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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.”
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.”
A veneer is a material that hides or covers up an unattractive surface.
In dentistry, a veneer is a lightweight piece of porcelain that covers the face of a damaged or unattractive tooth.
Dental veneers could be the cosmetic solution you’ve been dreaming of—one that can finally give you the smile you’ve always imagined. Take time to review some of the frequently asked questions that patients have about veneers, then schedule a visit to see dentist Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV.
How Are Veneers Designed and Placed?
Dental veneers are bonded to the front of a tooth. They are custom made by a technician from porcelain, yet are transparent and as light as a contact lens. Each veneer is shaped and curved at the edges so that they fit perfectly against your natural tooth. A strong dental bonding agent, colored for your unique smile and facial features, is used to attach each veneer to each individual tooth.
How Do Veneers Fix Your Smile?
Dental veneers fix chips, cracks, discoloration, tooth protrusion, and spaces between the teeth. Just about any dental imperfection can be improved with a set of veneers installed by your Reno, NV dentist.
Veneers are the natural choice when other options, like tooth whitening or resin bonding, won’t help. They also are the go-to when a patient has smile gaps but can’t wait months or years for an orthodontic (braces) treatment to fix them.
When Can You Show Off Your New Smile?
You’ll only have to wait a few weeks for your new smile. This is the ideal cosmetic treatment if you’re planning an important upcoming event and want to look your best.
Invest in Your Smile
Improving your smile with veneers starts with a 30-minute cosmetic consultation with a dentist at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV. Call (775) 331-1616 today to schedule time to see Dr. George Zatarain.
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.
Choosing the best dental restoration for you can often prove to be a challenge if you are not familiar with your options. However, understanding some of these procedures can help you come to a conclusion which best fits your needs. Dental veneers can do many things to beautify your smile. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV.
Do I need dental veneers?
If you feel as though your teeth could use a boost due to small imperfections or discolorations, you may benefit from dental veneers. Some of the most common uses for veneers include repairing:
- chipped teeth
- cracked teeth
- uneven teeth
- slightly overlapped teeth
- slightly gapped teeth
- yellowed teeth
- stained teeth
Veneers can also alter the size and shape of the teeth, giving you the big, Hollywood smile you have always wanted.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
The biggest benefit of dental veneers is that they allow you to choose the kind of smile you have. Whether you are repairing a single tooth or opt to renew your entire smile, veneers put you in control of the way you look. Thanks to their materials and the customization process, porcelain dental veneers blend in with the rest of your smile and look just like natural teeth. Dental veneers are stain-resistant, helping you keep your teeth whiter for longer. The natural teeth remain almost entirely intact with veneers, as opposed to other porcelain restorations like dental crowns.
Dental Veneer Treatments in Reno, NV
Dental veneers require that the patient have healthy teeth free from decay and gum disease. Additionally, veneers patients should have a strong, committed at-home oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice and flossing at least once per day. This oral care routine should occur alongside regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months. If you think you could benefit from veneers, you should determine if this is the best treatment for you at a consultation with your dentist.
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV. Call (775) 331-1616 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Zatarain today!