Posts for: December, 2017
Don’t let dental issues make you feel embarrassed. Turn to cosmetic dentistry to help.
Are you ready to revamp your smile? Want to improve your appearance before the New Year? Then look no further than our Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist, Dr. George Zatarain, to help you achieve the look you want to welcome the start of a new year and a new you.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Whether you’ve hated that gap between your front teeth or you’re a coffee drinking dealing with nasty stains, there are many reasons someone may turn to our Reno dentist for help.
Of course, in most cases, cosmetic dentistry may be the best option to turn to when it comes to altering and improving the color, shape, size and even alignment of one or more teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can make minor adjustments or give you a full-on makeover, depending on the problems you are facing and how severe they are.
Remember that the main goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the look of your smile. Of course, while cosmetic dentistry may also be able to make minimal repairs such as buffing out small chips or cracks or applying dental veneers to protect enamel from wear and tear, the overall purpose is to enhance the look of your smile.
What types of cosmetic dentistry are available?
We believe that our patients should have choices when it comes to cosmetic dentistry options, which is why we offer a full range of services including:
Dental bonding: A simple, non-invasive procedure that applies a tooth-colored material over small discolorations, gaps and chips to hide problem areas.
Tooth reshaping/contouring: Shaving off small bits of enamel can help improve the overall length and shape of a tooth as well as smooth out pitted, uneven surfaces.
Gum contouring: If you are dealing with an uneven, gummy smile and want to make teeth appear longer then we can also reshape and remove excess gum tissue.
Teeth whitening: If you are dealing with yellowing teeth, stains and other external discolorations then professional teeth whitening could quickly and painlessly remove these stains in about one hour. Teeth whitening can also get your teeth several shades brighter in just a single session.
Dental veneers: Looking to hide more obvious imperfections such as larger gaps between teeth, visible chips or cracks, minor crookedness or overlapping, or teeth that are misshapen or worn down? These thin tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front of your tooth to hide these flaws and to improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, prides itself on offering only the very best in cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your consultation and find out what option is right for you.
As a regular part of your daily hygiene you may be using a mouthrinse — or “mouthwash” — mainly to keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean. Some mouthrinses, though, do more than give you fresher breath.
While there are countless mouthrinses available, we can place all of them into two broad categories: cosmetic and therapeutic. The first refresh your mouth and breath, usually with a mentholated or minty taste and smell that masks unpleasant odors. How well they work is mainly subjective: if you feel better after using them, they’ve done their job.
Therapeutic rinses have a different role, intended to improve oral health in some way. We can divide these into anti-cariogenic (decay prevention) or anti-bacterial rinses. You can find fluoride-based anti-cariogenic rinses over-the-counter in retail or drug stores, usually containing about .05% sodium fluoride per volume. Numerous studies have shown these rinses highly effective in preventing tooth decay when used with daily brushing and flossing.
Likewise, over-the-counter antibacterial rinses have proven somewhat effective in reducing bacteria that leads to dental disease. Formulated usually with triclosan, sanguinaria extract, zinc or essential oils, they can also help reduce the incidence of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), but only if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing.
Perhaps, though, the most widely studied and substantiated therapeutic mouthrinse is chlorhexidine, a prescription-only rinse. Chlorhexidine inhibits the formation of bacterial plaque on tooth surfaces, the main trigger for both tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. It’s often used as a post-surgery rinse when brushing and flossing may not be possible, but dentists will often prescribe it for patients who have a high propensity for dental disease.
Using a mouthrinse depends on your current oral health and personal preferences. Therapeutically, most people gain some added tooth strength protection from using a fluoride rinse in their daily hygiene. If fresh breath and the way your mouth feels are important to you, you should consider such a rinse that also has a pleasant taste and effect for you. We can further discuss with you whether a different type of rinse, or a prescription-strength formula, might be best for your particular needs.
If you would like more information on mouthrinses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouthrinses.”
As a parent you want your child to have the best possible start in life. One of the greatest gifts you can provide them is a positive experience in dental care—especially visiting the dentist.
Unfortunately, not all children are so lucky. Visiting the dentist for them is foreign and forbidding; it leaves such a negative impression they may avoid the dentist later in life even when faced with acute problems.
It doesn’t have to be like that. Here are 3 ways you can help your child have a great experience at the dentist.
Start dental visits early. The best time to begin dental visits is before your child’s first birthday as their teeth begin to erupt. Dental diseases like tooth decay can begin as early as two months so it’s vital to detect any problems as soon as possible. Establishing an early relationship with your child’s dentist benefits you too with helpful tips and advice from them on dental care at home. And, children visiting the dentist early are more likely to become accustomed to it as a routine part of life, and more likely to continue the habit on their own.
Find the right dentist. The right dental practice can make all the difference in the world for your child’s comfort level. Parents often choose a pediatric dentist who specializes not only in dental care for children and adolescents but in how to engage with them and put them at ease. The key, though, is to find a dentist and staff who work well with children and understand how to make them feel at home in their office.
Display a positive attitude. You’ve probably already noticed how your child picks up on your feelings in different situations—which often affect how they feel and act too. So be sure when you visit the dentist with them you have a positive, proactive attitude, ready to partner with their provider in treatment and prevention measures. And above all display a calm and relaxed manner: your child will be more apt to follow your cue and relax too.
If you would like more information on providing great dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”