When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Malocclusion is dental-speak for crooked teeth. When you examine all the different ways that teeth can be positioned, it is not surprising that malocclusion presents itself in numerous forms. Malocclusion can lead to other issues, but orthodontics from Summer Dental in Las Vegas can help.

The number of ways that teeth can come in may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this impairment described, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse —the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can happen on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most prevalent forms of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are out of alignment to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is called a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth increases the chance of cavities, tooth damage, and temporomandibular joint  disorder (TMD). Children with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables thoroughly, they may miss out on necessary nutrients due to a limited diet.

If you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, we invite you to schedule an examination at Summer Dental in Las Vegas. Our orthodontics, whether it’s traditional metal braces of clear braces from Invisalign, can make all the difference. Call us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Let’s Make A Plan

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When you are committed to reaching a goal, like getting straighter teeth, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. Occasional effort is rarely effective. The team at Summer Dental in Las Vegas can help you develop and execute a plan for your smile.

Maybe you have not thought much about your teeth in the past, but lately have observed problems. These troubles can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or an urgent risk such as an infection.

Do you have a goal for your smile?

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and prohibit future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Repair broken teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • A complete smile redesign

Here at Summer Dental , we are committed to customized patient-focused care. This means that we compose a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, current condition of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

If you want straight teeth, ask us about clear braces from Invisalign. Or maybe you just need a checkup and cleaning. Whatever your dental needs, call the team at Summer Dental in Las Vegas today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 


Gum Contouring

Cosmetic Dentistry: Gum Contouring In Las Vegas

If you are a regular visitor to our blog here at Summer Dental, you have probably read many articles on cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Dental bonding, crowns, and porcelain veneers can take care of teeth that are chipped, broken, or misshapen.

Our Summerlin, Henderson, and North Las Vegas patients with stained or dull teeth can have a sparkly white smile with teeth whitening. For ordinary cavities, there are tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Dental implants are gaining popularity in Las Vegas among dental patients who want to restore missing teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, there are a number of orthodontic options here at Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces in Las Vegas.

What if your cosmetic dental problem has to do with your gums? Are you one of the many Las Vegas residents whose gums are too long, too short, or uneven? There is a solution for gum problems as well. The answer is gum contouring surgery.

With gum contouring, sometimes called tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, a Las Vegas dentist or periodontist can improve the shape or size of your gums.

Gum reshaping is not always a cosmetic procedure. If the gums have receded to a point where the tooth root is susceptible to decay, gum surgery can restore the natural, healthy gum line and protect tooth root and bone.

For more information about general and cosmetic dentistry from Summer Dental, give us a call. We also provide pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 


Metal Braces in Las Vegas

A perfect smile and straight teeth look great, but there is more to healthy teeth than just appearance. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we offer both clear and metal braces to help our patients achieve a perfect bite.

The simple truth is that almost no one is born with a perfect bite. If you’re among that tiny group that was, well – you’re lucky! For the rest of us, there are some very good reasons to consider improving the bite.

There are problems associated with misaligned teeth and an imperfect bite. There is usually some kind of pain or discomfort when teeth aren’t properly aligned. There can also be undue pressure on the teeth.

Teeth can be brought into alignment with steady pressure to the teeth and the surrounding bone structure. In time, that pressure changes their position, and brings the bite into proper alignment.

Obviously, this is an exacting science. One of the options at Summer Dental is traditional braces. Traditional metal braces are brackets and bands that are cemented to the teeth that are attached to one another with wire, which applies the pressure that, over time, brings the bite into proper alignment.

Clear braces, such as those available from Invisalign, are clear aligner trays that look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. They’re removable, but must be worn at least twenty-two hours a day to be the most effective. The aligners are created from impressions of the teeth, along with X-rays and other imaging.

Metal braces and Invisalign clear braces are both available from Summer Dental in Las Vegas. We can help you determine which are best for your bite. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry, and offer extended and weekend hours for your convenience. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 


Makeovers For Busy Smiles: Cosmetic Dentistry in Las Vegas

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Have you been considering improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry, but think you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Summer Dental in Las Vegas put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry is quicker than you think. Some procedures can be done in just one visit.

One of the most popular procedures we offer is porcelain veneers. These are custom-made, medical-grade ceramic shells that five over the front part of your teeth. They can fix chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers can change your smile into something dazzling.

Veneers are primarily cosmetic, but they can achieve small teeth realignments. To completely realign your bite, you may want to think about adult orthodontics. Metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than they used to be, and one of the most popular forms of orthodontics available.

Another popular form of orthodontics are Invisalign clear braces. Sometimes called “invisible,” clear braces are so inconspicuous, that people standing just a few feet from you may not realize you’re wearing them.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we use cosmetic dentistry to create sensational smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us schedule an appointment.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135