Saving Smiles

Mark Duncan, DDS Volunteers His Time and Services
Ready, set, smile! For some people, the thought of smiling for a simple family photograph puts terror in their hearts. They may frown or hide from the camera because of poor dental health or a migraine headache with so much pain that it doesn’t allow smiling.

But a local dentist spends each day providing solutions to those dilemmas. Through his dental practice, as well as significant volunteer work, Mark Duncan, DDS, is in the business of helping others.

Duncan, owner of Dental Design Institute (, has restored a pain-free life to many patients who previously suffered severe migraines. Although migraines can develop from many causes, their origin could be something as simple as a person’s “bite.”

Duncan took the traditional dental school’s study of bones and teeth further and began an intense study of muscles. “Look at the bite,” he said. He is watching the occlusion – the way teeth come together when a person bites down.
Some patients grind their teeth at night, many have bone loss or recession, sensitivity in their teeth, a persistent gag reflex, or migraine headaches so intense that their fingertips become numb. For these patients, Duncan said he can help them “get rid of a lifetime of pain, almost always without surgery.”

“Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) has changed more in the last five years than in the 30 previous ones,” he said.
Duncan has fostered portions of that change through his involvement with the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), where he progressed from student to clinical instr