Tartar vs. Plaque: How Are They Different?

Anyone who’s ever seen a toothpaste commercial will have heard dire warnings about the dangers of tartar and plaque. But what are tartar and plaque, exactly? People tend to use the terms interchangeably, so you’d be forgiven for thinking they were the same thing. While they are closely related, there is actually a significant difference … Continued

Toothaches: Why You Have Tooth Pain at Night

Many patients come to us wondering why their tooth pain flares up at night. Dental pain is often amplified by the horizontal position of sleep; when a person lies down, blood flow to the head increases, amplifying the intensity of any pain they might have.  Of course, lying down in the absence of dental issues … Continued

The Difference Between Porcelain and Composite Veneers

Your smile does a lot to show your personality to the world—but what if you’re not comfortable with how your teeth look? If your teeth are stained or uneven, you’ve probably come up with a whole range of ways to hide them, including simply not smiling. Life doesn’t have to be that way. Dental veneers … Continued

Is It Bad to Whiten Your Teeth?

Nice smiles. We all want them, but sometimes, the idea of going to the dentist can be intimidating. Many people panic at the thought of sitting in a dental chair. Luckily, Lasting Smiles dental care has the solution. We’re the only dental office in Las Vegas to offer combo sedation dental care at no extra … Continued

What Is Zoom Teeth Whitening?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and been unhappy with the color of your teeth? If you answered “yes,” you’ve most likely tried whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, or other products claiming to offer a quick, over-the-counter fix. You’re reading this because they didn’t work. At Lasting Smiles, we offer a variety of fast, proven … Continued

What Is Laughing Gas?

You’ve probably heard about “laughing gas,” especially if you feel uneasy around needles or dentists. But what is laughing gas, and is it a viable option for you? Let’s take a closer look:  What Does Laughing Gas Do?  Nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) earns its nickname from the pleasurable, “warm-and-fuzzy” feeling it gives patients, which … Continued

What Is Conscious Sedation and Is It Right for You?

Dental procedures, from cleanings to root canals, are crucial for maintaining oral hygiene. However, they can cause mental stress to some patients; studies indicate that up to 60% of people experience anxiety surrounding dental visits, and that 5-10% of people suffer from dental phobia. Many patients who suffer from dental stress or phobia find that … Continued

5 Things to Know About IV Sedation Dentistry

If you could have your dental work done without any fear or pain, and without the need for general anesthetic, would you? If you’re waiting for the catch, there isn’t one. This is what IV sedation dentistry is: a comfortable and worry-free path to a beautiful, healthy smile. Whether you’ve been curious about IV sedation … Continued