Cosmetic dental services can enhance your smile and give you the smile of your dreams. There are typically three classifications for general dentistry services. \tPreventive dentistry protects your teeth from damage \tRestorative dentistry gives you back dental function \tCosmetic dentistry improves your smile All 3 sets of services work in harmony with one another for your oral health. For example, you cannot perform advanced cosmetic dentistry like porcelain veneers with tooth decay present. A good healthy foundation for your smile is essential for all dental work and continued oral health. "We believe in a comprehensive approach to restorative & cosmetic dentistry, that fully integrates health, comfort, and beauty." - Marielaina Perrone DDS. What Is Cosmetic Dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the esthetic appearance of your smile. Typical services in cosmetic dentistry will include those that brighten, whiten and straighten your smile. Cosmetic dentistry will often overlap with restorative dentistry. For example, dental implants will improve both the function of your mouth and the esthetic appearance of your smile. So oral health is increased in both ways. Before getting any cosmetic dentistry, your dentist will ensure that your entire smile is healthy and does not need any other dental care. If any teeth require dental bonding for tooth decay, root canal treatment, or dental crowns, you may have those completed before your cosmetic dentistry treatment. Having a healthy smile before beginning cosmetic treatment ensures that your smile is healthy and provides a good foundation for cosmetic dentistry. Common Cosmetic Dental Services Below you will find the most common cosmetic dental services. It is important to tell your cosmetic dentists your desires for your new smile so your cosmetic dentist can develop the right treatment plan for you. Teeth Whitening Teeth whitening is the #1 cosmetic dental service in the United States for dental patients. It is understandable in the world of social media and selfies. Many people believe a whiter smile belongs to a healthy, confident person. Luckily, discolored teeth can be handled quickly and easily. While drug store teeth whitening kits are available, these typically do not provide the whitening results that you can achieve at the dentist's office. These kits will only remove surface stains. Only professional whitening can go beyond surface staining to give you a whiter smile. Dental Bonding Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored material to fix tooth decay and chips in teeth. Bonding typically requires a single visit to restore and enhance your smile. It also gives your cosmetic dentist the ability to close gaps between teeth and create a more even smile. Bonding is typically not considered a long-term esthetic solution since it can stain and may need to be replaced over time. It is more cost-effective than porcelain veneers. Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are custom-fabricated thin tooth coverings that offer a long-term cosmetic option for dental bonding. These typically require two visits for preparing the tooth and fitting the veneers. Once the veneers are part of your smile, they can last for years with proper dental care. Porcelain veneers will not stain like dental bonding. It is important to note that teeth whitening should be completed prior to porcelain veneers so you will have an evenly matched white smile. Dental Implants For Missing Teeth Dental implants are both restorative as well as cosmetic. They restore your smile marred by a missing tooth. This is done by filling in the space left by lost natural teeth. The implant feels like a natural tooth because it is permanently attached to the jawbone. It will also look like a natural tooth because the final crown will mimic your natural teeth. Invisalign For Crooked Teeth Invisalign is a type of orthodontics that uses clear trays to straighten teeth instead of traditional metal braces. This option is perfect for teens and adults who need to improve their smiles, all while not having heavy metal braces. Invisalign has many benefits over braces, including: \tNot Special Tools To Maintain Brushing And Flossing \tNo Wires And Brackets \tLess Pain Or Discomfort \tAligners Are Virtually Invisible \tAbility To Eat And Drink What You Want Not all patients are good candidates for Invisalign. It is important to speak to your dentist to see what treatment is right for you. Severely crooked or misaligned teeth may use a combination of both types of treatments. Smile Makeover – Combination Of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures A smile makeover can restore and enhance a smile in multiple ways. It can include porcelain veneers or dental bonding, Invisalign, whitening, or any combination of procedures. A similar term is full-mouth rehabilitation. This uses restorative dental procedures to improve the function of your smile. Depending on your current dental health, you may need both cosmetic and restorative treatments. Your dentist will be able to guide you through what treatments are best to restore and enhance your smile. Improve Your Smile In Las Vegas With Marielaina Perrone DDS Get the smile of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry services from Las Vegas dentist Marielaina Perrone DDS. Call us at 702-458-2929 to set up your appointment for a no-cost cosmetic evaluation. We look forward to meeting you at our dental office in Henderson, NV.