August 15, 2018

Newport Beach Porcelain Veneers

Newport Beach porcelain veneers

Viviana got an amazing improvement in the appearance of her teeth and smile with her new porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner. She got the whiter color she wanted, and most importantly her teeth were now straight and even! Her entire treatment was completed in a little over two weeks at Dr. Huefner’s Laguna Niguel cosmetic dental office.

Viviana is a mother of two from Newport Beach.  She had several porcelain veneers placed fifteen years ago.  “When my dentist made my veneers back then he corrected several huge problems, as my teeth really didn’t look very good,” she told Dr. Huefner.  “But over the years three things have happened that make me unhappy with them.  Now I’m ready to replace them with new porcelain veneers that really look nice.”

Dr. Huefner asked her what those three things were?  First, she said that her dentist had made her new veneers to match her other teeth.  What she really wanted was whiter teeth.  Second, her gums receded around  five of her teeth and was hoping that the new porcelain veneers could be made longer around her gum line to hide her darkish yellow roots.  The third thing was that even with the porcelain veneers, her teeth are crooked.  She asked Dr. Huefner if by redoing her old porcelain veneers could he make them all straight and even?

crooked teeth and old porcelain veneers that needed replacing

What Viviana disliked most about her old porcelain veneers was that her teeth were crooked and uneven. She also wanted her new porcelain veneers whiter, to cover her exposed yellow roots and to eliminate the discoloration between her old veneers.

After carefully looking at her teeth and old dentistry, Dr. Huefner assured Viviana that her could do all the things she wanted with new porcelain veneers. He could make her new porcelain veneers whiter, actually any tooth color that Viviana chooses.  The new porcelain veneers would also be made longer to cover her dark roots, and also straight and even, unlike her previous dentist had done.

new porcelain veneers replace old porcelain veneers

Photo below: Viviana’s old porcelain veneers. Photo above: Dr. Huefner replaced Viviana’s old porcelain veneers with eight new porcelain veneers to give her an amazingly beautiful smile. Her teeth are now straight and even, whiter, the discolored roots are covered over and there is no more discoloration between her veneers. Viviana new smile not only made her look much more attractive, but the whiter straight teeth made her look a little younger too!

Viviana’s cosmetic dental treatment with new porcelain veneers was actually very straight forward and was finished in just over two weeks time.

Dr. Norman Huefner, cosmetic dentist serving Orange County, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Patrick Gets Irvine Dental Veneers for Perfect Looking Front Teeth

Irvine dental veneers for perfect looking front teeth

four dental veneers Irvine to fix chipped discolored teeth

Lower photos: Patrick had chipped discolored teeth and had very high expectations for a perfect smile. Upper photos: We bleached his teeth to make them whiter, evened the gums on his two front teeth with the dental gums laser to make them symmetrical and then made Patrick four dental veneers. Patrick was extremely pleased with how perfect his front teeth looked.

Patrick, a patient who comes to us from Irvine was very discouraged.  He had chipped his front two teeth and his teeth had stained and darkened over the years.  “I used to have such a great smile, why is this happening to me and what can I do about it?” asked Patrick.  Knowing more about him helped us make our recommendations.  Patrick was a perfectionist.  Everything in his life had to be done a certain way and that way was usually the best way possible.

chipped front teeth before treating with either composite or porcelain veneers

Patrick had high expectations of a "perfect smile". His teeth were discolored and his front four teeth were chipped and slightly crooked. Many questions needed to be addressed before choosing the best treatment for him.

Answering Patrick’s question, Dr. Huefner explained that there were two things going on, the chipped teeth and the color.  The question of color had to be addressed first and fortunately was easy to fix.  His teeth had just aged and along with years of coffee (he definitely did not smoke), they darkened somewhat over the years.   We explained to Patrick that we could just whiten his teeth with teeth bleaching, which would whiten and brighten his smile a couple shades lighter.  Or if he really wanted white teeth, and to choose and control the desired color he could have dental veneers on the eight or ten upper teeth that he shows when he smiles.

Irvine dental veneers for front teeth

By combining three treatment modalities, teeth whitening, laser gum reshaping and dental veneers, Dr. Huefner created the perfect, natural looking smile that Patrick demanded.

“I want my teeth whiter and cleaner,” said Patrick, “but I certainly don’t want Chiclet white teeth.  They have to look very natural.”  So we suggested that Patrick first start by whitening his teeth with teeth bleaching and after seeing the results we could discuss what solutions we have to correct his chipped front teeth.  Patrick agreed with this, we started him on a home bleaching regimen and he returned a couple weeks later happier that his teeth were whiter, but anxious to discuss his chipped front teeth problem.

Composite or porcelain veneers

“How do you like your teeth now?” we asked Patrick.  He told us he was very satisfied with the color and all his other teeth, but just wanted his front teeth to looks as perfect as the rest of his teeth.  We offered Patrick two solutions to his chipped front tooth problem.  The first was just to do composite bonding onto the edges of his two front teeth, but that would still leave the other two front teeth a little crooked.  There were challenges with composite bonding directly onto the edges of his teeth, they oftentimes don’t last a long time and sometimes the color won’t match exactly.  The second treatment option was to do dental veneers on all four of his upper front teeth.  That would give Dr. Huefner and the most control over making Patrick’s teeth strong, long lasting and looking perfect.

Cost dental veneers

Patrick thought about it for a few minutes, but said he really wanted to know the cost of the dental veneers.   We explained that dental veneers actually cost several times more than composite bonding because it made out of porcelain rather that plastic, it requires two visits rather than one and it actually made by an extremely skilled ceramist in a dental lab.  That made sense to Patrick and he came to a quick decision.  If Dr. Huefner felt that dental veneers would give him the best results and hopefully perfect looking teeth, then he would have dental veneers done.

However Dr. Huefner mentioned one more thing.  The gums on Patrick’s front two teeth were not shaped the same.  If he wanted both teeth to appear the same shape and length then Dr. Huefner should reshape the gums around his two front teeth with the dental gum laser.  Then when he got his dental veneers he would have two perfectly symmetrical front teeth!  Patrick looked carefully at his uneven gums and agreed to Dr. Huefner evening out his gums with the dental gum laser.

Patrick proceeded with the laser gum recontouring and four dental veneers by Dr. Huefner.  The laser gum reshaping went very smooth.  He had a little discomfort the first 24 hours, but didn’t need to take any analgesics for pain, nor did he have to miss any work.  Also his four dental veneers were done in a period of just two weeks.  Patrick got the perfect looking teeth and smile that he always wanted.  Dr. Huefner had the dental veneers made with a masculine shape from the tooth shape library and slight natural texture to match his adjacent teeth.  The results was exceptional; no Chiclet looking dental veneers for Patrick.  Most importantly, the natural look really pleased him!  Look closely at the photos of Irvine dental veneers for Patrick and see if you agree?

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentist

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