Choosing the best cosmetic dentist can seem daunting. There are no real guides to what is considered the best, and “cosmetic dentistry” can mean a lot of different things. You don’t want to settle for a dentist who won’t do the best job for you, so you should spend some time researching your options.

Why a Cosmetic Dentist?


Improving your smile can give you more self-confidence than you’ve ever had. It can even improve your career, helping you to get ahead and earn more money. You will feel happier and less stressed knowing you are presenting your best face to the world.

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A cosmetic dentist will focus on improving how your teeth look. At the same time, the best cosmetic dentists are just as focused on your dental health. They will be able to craft a solution to your dental problems, whether it’s crooked teeth, missing teeth, stained or chipped teeth or something else, to optimize both your look and the long term stability and health of your teeth and gums. So, in addition to looking great, your teeth will do the job they are supposed to do for you, for years to come. And, healthy teeth and gums help maintain your overall health, which keeps your smile brighter, too.

Here is a list of things to look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist.


While there aren’t specific guidelines for cosmetic dentist education, you can still learn a lot by checking each dentist’s credentials. Find out how many years they have been practicing, and where they went to school. You should be able to find out if they are affiliated with any professional organizations, and if they have won any awards or been recognized for other achievements.  Look for or ask them about specialized training in the type of procedure you are considering.



Once you have a few dentists in mind, check your favorite review sites. Patient reviews can tell you a lot about the patient experience and satisfaction with the work. Be sure to read as many as you can because opinions and posts may vary widely.

Ask your friends and family if they have had any cosmetic work on their teeth, or know someone else who might be willing to share their experience. If you trust someone who has already been through the procedure, you may learn more about what it involves by talking with them. This will help you ask better questions when you interview a dentist. If your friend had a good experience, ask them for a referral to their dentist.

Before and After Pictures


Ask to see pictures of work the dentist has already done. It’s one thing to know that your dentist is competent, but seeing the results of his work will help you visualize what you might expect. It will especially let you know how much care the dentist took to achieve good results for his patients.

Make sure you see before and after pictures. If there is a clear improvement in appearance, you can be assured that this dentist knows how to get results. Ask the dentist if he can show you work that was done on teeth similar to yours.

The Dental Office Environment


Cosmetic dentistry is more than a quick checkup. It’s a serious investment of your time and money that will have a big impact on your health and happiness with your smile. Take the time to check out the location where the work will be completed. Meet the office staff, and observe how comfortable and happy they are working in that environment. You may even be able to chat with other patients at the office who can share their experience with the dentist’s services.

Trust Your Gut

It may not seem like a good reason to accept or deny a certain professional, but especially with something like cosmetic dentistry, find someone you feel comfortable with. Dental work is stressful for most of us. Take time to find a dentist you can trust and who will put your mind at ease. You want to work with the top cosmetic dentist in Las Vegas, but you also need to feel the dentist is someone you can personally trust and communicate with about the process.

Balle & Associates Dentists


At Balle & Associates, Dr. Peter Balle and Dr. Tate Guild and their dedicated staff work together to improve not just smiles, but lives. They put patients first, like satisfied dental implant client Beto, seen here with Dr. Balle. The team at Balle & Associates is passionate about their work in cosmetic dentistry, a specialty that is both exciting and also rewarding because it changes people’s lives for the better.

Dr. Peter Balle established his cosmetic and general dentistry practice in 1991. A past president of the Nevada Dental Association, Dr. Balle has won multiple awards from major dentistry organizations and has taught dentists from across the country in the areas of esthetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Tate Guild also holds a Doctoral degree in Dental Medicine. As a professional focused on providing the best patient care, he works to achieve excellent results and comfortable experience for each of his patients.

Desert Companion Top Dentists of 2018

Balle and Associates were honored to be included among Southern Nevada’s KNPR Desert Companion Top Dentists 2018. This list is compiled by asking other dentists to nominate ‘the best”, making it even more of an honor to be recognized by our peers in the dental community.

Why Choose Balle & Associates?

Unlike many dentists who treat work like an assembly line, Doctors Balle and Guild work closely with each patient to provide the most personal experience possible. They listen carefully to the needs of each client, helping them to work out how much they can afford and giving alternative solutions. They explain clearly what each person can expect every step of the way. Balle & Associates cosmetic dentistry services include dental implants, teeth whitening, bridges and partials, Invisalign braces, porcelain veneers, and even facial aesthetics. To find out more, contact us or call 702-803-9892.