Porcelain veneers or orthodontics?
Mark, a businessman from Irvine, had extremely crooked teeth. After years of being embarrassed and self conscious about it with women he dated or customers, Mark decided to see what options he had to getting a nice smile. When he was back in high school the orthodontist told him that he needed braces and jaw surgery and the treatment would be 2-3 years. That didn’t interest him at all and thus Mark never pursued orthodontic treatment. Then one day his girlfriend suggested that he find out about cosmetic dentistry. “My mother had really crooked teeth that was turned into a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers,” she told him. So Mark came in for a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation to discuss his options.
Dr. Huefner told Mark that the orthodontist was correct, ideally his teeth should be corrected with braces and jaw surgery. Explaining to him that his crooked teeth and narrow jaws were more than just having his teeth come in crooked. They were a result of childhood allergies and enlarged tonsils, resulting in an inability to breath through his nose. This caused Mark to have to breath through his mouth all the time, have an abnormal tongue posture and swallowing habit. After some discussion of the benefits of orthodontics, Mark said “I understand that braces and jaw surgery might be the best treatment, but there is no way I’m going to do that type of treatment. Braces and jaw surgery are just out of the question. Can’t you just do porcelain veneers like my girlfriend’s mother had done?”
To Mark’s delight Dr. Huefner told him, “Yes, we can make your teeth straight with porcelain veneers. Your teeth will look nice and you will have a great looking smile.” Dr. Huefner went on to explain to Mark the advantages and disadvantages, risks and complications of orthodontics and jaw surgery compared to cosmetic dentistry.
Mark said that he is extremely busy and his time is a premium. “Time is money Doc. How much time and how long will it take to do the porcelain veneer treatment?” Dr. Huefner answered that it all depends on how many teeth he wanted to do at a time? Did Mark want to only do his upper teeth, or his upper and lower teeth? Mark answered “Yes,” that he wanted them both done.
“Do you want to divide your porcelain veneer treatment into sections, doing the upper teeth first and then your lower teeth, or do them all at the same time?” Dr. Huefner asked Mark. Mark stress again that he is very busy and wanted them all done at the same time.
“Then I can do all your porcelain veneers in less than a month, about four dental visits,” said Dr. Huefner.
Mark had Dr. Huefner place ten porcelain veneers on his upper teeth and eight porcelain veneers on his lower teeth. He chose a masculine smile design from the LVI smile library and a shade BL2 from the tooth shade guide. The end result for this Irvine businessman was an amazing smile transformation with porcelain veneers.