed to the back burner or put off completely as life's many commitments and distractions get in the way. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA), regular dental care is a critical part of a comprehensive oral care and hygiene routine, even if you brush and floss every day (hint: you should be doing that too). Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, offers preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental treatments designed to give you strong, healthy teeth well into old age.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Slidell, LA

From staining and discoloration to cavities and receding gums, there are more affordable and effective dental treatment options available than ever before to restore and improve a damaged smile. Some of the most common dental services include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Crowns and bridgework
  • Dental fillings
  • Dental implants
  • Removable dentures
  • Braces and Invisalign clear aligners
  • Professional dental cleanings
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental sealants (for children)
  • TMJ treatment
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Periodontal laser surgery
  • Gum grafting
  • Extractions

The best way to avoid the most common oral health issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, is to practice good oral hygiene and to see your dentist every six months to a year for routine check ups and cleanings. But even if you have neglected your oral health in the past, it is never too late to schedule an appointment and get your periodontal health back on track.

Find a Dentist in Slidell, LA

Whether you're due for a professional check up and cleaning, need a few simple cosmetic improvements or have been living with tooth loss, it is never too late to invest in your oral health. For more information, contact Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry by calling (985) 641-7200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Susan Silvestri or Dr. Ronnie Deniger today.



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