A healthy and beautiful smile can be yours with the help of a cosmetic dentist or orthodontist. But which should you choose? At Nevada Dentistry & Braces of Las Vegas, NV, we want to help you get the information you need to decide whether your smile could benefit from a visit to an orthodontist, cosmetic dentist, or both.
After all, both types of dentists work to achieve optimal oral health and better-looking teeth.
Orthodontics Vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
Orthodontists are specialists who have been trained in oral biology and biomechanics of the mouth. They help straighten crooked teeth or jaws, using braces and sometimes tooth extractions and oral surgery.
On the other hand, cosmetic dentists take care of imperfections – like stained teeth, gummy smiles, tooth gaps, and missing teeth. They can use crowns, bridges, tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants to help improve your smile.
Crooked Teeth & Orthodontics
Crooked teeth can be challenging to keep clean, which increases your risk of developing periodontal and gum disease. Misalignments can also affect chewing, speech, and even self-confidence in both children and adults.
Here are some of the physical issues that an orthodontist can treat.
- Misaligned Jaw
- Crooked Or Unevenly Spaced Teeth
- Overcrowded Mouth
- Overbites, Underbites & Crossbites
Orthodontic Treatments For TMJ
You may have relatively straight teeth but suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint, aka jawbone) disorder. Some forms of TMJ can be effectively treated with braces. If you have any of the following symptoms, talk to your orthodontist about braces to treat TMJ.
- Difficulty Chewing
- Pain When Your Bite
- Painful Popping & Clicking In The Jaw
- Tooth Grinding
- Jaw Clenching
Transforming Your Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry
Not all smile issues are due to crooked teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is excellent for fixing other flaws. Fill gaps, reduce overcrowding, whiten and perfect each tooth. Your cosmetic dentist can help you with treatments for a wide range of dental problems.
- Tooth Decay Repair
- Fixing Stained Or Discolored Teeth
- Restoring A Misshapen Or Chipped Tooth
- Replacing Missing Teeth
Your Southern Nevada Smile Specialists
Find out if our cosmetic treatments, orthodontic services, or a combination of both will work best for your unique dental makeup and goals. Contact us at Nevada Dentistry & Braces today to schedule a consultation.