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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.

By Kuhn Family Dentistry
January 07, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By KUHN FAMILY DENTISTRY
December 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Even a flawed smile can become beautiful with dental veneers.veneers

We only have one chance to make a great first impression in both our professional and personal lives and having a great smile can go a long way to giving the very best first impression that you possibly can. That’s why so many people believe that putting money into having the perfect smile is the best investment. Our Reno cosmetic dentist Dr. Melinda Kuhn offers dental veneers so that patients can finally get that picture-perfect smile.

Do you hate that gap between your front teeth? Do you wish that you didn’t have such noticeable chips and cracks in your teeth? Is one tooth worn down or misshapen? If you said yes to any of these questions then dental veneers could help your smile. These thin porcelain or composite resin shells are adhered to the front of your teeth to hide these common imperfections so that the world around you only notices a whiter, healthy smile.

Veneers are a great option for those looking to hide dental flaws such as:

  • Discolorations

  • Chips and cracks

  • Malformed or misshapen teeth

  • Uneven or worn teeth (often from teeth grinding)

  • Spaces between teeth

  • Minor crowding

  • Teeth that are too small

  There are so many ways dental veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth. Before you get veneers, there are some facts that you should know about this treatment:

  • If you are getting traditional dental veneers, our Reno dentist will need to remove about 0.5 millimeters of enamel from your teeth prior to getting veneers. This reduces the thickness of your natural teeth so that when the veneers are applied your smile doesn’t look bulky. Because enamel can’t grow back, once this tooth preparation has occurred it is not reversible.

  • In many cases removing this small amount of enamel can be performed painlessly without the need for anesthesia. Of course, those who have dental anxieties surrounding procedures or those who have tooth sensitivity may decide to get anesthesia or sedation.

  • It takes about one week to get your specially designed dental veneers. Veneers are then bonded to your teeth using a special resin, which is sandwiched between the veneers and the front of your teeth. Then a light is used to harden the resin and permanently adhere the veneers.

 Are you ready to take the plunge and get dental veneers in Reno, NV? We are so happy to hear it. Call our dental office today and schedule an appointment with our cosmetic expert Dr. Kuhn, who is ready to give you the smile you want.

By KUHN FAMILY DENTISTRY
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how this simple dental procedure could reshape a chipped or cracked tooth.dental bonding

You only want to make small alterations to your smile so it seems a bit unnecessary to turn to more invasive or time-consuming procedures to get the results you want. Did you know that our Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, could improve the color, shape or even size of a tooth with one simple, non-invasive procedure known as dental bonding?

During dental bonding, our Reno general dentist will match a tooth-colored resin to the rest of your smile before applying it to the tooth. We will choose a resin that most closely resembles the shade of your smile. From there, we will apply the resin over the problem areas of the tooth, shape it into place and then harden it with a dental laser.

Bonding is a great way to hide minor-to-moderate imperfections including:

  • Discolorations
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chips and cracks
  • Crowding or overlapping teeth
  • Worn or asymmetrical teeth

Bonding is a minor and non-invasive cosmetic procedure so it won’t be right for tackling all issues. Bonding can certainly improve the look of one or more teeth but it won’t be able to handle more serious issues. The overall purpose of getting dental bonding is to re-contour your smile to improve the shape and look.

For example, say that many years of taking antibiotics have left some pretty nasty discolorations on your teeth. If this is the case, even our teeth whitening system may not be able to eliminate these types of stains; however, we can apply bonding resin over these areas to hide discolorations that teeth whitening cannot remove to give you a brighter smile.

Once you get bonding you’ll want to remember that it’s not meant to last forever. This means you’ll still want to be gentle with your teeth and make sure you care for them properly to ensure that bonding lasts as long as possible before needing to be replaced. Avoid bad habits like ice chewing, teeth grinding and nail biting, which can weaken bonding resin and damage the restored tooth.

Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, is dedicated to helping you achieve the perfect smile. Don’t let small imperfections get the better of you. Call us today to find out how dental bonding could help.