August 23, 2017

Chelsea Gets Great Smile With Porcelain Veneers

Laguna Niguel porcelain veneers

Chelsea had crooked, discolored teeth and got an amazing smile with porcelain veneers in just two appointments with Dr. Huefner

Chelsea is a young lady in her 20s.  She was always self conscious about her smile because her teeth were crooked and discolored.  It was bothering her so much that she wouldn’t smile when she was in photos.  Her parents wanted her to have braces when she was a youngster and she always regretted that she wouldn’t go through the braces process back then.  Now, as a young adult, she wanted a beautiful smile, but still was unwilling to go through braces.  After speaking with one of her co-workers who had cosmetic dentistry, she wondered if she could have cosmetic dentistry instead of orthodontics.  So, she went to Dr. Huefner, her co-worker’s dentist, to see what he could do to help her.

Dr. Huefner discussed her options.  He told Chelsea that she could solve her problem either orthodontics with braces or Invisalign, followed with teeth bleaching, or porcelain veneers.  When she learned that there was a big difference in the amount of time between her two options, she immediately chose that Dr. Huefner do porcelain veneers for her.  He said she could have her beautiful new smile in just two appointments with the porcelain veneer approach, rather than many months with either of the two orthodontic approaches.  Also, by doing porcelain veneers he could make the shape of her teeth more perfect and she could actually choose the color.  One huge advantage that Dr. Huefner told Chelsea, was that porcelain veneers would not stain or darken over time, compared with the bleaching approach, which would need to be repeated every six to twelve months to keep her teeth looking their whitest.

After the two appointments and getting her new porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner, Chelsea was absolutely thrilled with the results.  And as you can see by the final results, she has no reason to not show her beautiful new smile when she gets photos taken!

No more crooked, unslightly teeth for Mark with Laguna Niguel porcelain veneers!

Mark was quite a bit embarrassed by his teeth and smile.  His teeth were crooked, shipped and a dingy dark color.  He knew that just “straightening” his teeth with orthodontics (braces of Invisalign) would just give him straight, unsightly teeth.  Mark wanted more, he wanted a great looking smile.  After doing considerable research he came to Dr. Huefner to see if he was a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.

Mark's teeth were crooked, shipped and discolored

Mark’s teeth were crooked, shipped and discolored

Mark had another problem.  He was extremely busy.  He asked Dr. Huefner that if he could give him a great smile, how long would it take and how many visits to the dental office?

Well, Mark was pleased because all he heard was good news.  Dr. Huefner told him that he was “the perfect candidate” for porcelain veneers…..AND….his entire treatment could be completed in just a couple weeks, two short appointments and two medium appointments.  When he heard that, Mark was excited to start his porcelain veneer treatment.

In Mark’s case he decided to have Dr. Huefner make him ten porcelain veneers, most all of his upper teeth that could be seen when he smiled.  His treatment was completed on schedule and he was thrilled with the results.

porcelain veneers to correct crooked teeth

Beautiful, straight white teeth for Mark.

John Gets a “Wow” Smile

John is a professional man, an x olympic athlete and is a competitive roper.  After years of seeing his smile show signs of wear and not helping him “look as good as he could” he decided it was time to have his mouth restored with cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Huefner restored John’s smile with emax porcelain (Ivoclar NA), shade BL2, masculine smile design.  Dr. Huefner’s ceramist is Dave Stohlman, at L.K.Dental Studio.

 

John was handsome before having his dentistry, but now he has a "wow" smile.

John was handsome before having his dentistry, but now he has a “wow” smile.

Full mouth reconstruction with cosmetic dentistry.

Full mouth reconstruction with cosmetic dentistry.

Better shaped teeth, whiter in color transformed John's smile!

Better shaped teeth, whiter in color transformed John’s smile!

4 Facts You May Not Know about Porcelain Veneers

For those looking to attain a dazzling, picture-perfect smile, porcelain veneers are an optimal option. Veneers are customized to give you a one-of-a-kind smile that look like your natural teeth. If you are considering porcelain veneers, contact Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Huefner at (949) 495-6322  to schedule a consultation.

When considering getting veneers, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages, as the procedure is typically a permanent one. Here are four lesser known facts about veneers that you may not know:

  • They might not last a lifetime – In general, veneers have a life expectancy like any other restoration procedure with the average being 10-15 years. It is crucial to take care of your veneers as you would your normal teeth
  • You will need to be cautious about what you eat – Porcelain may be susceptible to cracking or chipping if you bite into something hard such as an apple
  • They may change the shape of your face – Veneers can widen a person’s smile and accentuate the cheekbones and lips
  • They can help eliminate tooth sensitivity – If your original teeth have lost enamel and you experience sensitivity, veneers can actually make your teeth stronger which will help to eliminate sensitivity

During your consultation, Dr. Huefner can go over any advantages or disadvantages that you may be concerned about. If you are living in or around the Orange County, California area, contact us at (949) 495-6322 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Norman Huefner today!

 

Preparing for your Porcelain Veneers Procedure

If you have an upcoming appointment scheduled for porcelain veneers, it’s important that you prepare for your procedure. You can start by understanding exactly what porcelain veneers are, and also what will happen during your visit to the dental office. Irvine cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Huefner is dedicated to educating his patients on all aspects of dental veneers, including how to prepare for your appointment.

Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth, which means the veneers must  be custom-made for each patient. This involves taking impressions of your teeth, creating temporary veneers, and trying them out for a few days to get an idea of how they feel in your mouth. Typically, the entire dental veneer process requires three visits to our office.

In order to prepare for porcelain veneers, it helps to know:

  • The purpose of veneers
  • The problems that veneers can correct
  • How veneers are placed
  • How long veneers are supposed to last
  • How the teeth are prepared for the placement of veneers
  • How to care for and maintain veneers after they are applied

If you are considering veneers or you have already made a commitment to getting porcelain veneers placed on your teeth, it is important that you understand what is involved in a dental appointment. Our office is highly knowledgeable about porcelain veneers and our staff is happy to answer all of your questions.

Please contact Dr. Huefner today at 949-495-6322 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Norman Huefner’s General and Cosmetic Dentistry serves patients in Irvine, Orange County, and all surrounding areas.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

Patients whose smiles suffer from minor cosmetic blemishes need not suffer any longer. Porcelain veneers offer an excellent, minimally invasive treatment option that can repair many of the most common aesthetic flaws. To learn more about porcelain veneers, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today at 949-495-6322 to schedule an appointment with our Orange County cosmetic dentist.

Some of the many benefits of porcelain veneers include the following:

  • The natural appearance of porcelain veneers offers an aesthetically pleasing look. Nobody will suspect that they’re not your original teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers are custom made for every patient and are fabricated to match your exact size, shape, and shade
  • Veneers are removable and replaceable. While they’re intended as semi-permanent solutions to cosmetic imperfections, you can always remove them or change them if you desire a different look. Your trial smile is an excellent opportunity to try before you buy, so to speak.
  • Porcelain veneers are durable. You’ll be able to eat, drink, and speak as you normally do, and there are no special dietary restrictions to interfere with your day-to-day lifestyle.
  • Porcelain veneers can be used on their own or as part of a comprehensive smile makeover.

Porcelain veneers are a popular option among our Orange County patients for good reason. If you’re ready to discover how porcelain veneers can improve your smile and boost your self-confidence, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today at 949-495-6322 to arrange an appointment with our Orange County cosmetic dentist.

Reasons for Porcelain Veneer Replacements

Countless patients have discovered firsthand how porcelain veneers can improve their appearance and brighten their smiles. But while porcelain veneers are incredibly strong, they can wear down with time just like natural teeth. The good news is that replacement is convenient and simple. To learn more about your porcelain veneer replacement options, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today at 949-495-6322 to schedule an appointment in our Orange County office.

The porcelain used in dental veneers is as strong as, or even stronger than, your natural teeth. But the mouth is a high-stress environment, and years of eating, drinking, talking, and even playing certain musical instruments can take their toll. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are readily replaced with new ones. Here are a few reasons to consider replacing your porcelain veneers:

  • Your old veneers have worn down with time.
  • Lifestyle habits have caused your veneers to become discolored
  • Your original veneers no longer suit your lifestyle or desired appearance

Regardless of the reason, replacement is incredibly easy. Because the teeth have already been modified to receive veneers, it’s simply a matter of removing the old veneers and as much of the adhesive as possible. New impressions are taken, your new veneers are fabricated, and before you know it, your smile is as good as new!

Porcelain veneers are more durable than ever, but they don’t last forever. If your veneers are showing their age, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today at 949-495-6322 to arrange an appointment to discuss your replacement options. We’re pleased to serve patients throughout the Orange County area.

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are an ideal dental treatment for a range of candidates, but they are not always the best solution for everyone. Dr. Huefner is an experienced cosmetic dentist in Orange County, and he can assess your personal needs to help you determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.

Porcelain veneers can be used to correct many dental flaws including:

  • Chips or cracks
  • Gaps
  • Asymmetry
  • Discoloration

To be a candidate for porcelain veneers, you should have generally healthy teeth that are fully developed, and you should have realistic expectations about what porcelain veneers can and cannot accomplish. You may not be a good candidate if:

  • You suffer from severe misalignment
  • You grind or clench your teeth
  • You have inadequate tooth enamel
  • You suffer from periodontal disease or extensive tooth decay
  • You have other major dental or general health conditions

If you do not meet the criteria for porcelain veneer candidacy or your cosmetic dentistry needs will be better served by an alternative treatment, Dr. Huefner will discuss this with you at your consultation.

If you believe you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers and you would like to learn more about how to proceed with your treatment, contact Dr. Norman Huefner General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry at 949-495-6322 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. We also serve patients in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach and Santa Margarita.

Q: How long would it take to open a gap between my canine and central incisors? (missing lateral incisors)

Now, I also have baby pre-molars that are adjacent to my canines. I wanted to know how long it would take to open a gap between my canines and central incisors in order to place an implant that would replace my lateral incisors? Also, would transplantation of my canines be possible? Or would it be better to get a veneer or crown to shape my canine like a lateral incisor and then extract my pre-molars and replace them with implants that look like a canines?

Dr. Huefner’s answer:
Based on the photo you sent, you have very little space, and as such it would be difficult (but not impossible) to orthodontically open the space large enough to place a dental implant.  Not only is the small space a problem, but the canine teeth (the ones you want to move backwards) have the longest roots, and as such are more difficult to move.  There is another problem as well, is that even if the space were opened you would most likely have to have bone augmentation (grafting) to have enough bone to place the implants into.
I do not believe tooth transplantation is possible to correct your problem.
I agree with the concept of porcelain veneers, as this is a very predictable way of correcting your problem.  Braces and implants, even if they could be done would take many years.  Porcelain veneer treatment can be completed in less than a month.
I refer you to the web link below, that shows a great example of spacing and missing lateral incisors treated with porcelain veneers.

Web reference: http://www.cosmetic-dentistry-and-porcelain-veneers.com/2010/11/24/turkey-teeth-gets-smile-makeover-with-porcelain-veneers-irvine

How Do I Keep My Porcelain Veneers White?

Porcelain veneers are designed to be stain-resistant, but this doesn’t mean that they will maintain their shade forever. As always, practicing good dental hygiene is the best way to preserve the appearance of your teeth in addition to their health.

When your porcelain veneers are first placed, they will have a polished, glossy sheen. In order to maintain this sheen, use a non-abrasive toothpaste. Dr. Huefner can recommend a safe brand.

If you consume lots of coffee, tea, or red wine, try using a straw whenever possible to bypass your veneers. When you come in for a routine dental check-up, Dr. Huefner will polish off any surface stains that have accumulated on your veneers.

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist is the best way to ensure the quality of your porcelain veneers lasts. If your veneers were not placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, the edges of your teeth may stain and reveal where the veneer was bonded in place. Well-placed and well-maintained porcelain veneers can last for over a decade without staining or fading.

If you have further questions about porcelain veneers, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today or call (949) 495-6322 to schedule a smile consultation with our experienced Orange County cosmetic dentist. We serve patients in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and surrounding areas of Orange County, California.

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