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LoveandHipHopHostsNo-GapSmileandHowYouCanHaveOneToo

Nina Parker, the host of Love & Hip Hop for six seasons, is now busy with the new game show Blockbusters and her own talk show The Nina Parker Show. But even with a full plate, she took time recently for some personal care—getting a new smile.

Parker's fans are familiar with her noticeable tooth gap. But a video on TikTok in February changed all that: In the video, she teasingly pulls away a mask she's wearing to reveal her smile—without the gap.

Parker and other celebrities like Madonna, Michael Strahan and David Letterman are not alone. Teeth gaps are a common smile feature, dating back millennia (even in fiction: Chaucer described the Wife of Bath as being "gap-toothed" in The Canterbury Tales).

So, what causes a tooth gap? Actually, a lot of possibilities. The muscle between the teeth (the frenum) may be overly large and pushing the teeth apart. There may be too much room on the jaw, so the teeth spread apart as they develop. It might also have resulted from tongue thrusting or late thumb sucking as a child, influencing the front teeth to develop forward and outward.

A tooth gap can be embarrassing because they're often front and center for all the world to see, but they can also cause oral health problems like complicating oral hygiene and increasing your risk for tooth decay. They can also contribute to misalignment of other teeth.

Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate a gap. One way is to move the teeth closer together with either braces or removable clear aligners. This may be the best approach if the gap is wide and it's contributing to misalignment of other teeth. You may also need surgery to alter the frenum.

You can also reduce less-pronounced gaps cosmetically with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Bonding involves applying a type of resin material to the teeth on either side of the gap. After some sculpting to make it appear life-like, we harden the material with a curing light. The result is a durable, tooth-like appearance that closes the gap.

A veneer is a thin wafer of porcelain, custom-made to fit an individual patient's tooth. Bonded to the front of teeth, veneers mask various dental flaws like chips, deformed teeth, heavy staining and, yes, mild to moderate tooth gaps. They do require removing a small amount of enamel on the teeth they cover, but the results can be stunning—completely transformed teeth without the gap.

Getting rid of a tooth gap can be a wise move, both for your smile and your health. You may or may not take to social media to show it off like Nina Parker, but you can feel confident to show the world your new, perfect smile.

If you would like more information about treating teeth gaps and other dental flaws, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Space Between Front Teeth.”

By Kuhn Family Dentistry
September 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
4GreatWaystoImproveYourSmile

Self-improvement is an estimated $10 billion annual market—smartphone apps, one-on-one coaching and, of course, books that instruct and inspire people on everything from selling yourself to increasing your self-esteem. But as helpful as these resources might be, don't overlook the self-improvement opportunities that could be awaiting you at a familiar place: your dentist's office.

Cosmetic dental techniques can enhance more than your physical attributes. Because of the importance of smiling in everyday life, improving the appearance of your teeth and gums can fill you with a renewed sense of confidence. A transformed smile might just be a game changer in social and career settings, not to mention your romantic life.

Many cosmetic techniques also improve oral health. It's a double benefit! A more attractive smile is more likely to be a healthy smile.

So, in recognition of Self Improvement Month this September, here are 4 ways you could improve your smile appearance.

Teeth whitening. One of the simplest and most affordable ways to improve your smile appearance is with a teeth-whitening procedure. Years of eating, drinking and (for some) tobacco use can leave teeth yellowed and dull. A professional whitening can brighten your teeth and take years off your smile. With proper care and occasional touch-ups, your brighter, more attractive smile could last for years.

Dental veneers. Chipped, discolored or slightly gapped teeth can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Dental veneers could completely change all that. Thin wafers of dental porcelain, veneers bond to the front of teeth and mask all manner of imperfections. And because they're custom designed and colored to blend with other teeth, only you and your dentist need know you're wearing them.

Dental implants. Missing tooth gaps, especially in the visible "smile zone," stand out like a sore thumb. Dental implants, the premier method for tooth replacement, can fill those unsightly gaps and restore your smile. Implants are titanium metal posts imbedded in the jaw that develop strong attachments with the bone. This makes them durable and long-lasting for a truly life-like result.

Orthodontics. Realigning teeth through braces or removable clear aligners is first and foremost therapeutic—it's primarily performed to improve overall dental health. But a huge secondary benefit is a more attractive display of perfectly aligned teeth. That's why orthodontics is widely regarded as the "Original Smile Makeover."

To see if any of these or other procedures—or a combination of them—could transform your smile, make an appointment with us for an exam and consultation. Self-improvement might actually be as close as your teeth.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental options, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry.”

By KUHN FAMILY DENTISTRY
February 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Though cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your smile, it can do so much more. From taking your self-esteem to new heights to giving you a boost of newfound confidence in your appearance, cosmetic procedures can truly take your smile to the next level. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can improve your smile with Dr. Melinda Kuhn at Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV.

Could cosmetic dentistry benefit me? 
Depending on your dental situation, you may benefit one of — or even a combination of — the cosmetic dentistry procedures provided by your Reno, NV dentist. A good candidate for a cosmetic dentistry procedure is in good dental health and free from problems teeth decay and gum disease. They should take their at-home oral care seriously and be committed to brushing twice a day and flossing at least once in addition to routine dental examinations and cleanings every six months.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Reno, NV

  • Bonding: Bonding uses composite resin materials bonded directly onto the tooth to change its shape and improve its appearance. Usually used in conjunction with dental contouring, dentists most commonly use bonding to repair chipped teeth.
  • Crowns and Bridges: A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” which fits over the tooth to protect it from all sides. Bridges replace a missing tooth by spanning the gap between two healthy teeth.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are a permanent and nonremovable solution to fill your gap — or gaps. From replacing a single tooth to holding a full denture in place, implants can treat many dental issues related to missing teeth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers are a super-thin shell of porcelain which fit over a tooth to change its appearance and improve its aesthetic quality. Veneers can treat minor issues, such as a chipped or cracked tooth, or cover all the teeth in an arch to completely overhaul a smile’s appearance.
  • Teeth Whitening: A professional teeth whitening treatment is a foolproof way to give your smile the boost it needs. Fast and obvious results make this procedure a go-to for many people.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures available, please contact Dr. Melinda Kuhn at Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV. Call (775) 829-9331 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kuhn today!

By Kuhn Family Dentistry
June 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
TipstoBrightenYourSummerSmile

In summer, there is no shortage of occasions to show off your smile. Whether attending a wedding, graduation celebration, family reunion or neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want to look your best. But if your smile doesn’t shine as brightly as you’d like, a trip to the dental office may just be the confidence-booster you’re looking for. Here are some popular techniques to enhance your smile:

Teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning can make your mouth feel fresh and add sparkle to your smile. The dental hygienist uses special tools to get rid of plaque and tartar that you cannot remove during your oral hygiene routine at home. In addition, hygienists use a tooth-polishing tool that removes surface stains.

Professional whitening. Professional teeth whitening can achieve excellent results in one short office visit. But if you have several weeks before the big event on your calendar, you can also get winning results at home using custom-made whitening trays from the dental office. Either way, your smile can sparkle at summer celebrations.

Cosmetic bonding. If your teeth have small chips or cracks, cosmetic bonding may be a good option for you. In bonding, tooth-colored material is shaped to the tooth and hardened with a curing light. The procedure—generally done in one office visit without anesthesia—is relatively inexpensive, and the result is very natural-looking.

Porcelain veneers. If you are unhappy with the color, shape, size or spacing of your teeth, long-lasting dental veneers can give your smile a whole new look. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Because they may be crafted in a dental lab, they may require two to three visits to the dental office over a few-week period.

With so many options, it’s easy to put your best smile forward at all your summer gatherings. We can help. If you have any questions about brightening your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By KUHN FAMILY DENTISTRY
April 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Isn’t it time you felt confident in your smile? Cosmetic dentistry can help.cosmetic dentistry

Maybe you’ve started to notice that your smile really isn’t as vibrant or as perfect as you want it to be. What can be done? Well, a lot actually. Our Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist Dr. Melinda Kuhn is dedicated to giving you a beautiful smile. No matter whether you want to make small changes or serious alterations, we can help with some of these popular treatment options,

Dental Bonding

The same resin that we use to fill a cavity can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Take, for example, dental bonding. If you come into the office and want to hide small chips, cracks, discolorations or even gaps in your smile it makes no sense to go through more aggressive cosmetic options when what you want to fix is so minor. For quick fixes, dental bonding might be right for you.

To cover these imperfections we just apply this tooth-colored resin and shape it over the tooth. Once the resin is perfectly shaped, our Reno, NV, dentist will harden the resin permanently to the tooth with a dental light.

Teeth Whitening

Do you hate that your smile has started to dull and yellow as you’ve gotten older? While this is a common complaint, it’s an easy fix. While at-home whitening kits and whitening toothpastes can often be a great way to ward off new stains, if you have some deep-set stains then these simple approaches might not give you the results you want. If you want to remove stains and also instantly brighten your smile then there is no better option than professional in-office teeth whitening. Some smiles will become several shades whiter in just session.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes the flaws you have are a bit too significant for teeth whitening, bonding or teeth reshaping to take on; however, this doesn’t mean that cosmetic dentistry just isn’t right for you. There are many other ways to get the smile you want and dental veneers might just be the best approach.

These wafer-thin tooth-colored shells are designed to look just like natural tooth enamel. When they are bonded to the front of your teeth they can mask a variety of imperfections while also giving you a more symmetrical, whiter and straighter smile.

When it comes to getting cosmetic dentistry in Reno, NV, you want a dental team you can trust. Here at Kuhn Family Dentistry, our goal is to satisfy all of your smile needs. Want to find out if cosmetic dentistry is right for you? Call us today.