Dancer doesn’t like her Bugs Bunny teeth
Dana came to us with a special problem. She is professional dancer and very conscious about her appearance. She puts in hundreds of hours of practicing, has a great stage presence and gives great performances but her appearance on stage was diminished by her lackluster smile. Her goal was to be the best that she could be and it was time for her to make her smile the best that it could be too. She had already had consultations from a couple of dentists but didn’t have the confidence in either of them to proceed with their treatment recommendations. She had heard from others that Dr. Huefner was a very reputable Orange County Cosmetic Dentist so came to see us for another opinion.
Before making any recommendations Dr. Huefner always wants to know the patient’s goals. What is it that they are striving for? What don’t they like about the way their teeth and smile currently look? If Dr. Huefner could give her precisely the teeth and smile that she wanted, what would that look like? Dana has studied her teeth very carefully and was quick to list the things about her teeth and smile that she didn’t like:
- “My front two teeth stick out, I feel like I have Bugs Bunny teeth”
- her teeth were too short
- too crooked
- too yellow
- she showed too much of her gums
What she wanted was a bright, white smile that had beautiful straight teeth and less of a gummy smile. When she was smiling on stage she wanted her teeth to enhance her image rather than detracting from it.
Dana was delighted that Dr. Huefner felt her situation was relatively straight forward to accomplish her goals. He recommended starting by doing tooth bleaching on her lower teeth and doing a relatively easy and uncomplicated cosmetic procedure called laser gum reshaping to make her gums even and reduce her gummy smile. Then Dr. Huefner recommended placing eight dental veneers. He would make her dental veneers whiter, which would make her smile look much better on stage. Dr. Huefner agreed with Dana about the Bugs Bunny look and that her teeth were a little short and crooked, and the dental veneers would correct that as well. One of Dr. Huefner’s biggest goals was to make her very tiny lateral incisors (the teeth next to the two front teeth) a little bigger, as they appeared very tiny and disproportionate to the rest of her teeth.
After carefully listening to Dr. Huefner Dana really appreciated the well thought out course of treatment. She was thrilled that her entire smile makeover would be completed in less than a month’s time, so she started her treatment right away. Her teeth bleaching and laser gum recontouring with the dental gum laser went very smooth.
Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner creates beautiful smile for Dana
During the course of treatment Dr. Huefner and Dana had many discussions about the color of her new dental veneers. Since she really wanted great stage presence Dana chose a more white tooth color shade for her new dental veneers, BL2 from the tooth shade guide. Although slightly lengthening her teeth with the dental veneers, Dr. Huefner made the dental veneers that were going to be placed on the six smaller teeth a little larger and longer, so they would be better proportioned to her front two central incisors and eliminate that Bugs Bunny look that she hated. He also gave her a softer and more feminine smile design from the tooth shape catalog.
Dana’s smile makeover with dental veneers was completed on time and a great result achieved. Afterwards, when asked what she liked best Dana said, “I just feel much more confidant when I smile on stage now. I don’t know why I was so hesitant to have the treatment because it really went much easier than I ever thought.”
Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentist