EVERYONE WANTS A perfect smile, but stains, discoloration, wear, chips, misalignment, gaps, and other issues can get in the way of our smile goals. That’s where Susan Schmutz Smith DDS comes in. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to our patients in and around Las Vegas so that they can feel confident when showing off their gorgeous smiles.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a dental treatment that focuses on improving the appearance of the teeth, but treatment options aren’t always limited to the smile; practices like ours also offer wrinkle reduction and facial filler treatments with Botox and Juvederm. When it comes to the teeth, there are several different approaches we can take, depending on the individual patient’s goals and needs.
Dazzle With Teeth Whitening
One of the simplest and easiest ways to improve your smile by several shades is with teeth whitening, which can be done in-office with a one-time visit where you get the benefit of our professional experience and facilities, or with custom take-home trays that we make for your teeth.
What makes these options superior to over-the-counter whitening strips is that those aren’t designed to bring the whitening solution into contact with each surface of your teeth like custom trays, and they certainly won’t offer the precision of in-office treatment.
Beyond the Surface: Dental Veneers
For chipping or discoloration that can’t be fixed with simple whitening, veneers are a great cosmetic dentistry option. Dental veneers are custom-made, wafer-thin shells of porcelain or resin colored to match your teeth. We make room for them by removing about half a millimeter of enamel from each tooth’s surface, then bond them in place to change their color, shape, size, or length.
Repair Damaged Teeth With Dental Bonding
A simpler option than veneers is dental bonding, in which we apply a tooth-colored resin to a misshapen tooth or one that has been chipped, cracked, or damaged by decay and hardens it using a special ultraviolet or laser light. We then trim, shape, and polish it to make sure it matches the rest of the smile. Bonding is a great alternative to silver fillings and it will blend in much better!
Improve Your Smile With Lumineers
At Susan Schmutz Smith DDS, we can dramatically improve your smile’s appearance in two visits with Lumineers. The main difference between Lumineers and veneers is that Lumineers usually don’t require drilling, shots, or temporary acrylics. At the first appointment, we take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. Then, we send the mold, along with photos and other records, to an authorized Lumineers lab.
At the second visit, the dentist will bond the Lumineers in place, but only after making sure they are a good fit. The bonding process involves moderate etching, and the Lumineers are placed one by one. Finally, we check your bite to make sure everything fits together with the way it should as you chew and the Lumineers aren’t in danger of chipping due to regular daily function.
How About a Smile Makeover?
Every smile is different, and so is every patient! A smile makeover is a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to address the specific goals you have for your smile. We’re excited to help you achieve them, and the first step is to schedule an appointment!