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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.”

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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 VeneerZatarain 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.

By Z Dentistry
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental bonding is a treatment available at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV that is an option for patients who have relatively minor cosmetic dental bondingproblems. You may find that dental bonding is all you need to help take your smile to the next level. It provides you with a temporary smile solution so that you can make future plans with your cosmetic dentist for other treatments, like veneers or braces. 

What Is Dental Bonding?
A dental material called composite resin, the same material used for tooth-colored fillings, can be used to improve the cosmetic appearance of your front teeth. The material is painted onto the surfaces of the teeth where needed and bonded in place using a curing light. After the bonding process is complete, your dentist can shape and contour the teeth to match your desired aesthetic.

Dental Bonding Uses
You may be wondering if you are a candidate for this cosmetic treatment, which is offered at Z Dentistry in Reno. Here are some of the most common uses for dental bonding:

- Filling in small gaps between the teeth so that they don’t shift.
- Covering up cracks in the enamel.
- Restoring broken or chipped teeth.
- Polishing rough tooth surfaces.
- Covering discoloration or staining.
- Protecting an exposed tooth root due to gum recession.

Reasons to Choose Dental Bonding
When you visit the dentist for cosmetic help, it’s good to know that you have choices. There are a few reasons why you might decide to opt for dental bonding over other solutions at the moment:

- You need a quick fix that only requires one short dental appointment.
- Budget (dental bonding is usually more affordable compared to veneers or crowns).
- You’re concerned about tooth movement due to wisdom tooth eruption or the after effects of gum disease.

Dental Bonding Can Help
Now that you know that dental bonding is an option, make an appointment at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV to learn more about this cosmetic treatment. Call (775) 331-1616 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. George Zatarain.

By Z Dentistry
December 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Don’t let dental issues make you feel embarrassed. Turn to cosmetic dentistry to help.cosmetic dentistry

Are you ready to revamp your smile? Want to improve your appearance before the New Year? Then look no further than our Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist, Dr. George Zatarain, to help you achieve the look you want to welcome the start of a new year and a new you.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Whether you’ve hated that gap between your front teeth or you’re a coffee drinking dealing with nasty stains, there are many reasons someone may turn to our Reno dentist for help.

Of course, in most cases, cosmetic dentistry may be the best option to turn to when it comes to altering and improving the color, shape, size and even alignment of one or more teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can make minor adjustments or give you a full-on makeover, depending on the problems you are facing and how severe they are.

Remember that the main goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the look of your smile. Of course, while cosmetic dentistry may also be able to make minimal repairs such as buffing out small chips or cracks or applying dental veneers to protect enamel from wear and tear, the overall purpose is to enhance the look of your smile.

What types of cosmetic dentistry are available?

We believe that our patients should have choices when it comes to cosmetic dentistry options, which is why we offer a full range of services including:

Dental bonding: A simple, non-invasive procedure that applies a tooth-colored material over small discolorations, gaps and chips to hide problem areas.

Tooth reshaping/contouring: Shaving off small bits of enamel can help improve the overall length and shape of a tooth as well as smooth out pitted, uneven surfaces.

Gum contouring: If you are dealing with an uneven, gummy smile and want to make teeth appear longer then we can also reshape and remove excess gum tissue.

Teeth whitening: If you are dealing with yellowing teeth, stains and other external discolorations then professional teeth whitening could quickly and painlessly remove these stains in about one hour. Teeth whitening can also get your teeth several shades brighter in just a single session.

Dental veneers: Looking to hide more obvious imperfections such as larger gaps between teeth, visible chips or cracks, minor crookedness or overlapping, or teeth that are misshapen or worn down? These thin tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front of your tooth to hide these flaws and to improve the overall appearance of your smile.

Z Dentistry in Reno, NV, prides itself on offering only the very best in cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your consultation and find out what option is right for you.