Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions
Have a question? Want to know more about everything we can do for your smile? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions our patients ask us every day. If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, be sure to call us and just ask! We’re more than happy to take extra time to make sure you completely understand your dental care.
What is smile analysis/smile design?
Smile analysis is a process that helps us in determining the proper aesthetics of your smile in relation to your facial symmetry, lip line, and phonetics. Each person has a unique "perfect" smile, one that is proportional and flattering to their 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 can create a beautiful new smile that also functions flawlessly.
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 office 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 the area to complete the curriculum for the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (only 2% 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 only uses the most modern porcelain materials available in her dental office, so your dental work will always be attractive and long lasting.
Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and partials—where can I learn more about these procedures?
We have written about the details of each of these procedures on our website. Of course, you’re always welcome to ask us for information about any dental procedure when you’re in our dental office for a visit.
Another good online resource is the American Dental Association. You’ll find a wealth of articles on dental topics on 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 include porcelain veneers and Invisalign clear braces. Come in and talk with 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 dental 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, it 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.