Lynn from Mission Viejo had a dental problem. No, her teeth didn’t hurt, nor were they infected. It was the way her teeth looked, especially the brown front tooth. That really bothered her! Since she lived in Mission Viejo she first went to another Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist, but she said “that didn’t work out” and came to see Dr. Huefner.
It seems like every patient who comes in to see us has “a story”, and Lynn certainly had hers. When she was a youngster she was playing with her friends and tripped, falling down on her face and chipping her front tooth. “It really hurt”, she said. A few days later the tooth started turning dark so her mother finally took her to the family dentist who did a root canal treatment and then a bonded filling. The bonded filling and root canal relieved her pain and fixed the chipped tooth, but her tooth “never looked right after that”, she said. Her front tooth was still dark and she went through the rest of her youth and early adult life with an ugly front tooth and without a pretty smile.
It was obvious that this had bothered her for so many years that before Dr. Huefner would treat Lynn he needed to know if she just wanted him to fix the one front tooth or to fix several of her teeth and make her a much nicer smile? What end result was she really seeking?
Lynn said that she has waited for over thirty years to finally get her tooth fixed, but now that she was ready to finally get cosmetic dentistry she wanted to know what else Dr. Huefner could do for her to really get nice looking teeth and a great smile?
Dr. Huefner asked her what exactly she meant by a great smile? Lynn told him the following:
- she wanted the brown tooth to match all her other teeth
- she really wanted all her teeth whiter
- her teeth were crooked because she never got braces as a kid, she would like her teeth to be straight
Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist offers Lynn solution to solve her dental problems
After attentively listening to Lynn and then examining her teeth and smile Dr. Huefner suggested that he do two things for her, and by doing both of these things she would have beautiful teeth and a great looking smile. First, he would bleach Lynn’s lower teeth with Zoom teeth whitening. Second, he would place ten porcelain veneers on Lynn’s upper teeth. The porcelain veneers would correct all the problems that she listed, making her teeth much whiter, all matching in color and straight without needing to do any braces. Furthermore, Lynn’s entire treatment with teeth bleaching and porcelain veneers could be completed in less than a month’s time!
After discussing the whole process with Dr. Huefner Lynn said that it all sounded really good but she would first have to discuss it with her husband. A few days later Lynn called back and she was very excited. “My husband wasn’t too keen on the idea of cosmetic dentistry for me at first, but when he finally realized how much it meant to me he said OK, it would be my birthday gift! What a great guy.”
Lynn returned the following week to begin her teeth bleaching and porcelain veneer treatment. Everything went smooth and kept on schedule. She got her new smile with straight, white teeth in under a month, just as Dr. Huefner had promised her.
Dr. Norm Huefner, Orange County and Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist