August 19, 2018

For Want of a Cosmetic Dentist, a Smile Was Lost

There are a number of reasons why cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever before. When you are contemplating whitening your teeth, getting porcelain veneers, or closing spaces between any gaps, you definitely will want to consult with our Orange County cosmetic dentistry team. Call (949) 495-6322 to schedule your preliminary consultation.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Just like any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and benefits involved. By working with our Orange County cosmetic dentistry team, you can discover all the techniques and tools available to enhance your smile.

Some common cosmetic dentistry procedures are:

1)         Dental Bonding – Dental Bonding is a treatment option for any chipped, broken, stained or cracked teeth. It is also effective for balancing out any excess spaces between teeth.

2)         Teeth Whitening – The options for teeth whitening include in-office procedure or at-home treatments. If you teeth are stained or discolored for any reason from consuming foods, smoking, taking specific medicines, or beverages such as coffee or tea, then learning more about teeth whitening procedures is a good idea.

3)         Porcelain Veneers – These delicate, custom shells cover the front sides of your teeth to improve their color, tone, and shape. Porcelain veneers last much longer than bonding and are less expensive than dental crowns.

Learn more about your Orange County cosmetic dentistry options. Please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles or call (949) 495-6322 to schedule your initial appointment.


Q: Can my two front teeth made bigger with bonding or do I have to get veneers to lengthen them?

I have bonding on my two front teeth, they look dull and darker. I’m happy with the rest of my teeth, except for the two front ones because of the color change and the teeth are also shorter now because I clinch my jaws sometimes. What’s my best option? Should I get veneers or should I redo the bonding on there? Since I would like the two front teeth to be a little longer, can the two teeth be extended to look longer with bonding? How frequently would I redo bonding? I want a natural look.

Dr. Huefner’s answer:
You mention that your teeth have gotten shorter from clenching.  In general, teeth don’t get shorter from clenching, but rather from grinding, which mostly occurs at night.
Your teeth can be made longer with either approach, however porcelain veneers are much stronger when it comes to lengthening teeth, and as such, should last you many times over what direct composite bonding will do, especially if you are “grinder.”
Also, the shape of the teeth tend to be much better with veneers than bonding, and likewise the color of the teeth is much better and more stable over time.
Thus, I would advise porcelain veneers over direct composite bonding.
You might be interested in seeing some examples of patients who have had their teeth lengthened with porcelain veneers.  See the web reference below.

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