By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
October 18, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

You've probably heard about Invisalign, the revolutionary way to straighten your teeth with lightweight, flexible plastic aligners that are invisalignpractically invisible to other people. If you've considered Invisalign, you probably have a lot of questions, most likely including, "will Invisalign work for me?" Read below to learn some of the criteria that will determine if Invisalign is a good fit for you and call Dr. Robert LaRocque, your dentist in Nashua, New Hampshire, if you think you qualify!

Degree of misalignment

Teeth with gaps, rotation, or mild crowding typically respond very well to the process behind Invisalign. However, severe overbites and underbites are usually due to an abnormality in the way the jaw has grown rather than the position of the teeth. In cases such as these, traditional braces and other orthodontic treatments are more appropriate. With X-rays and an examination, your Nashua dentist can determine the extent of your alignment issues and the most effective treatment for them.

Age

During childhood and the early teen years, the jaw is still growing and the placement of the teeth is still unfinished. Therefore, people are advised against Invisalign until they have reached the late teens or early twenties. Prior to that, misalignment should be treated with the goal of guiding the growth pattern of the teeth and jaw.

Commitment

Another age-related issue to consider before choosing Invisalign: the amount of commitment needed to make it work! For best results, your Nashua dentist will recommend wearing your aligners for no less than 20 to 22 hours each day. For younger patients, it may be too tempting to remove them more often, interrupting the treatment process. Because the aligners are lightweight and thin, misplacing or losing them is also a risk.

Interested? Call Today!

If you'd like to learn more about Invisalign from Dr. Laroque, contact our office in Nashua, New Hampshire at (603) 883-6010 to set up an appointment today!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cerec   crowns   veneers  

Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile but don't have time for multiple dental appointments? Thanks to innovative cerec crownsCEREC technology, you can get a crown or veneer in just one visit. Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque helps his patients improve their smiles with CEREC crowns and veneers.

What is CEREC?

Chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics (CEREC) allows dentists to create crowns and veneers in their offices while patients wait. The innovative technique uses computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to produce the restorations.

How does CEREC work?

Crowns and veneers used to require two visits to your Nashua dentist. During the first appointment, your tooth was prepared and an impression of your mouth was made. Although the impression was immediately sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of your crown or veneer, you had to wait about two weeks to receive your permanent restoration.

CEREC eliminates the dental lab and the waiting period. Your dentist uses a camera to make a digital impression of your mouth, designs your restoration, then sends it the in-office milling machine. The milling machine removes layers from a block of ceramic or porcelain to produce your new restoration.

What are the benefits of CEREC?

CEREC offers several important benefits, including:

  • No Need for Multiple Visits: It's not always easy to get time off approved, even for dental visits. Thanks to CEREC's speedy process, you'll only need to schedule one appointment if you need a crown or veneer.
  • Speedy Process: Producing your crown or veneer only takes about an hour.
  • No Temporary Crown or Veneers: Temporary crowns are crucial if you receive a traditional crown. Although the crowns protect your teeth and allow you to chew normally, they aren't as tough as permanent crowns and require special care to prevent breaking or loosening them. In some cases, dentists also apply temporary veneers to teeth. Neither of these temporary restorations is needed when you choose CEREC crowns or bridges.

Are you ready to improve your appearance with a CEREC crown or veneer? Call Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque at (603) 883-6010 to schedule your appointment.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
June 05, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign TrayIf you are a teenager or adult in need of orthodontic treatment, the decision can be complicated. On the one hand, there is a straighter, more attractive smile on the other side of braces. But the drawbacks that come with getting braces after a certain age often scare people away from getting the dental care they need and want. If you need orthodontic treatment but don't want to get braces, Invisalign might be exactly what you've been looking for. Dr. Robert LaRocque, a dentist in Nashua, NH, recommends Invisalign for teenagers and adults looking for a more discreet and less invasive alternative to braces.

Get a Smile Makeover with Invisalign in Nashua, NH

In addition to the cosmetic issues, braces can affect everything from your diet to your oral hygiene habits. Because Invisalign trays are removable for up to two hours each day, you can continue to eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth, as usual, to protect your oral health during the treatment period.

How Invisalign Works

Once your dentist determines that Invisalign is a good option for you, a series of custom aligner trays will be designed for your specific needs. Each tray is typically worn for approximately two weeks, gradually shifting your teeth into alignment. Once the two week period is up, you replace the old tray with the next one in the series, until the treatment is completed. Depending on your situation and particular alignment needs, an Invisalign treatment can be as short as 12 months. Even if your treatment time with Invisalign is slightly longer than a year, it will still be shorter than what you might expect with traditional metal braces depending on your teeth. With Invisalign, you can continue to smile and enjoy life while your smile gradually begins to improve.

Find a Dentist in Nashua, NH

To learn more about Invisalign clear aligners, contact our office by calling 603-883-6010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. LaRocque today.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

That gorgeous smile could be just around the corner thanks to cosmetic dentistry in Nashua.cosmetic dentistry

No, you don’t have to be a Hollywood star or part of the rich and famous in order to get the smile you want. We know that most people aren’t born with the perfect smile and that, many times, problems arise over time that can put a damper on its appearance. Fortunately, our Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque, offers many ways in which to help:

Dental Bonding

During dental bonding, a tooth-colored material is applied to minor cracks, chips, discolorations, unevenness, and gaps between teeth to improve the shape, size, and color of a tooth. Bonding is a simple, non-invasive procedure that offers an easy and minimal approach to giving you an improved smile without all the in-depth cosmetic treatments. The tooth-colored resin is applied, molded, and shaped over the problem area and then hardened with a laser. It’s that simple!

Tooth/Gum Reshaping

Sometimes one or more teeth stand out from the rest because they are a bit too pointy or long. Or perhaps you find that your gumline is uneven or that you suffer from a “gummy” smile that makes you embarrassed. Don’t worry; we can help. By painlessly removing small amounts of enamel from a tooth we can make teeth shorter and even with the rest of your smile. We can also remove excess gum tissue, making teeth appear longer while also eliminating that awkward gummy smile.

Teeth Whitening

At some point, during our lifetime we could all use a little spruce up when it comes to the whiteness of our smile. Teeth tend to lose their luster over time due to aging, the foods and drinks we consume and certain habits like smoking. If you are looking for the faster and most effective whitening approach then you’ll want to turn to in-office whitening.

Our system offers one of the most powerful whitening gels on the market. This gel not only remove stains from the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth but also it alters the shade of your teeth, giving you an actually brighter smile in often just a single one-hour whitening session.

Dental Veneers

These ultra-thin tooth-colored shells are bonded over the front surface of the teeth to alter the overall shape, size, alignment, and color of your smile. If your cosmetic flaws are just a little more than bonding and tooth reshaping can handle then veneers may be the best approach. Each veneer is custom-made to cover your tooth. Whether you want to get a smile full of veneers or you just want to cover one awkward tooth, these simple restorations could help give you the ideal smile.

Don’t let a less-than-perfect smile get the better of you. Turn to our helpful, caring dental team in Nashua, NH, to help you get your dream smile. Call us today to let us know that you are interested in getting cosmetic dentistry.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Has tooth loss impacted how you look and feel about yourself? is your oral function less than satisfactory? Would you like to close your dental implantssmile gaps? If so, see Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH for dental implants. Strong, long-lasting, realistic and versatile, these tooth replacements recreate smiles so well, you'll forget you ever had a problem.

The finest artificial tooth

Made up of a titanium root inserted into the jaw, a metal alloy extension post and customized porcelain crown, the dental implant functions just like a real tooth, and to the everyday observer, it resembles one as well.

According to the American Dental Association, dentists across the United States place about five million dental implants annually. Of this number, most will stay in place and function for decades.

The reason for their success is a process called osseointegration. When Dr. LaRocque places the implant screw, immediately the jaw bone starts to meld to it. Conventional dentures and bridgework just rest on top of the gums, often slipping and shifting because they are not integrated with the jaw.

Getting an implant

Many people qualify for dental implants. Dr. LaRocque ensures a patient's suitability by performing a complete oral exam and taking X-rays. The jaw bone must be dense enough to support the implant device. If the bone is weak, the dentist may add donor bone or other augmentation material to build up the jaw.

To proceed with the treatment, the dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, he opens the gums and creates an opening in the bone. He inserts the implant device and sutures the area closed. Healing takes several weeks to months but ensures the implant is firmly integrated into the bone.

During the return visit, Dr. LaRocque reopens the site and bonds the abutment and crown in place. Now this marvelous tooth replacement is complete.

Keeping it viable

Over ninety-five percent of implant procedures succeed. However, to keep an implant strong and the site healthy, the patient must brush twice a day and floss daily to keep tartar and plaque from accumulating. Check-ups and cleanings every six months with Dr. LaRocque help maintain it, too.

Also, if you smoke, try to quit with a monitored tobacco cessation program through your primary care physician. Cigarette smoke degrades the gums and bone around implant sites and may cause failure of the device.

Other uses

Dental implants anchor bridgework and partial and full dentures, too. So if have extensive tooth loss, implant-supported prosthetics may be your solution.

Smile, smile, smile

You can when you close those gaps with dental implants from Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH. Call 603-883-6010 for a consultation, and get all your questions answered by the experts in state-of-the-art dentistry.





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