Leslie is a graduate student in her late 20s. She was raised in the mid west where she also graduated from college. As a young lady she had numerous cavities and her parents took her to a dentist who placed porcelain fused to metal caps on both six of her upper front and six of her lower front teeth. But the sad thing was that even though the cavities were “fixed” the appearance of Leslie’s teeth had much to be desired.
Now in graduate school here in Southern California where people are much more conscious of their appearance, Leslie began to hate the way her teeth looked. When she came into Dr. Huefner’s office for a cosmetic dentistry consultation Leslie had much to say about what she didn’t like about her teeth and the way she wanted them changed.
First, she said that she asked for “really white teeth”, and that is what the dentist gave her. However, they were so opaque with no translucency that they “fake.” The color was white all right, but certainly not a natural looking tooth color. Second, when she turned to the side the extremely dark bicuspid teeth that weren’t treated showed a marked contrast to her front teeth, making it obvious that she had “caps” on her teeth. Third, because the porcelain caps had metal underneath, the edges or her crowns at the gum line showed an unattractive black line. And last, the porcelain on one of her front caps had chipped off. A dentist had tried to fix it, bonding some filling material over the metal. But it was starting to peal off and discolor, making it the worst looking tooth in her mouth.
After clearly understanding Leslie’s concerns and expectations, Dr. Huefner recommended replacing the six upper porcelain fused to metal crowns with all ceramic crowns. Then, covering up the four dark bicuspid teeth that showed on her side teeth with porcelain veneers. But doing that she could still have the white teeth she wanted, but they would have natural translucency and look like clean, white teeth! Also, from the side all of her teeth would be the same uniform natural-white color. Dr. Huefner promised her a beautiful smile that she would love and enable her to smile with confidence!
Leslie agreed to Dr. Huefner’s treatment recommendations and her entire treatment was completed in just over two weeks time, before she returned back to graduate school after her holiday break. Because Dr. Huefner didn’t use crowns with metal underneath, there were no black lines around her gums. All ten of the teeth treated were of the same white color, but the new crowns and veneers done by Dr. Huefner looked very “lifelike” and natural, clearly giving Leslie the beautiful smile she really wanted.
Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County cosmetic dentist, serving Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo and Irvine