A pleasing smile brightens everyone's day, both for the people who see it and for the person who shows it. However, dental flaws can often hamper a spontaneous smile. That's where veneer services from Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, come in. Dental veneers are one of today's most sought-after treatments because of their picture-perfect results—read below to learn if they are right for you!
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers from your Reno dentist are thin, tooth-shaped laminates that cover the front sides of teeth in order to disguise flaws such as chips and gaps. Made of fine, dental-grade porcelain, veneers are bonded on permanently, making them both durable and long-lasting.
To qualify for porcelain veneers, your mouth must be healthy with no decay, extensive restorations, or gum disease. During your consultation, Dr. Zatarain will look carefully at your smile to determine bite, the present cosmetic flaws.
For your part, be sure to communicate to your dentist how you'd like to enhance your smile. For examples,
- Do you want longer teeth which show when you smile?
- Do you wish to cover some deep tobacco stains on your front teeth?
- Are cracks and chips from a car accident marring your facial appearance?
The veneer process
Together, you and your Reno dentist will agree on a cosmetic treatment plan. Generally, the veneer process takes three appointments at Z Dentistry, including the initial evaluation. At the next appointment, your dentist will remove a thin slice of enamel from the front of each tooth, take impressions, and install temporary laminates. Enamel resurfacing allows for correct placement and bite of your beautiful, permanent veneers.
At your third appointment, Dr. Zatarain will take off the temporary veneers and bond the new ones in place using a special tooth-colored cement and curing light to harden it. He can vary the color and thickness of the cement as needed to achieve the right look.
It may take a week or more to adjust to how your veneers feel, reports DocShop. Your teeth may feel a bit sensitive, too; however, this minor discomfort goes away quickly.
Living with veneers
Veneers are easily cared for with twice daily brushing and once a day flossing to keep their margins clear of harmful plaque and tartar. Avoid hard foods such as peanut brittle, and wear a protective mouth guard if you tend to grind your teeth. Cosmetic dentists agree that veneers are a great investment, and the American Dental Association and other experts say with proper care, they'll last at least a decade or longer!
Are you ready for a great smile?
Then, look into porcelain veneers and the other aesthetic services that Dr. Zatarain offers. To arrange your consultation with this creative and caring dental team, call Z Dentistry in Reno today: (775) 331-1616.