Orthodontics

Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth

Although very important, having straighter teeth goes deeper than feeling confident about the way your smile looks. In addition to feeling able to show your teeth off in pictures or conversations with friends, straighter teeth are less likely to suffer from complications of:

  • Excessive damage and fracturing, due to abnormal biting patterns that cause the enamel to wear against itself
  • Worn down or broken restorations (crowns and fillings) because of unhealthy relationships between the upper and lower teeth
  • Tooth decay, due to how difficult crowded or crooked teeth are to keep clean
  • Gum Disease, bone and tooth loss (for the same reasons as tooth decay)
  • TMJ disorders, migraines, and headaches. When your teeth don’t align correctly, the jaw muscles compromise themselves to bring your teeth together fully. This extra muscle strain gradually takes a toll.

Aligning your bite can help you avoid feeling self-conscious about your teeth, but it also enhances your oral health. At Loud Family Dental, we use ClearCorrect to help you achieve a healthy smile without extra referrals to a specialty practice across town. Because these clear aligners work just as well as conventional braces, you can enjoy all of the benefits of straighter teeth without having brackets and wires bonded across your teeth.

Six Month Smiles

Your smile is an expression of who you are, so if you're one of the millions of Americans who aren't happy with the way their smile looks, consider Six Month Smiles to get the beautiful, straight smile you'll be proud to show off. Six Month Smiles takes a modern approach to traditional orthodontic treatment by using the tried and true technology of braces with a cosmetic twist to fit your lifestyle.

Traditional braces have been shown to be the most conservative and predictable way to achieve a great smile, but many people aren't thrilled with the thought of having a mouth full of metal. With Six Month Smiles, you'll still get the great results of braces, but Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and Chameleon™ tooth-colored wires are barely visible, so you can feel free to smile with confidence while your teeth are being straightened. Plus, the average treatment time is only six months!

Six Month Smiles braces are comfortable. Even though your treatment is accelerated, Six Month Smiles braces focus on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite, so it can use low force to move teeth and there's no extra “tightening” involved.

There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles orthodontics.

If you are 15 years or older with crooked or spaced teeth and you're not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates, but only your dental professional will be able to decide if Six Month Smiles is right for your specific needs.

Fastbraces®

Searching for the right orthodontic choice in Shreveport? Loud Family Dental may have the answer! We are proud to offer Fastbraces® for both adults & children.

What Are Fastbraces®?

Fastbraces® are an affordable alternative to traditional braces. Originally designed in 1992, Fastbraces® are available through trained & certified dentists at locations nationwide. Dr. Rodrick Loud is proud to be a member of this growing group.

Fastbraces® work differently than traditional braces. Ordinarily, orthodontic devices move tooth roots first & then crowns in a long, multi-step process. The unique design of Fastbraces® enables us to move those roots & crowns at the same time, drastically reducing treatment time. With Fastbraces®, you can expect to find success in months, not years.

Certified Fastbraces® Provider

Loud Family Dental is your certified provider of Fastbraces®. We are trained to apply & maintain your Fastbraces® for as long as you may need them.

We want you to have that perfect smile. Contact Loud Family Dental today to set up a free Fastbraces® consultation. Together, we can decide if Fastbraces® are exactly what you’ve been searching for.

Preferred Aligners

Preferred Aligners braces provide you all of the conveniences of a removable, clear orthodontic tray system and they’re more affordable than brands like Invisalign. Yet, they do exactly the same thing!

Adults love Preferred Aligners because they can straighten their teeth without other people knowing they’re wearing braces at all. We love them because it helps our patients improve their oral health.

Each set of Preferred Aligners snaps over your teeth and uses mild pressure to reposition them. That’s right: no brackets or wires necessary! Just change out your trays as prescribed (usually every two weeks,) and you’ll see your smile straighten up in a matter of months.

We’ll see you in our Shreveport office about once a month to make sure everything is moving along as it should. Your visits are simple and short, plus you’ll take home extra aligners to move your treatment along at home.

Once your treatment is completed, you can maintain the results with a customized set of clear retainers that keeps your teeth in place for years to come.

Removable Clear Braces are Easy to Care For

If you’ve been contemplating getting braces to straighten your teeth, but you don’t like the idea of how difficult they are to keep up with, removable aligners like Preferred Aligners are exactly what you’ve been looking for.

When you wear Preferred Aligners, you can:

  • Eat anything you want, because your aligners are removable. Just take them out during meals to enjoy all of your favorite foods. There are no brackets to break off.
  • Brush and floss your teeth with ease. Removable Preferred Aligners orthodontics help you improve your oral hygiene by making it easy to clean your teeth during the process.
  • Whiten your teeth at the same time. Did you know that your aligners can double as bleaching trays?
  • Enjoy fewer, shorter trips to the dentist’s office. No, you don’t need a referral to an orthodontist in Bozeman. Our expert staff can complete your entire Preferred Aligners treatment in our Bozeman office.

Getting Preferred Aligners is easy when you don’t have to spend hours in the orthodontist’s office. They conveniently fit into your busy work or professional schedule and only require brief check-in visits at our office.

Plus, you never have to mess with gooey impressions. We take all of our scans digitally, for higher accuracy and no tickle in the back of your throat!

Athletic Mouthguards

Did you know that mouthguards should be worn during sporting events, even for just a friendly pick-up game of soccer in the neighborhood? Dental injuries can happen before you know it, and many could be avoided if proper protective gear was worn. We will fit your child with a custom made mouthguard that will fit comfortably over their teeth for protection. Don’t be caught by surprise, make sure your children have athletic mouthguards!

Nightguards (for teeth grinding)

Sometimes children will subconsciously grind their teeth at night and cause damage to the surfaces that are rubbing together. Since they are grinding their teeth in their sleep, you can’t simply tell them to stop! To prevent any further damage, we can fit them with a comfortable nightguard to wear while sleeping. The future of their teeth depends on it!

Preventative Space Maintainers

Primary (baby) teeth should stay firmly in place until the permanent tooth erupts, pushing the baby teeth out and taking its place. If the baby tooth is missing due to injury or disease, it can cause the teeth in that area to shift out of place. This shift in the baby teeth can cause dental problems for the future permanent teeth such as crowding and crookedness. To prevent such these issues from occurring, we can place a temporary space maintainer in the gap to keep your child’s teeth in alignment until their permanent teeth come in. Some permanent teeth don’t come in until your child is 12 to 14 years old!