Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
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.”
Could your smile benefit from cosmetic dentistry here in Reno, NV?
We all know just how good it feels to have others smile at us. It’s such a natural expression and one that evokes feelings of happiness, contentment, and comfort; however, if you have a smile that is imperfect or flawed, you may find yourself smiling a whole lot less. If you’re ready to start smiling more (and feel more confident doing so), our Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist Dr. George Zatarain here at Z Dentistry can easily fix these common dental imperfections with cosmetic dentistry,
While teeth are quite durable, even they can fall victim to damage. If you are dealing with a small crack or chip in a tooth, our Reno, NV, dentist can fix this with cosmetic dentistry. Contouring and dental bonding are two of the least invasive and most inexpensive cosmetic treatments we offer, and they can help to improve the shape and appearance of a chipped or slightly uneven or discolored tooth.
One of the main reasons people come into our practice is that they are dealing with dull, yellowing teeth that they want to brighten. If this sounds like you, we offer both in-office and at-home whitening options for our patients, depending on your needs. If you have an important event or occasion coming up, we can easily get your smile up to five or more shades whiter (often in just a single whitening session). To find out more about the results you’ll get with our professional whitening system, call us today or schedule a consultation.
Gaps Between Teeth
There are several ways to close up gaps between teeth. If it’s only a minor gap our dental team can often fill it with dental bonding. For larger gaps, we can apply dental veneers to the front of the two teeth to hide the gaps. Of course, if you choose to actually correct this common misalignment issue, we can offer more discreet orthodontic solutions including Invisalign.
Our patients deserve the best when it comes to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, especially if they are missing one or more teeth. To restore your smile’s bite, functionality, and health, our dentists may recommend getting dental implants. Implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth and can last a lifetime. It’s even ideal for those missing some or all of their teeth.
If you’ve been wondering whether or not to visit your cosmetic dentist here in Reno, NV, we hope we’ve provided a little insight into reasons to turn to us. We can help craft the smile you’ve always wanted through cosmetic dentistry. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, call Z Dentistry at (775) 331-1616.
Kill Bill fans have been pressing for a third installment of the stylized revenge tale since Kill Bill, Volume 2 hit the theaters in 2004. Finally, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is talking about the long-awaited Volume 3 as if it might soon become a reality. The third movie in the franchise would most likely focus on the now-grown daughter of the character played by Vivica A. Fox in the first two. Vivica recently made known that should Kill Bill, Volume 3 go into production, she thinks 24-year-old actress and singer Zendaya would be perfect for the role.
Although Zendaya is a few inches taller than Vivica, the two women have a few things in common. Besides being talented movie and television actresses who have won awards for their roles, they both have camera-ready smiles. And both Vivica and Zendaya can thank their dentists for helping their smiles be their best.
In 2016, Vivica told Dear Doctor magazine that her smile needed a boost, so she opted for dental veneers to correct gaps between her teeth—and she's very happy with them. “I love my veneers!” she exclaimed. Zendaya also had help in achieving her Hollywood-perfect smile. In 2011, early in her career on the Disney channel, she wore clear orthodontic aligners to straighten her teeth. To further perfect her smile, she visited her dentist for professional teeth whitening in 2016, inviting a film crew along to show how easy and effective in-office tooth whitening is.
But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy smile-enhancing dental treatments. They are great options for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile.
Teeth whitening. If your teeth are looking yellowed, in-office whitening can make them up to 10 shades brighter in one visit! Some people prefer professional at-home whitening kits, which produce great results more gradually.
Bonding or veneers. For small chips and cracks, cosmetic bonding can cover flaws by adding layers of a tooth-colored material over the tooth. For bigger flaws, heavy discoloration or gaps between teeth as Vivica had, dental veneers may be the answer. These custom-made thin porcelain shells cover the front-facing surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections to give anyone a Hollywood smile.
Orthodontics. Crooked teeth can detract from the look of a smile. While traditional braces are an option, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues find removable clear aligners the perfect way to get the smile they desire with minimal impact on their daily activities. Clear aligners are very subtle and can be removed for eating and cleaning as well as for special occasions—or for filming scenes, as Zendaya knows.
Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or veneers, orthodontics, or another dental treatment could enhance your smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.
With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.
While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.
Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.
Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.
Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.
Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.
Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.
If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
Cosmetic dentistry takes your teeth from ordinary and stained to a dazzling and daring. You won't want to stop smiling after Dr. George Zatarain is done. The most important step though is figuring out which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV provides patients with a long list of options.
Here are just a few:
- Bonding: This is when your dentist uses tooth-colored composite material to close minor dental gaps and change the color of your teeth, similar to dental veneers mentioned below. Your dentist sculpts the tooth shape, hardens the material using a special curing light and polishes your teeth. This is a quick and easy procedure with a long lifespan.
- Veneers: This is when our dentist uses a wafer-thin dental appliance called a dental veneer to hide stains, minor chips and misalignments, crookedness, oddly-shaped teeth and fractures. Dental veneers are also used even if you simply want to change the shape of your teeth, like making teeth rounder around the edges. They're bonded to the surface of your teeth after a small amount of enamel is removed off the surface of your teeth to accommodate the veneers.
- Whitening and bleaching: This is best done at Z Dentistry because your dentist uses concentrated bleaching material that only a professional can use to get maximum results in just an hour. Dr. Zatarian uses a retractor to protect soft tissue, like gums and lips, and applies the bleach on teeth to remove rough stains caused by certain foods and beverages, medications and smoking. You can use teeth-whitening kits but getting the procedure done at your dentist's office will offer better results in a short amount of time.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can last a long time, but you need to take proper care of them. Make sure you brush and floss daily.
If you have any questions, contact Dr. George Zatarain in Reno, NV, today.