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By Z Dentistry
January 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

If you've got unsightly, misshapen, or crooked teeth, could dental veneers help make things right in your mouth again?

At Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, we offer veneers that can cover up what's gone wrong with your teeth. Check out a few answers to someVeneers frequently asked questions about veneers below:

What Are They?

Veneers are narrow pieces of either porcelain or plastic that are placed over your teeth to make them look more attractive. Typically speaking, very little (if any) anesthesia is needed during a veneer procedure. They can last for a long time and have excellent color stability, making them extremely resistant to coffee-drinking or cigarette-smoking stains.

How Can I Be Sure They'll Fit My Unique Dental Profile?

Veneers are specially made by a dental lab technician who has an exact model of your personal dental profile obtained from your dentist. This is important, as some tooth enamel must be removed so the veneer shell can be fastened atop your tooth.

How Are They Fastened To My Teeth?

Your tooth is cleaned using special chemicals designed to help achieve a bond between your tooth's surface and the veneer. A unique cement surface is applied to your tooth beneath the veneer before a laser helps to harden the cement, effectively attaching your veneer to your tooth.

What Should I Expect Next?

During the next two weeks, it's imperative that you brush and floss your teeth every day. Around the end of that period, you'll be expected to come back for a follow-up examination. Sometimes, there will be slight variations between the color of your natural teeth and the color of porcelain veneers, though this happens just as often between natural teeth.

If getting veneers is something you're finally ready to do for your discolored smile, then give Z Dentistry a call at (775) 331-1616 today. You'll be glad you did - and your beaming smile will be a testament to it!


If you've ever looked through a magazine and viewed the perfectly aligned white smiles of celebrities and models, you may be already familiar with the look of porcelain veneers. To achieve a picture-perfect smile, many Hollywood stars choose porcelain veneers (thin-layers of porcelain) that are bonded to the front of teeth allowing for the alteration of tooth position, shape, size and color. By fixing imperfections, as well as whitening them, veneers offer celebrities a perfect smile that, when maintained properly, can last for several decades.

Evaluation: If porcelain veneers sound appealing, our office can help you decide if you're a good candidate for them. We will ensure you have sufficient tooth structure, that your teeth are in more or less a normal position, and that symmetrical gum contours are present, allowing for proper “framing” of the teeth, necessary for a beautiful smile.

The Process: Once it's been determined that you're a good candidate for veneers, our office will begin a smile analysis using computer imaging to digitally replicate your smile and then fabricate a mock-up smile made of tooth-colored wax. We will work with you to determine the right color and shade for your veneers. You can choose the brightest, whitest “Hollywood smile” or opt for a more natural color and enhanced look.

Next Steps: After your initial appointment, it typically takes the laboratory one week to fabricate your porcelain veneers. The insertion of your veneers can be done with or without a local anesthetic. We will place the veneers on your teeth with a light-sensitive resin, which sets with the use of a white light, effectively bonding them to your teeth. While you may initially experience some tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, this will disappear after a few days. Maintaining your perfect smile requires simple brushing and flossing techniques and routine check ups.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss any questions you may have regarding porcelain veneers. Read more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design, Enhanced by Porcelain Veneers.”

By Z Dentistry
December 19, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Visiting Z Dentistry for dental veneers in Reno is a fantastic way to achieve a truly beautiful and flawless smile you can be proud to show off. After your procedure is over, however, you will likely have many questions, including "Can veneers stain?" and "How can I keep my veneers from staining?" The good news is: dental veneers are stain resistant!Veneers

Why are Veneers Stain Resistant?

Dental veneers from Z Dentistry are made out of porcelain, a hard, glassy material. Porcelain is also non-porous, which means that substances cannot get into the porcelain, where they could cause staining. As a result, your Reno dental veneers should remain stain free for anywhere from seven to twenty years. This is great news for anyone who loves coffee and soda, but who still wants a beautiful, white smile!

Can You Stain Porcelain Veneers?

Of course, there are ways to stain your porcelain veneers if you try hard enough. For example, using an abrasive toothpaste, such as a whitening toothpaste, can wear away at the surface of your veneers, causing it to become porous. Alternately, if you use your teeth to bite hard objects like bone or to open cans, for example, you do risk chipping or cracking a veneer, which could lead to staining. While your veneers are hard and durable, you will want to use common sense to avoid chipping or cracking them.

Can I Have Coffee and Soda With Veneers?

Before you go out and binge on coffee, tobacco, soda and other stain-causing substances, however, you do need to stop and think about the rest of your teeth. If you don't have veneers on all of your teeth, your original teeth could still become stained while your veneers remain a shiny white. This two-colored look may be very noticeable and embarrassing, and so you will still want to avoid stain-causing substances.

For a perfectly brilliant white smile that is free of chips and cracks, dental veneers from Reno's own Z Dentistry are an excellent choice. Call and set up an appointment today!


Porcelain laminate veneers are one of the innovative techniques dentistry has developed for restoring teeth to improve their color and shape so that they look as good as or better than the originals.

What are porcelain veneers? Porcelain is a ceramic material that is baked in a high-heat oven until it becomes glass-like. Your grandmother's antique china teacups are probably made of porcelain. Dental porcelains are especially made to perfectly mimic the color, reflectivity and translucency of natural tooth enamel. A veneer is a covering or shell, a false front; dental porcelains can be fashioned into veneers used to restore the enamel surfaces of teeth.

What is a laminate? A laminate is a structure created by uniting two or more layers of material together. Dental porcelain laminate veneers refer to the combination of tooth enamel bonding material and porcelain veneer.

When are porcelain laminate veneers used? Porcelain veneers are used to enhance the color of stained, darkened, decayed and heavily restored teeth. They are also used to: correct spaces between teeth; straighten slightly rotated teeth; correct problems in tooth shape and some bite problems. They can be good solutions for broken teeth or teeth that have been worn by habitual tooth grinding.

What is the process of placing the veneers? Room generally needs to be created to place a veneer; generally requiring about half a millimeter of reduction of tooth enamel. Artistic dental laboratory technicians fabricate veneers. About a week of laboratory time is usually needed to construct your veneers.

How do I know whether I will like the way my new veneers look? Computer imaging can be used to digitally replicate your teeth and create images of the proposed changes. Models of your teeth can be cast and changes can be made in white wax for your preview. Temporary veneers can also be fabricated as a test drive before the final veneers are fabricated.

How long will porcelain veneers last? Veneers can last 20 years or more. They are very strong but like glass, they can break if extreme force is applied to them. You should avoid such activities as opening bottles, cracking nuts, or biting into candy apples with your veneers.

How do I look after my new veneers? Once the veneers are placed, you should continue daily brushing and flossing. There is no higher incidence of decay around them than with your natural teeth. However, the more dental work you have in your mouth, the more vigilant you need to be. Of course, keeping your sugar consumption low helps to protect all of your teeth from decay.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about porcelain laminate veneers. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”

By Z Dentistry
May 02, 2014
Category: Oral Health

It is not often that you find a celebrity who is willing to speak candidly about any cosmetic or restorative dentistry that he or she has had. Instead, most prefer that their fans just assume that their dazzling “Hollywood” smile is something that just happened naturally. However, that is not the case with Kathy Ireland, the former Sports Illustrated cover girl, current business mogul and founder of kathy ireland Worldwide, a billion dollar marketing and design firm. In a Dear Doctor magazine cover story she talks openly about her dental experiences, injuries and treatment so that people worldwide can understand what may be possible for them.

For Kathy, it happened several years ago when she was playing with her husband and children in their driveway. Kathy decided that she would stand in her children's wagon and surf across their driveway. Instead, she ended up “face-planting,” as she describes it, in a freak accident that left her with a broken nose, split forehead and several broken teeth. She recalls that it sounded like a watermelon had smashed. Luckily, her husband, an emergency room physician, was on hand to care for her. Kathy is just as thankful to her cosmetic and restorative dentist who restored her trademark smile with some veneers and a dental implant. Today, the only reminder she has from this accident is a small scar on her nose that she covers with a little makeup.

You would think that this accident would be enough trauma for one person; however, Kathy describes an earlier accident where she knocked out a tooth and then later knocked it loose again. Kathy also wanted to take the time to let readers know that her dental implant experiences were “pretty easy.” She did recall, “hearing all the sounds while all of it was going on” and then added, “but I have to tell you, that after being a mom and having kids, going to the dentist...is like going to the spa!” She said that she has even fallen asleep in the dental chair.

To learn more about Kathy Ireland, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Kathy Ireland.” Or if you think cosmetic or restorative dentistry is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific goals.