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Teeth Whitening Options Las Vegas NV

Teeth whitening is a highly effective and safe esthetic treatment to eliminate stains and discoloration, allowing you to enjoy a whiter, brighter smile. Teeth whitening typically comes in 2 forms, at home and dentist-supervised in the office. 

Below, cosmetic dentist Marielaina Perrone DDS will compare in-office whitening to at-home whitening. The pros and cons of each will also be discussed.

Understanding Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is completed in a dental office under dentist supervision. Marielaina Perrone DDS will apply a special bleaching gel to your teeth, and then the gel will be activated using a special lighting system. This process may be repeated several times to achieve the desired esthetic results. Your smile looks brighter, and stains are remarkably less noticeable immediately following a teeth whitening treatment.

Understanding At-Home Teeth Whitening

Some patients choose to complete teeth whitening at home instead of in the office. At-home teeth whitening typically involves wearing either bleaching trays that fit over the teeth or the use of drug store gel strips. The trays or strips must be worn for approximately 6-8 hours daily for about 10 to 14 days.

A major drawback of at-home teeth whitening is that the bleaching agent is less concentrated. This will cause the whitening to take longer to see the desired esthetic results, and the final cosmetic result may not be as dramatic as in-office teeth whitening.

Learn More about Your Teeth Whitening Options

To learn more about teeth whitening, please contact cosmetic dentist Marielaina Perrone DDS in Henderson NV.

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Marielaina Perrone DDS believes dental implants are the ideal tooth replacement for your smile. However, are they right for your smile? If you have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth, below are a few things you should know about the dental implant procedure.

Dental implants act as a replacement for the root of the missing tooth.

Dental implant restorations are anchored by a post (the actual implant) placed in the bone and act like your natural tooth root. The dental implant is intimately connected via a process called osseointegration. This process keeps the bones stimulated and prevents them from resorbing over time. This bone maintenance will give you a more youthful appearance than if it was to resorb away.

The placement procedure and restoration have multiple steps.

Dental implants are placed during a surgical procedure performed by a qualified and experienced implant dentist. Osseointegration with the bone takes about 4-6 months to complete, creating a solid base for the eventual replacement tooth. Once fusion is complete, a dental crown will be placed on top of the dental implant to restore and enhance your smile.

Dental Implants are considered a permanent solution to tooth loss.

Dental implants are designed with proper maintenance to be permanent. A properly designed, placed, and cared for implant can last a lifetime. Because they stand alone (unlike a dental bridge), they do not cause stress to the adjacent teeth.

They are low maintenance.

Dental implants can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth and cannot develop tooth decay. However, they can develop an infection in the bone and periodontal disease without proper care. Care should include at-home dental hygiene maintenance as well as regular visits to the dentist.

Dental Implants are highly customized for each patient.

Treatment is highly customized to the unique needs of each patient. Factors include how many teeth need replacement, where they are located in the mouth and the number and type of implants utilized. 

Contact Dr. Perrone Today For A No Cost Consultation

If you are interested in discussing your tooth replacement needs with a trusted implant dentist Dr. Perrone invites you to schedule a consultation at her Las Vegas, NV dentistry office. 

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If you are unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentist Marielaina Perrone DDS can use various dental procedures to enhance your smile. Cosmetic dentistry treatments, technology, and materials continue to move forward, offering patients more options than ever to achieve the ideal smile of their dreams. Below you will read about some of the most common cosmetic dentistry in Henderson, NV.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is typically completed in one appointment. The teeth whitening procedure involves applying a specialized gel with a powerful bleaching agent to the teeth, activated by a specialized light. 

Following treatment, you may receive custom whitening trays and gel to use at home to enhance and maintain your results periodically.

Why patients choose teeth whitening:

  • Whitening is perfect for lifting stains caused by red wine, coffee, tea, smoking, and certain medications
  • Minimal discomfort (some patients will experience temporary tooth sensitivity)
  • Fast, uniform esthetic results
  • A whiter smile exhibits a healthier and more youthful smile
  • Cost-effective

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are tiny porcelain shells chemically bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. These can hide imperfections and create a more uniform-looking smile. Veneers are commonly used to hide small tooth chips or cracks, uneven tooth edges, small misalignments, stains, or discoloration that will not respond to whitening or even abnormally shaped teeth.

Veneers typically require one to two visits to design and place.

Why patients choose veneers:

  • Can quickly transform an imperfect smile into a flawless one
  • Custom shade matching to the surrounding teeth for a uniform cosmetic result
  • Conservative treatment as just a small amount of natural tooth structure is removed
  • Lasting results with the proper at-home care and dental maintenance

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is applying a tooth-colored resin using specialized light to cover tooth chips, cracks, stains, or gaps between teeth. The material can be sculpted and molded to improve the tooth’s size, shape, and spacing. It blends in seamlessly with your natural smile and is virtually undetectable.

Bonding typically takes one appointment to complete.

Why patients choose dental bonding:

  • Fast cosmetic results
  • Little tooth structure needs to be removed
  • Inexpensive compared to other esthetic treatments
  • Results last a long time

Contact Marielaina Perrone DDS Today

For more information about the cosmetic dentistry treatments available with Dr. Perrone, please contact our Henderson NV practice today.

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Dental Implants Las Vegas have changed the way dentists treat patients over the last 20 years. They have been nothing less than a miracle in the replacement of teeth whether it be a single tooth, multiple teeth, or as an anchor for a denture. As the technology matures, new advancements and techniques can be offered to patients. One of those newer dental advancements is called the All On 4 Dental Implants Las Vegas system. This dental technique allows for the placement of four dental implants (hence the name all on 4 dental implants), and the restoration to be placed on the same day. Patients leave the office with a full set of teeth. For this reason all on 4 dental implants are also called “new teeth in a day“. Who Wants All On 4 Dental Implants? The patients who choose all on four, do so for many reasons including, poor fitting existing dentures, terrible trauma causing tooth loss, decay or periodontal disease causing progressive tooth loss. The most common patients to choose all on
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How Stress Affects Your Dental Health

Stress is the body’s internal and external reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional response. Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or anxious.

Too much stress is known to be bad for us but did you know that stress can also cause issues to your dental health?

Dental Issues That Can Be Caused By Stress

Poor Dental Hygiene

When a person is under stress they tend to lose focus on basic habits and this includes being diligent with maintaining their dental hygiene. If you do not take care of your dental hygiene, your dental health as well as your general health will begin to suffer. This is especially true if you already suffer from periodontal disease as skipping any part of your dental hygiene program can worsen the periodontal disease. Another issue with being under stress is your nutrition changes. Most people dealing with stress tend to develop very unhealthy eating habits. This can include snacking on larger than normal amounts of sugary foods and drinks. These changes will increase your risk for tooth decay.

A good way to combat stress in your life is to maintain a routine of regularly exercising. Exercising regularly can help you relieve some of that stress and give you an extra energy boost. Exercise will also boost your immune system which is always a plus.

Teeth Grinding (also called Bruxism)

One of the main reasons why people grind their teeth is due to stress. Bruxism can occur day or night but it is usually a subconscious act. Stress is not the only cause of bruxism but it does make it worse. Some of the dental issues associated with bruxism include:

-Headaches

-Ear Pain

-Worn Down Teeth.

-Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Issues

-Sensitive Teeth

-Chipped or cracked teeth

-Receding Gums or teeth with notches in them at the gum line

Your dentist may recommend a night guard to wear while you sleep to minimize the damage caused to your teeth. Usually, if stress is the cause the bruxism will stop when the stressor is removed.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores come in many forms. These can include:

-Canker sores. These are small ulcers with a white or grayish base and bordered in red.  There has been vigorous debate regarding what causes canker sores. Some believe it is an immune system issue, bacteria, or even a virus. Consensus is that stress can increase the risk of them showing up. Canker sores are not known to be contagious.

Canker sores generally last about 7-10 days. Spicy foods as well as highly acidic foods should be avoided as they tend to irritate the sores. One of the best forms of relief comes from a dentist prescribed medicine called Debacterol. This medicine is applied directly to the sore and can reduce symptoms as well as the length that the sores are present.

-Cold sores (or fever blisters). These sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are highly contagious. Cold sores are blisters that are filled with fluid that often appear on or around the lips. They can also appear under the nose or around the chin area. Emotional stress can trigger an outbreak. Other triggers include fever, a sunburn, or skin abrasion.

Cold sores often heal on their own in about a week’s time. Treatment is available, including over-the-counter remedies and prescription antiviral drugs. Ask your doctor or dentist if either could help you. It is important to start treatment as soon as you feel or notice the cold sore forming. The sooner you start treatment the effects of the cold sore will be reduced.

Periodontal Disease

Stress can lead to depression. And studies have shown that patients who are depressed have twice the risk of a poor outcome from periodontal disease treatment compared to those who are not in a depressed state. You can not make depression or the stress disappear, of course. But most experts agrees that learning healthy coping strategies can help reduce the risk of periodontal issues getting worse.  Also, people who are depressed tend to have poor overall hygiene and that includes dental hygiene.

Conclusion

Keep in mind we all have stress during the course of our day. Developing proper techniques for dealing with that stress can make a world of difference in the maintanence of our dental health as well as our overall health. As always, see your dentist regularly for dental examinations along with professional cleanings to ensure you keep your smile as healthy as can be!

Remember, eating a balanced diet, seeing your dentist regularly, and good oral hygiene help reduce your risks of periodontal disease. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss daily.

© 2014, Marielaina Perrone DDS. All rights reserved. Henderson Cosmetic Dentist

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In the past, orthodontics was routinely an early teen event that began once all of the baby teeth were gone and permanent teeth were in. Recent advances in the understanding of a child development as well as modern materials have re-evaluated the time for orthodontic treatment to an earlier age. It is now recommended by the American Association of Orthodontiststhat every child should receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. But Why?

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Common Orthodontic Problems Found At Age 7

1. Buck Teeth. Do the upper front teeth stick way out of line?

2. Deep Bite. Do the upper teeth cover the lower teeth?

3. Underbite. Do the upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth?

4. Open Bite. Do only the back teeth touch when biting down?

5. Crowded or overlapped teeth. Do the teeth have too much or too little space in certain areas?

6. Misaligned front teeth. Do the spaces between the upper two front teeth and lower two front teeth not line up?

7. Crossbite. Do the lower teeth fit properly inside the upper teeth?

8 .Missing teeth. If there are baby teeth that never developed, there will not be a permanent tooth to follow. Jaw x-rays may also find that certain permanent teeth are not  presently formed or are unable to come down on their own.

9. Extra teeth. When there are double teeth, extra teeth or malformed teeth.

Generally, orthodontic treatment does not begin at age 7 but it is good to get a head start to avoid any complications down the road. However, early orthodontic treatment may be necessary before age 7 if the following appear:

-Problems Speaking

-Proper Chewing Is Difficult

-Abnormal bite development

-Clicking or popping in the jaw

-Permanent teeth that are erutping into the mouth crowded or overlapped

-A thumb sucking problem

-A teeth grinding problem

-Issues biting cheeks or biting into the roof of the mouth

Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic evaluation provides both timely diagnosis of problems and increased opportunity for more effective treatment. Early intervention gives the ability to guide growth and development, preventing more serious issues later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Early orthodontic treatment is also referred to as interceptive treatment or Phase I treatment. Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment include the following:

-Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth

-Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth

-Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth

-Preserving space for teeth that are coming in

-Reducing the need for tooth removal

-Reducing Phase II treatment time with braces

Phase II orthodontic treatment begins when all of the permanent teeth erupt and usually involves a full set of braces and not just a localized treatment plan.

Orthodontic Conclusion

While not every child will need early orthodontic treatment, it is best to know in advance what the options will be going forward. It is important to remember, orthodontics is not strictly a cosmetic endeavor, bite alignment is the ultimate goal. The issues presented above can all be corrected fairly easily if done in a phased approach. However, allowing this early intervention time to pass can complicate treatment requiring more extreme measures (i.e. teeth removal or surgery) to fulfill the same goal.

© 2014, Marielaina Perrone DDS. All rights reserved. Henderson Cosmetic Dentist

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