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Frequently Asked Questions

If you're considering a smile makeover or if you think you may have neuromuscular problems, you probably have lots of questions. To get you started, we've posted some of the questions that we most often hear from our patients, along with brief answers to them.

We're always glad to provide more information on any topic whenever you visit our office!

What is smile analysis/smile design?

Smile analysis is a process that helps us in determining the proper aesthetics for your smile in relationship to your facial symmetry, lip line and phonetics. Each person has a unique "perfect" smile, one that is proportional and flattering to your face.

Smile analysis is both a science and an art. We’ll take photographs of your smile and measure the current proportions of your teeth and gums. Then, using the “golden proportions”that artists have used since the time of Leonardo da Vinci, we will redesign your smile. This may involve changing the shape, size, color or position of your teeth so that we create a beautiful new smile with comfortable neuromuscular occlusion.

For us, the most rewarding part of this process is watching patients’reactions when they see their new smiles for the first time. We see an immediate change in their confidence and in their interaction with others—they’re ready to smile at the world! Those first, wonderful smiles remind us of why we got involved in dentistry in the first place—to help others.

What makes you different from any other dental practice I could visit?

Dr. Gregory's extensive training sets her apart. She has invested hundreds of hours in continuing education, and is one of the few dentists in her area to complete the curriculum for the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. (Only two percent of dentists nationally are LVI trained.) Dr. Gregory has also been recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry which requires hundreds of hours of continuing education, regulated testing, and nominations.

In addition Dr. Gregory uses the most modern porcelain materials available in her practice, so your dental work will be attractive and long lasting.

Crowns, veneers, on-lays, inlays and partials—where can I learn more about these procedures?

You'll find brief articles about these topics in our Patient Education section. Of course, you’re always welcome to ask us for information about any dental procedure when you’re in our office for a visit.

Another good online resource is the American Dental Association. You’ll find a wealth of articles on dental topics at this site.

I want my front teeth to look better. What options do I have?

There are several treatments we could recommend, depending on your situation. The simplest is Zoom in-office whitening, which can immediately brighten your smile. Other options for treatment could include porcelain laminate veneers or Invisalign invisible braces. Come in and talk to us about which solution is best for you.

How can I safely whiten my teeth?

Zoom whitening is a safe and effective technique to make your teeth look brighter. We have a special suite in our office dedicated to Zoom, and thanks to brand new technology, we can whiten your teeth in as little as an hour. We can also provide take-home trays so that you can maintain your beautiful smile after your initial treatment.

My gums aren't bleeding. Does that mean I have healthy gums, free of periodontal disease?

Not necessarily. While bleeding gums are one sign of periodontal disease, only your dentist or hygienist can accurately diagnose periodontal (gum) problems. Periodontal disease is a serious oral health problem; left untreated can lead to bone and tooth loss. We are specially trained in the latest techniques for finding and treating periodontal disease, while minimizing any discomfort to you.

What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry involves bringing the muscles, teeth and jaw into a comfortable, relaxed position. Neuromuscular dental treatments can help reduce the grinding and wearing of teeth, relieve headaches and neck pain, and lessen other problems associated with TMJ misalignment.