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By Kuhn Family Dentistry
September 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Have you been thinking about rebuilding your lackluster smile? Porcelain veneers from Dr. Melina Kuhn here at Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, can do just that! However, before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it's important to understand just exactly what the restoration can (and can’t) do for your smile. We want to be able to help you achieve your smile goals, so if you are interested in learning more about veneers, then you’ve come to the right place.

What is a dental veneer?

A veneer is a custom-fabricated, thin shell made from medical-grade porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth in order to change its overall length, shape, size, or color. By hiding a variety of cosmetic imperfections, veneers can fully rejuvenate your smile!

Who is a good candidate for veneers?

If you are an otherwise healthy individual who has strong teeth but is dealing with teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, slightly misaligned, or misshapen, then you could benefit from dental veneers.

Of course, not everyone will be an ideal candidate for this treatment, which is why you should visit our Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist for an initial evaluation. During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to make sure that they are strong and healthy enough to support veneers. We will also discuss your treatment goals to ensure that they align with what veneers can offer.

What is involved in getting dental veneers?

Veneers require minimal tooth preparation, making them an attractive option for many of our patients. Veneers are custom-made based on your tooth measurements. Of course, teeth do need some preparation before the veneers can be bonded. After undergoing an initial consultation, we will remove a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. Since enamel doesn’t contain nerves, this process is completely painless.

Once the teeth are properly prepped and the measurements of your mouth have been taken, you may have to wait a week or two to get fitted (temporary veneers may be placed in the meantime). Once your veneers are ready, you will come back in to have the restorations bonded to your teeth.

How long will these restorations last?

With the proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Interested? Give us a call!

Want to talk with an expert about receiving veneer treatment? If so, it’s the perfect time to set up an appointment here at Kuhn Family Dentistry! Dial (775) 829-9331 today to schedule an appointment at our office in Reno, NV.

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.

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 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.

December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out whether cosmetic dentistry will be able to tackle your crooked teeth.

Many adults deal with spacing issues, crooked teeth and even crowding. However, the idea of wearing braces may not be appealing to cosmetic dentistrymany people. After all, what would it be like to have to lead a work meeting when you are wearing braces? You might worry that other people will notice your braces rather than paying attention to what you have to say. Fortunately, our Reno, NV cosmetic dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, prides herself on providing several treatment options for minor spacing issues.

Tooth Contouring

Most people are looking for inexpensive approaches to improving their smiles, which is why we are happy to offer tooth contouring and reshaping in Reno. During this non-invasive treatment, we will gently shave off tooth enamel to reshape the tooth and improve its appearance. Of course, because this treatment is a very conservative, dental contouring will only be able to fix  minor crookedness.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers have become a popular dental option because they are able to do so much for the shape and appearance of your smile in only a couple visits. These thin porcelain shells are specially made to bond to the front of your teeth to hide more moderate issues like gaps between teeth, crowding and even crooked or malformed teeth.

Similar to tooth contouring, we will need to shave down some tooth enamel. However, the preparation required for veneers is a bit more in-depth than it is with contouring. While it’s not painful, this procedure is not reversible once enamel has been removed. Of course, veneers are custom-made just for you so that you get the smile you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have. Veneers are also great for malformed, uneven, discolored and misshapen teeth.

Have questions about any of these cosmetic options above? If so, then it’s time you gave Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV a call. We would be happy to set up a consultation with Dr. Kuhn as soon as possible.