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Posts for tag: Veneers

By Z Dentistry
June 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Unfortunately, if your teeth are dull, damaged, or flawed, you may not feel like sharing your smile with the world. Veneers, a restoration option offered by your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. George Zatarain of Z dentistry, will enhance your smile and hide a variety of tooth flaws.

When veneers are a good idea

Veneers are tooth-shaped shells created from a mold of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit. Each plastic or porcelain veneer is cemented to the front of a tooth, hiding imperfections and minor damage.

Adding one or more veneers may be a good idea if:

  • You have a crooked tooth: Orthodontic treatment isn't always needed if you have just one or two crooked teeth. In fact, after your veneer is applied to your tooth, it will look perfectly straight.
  • Your tooth is oddly shaped: You would think that all of your teeth would be roughly the same size and shape, but that's not always the case. Luckily, veneers make twisted, pointed, or other oddly shaped teeth look perfectly uniform.
  • You have a short tooth: Have you noticed that some of your teeth look a little shorter now? The problem can be due to grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep or years of wear and tear. Veneers extend the length of your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile.
  • You have a gap between your teeth: Adding veneers offers a simple way to close slight gaps between teeth. (If you have a large gap, orthodontic treatment may be the best solution.)
  • Your tooth is discolored: Stains from antibiotics or tooth trauma or discoloration from large fillings can darken teeth. Covering discolored teeth with veneers instantly improves your appearance.
  • You'd like a brighter smile: In addition to covering discolored teeth, veneers can also be used to whiten your entire smile. During your visit to the Reno dental office, you'll select the perfect shade of white for your new smile.
  • Your tooth is damaged: Veneers are an excellent choice if a chip or shallow crack affects your smile. They can also make your tooth enamel look smoother if it's a little bumpy.

Makeover your smile with veneers! Call your dentist in Reno, NV, Dr. George Zatarain of Z dentistry, at (775) 331-1616 to schedule your appointment.

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It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Z Dentistry
March 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Dental veneers make it possible to personalize your smile. Whether you’d like whiter teeth or are unhappy with a chipped tooth, veneers can help. They improve the appearance of teeth with a variety of cosmetic issues, and they look completely natural. Get ready to personalize and transform your smile with veneers at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, where Dr. George Zatarain can create the smile of your dreams.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are extremely thin covers placed over the front of teeth to give them a flawless appearance. Dental veneers are custom-made from either porcelain or plastic and are permanently cemented to the front surface of problem teeth. Veneers can transform your smile by concealing a diverse range of cosmetic issues, such as:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Excess space between teeth
  • Teeth with rough or uneven surfaces
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Three appointments are usually needed to personalize your smile with veneers. A model of your mouth is used to create each veneer to ensure it is the right size and shape for the tooth it will be placed over. Then the veneers are created by a dental technician, usually in a separate lab.

Once the veneers are ready, they are sent back to the dentist’s office. Before applying the veneers, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the front surface of each tooth receiving a veneer. This allows the veneers to rest flush with the surrounding teeth and not stick out. Finally, the veneers can be cemented into place. The skilled dentist at our office in Reno can have custom veneers created for you.

Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are associated with several benefits, such as personalizing and transforming your smile. They are also extremely versatile since they can address so many different cosmetic issues. An additional benefit of veneers is that they look natural and blend in with the rest of your smile. They also function like regular teeth and can bite into and chew food with ease. Veneers are quite durable and can last for many years, as well. They also resist staining so your smile will continue looking its best with proper care.

Personalize your smile with veneers by addressing specific cosmetic concerns, such as discolorations or chipped teeth. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Zatarain to begin the process of getting veneers by calling Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, at (775) 331-1616.

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Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Z Dentistry
December 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
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You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.

The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.

But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.

Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.

His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.

One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.

In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.

Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.

If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”