Teri was congenitally missing teeth, both of her upper lateral incisors. Embarrassed to walk around with two front teeth missing, her parents took her to the family dentist who placed two bonded bridges and six porcelain veneers. Now having no missing teeth showing Teri was relatively happy with her appearance during high school and early twenties. But when she graduated from college and entered the work force, she started rethinking how she felt about her two bridges. She realized they just didn’t look as good as she hoped that they would be. She liked her old dentist and thought he did the best that he could for her, but couldn’t help but feel that in this day and age, cosmetic dentistry probably offers new technology that could give her a much more attractive looking smile. It was time for Teri to see a cosmetic dentist to discuss her alternatives.
After hearing Teri’s story, Dr. Huefner asked her specifically what didn’t she like about her old dentistry? Teri said she wanted whiter teeth, that the bridges were too thick, that there was brown staining between each of her teeth and the edges of her teeth were shorter on her left side compared with her right side.
Dr. Huefner was happy to tell Teri that there was an alternative available today that he thought would give her a much more attractive smile. Rather than do bonded bridges for two teeth replacements, and then porcelain veneers for six teeth, or porcelain fused to metal bridges, Dr. Huefner advised using a new type of all-ceramic bridges called EMax along with two porcelain veneers also fabricated out of the EMax material on her bicuspid (side) teeth. By doing this she wouldn’t have that unattractive staining line between each of her teethand they wouldn’t be bulky and thick like her present dentistry was. Also, Dr. Huefner would make the edges of the teeth even and symmetrical in length and follow the curve of her lower lip in a natural way. But one thing that really excited Teri, Dr. Huefner said that she could actually choose the color of her new dentistry, so she could get the white colored teeth that she had always wanted. She chose shade BL2 from the Dr. Huefner’s tooth shade guide.
Teri was excited to hear Dr. Huefner’s recommendations and began her treatment almost immediately. Her entire treatment, EMax bridges and veneers went smoothly and just as Dr. Huefner had planned. Teri’s new smile makeover with two all porcelain EMax bridges and two EMax porcelain veneers was completed in just under a month’s time. As you can see from the photos, Teri got a terrific result and her new smile looks much more attractive by using a better design and all porcelain EMax material rather than traditional porcelain fused to metal bridges that dentists have been using for the past three quarters of a century.
For patients not able or willing to have dental implants to treat their congenitally missing teeth, EMax all porcelain bridges should be given much considerations based on its many advantages and superior esthetics.
Dr. Norman Huefner, Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist serving Orange County and surrounding cities of Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Irvine and Newport Beach