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January 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

There are countless successful dental procedures that can help to restore a smile beautifully. A healthy smile is the right color, shape veneersand alignment. If your teeth could use some improvement in any of these things, veneers may be the answer. A Reno, NV dentist from Kuhn Family Dentistry, such as Dr. Melinda Kuhn, can help determine whether or not this is a viable dental option for you.

What are Veneers?

Veneers is a wafer-thin layer of porcelain that substitutes natural tooth enamel. When they are bonded to the teeth, they create a natural-looking surface. This is because porcelain is tough and clear and doesn’t stain like tooth enamel can and does. Veneers can be made so thin that they can be bonded directly to your existing tooth surface. This makes the process simple and pain-free.

Veneers can help with:

  1. Color
  2. Size & shape
  3. Alignment
  4. Shaping

Unfortunately, veneers aren't always the answer. Dr. Melinda Kuhn can help determine these situations. If someone has severely misaligned teeth or a large gap, orthodontics may be a better option. Also, if a patient has lost a lot of tooth structure because of trauma or decay, it may be better to restore the smile with crowns or dental implants rather than veneers.

What Veneers Can Do For Your Smile in Reno

Veneers can create a perfect-looking smile with bright white, evenly spaced and aligned teeth. A model of your teeth is created in which wax veneers can be placed to demonstrate how veneers can benefit your smile. Once you and Dr. Kuhn agree on the type of veneers that you desire, your teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel. Molds of the teeth are made and used by a dental lab to create your custom veneers. During this time, you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the time they are creating your permanent ones.

To learn more about what Dr. Kuhn can offer you in terms of veneers, call Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV today at (775) 829-9331.

By Kuhn Family Dentistry
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: partial denture  

Dentures in one form or another have been around for centuries. Although dental implants have earned a well-deserved prominence of late, the denture still remains a viable tooth replacement option.

What's more, dentures aren't reserved for total tooth loss only. Even if you've lost just a few of your teeth, we can fit you with a removable partial denture (RPD). Although mainly considered a temporary solution for missing teeth, some people depend on an RPD for many years due to finances or other issues.

The traditional RPD consists of a rigid acrylic plastic base that resembles gum tissue supported by a metal framework, with prosthetic (false) teeth precisely placed to fill the space of the missing teeth. They're held in place with metal clasps that extend from the metal framework to fit over the remaining natural teeth.

Although they're an effective restoration, traditional RPDs have a few drawbacks. Some people find them uncomfortable to wear or have an allergy to the acrylic plastic. They also have a propensity to stain from beverages like tea, coffee or wine.

But there's a more recent version called a flexible RPD that addresses these and other concerns. It's made of a pliable nylon that's durable, yet comfortable to wear. Rather than metal clasps, they're secured in place with thin, finger-like nylon extensions that fit into the small, natural depressions in the crowns of the teeth around the gum line.

Flexible RPDs are also highly adaptable to appear life-like in many situations. We can fashion the nylon base to cover areas around natural teeth where the gums may have receded due to gum disease.

They do, however, have a few downsides. Unlike traditional dentures, they're difficult to reline or repair. Like any oral appliance, they can suffer from wear and neglect, so you must properly clean and maintain them. And, like any RPD their best role is as a temporary bridge rather than a permanent restoration.

In the meantime, though, you can count on a flexible RPD to restore your ability to eat and speak proficiently, as well as smile with confidence. It's a great affordable way to address a few missing teeth.

If you would like more information on dentures as a restoration option, 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 “Flexible Partial Dentures.”

By Kuhn Family Dentistry
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.