August 21, 2017

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Sensitivity after Tooth Whitening

After getting professional tooth whitening, you may experience tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity may be at its most intense a few hours after the treatment, and then should begin dissipating.

For some people, some degree of sensitivity lasts up to 24 hours after tooth whitening. If you experience sensitivity for more than 48 hours, you should contact our office. There may be an underlying dental problem requiring treatment.

If you want to change your tooth shade or color without tooth whitening, you should ask our dentist about porcelain veneers. Veneers improve the shape and overall appearance of your teeth, and they can be used to achieve long-term whitening.

To use veneers as a tooth whitening method, you’ll choose the color and other features of your smile design. Veneers allow you to customize the shade and qualities of your smile.

Once your veneers are placed, their tooth-whitening power can last many years, often as long as 10 years. Tooth whitening with bleach tends to last only one to three years. Veneers are highly stain resistant.

To find out what your options are for Orange County tooth whitening, please contact Dr. Norman Huefner, General and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation.

What to Do if you Damage a Veneer

As part of your smile design, the porcelain veneers used are made of a durable material. Veneers resist breaking, just like your natural teeth. Also like your natural teeth, it is possible for a veneer to break, chip or crack. A veneer could even become dislodged from the surface of your tooth.

If your veneer is damaged in any way, please contact our office right away. We’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. It’s important for us to assess the damage and fix it so you can continue to enjoy good oral health and a beautiful smile.

In most cases, veneer damage requires replacement of the veneer. Don’t try to repair it on your own. We use special dental adhesives and bonding material to place veneers.

There are things you can do to prevent damaging your veneers, including:

  • Don’t chew on ice, pen tips or other things that are too hard for your teeth.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open packaging, bite string, etc.
  • Wear a protective mouth guard if you play sports.

These tips may help you avoid breaking your veneers in the first place.

If you are interested in Orange County porcelain veneers, please contact Dr. Norman Huefner, General and Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation.

How to Prepare for a Porcelain Veneers Consultation

Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to treat a wide range of cosmetic dental problems, including stained teeth, uneven teeth, gapped teeth, and chipped teeth. If you are interested in taking advantage of porcelain veneers to transform your smile, we can discuss every aspect of the procedure with you during a personal consultation.

When you come into our Laguna Niguel office, it can help to know what to expect. Below are some tips for preparing for your porcelain veneers consultation:

  • Set aside over an hour for your consultation
  • Bring pictures of smiles you find attractive
  • Make a list of questions you may have about porcelain veneers
  • Be ready to discuss specific aspects of your teeth you dislike (e.g. shape, color, and alignment)

During your consultation, Dr. Huefner will help you understand both the advantages and limitations of porcelain veneers. He will also explain each step of the process in greater detail, and show you examples of the beautiful smiles we’ve been able to achieve for other patients. We want you to make an informed and confident decision about porcelain veneers, so we will take all the time you need to address your questions and concerns.

If you live in Orange County, California and would like to schedule a porcelain veneers consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today.

 

Choosing the Right Dentist For Your Porcelain Veneers

When porcelain veneers are applied with skill and an artistic eye, they can provide you with the bright, attractive smile you’ve always wanted. However, if they are placed by a dentist who fails to adequately customize every aspect of your procedure, they can end up looking too large, too unnatural, or simply disproportionate. Choosing the right dentist to place your porcelain veneers is essential in order to ensure the best outcome.

Dr. Huefner’s detailed approach to porcelain veneers usually takes two office visits. During the first visit, you will discuss your goals for your new smile, going over the size, shape, and precise color you prefer. Dr. Huefner will also take a mold of your teeth to ensure that your customized veneers fit securely.

After this initial visit, we will create your porcelain veneers to meet the exact specifications you discussed, and form them using the impression mold. When you arrive in our office for your second visit, we will show you your veneers so you can inspect and approve them before they are applied. Your satisfaction is always our primary concern. We want you to be happy and confident with your new smile for many years to come.

If you are looking for an Orange County dentist who is experienced in designing beautiful smiles with state-of-the-art porcelain veneers, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today to schedule your initial consultation with us.

Maintaining the Character of Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

If your teeth are damaged, overly small, permanently stained, or have gaps between them, porcelain veneers can quickly and effectively transform your smile. Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of custom-crafted porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to cover imperfections and re-shape your smile.

At Huefner Sensational Smiles, we tailor each patient’s porcelain veneers to complement the unique characteristics of their smile. Porcelain veneers catch the light in the same way that natural enamel does, giving them a realistic and beautiful aesthetic. They can also be tinted to match the color of your surrounding teeth. As an added bonus, veneers are capable of strengthening teeth that have been weakened by surface-level cracks and chips.

Porcelain veneers can last for over a decade with good care and proper dental hygiene. Their durability is one of the main reasons they are such a popular option in Dr. Huefner’s smile makeovers. With porcelain veneers, you can improve the look and feel of your smile, and protect it for years to come.

If you have further questions about the benefits of porcelain veneers, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today to schedule your initial consultation with experienced Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Huefner.

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