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The Dangers of Tobacco Use on Your Oral Health

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Aug 27, 2018

smoking and oral healthBy now, the ill effects of tobacco are well documented.   It has been linked to such major health concerns as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses such as COPD.  At this point, it seems that there are few health problems for which smoking is NOT listed as a risk factor, so it should come as no surprise that the habit of smoking can lead to some serious damage to the teeth, gums, and overall oral health as well.  Yellowing of the teeth and bad breath may be the most recognizable association, but these are just the beginning of dental health concerns for tobacco users.

Smoking Increases the Risk of Cavities and Gum Recession

Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to experience cavities in their teeth or recession of the gums, which can lead to decay and tooth loss. In fact, smokers are far more likely to require root canals and fillings than people who choose to be tobacco free.

Smoking Increases the Risk of Gum Disease

Smokers are twice as likely as others to develop forms periodontal disease, or gum disease, such as gingivitis, which can break down bone and tissue, lead to the loss of teeth, and has been associated with other major health concerns like heart disease.  These patients may also not respond to gum disease treatments as well as non-smokers.

Smoking Reduces the Ability to Fight Infection

Smoking works against your body’s natural ability to fight off infection and weakens the immune system. This means that smokers are more likely to get sick than others.  It also means that they have a more difficult time recovering from illness and treatments necessary for other smoking-related illnesses can be exceptionally difficult.

Smoking Increases the Risk of Mouth Cancers

While lung cancer is most commonly associated with smoking, it is far from the only one.  Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco greatly increase a person’s risk of developing cancer in the mouth, tongue, and cheek.

There are several other health concerns in addition to these regarding smoking and tobacco use. If you would like more information, visit the surgeon general’s website to see other health risks involved with tobacco usage.

Monitoring and maintaining oral health is important for everyone but particularly for those who use tobacco.  If you use cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, schedule an appointment with Dr. Russo-Mounger to evaluate the current state of your oral health.  Then, keep up with recommended follow-ups to ensure than any issues are caught and addressed as quickly as possible.  While quitting is the best way to protect your health, remaining vigilant in your dental care is also a vital component.

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Botox Myths Exposed

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Aug 20, 2018

Botox MythsFor decades, Botox has been helping patients ease the look of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles.  Whereas some treatment options have come and gone or slowly dwindled in popularity, Botox remains a continuous go-to for those looking to fight early signs of aging. 

With such a long track record of success, you may think Botox would be impervious to the myths that so often accompany similar products.  Unfortunately, despite many years of proven success, misunderstandings still abound.  While it is important to understand that no treatment comes without the potential for side effects, it is equally important to be able to distinguish legitimate concerns from myth. 

Myth 1: Botox Will Make My Face Look “Frozen”

Possibly the most common concern about Botox is that it will leave patients expressionless and plastic in appearance.  While you may want to look younger, it should also look natural.  The quality of your results will be a direct correlation to the quality of your provider.  Do some research before having the treatment, and ensure that your chosen Botox provider is experienced and skilled in delivering desirable results.

Myth 2: Botox Can Be Used Anywhere on the Face

Botox is powerful, but it has a very specific cosmetic use.  Because it works by relaxing facial muscles, Botox is only useful for dynamic wrinkles, or those that result from movement.  This includes wrinkles that occur between the brows, on the forehead, or around the eyes.  Wrinkles that occur due to age or sun exposure are static wrinkles and require the use of a filler instead.

Myth 3: Botox is Painful

For most patients, Botox results in mild discomfort at most.  Injections cause only a slight pinch as a fine needle injects a very small amount of liquid.  While the total number of injections needed will vary by patient and some may experience side effects such as headaches, the vast majority handle injections quite well with no complications.

Myth 4: Botox Can Lead to Botulism

Botox is, in fact, derived from botulinum toxin.  However, it is just that, a derivative, and comes only from the isolated protein.  Whereas botulinum toxin can lead to serious health concerns such as botulism, Botox recipients needn’t be concerned.  The treatment was officially approved for cosmetic use in 2002 and has been safely treating fine lines and wrinkles ever since.  

If you are giving Botox serious concern, don’t be dissuaded by pervasive myths.  While the treatment won’t be right for all patients or even all wrinkles, it has maintained its long-term popularity for one very important reason – it works!  To learn more about Botox performed in Baton Rouge, contact the The Smile Spa where Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger and her team are waiting to give you a flawless Botox experience.

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Baton Rouge Botox FAQs

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Wed, Jun 20, 2018

AdobeStock_74943356With a product as popular and widely used as Botox, there comes a fair amount of questions and the occasional misconception.  Perhaps you have a friend who has recently had treatments, or you’ve seen enough before and after photos that you’ve finally started giving this particular treatment option some serious thought.  Whatever the case, now that Botox is on your radar, you likely have a few questions as well.  That’s where we come in.

Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger has been expertly injecting Botox for beautiful, natural-looking results for years.  And, after all this time, she’s not only developed quite a knack for delivering consistent, desirable results, she’s also learned a lot about this long-standing facial relaxer.  As a result, The Smile Spa team decided to take this knowledge, combine it with some our most commonly asked patient questions, and develop this Botox FAQ guide just for you!

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is a facial relaxer, but in the world of cosmetic injectables, it is often confused with facial fillers.  Because Botox does not fill in space, but rather relaxes the facial muscles, it is only useful for dynamic wrinkles, or those that occur as a result of muscle contraction.  Static wrinkles that occur due to age and loss of volume will not be improved with Botox.

Where on the Face can Botox be used?

Botox is FDA-approved and works very well for reducing the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles found between the brows (frown lines) and around the eyes (crow’s feet).  It is also quite effective when used for dynamic wrinkles occurring on the forehead, along the side of the nose (bunny lines), and around the mouth. 

How Long Does Botox take to Work?

Actual injection of Botox is quick, taking around 10 minutes.  The results, however, will begin to be seen within 24-48 hours of treatment and will continue to improve over the course of the next 2 weeks.  Once achieved, Botox results should last for about 3 months.

What are Common Botox Side Effects?

Botox is very safe and side effects are relatively rare.  Those side effects that are noted are generally mild and resolve quickly.  These may include temporary redness or light bruising at the injection site.  Your provider can further discuss these and answer any questions during your initial consultation.

How Much Does Botox Cost?

A reputable practitioner will charge according to the number of units of Botox required.  This means that the total cost will vary based on the area being treated and the amount of Botox needed.  On occasion, you may be able to find savings opportunities through provider-hosted special Botox events or by putting together your own Botox party.

If you still have questions regarding Botox or are simply ready to get started, contact The Smile Spa to schedule a consultation.  During this appointment, you can discuss your areas of concern, ask any additional questions, and make a determination if Botox is the best solution for you!

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Facial Fillers vs. Relaxers: How are they Different, and Which do You Need?

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, May 24, 2018

The Smile Spa Facial Fillers vs. Relaxers: How are they different and which do you need?Every day you look in the mirror, and gradually, the reflection you see begins to change.  It may begin with a line here or a wrinkle there.  You may notice areas of your face are beginning to sag or appear less full than they once did.  Of course, these changes may not necessarily be surprising.  After all, we all know that time and age can lead to such things, but that knowledge likely won’t make you feel any better when it happens to you.

So, what are you to do when such bothersome signs of aging begin to crop up on your own face?  Fortunately, today’s patients have many more options at their disposal than in years past.  Among the most effective and popular are facial relaxers and facial fillers.  But, what are the differences between the two, and how can you know which should be used for your particular area of concern?  No worries; that’s what we’re here for!  Read on to learn more about the unique capabilities of each of these popular cosmetic treatment options.

What are Facial Fillers Used for?

When lines and wrinkles seemed to be permanently etched into the skin, whether facial muscles are contracted or relaxed (static wrinkles), facial filler injectables such as Restylane and Juvederm can help.  Likewise, these same products are often ideally suited for replacing volume loss in areas such as the cheeks or the lips.  By supplementing the body’s own, naturally occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid to restore volume and moisture and by stimulating cell turnover and collagen production, facial fillers are able to make the skin appear young, fuller, and supple once again.

What are Facial Relaxers Used for?

Facial relaxers such as Botox are what most patients think of when they consider a cosmetic injectable.  However, these products have a very specific use that is much different than fillers and that won’t be right for all types of wrinkles.  Unlike fillers, relaxers treat lines and wrinkles that are dynamic in nature, meaning those that are only visible with muscle contraction such as raising your eye brows or squinting in the sun.  By relaxing the involved muscles, these products are able to diminish or eliminate issues such as forehead lines, “11’s”, crow’s feet, or bunny lines, for months at a time.  For most patients, treatment with these products three to four times per year are plenty to keep skin looking taut and smooth.

Facial fillers and relaxers have revolutionized the cosmetic industry.  No longer is it necessary to go under the knife to achieve natural, younger looking skin.  In fact, the results from such injectables typically offer far more natural, not to mention safer, results than their old school alternatives. 

Are you ready to turn back the clock?  Contact The Smile Spa, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger to determine which product is best suited for the results you desire.


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3 Lip Filler Tips for Baton Rouge Patients

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Lip fillersCelebrities have long inspired our fashion trends and most desired looks.  From clothes to hair color to physical features, Hollywood sets the course.  Years ago, Angelina Jolie inspired women across the nation to seek out fuller lips.  Now, a younger crop of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner have caused lip fillers to skyrocket to an all-time high in popularity.  More than 20,000 lip procedures were performed in 2015.  That’s the equivalent of a lip procedure every 20 minutes. 

Of course, such trends often come with a downside.  For instance, the widespread “Kylie Jenner lip challenge” resulted in bruising, swelling, and pain, if not scarring or permanent damage, for many who tried it.  Fortunately, there is a far safer, more effective way to get the look you desire through lip filler injections.  Start by following these guidelines, and ensure that the final result is one that you will be pleased with.  Here are our tips:

Use a Dentist for Lip Fillers

Lip fillers and similar cosmetic procedures are available from a wide-range of providers, but patients should always look for one who has extensive experience and a medical background.  Dentists, in particular, undergo advanced training and have a higher level of familiarity than most with the oral and maxillofacial areas, or, in other words, everything from the forehead to the chin. They can also keep you the most comfortable during these procedures by giving you dental nerve block injections to have you completely numb during the lip procedures.  This is an advantage because these filler injections in this area can be painful with only a topical numbing gel.

Select Your Lip Filler Product Wisely

If you have taken time and consideration in choosing your provider, selecting the appropriate products should be a relatively simple task.  By far, the most popular options are those that use hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Restylane and Juvederm.  Renowned for their natural look, these temporary fillers have many benefits.  Typically, results occur almost immediately and last for the next 6-9 months, and the filler can be “erased” at any time that you become displeased with the results.

Be Realistic in Lip Filler Expectations

Not every look suits every patient or is even achievable for every patient.  Work with your provider to determine what type of result is most feasible and desirable for you. You can even pick and choose which areas to fill depending upon your facial features and desired outcome.  Just remember that while you can look to celebrities or others for inspiration, only you and your doctor can determine what is best for you. Another thing to remember and understand is that our facial features are not symmetrical and so when implanting fillers you must realize that those asymmetries will still exist.  Some can be corrected with filler, but some cannot.  You must always have realistic goals and know that perfection is something we strive for but is very hard to truly achieve.

If you are considering lip fillers to enhance your appearance, Dr. Russo of the Smile Spa can help.  Schedule a consultation where you can discuss your concerns, your desired results, and the ways that our team can help you achieve an aesthetic outcome that you will love.

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Growing Trends in the Dental Industry in 2018

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

dental trendsOver the past several years, most businesses have looked for ways to increase their relevance and build customer satisfaction.  In our fast-paced, technologically-advanced world, it’s easier than ever to find what we want, when we want it, and to determine who is most qualified to provide it for us.  Today, all industries, including medical, must shift their focus to more convenient, customer-centric operations, heightening the consumer experience however possible.  For dental practices in particular, this has resulted in a few exciting trends on the horizon, many of which we are proud to already offer at The Smile Spa:

Fast and Pain-Free Dental Procedures

Fear of the dentist is fairly common, and in most cases, this fear is grounded in a belief that dental work will be slow and painful. To combat these anxieties and encourage more patients to seek out the dental care they need, dentists are finding ways to make procedures as quick and comfortable as possible such as offering new and innovative services like the following:

  • CEREC Crowns- Rather than suffering through bad-tasting impression material and ill-fitting temporary crowns, CEREC crown technology uses digital images of the tooth to create a precise ceramic crown that is cut, stained, glazed, and cemented into place in one to two hours! Patients can leave their appointment immediately ready to eat and return to work or other daily activities with a beautiful tooth color matched strong porcelain crown that if taken care of can last a lifetime.
  • Six Month Smiles- Tooth alignment can be adjusted at any age given that the teeth and gums remain healthy. However, the lengthy process and unappealing look of metal braces often deter adult patients. Six Month Smiles uses clear wire and tooth colored brackets to minimize the appearance of braces and focuses on straightening the front teeth for the most significant visual impact in the shortest amount of time.  
  • Sedation Dentistry- Anxiety no longer has to be an issue with sedation dentistry.  There are many ways to relieve anxiety and fear while having all dental procedures from the cleanings to full mouth work.  Nitrous Oxide gas allows you to relax during your appointment but still drive yourself to and from and to return to your daily duties right away.  Another options is oral medication administered by the doctor 30 minutes before the appointment.  It will leave you more heavily sedated and relieved of all cares and fears.  You will need a driver to and from the appointment and will not be able to return to work or drive for 4 hours after the appointment.  Lastly, IV sedation is offered by outsourcing a nurse anesthetist who puts you COMPLETELY to sleep for the entire appointment and monitors all your vitals and airway the entire time.   You will need a driver to and from your appointment with limited daily activities the rest of the day.

Cosmetic Procedures at the Dentist Office

Cosmetic dental procedures to improve the aesthetic of one’s smile have become quite popular over the years.  And, in 2018, such services will only continue to improve:

  • Teeth whitening- Traditional teeth whitening was an expensive and time-consuming process, requiring specially-fitted trays and a bleaching gel to be used at home consistently for two weeks to get any noticeable results. Today, in-office whitening procedures have revolutionized this service, giving patients improvements of 4 to 6 shades in an hour or even less.   
  • Lumineers- Porcelain veneers are a great way to minimize the appearance of bothersome imperfections such as chipped or broken teeth, small gaps, misalignment and discolorations. However, this is again a service that can traditionally be quite time-consuming. Lumineers, on the other hand, offer the same benefits in a much shorter amount of time, taking just two appointments and require little to no reduction of the natural tooth’s surface and NO ANESTHESIA (NUMBING OF THE TEETH!)

Additionally, many dentists are recognizing that if patients are considering cosmetic dentistry for an improved, more youthful appearance, it stands to reason that they may be seeking other cosmetic procedures as well.  For this reason, there is an increasing practice model in which dentists are teaming up with dermatologists and aestheticians to make a trip to the dentist a one-stop shop to treat not just the teeth but the ENTIRE FACE including services such as:

  • Botox and facial fillers done by the dentist
  • Profractional Therapies
  • BBL laser
  • Chemical Peels
  • Micro-Laser Peels
  • Micro-needling
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Dermalplaning

Turning the Dentist Office into a Spa

Dentists are aware of just how stressful and scary a trip to their office can be. In order to make patients feel more comfortable, many, like The Smile Spa, are offering spa-like amenities to make patients look forward to their visit and feel more comfortable in the office:

  • Robes and slippers
  • Digital TV with headphones for TV’s or Radio
  • Heated neck wraps
  • Parafin hand wax with Mitts while cleaning your jewelry
  • Herbal eye masks, lip balms, and aromatherapy creams,

If going to the dentist twice a year is crucial to the longevity and health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Aimee Russo and the team at The Smile Spa are here to make everything about your visit easy and stress-free. We combine state-of-the-art technologies and spa-like amenities with the dental procedures you need in order to create an experience that is not only highly effective, but also relaxing and enjoyable.

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Six Month Smiles: A Different Way of Viewing Orthodontic Treatment

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Feb 22, 2018

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Are you embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile? If so, you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re one of millions of adults who would love having straighter teeth, but you feel like you’ve missed your chance.

Do you instinctively cover your mouth when you laugh, talk or smile? Many people feel trapped because they don’t want to wear metal braces as adults. Or, they’re concerned that correcting the problem will be invasive or cost prohibitive.  Fortunately, there’s an effective, affordable, safe solution for cosmetic braces that will fit your lifestyle.

Six Month Smiles Gold Level Partner Six Month Smiles® is a short-term orthodontic treatment that’s a modern twiston traditional orthodontics. This
system has taken the best aspects of traditional braces and modified the materials and treatment to give adults an alternative cosmetic solution.


Here’s Why Six Month Smiles Is So Innovative...

  • Typical treatment time is just six months!
  • Clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are hardly visible!
  • Our patient tray kits ensure fast and comfortable appointments.
  • The Six Month Smiles system is usually less expensive than veneers or traditional braces.

Frequently Asked Questions About Six Month Smiles

Naturally, we understand that such a solution may sound a little too good to be true.  We often get questions from patients regarding just how these incredible results are achieved in such a short amount of time.  For instance, here are two questions we frequently encounter, along with our responses:

Question: “So how are teeth actually straightened in just six months?”
Answer: This system employs the latest clear adult braces technology to move teeth safely and quickly. Also, its focus is primarily on those teeth that show when you smile, which shortens the treatment time.

Question: “Will I still have a mouth full of metal braces?”
Answer: Nada. Six Month Smiles uses clear braces that are barely visible!


Is the Six Month Smiles System Right for You?

As your lifelong oral healthcare partner, it’s important that we make the best decisions together about all treatments. We want to be sure you have ALL of your questions answered and determine together that you’re a great candidate before you consider this treatment. So, call The Smile Spa to make an appointment where we can discuss Six Month Smiles in more detail.


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4 Cosmetic Services To Look Your Best in the New Year

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Jan 29, 2018

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“New year; new me” seems to be a common hymn many are singing with high hopes for 2018.  You may have your own list of resolutions, containing new adventures, commitments, and lifestyle adjustments, each meant to bring improvement to your life.   And, if one (or a few) of your resolutions has to do with enhancing your appearance, you’ve come to the right place!  

The Smile Spa conveniently offers both dental and cosmetic services in one office, recognizing that a beautiful smile includes beautiful teeth, lips, face, and all skin. It all goes  hand-in-hand.   So, if you are looking to take on 2018 while looking and feeling your best, check out these 4 services: THIS IS THE YEAR OF YOU!!!

A Beautiful Smile with Veneers OR Lumineers

Veneers and Lumineers are a thin layer of tooth colored restorative material, made of porcelain, and they can be a great option for anyone looking to improve the beauty/ cosmetics, quality, and health of their smile. The most common use for Veneers is to repair a broken tooth or improve small shape irregularities in one or a few teeth to make those teeth match your existing teeth.  Lumineers are for someone who wants to get a “smile makeover”.  You can change the color, size, shape, even the alignment of your existing teeth,   all without any injections or temporary crowns, very little or no trimming of the teeth.  The result is a straight, beautiful, bright, white, smile that is completely natural in appearance.

Botox to Eliminate Lines and Wrinkles

Botox boasts a long list of benefits. It can be injected into nearly any muscle that needs to be relaxed, offering patients the ability to tame unwanted spasms or reduce overactive sweat glands.  However, the most popular use for Botox is to help eliminate the appearance of certain fine lines and wrinkles on the face and around the eyes to make you look younger, It can brighten  the skin and make you look less tired and years younger!  With just a few minutes of time, this cosmetic treatment can have you well on your way to looking years younger for up to 3 – 4 months.

Facial Fillers for Skin Rejuvenation

Restylane facial fillers now come in a variety of  consistencies to accommodate every patients needs.  You may just have a scar to fill in and disguise , some smile lines on the cheeks that need to be softened, “smokers lines” around the lips to fill in,  or just want to add a little more definition to your lips.   As we age our upper lip seems to “go away” and by just adding a small amount around the border can make a huge difference in appearance.   Come visit Dr. Russo for a free consult to see which would be the best treatment for you.  Fillers can have very little down time and very little bruising.  You can go right back to work the same day.  IF you are worried about the pain around the mouth region, which is very sensitive,  Dr Russo can give intraoral blocks, so you feel NOTHING during the entire procedure! 

Laser Aesthetics for Flawless Skin

Dr. Russo is proud to be partnered with Kelly’s Laser Aesthetics, bringing patients extensive experience in both cosmetic and laser aesthetics for a wide range of purposes. If laser hair removal, microneedling, dermaplaning, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion are on your resolution list, you’re in luck! These procedures and more are all available in addition to our dental services to give you the most comprehensive appearance-enhancing results possible.

To make the most of your 2018 New Year’s resolutions, rely on the assistance of a qualified team of professionals.  At The Smile Spa, our team is prepared to help you boost your confidence with a gorgeous, healthy smile and flawless, youthful skin.  Just give us a call to set up your consultation, and determine which services will best suit your needs. 


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Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in Baton Rouge

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in Baton RougeInterest in cosmetic dentistry has skyrocketed in the past decade. Veneers and crowns are just two ways patients are able to enhance their smile, and there are many others that are providing patients nationwide with an improved appearance, health, and confidence! You may be wondering how you, too can take advantage of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. If price is your determining factor, you’ve come to the right place! A hefty price tag no longer stands between you and your perfect smile—Here are 2 ways you can cut the price of your cosmetic dental procedures:

The Quality Dental Plan

The Quality Dental Plan is a great way to make cosmetic dentistry an affordable option for your family. The Quality Dental Plan is a dental savings plan offered through your local dentist. Because your dentist runs this savings plan the high administrative costs incurred with an insurance company are eliminated—leaving you with better deals and higher customization! The purpose of this plan is to help patients afford the dental care needed by both the patient and his/her family regardless of insurance coverage. So, with QDP, you will not incur any unexpected out of pocket expenses, deductibles, or copays. Anyone is eligible for QDP and there is no sign-up time lag. The Quality Dental plan enables everyone to affordably receive the dental care they need.

Dr. Russo is a Quality Dental Plan dentist, and is committed to working earnestly to ensure your family receives the highest value and quality care possible. The QDP sign-up process is quick and simple; so give our office a call if you are interested in learning more

The Smile Spa Holiday Special

For the rest of December, The Smile Spa is offering 20% off of ANY cosmetic service! If a “me day” does not fit in your holiday time budget, no worries! Come on in and purchase a 20% off gift card to lock in your discount for next year! Now is a great time to schedule the cosmetic procedure you’ve been pining for—and bring a friend to take advantage of the “refer a friend” discount for your next service!

We are celebrating the season of giving, and there is nothing we would rather give you than a healthy smile and a boost of confidence!  Affordable cosmetic dentistry is at your fingertips. If you or a family member may be interested in a discounted cosmetic dental service, give us a call to schedule your next appointment at The Smile Spa of Baton Rouge.

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Six Month Smile: Baton Rouge Braces for Fast Results

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Nov 20, 2017

baton_rouge_braces.jpegA beautiful, straight smile is a desirable feature for anyone to have.  Not only can it boost self-confidence, but in turn, it can also positively impact the way we are perceived by others.  Unfortunately, it is a trait with which few are naturally blessed.  This is precisely why Americans spend millions each year on orthodontics.  In fact, over four million people in the U.S. currently wear braces, and a quarter of those are adults.  Still, the thought of a year or more in braces, particularly for adults, is a less than appealing concept.

The Problem with Traditional Braces

Traditional braces have been around for a very long time, because they work.  After undergoing treatment with these, you are sure to have vastly improved alignment.  However, they are not without their downfalls.  Traditional orthodontics utilize obvious wire and metal brackets that most find unappealing, particularly adults attempting to navigate in a professional world.  Furthermore, such treatments often require a large time commitment of mostly 2 years.  Of course, no one wants a mouth full of metal for an extended period of time, but there is also the consideration that the longer wear time also equals a larger investment.  Average costs of traditional braces can range anywhere from $4,500 to $6,500.


How Six Month Smile is a Better Form of Orthodontics

For patients who are put off by the drawbacks of traditional braces, Six Month Smile orthodontics offer a perfect compromise.  Still made with the wire and brackets that offer the best results, Six Month Smiles offer beautiful results without the “metal mouth” look.  Instead, they are made with clear brackets and tooth-colored wire, keeping their visibility (and patient self-consciousness) to a minimum.

Additionally, as one would assume, the timeframe of Six Month Smile braces is significantly shorter.  Because of this, they may not be suited for everyone.  Those with severe crowding or significant bite adjustments may not be right for the treatment, as these issues typically take longer to correct.  However, those with more minor concerns could enjoy improved alignment in as little as half the time of traditional braces. This mean reaching results far more quickly.

Is Six Month Smiles right for you?  There’s only one way to know for sure.  Contact a participating physician such as Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger of The Smile Spa, and request a consultation.  Through a thorough FREE examination and consultation, Dr. Russo and her team can determine if this particular method of teeth straightening could work for you, as well as answer all of your questions from insurance and cost to final results.  Simply click below to set up your appointment at your earliest convenience.

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