August 15, 2018

Can a Smile Makeover Fix Your Crooked Teeth?

Can a Smile Makeover Fix Your Crooked Teeth? | CaliforniaFrom chipped teeth to gum treatments, there’s a cosmetic dentistry option for nearly all of your aesthetic concerns. A smile makeover can address a number of tooth problems including utilizing instant orthodontics to correct your crooked teeth in as little as two visits to our dentistry office in Orange County. Instant orthodontics typically involves porcelain veneers or crowns, which are bonded to your natural teeth to give you a perfect smile.

Many adult men and women agonize over crowded, crooked or misaligned teeth, but don’t want to undergo lengthy orthodontic treatments. In recent years, Invisalign® clear braces have given adults and teens a translucent alternative to metal braces, but even these innovative aligners can require up to two years to straighten your smile.

A smile makeover offers a faster way to achieve straighter, brighter teeth using a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures including:

  • Instant orthodontics
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Gum treatment
  • Dental implants
  • Cosmetic bonding

A smile makeover is an expedient solution to your crooked teeth and even offers some restorative benefits such as preventing future cavities by covering your natural teeth with thin porcelain shells.

You won’t have to shy away from smiling in photographs anymore or around your family members, coworkers and friends. You can even design your own smile with our cosmetic dentist by choosing the shape, color, length and texture or your veneers or crowns.

If you’re ready to straighten your teeth with a smile makeover, please contact Dr. Huefner in Orange County today at 949-495-6322 to schedule your consultation. Our cosmetic dentist serves patients in Orange County, Laguna Niguel, Irvine and Newport Beach, California.

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.

Rejuvenated Smile with Porcelain Veneers Irvine

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Photo below: Gina’s crooked, discolored teeth really bothered her. Photo above: She had her smile rejuvenated with ten porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner.

Gina from Irvine had been bothered for years about her “crooked smile”.  Especially irritating was that there was no symmetry at all to her teeth.  The left and right sides didn’t match at all!  Also, each of her teeth were different colored and one had a veneer and another a bonding.  Nothing matched!  It was obvious to her that she should have braces.  However, “at my age, no way am I going through a couple years of braces,” she told Dr. Huefner.  “That is what the orthodontist told me.”  Even if they got straightened, the colors and shapes were off.  She came to see Dr. Huefner for an alternative, and preferably one that could be accomplished in a short period of time.

In luck, Dr. Huefner said that he could create straight, white, perfectly aligned teeth by doing ten porcelain veneers for her.  Her treatment would be completed in less than three weeks time and she could even choose how white she wanted her “new teeth” to be (i.e. porcelain veneers).

After hearing the great news, Gina started her treatment the following week.  And, as promised, three weeks later her new smile was completed.  As you might imagine by looking at the before and after photos, Gina was ecstatic with the results.

Dr. Norman Huefner, porcelain veneers Irvine
Serving Orange county and the cities of Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Rejuvinated smile with porcelain veneers.

Gina’s before and after photos show how easily and beautifully porcelain veneers can rejuvenate a smile.


Orange County Cosmetic Dentist Eliminates Pointy Teeth that Stick Out with Porcelain Veneers

pointed teeth

Heather didn’t like her “pointy” eye teeth and the fact that they stuck out, were crooked and discolored (lower photo). Eight porcelain veneers (top photo) corrected her concerns and gave her a perfect smile.

Heather’s teeth were crooked, discolored, had some chipping on her front two teeth, but most of all she hated the way her eye teeth (upper cuspid teeth) were pointed and stuck out.  She was engaged to be married in a few months, and wanted a beautiful smile for her wedding.  When she came to see Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner she had already seen an orthodontist, but after hearing his recommendations she knew that “braces weren’t for her”.  First of all, the orthodontist said it would take 18-24 months to make her teeth straight.  But when she asked about fixing the color and shape of her teeth, the orthodontist said he couldn’t do anything about that.

Then she started researching different ways of treating “pointy crooked discolored teeth”, and came to Dr. Huefner for a cosmetic dentistry consultation.  Heather was pleased to learn that Dr. Huefner was very sure that he could give her an amazing smile before her wedding, and the entire treatment could be done in less than a month’s time!  His recommendations was to place eight porcelain veneers on her upper teeth, slightly adjust the shape of her lower teeth (called “enameloplasty”) and finally bleach (whiten) her lower teeth.  When Heather asked how white could Dr. Huefner make her teeth with porcelain veneers, she was pleased to learn that she could choose the color, and Dr. Huefner’s ceramist will make her veneers (teeth) as white as she wanted.  Heather chose shade BL1.

She was excited, and began her treatment  that week.  And as Dr. Huefner has promised, Heather’s treatment was completed with the 3-4 week time frame.  Now, with a beautiful smile and having white, straight non-pointy teeth, Heather is now ready for her wedding!

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

Beautiful white, straight teeth and no more pointy cuspids, Heather is ready for her wedding photos.

Beautiful white, straight teeth and no more pointy cuspids, Heather is ready for her wedding photos.

Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentist Whitens and Widens Chelsea’s Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Photo below: Chelsea didn’t like her teeth and smile, they were too dark, crooked and her side teeth leaned in way too much. Photo above: Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner created a beautiful new smile for her with eight porcelain veneers

Photo below: Chelsea didn’t like her teeth and smile, they were too dark, crooked and her side teeth leaned in way too much. Photo above: Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner created a beautiful new smile for her with eight porcelain veneers

Chelsea has some “issues” with her teeth and smile…..she was very unhappy with their appearance.  Specifically, she thought the color of her teeth were too dark, and her side teeth (bicuspids) leaned in.  “When I smile in photos my side teeth lean in so much that all you see are my dark front teeth,” she told Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner.

She thought about doing braces, but since she was in her late 30s, she just didn’t have the energy to go through a couple years of orthodontics.  She had also considered bleaching, to make her teeth whiter.  However, since she already had a veneer on one of her front teeth, she knew that her teeth would get whiter, but the veneer would stay the same color.  “Besides,” Chelsea told Dr. Huefner, “in addition to the color and crookedness of my teeth, I don’t like the shape either.  My eye teeth are too pointy.”

After discussing the things she didn’t like about her teeth and smile, she asked Dr. Huefner if he thought that porcelain veneers would solve her concerns? Dr. Huefner say, “Absolutely, I think porcelain veneers would be the perfect solution for you!”

A couple weeks later Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner created eight porcelain veneers for Chelsea finally had the smile she had always wanted.  A very happy lady with an extremely beautiful smile!

Dr. Norman Huefner, Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist, also serving Orange County, CA, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa

Chelsea just loved her new smile. Her teeth were whiter, like she always wanted. Also, they were straight and even.

Chelsea just loved her new smile. Her teeth were whiter, like she always wanted. Also, they were straight and even.




Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentist and Porcelain Veneers for Cynthia’s Dark Crooked Teeth

porcelain veneers shade BL2

Lower Photo: Cynthia had crooked discolored teeth. Upper Photo: Cynthia’s beautiful smile with ten porcelain veneers shade BL2 by Dr. Huefner.

Cynthia had slightly crooked teeth, but they were also discolored and worn somewhat.  She came to see Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner because she wanted, finally, to get a great smile with beautiful teeth.  Dr. Huefner asked her how long this had bothered her.  Cynthia answered, “Since I was in high school.”  After examining Cynthia’s teeth, Dr. Huefner told her that she had been taking very good care of her teeth.  She had no cavities or gum problems whatsoever.  One solution was to have orthodontics, and Cynthia’s crooked teeth weren’t too bad and could probably be straightened with Invisalign orthodontics in less than a year’s time.  After that she could bleach her teeth, but would have to wear a retainer for years to come.   The second way was for Dr. Huefner to place porcelain veneers.  She could choose how many teeth she wanted to look perfect and the actual color that the veneers were made.  The porcelain veneer treatment could be completed in just a couple weeks.

It didn’t take long for Cynthia to decide on which treatment she would do.  “I really love the idea of porcelain veneers because I’ve already tried teeth bleaching, but it didn’t whiten my teeth nearly enough.  Also, I don’t have time in my life to do orthodontics.  I travel a lot for business, and now that I’ve finally decided on getting my smile fixed, I want it done as soon as possible,” Cynthia told Dr. Huefner.

After looking at her teeth very closely, Cynthia noticed that she shows ten to twelve teeth when she smiles.  “I want my teeth whiter, and know if I don’t do porcelain veneers on at least ten teeth that I show so much that it would look odd if I did less than that,” Cynthia said.  So, she asked Dr. Huefner to make her ten porcelain veneers, and then chose shade BL2 shade.  Dr. Huefner told her that the BL2 was whiter than most people’s teeth, and would be whiter than her lower teeth, but since she didn’t show so much of her lower teeth he didn’t think it would hardly be noticeable.

Cynthia’s porcelain veneers were completed in less than three weeks time and she got a beautiful smile as a result.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Laguna Niguel cosmetic dentist,

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

Orange County Porcelain Veneers…Better Choice Than Orthodontics?

Orange County porcelain veneers

Annie got a beautiful new smile with Orange County porcelain veneers. Her entire treatment was completed in just a couple weeks and several appointments with Dr. Huefner.

Frequently we have patients come to us with crooked teeth and are very confused about what might be the best treatment for them, braces (orthodontics) or Orange County porcelain veneers?  Although this must always be determined on a case to case basis, there are some generalities that hold up most of the time.

If a patient is young, especially in their teens, and the only problem is that the teeth are crooked, most all dentists would agree that orthodontics is first on the list of treatment options.

Annie’s teeth were crooked, discolored, worn and she had numerous cavities, fillings and several old crowns. She could have had braces to make her teeth straighter, but that still would not have addressed the other problems. Orange County porcelain veneers was the treatment she chose because it addressed all the problems, and could be completed in just a few weeks time compared to months or years of braces.

However, if the patient is an adult with crooked teeth, there are usually one or more other cosmetic dental problems that make the decision a bit harder.  For instance, most adults have worn or chipped teeth.  Braces don’t solve that problem at all.  Also most adults have had cavities, fillings or even some crowns.   Braces do a fantastic job of making crooked teeth straight, but do nothing to make unattractive teeth with cavities, fillings or old crowns look natural.  Another problem that almost always occurs with age is tooth discoloration.  Years of coffee, cola, tea and/or smoking, along with “natural aging discoloration” can never be corrected with braces.

So for adults with crooked teeth and some of the other age related teeth problems, the question is usually boiled down to whether or not they want to address all those “other” problems or just the crooked teeth problem?  If they just want their crooked teeth straightened, then by all means, orthodontics (braces or Invisalign) is a good choice.

But for those many who not only want straight teeth, but want their teeth to be whiter, without chips, without showing unsightly cavities, fillings or crowns, the optimum choice may be Orange County porcelain veneers.  Not only can Orange County porcelain veneers make teeth look white, natural and flawless, they can also be use to make crooked teeth appear straight!  This brings up another concern….time.  Orthodontics can typically take between six months to 2 1/2 years to complete the teeth straightening process.  Not only does orthodontic treatment go slower with adults, but the orthodontics isn’t over when the braces come off.  Most orthodontists will tell their patients that if they want their teeth to remain straight, that they should wear a retainer for the rest of their life.  This is where Orange County porcelain veneers really stands out over braces.  Most Orange County porcelain veneer treatment can be completed in just several weeks.  Also, since the roots of the teeth haven’t been moved no retainer is necessary.  However if the patient is a “grinder”, “clencher” or “bruxer” many cosmetic dentists will recommend they wear a protective night guard appliance at night when they are sleeping to protect the patient’s natural teeth and Orange County porcelain veneers from inadvertent chipping.

Annie's Orange County porcelain veneer treatment

Upper photo: The beautiful smile achieved for Annie with Orange County porcelain veneers. Lower photo: Annie’s teeth before cosmetic dentistry. Her teeth were obviously chipped, crooked and had visible unsightly fillings. Also, they were discolored….YELLOW….and not very attractive. For a professional lady like Annie, Orange County porcelain veneers really enhanced her image and even made her look several years younger.

Our patient Annie is a typical patient of our who was confronted with the choices discussed above.  Her teeth were crooked, chipped, discolored and she had numerous fillings and a couple crowns.  She is a professional lady in her forties and realized that her smile didn’t help her look her very best.  Should she get braces or Orange County porcelain veneers?  After weighing out her options and defining that she really wanted more than just straightening her teeth, it was “a no brainer” for Annie.  She clearly understood all the advantages of Orange County porcelain veneers.  Being a very busy lady, she was even more appreciative that her Orange County porcelain veneer treatment was completed in just a couple weeks!  The end result for Annie was a beautiful smile that could have never been achieved with orthodontics alone.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Laguna Niguel, CA
Orange County porcelain veneers for a beautiful smile


Orange County Porcelain Veneers for Mrs. Globe Tracy Kemble

Orange County porcelain veneers

Tracy Kemble, former Mrs. Globe Pageant winner and current director of the pageant and Women In Need Foundation had smile makeover with twenty porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner

Tracy Kemble is a former Mrs Globe pageant winner and current director of the Mrs. Globe Pageant.  She is an amazing woman, stunning and beautiful with many accomplishments including author, public speaker, model, nationally recognized authority on domestic abuse and director of the Women In Need Foundation.  One would think that she had everything she ever wanted, but she didn’t.  She didn’t have the beautiful smile that she had always wanted because her teeth were discolored, crooked and short.

Lower photo: Tracy’s teeth were crooked, short and discolored. Upper photo: Dr. Huefner placed ten Orange County porcelain veneers on Tracy’s upper teeth, giving her an incredibly beautiful new smile. Several months later Tracy returned to Dr. Huefner and had him place ten more Orange County porcelain veneers on her lower teeth to complete her smile makeover.

Orange County Porcelain Veneers fix Tracy’s crooked, discolored teeth

Tracy speaks from the heart and one of the principles dearest to her is self improvement.  Tracy was introduced to  Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner by Jill Frick, a previous Mrs. U.S.-Globe pageant winner whom we did a smile makeover for with Orange County porcelain veneers.  After seeing Jill’s beautiful smile, Tracy asked us to do cosmetic dental treatment for her as well.  Tracy was a perfect candidate for Orange County porcelain veneers.  Her teeth were great conditions with no cavities or fillings, they were just discolored and crooked, both things that are easily treatable with Orange County porcelain veneers.

Mrs. Globe Tracy Kemble cover model on AACD Journal

After completing Tracy’s Orange County porcelain veneer treatment she was featured as the cover model for the AACD Journal which included Dr. Huefner’s article describing her cosmetic dental treatment.

Before Dr. Huefner began her treatment he had a heart to heart conversation about her goals and what she expected of us.  First on her list was straight white teeth like Jill’s, but Tracy was very specific that she was also very concerned about having teeth that were “too white” that might look unnatural when she is on stage and has the spot light on her.  Dr. Huefner assured Tracy that he would do two things that made her feel very comfortable about proceeding with Orange County porcelain veneers. First, Dr. Huefner told Tracy he would be using a very natural “lifelike” porcelain that has enamel-like translucency, definitely not fake or artificial looking like some opaque veneers or crowns.  Second, that he would let Tracy choose the actual color of her new veneers.  That being said, Tracy had Dr. Huefner makeover her smile with ten Orange County porcelain veneers on her upper teeth.  With much discussion and pondering over the color of her new porcelain veneers, Tracy chose a BL3 shade from the tooth shade guide.  Along with Dr. Huefner’s recommendation, an “enhanced” smile style for the tooth shape library was used.  The “enhanced” smile style is one of Dr. Huefner’s favorite designs for women who want a feminine and youthful look.

Tracy’s new smile with Orange County porcelain veneers was spectacular!  She was so thrilled that several months later she came back to Dr. Huefner to have him treat her lower teeth also with ten more Orange County porcelain veneers.

After Tracy’s smile makeover was completed she became the cover model for the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Journal which also featured Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner’s article about Tracy’s Orange County porcelain veneers.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County cosmetic dentist, Laguna Niguel, CA


The Real Housewives of Orange County Brooks Gets New Teeth

Vicki Gunvalson and Brooks Ayers of The Real Housewives of Orange County after Brooks' smile makeover with porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner

In early November The Real Housewives of Orange County star, Vicki Gunvalson, called me on the telephone regarding her boyfriend, Brooks Ayers. If you follow the reality show, you know that Vicki is going through divorce and that Brooks is the new man in her life. Brooks, who is sharing his time between Mississippi and Orange County, didn’t, in his own opinion have a great smile. As a matter of fact, in Vicki’s words, “Brooks’ smile definitely needed some HELP”! Vicki went on to say, “Brooks is a great man. He’s smart, hard working, successful, handsome, and a lot of fun to be with. His teeth and smile just didn’t fit with the Orange County image. Brooks and I think that he really needs an Orange County smile!” Vicki informed me that she chose me to do a smile makeover for Brooks in order to transform his teeth into the great looking, straight, white, “Orange County” teeth. Vicki also told me that she would like to have a film crew in our dental office during parts of Brooks’ smile makeover to document the procedure which would air on The Real Housewives of Orange County show in the early summer. “Could you do that?” she asked me. My answer was, “Yes… absolutely!” I knew we would have to work fast because his cosmetic dental treatment would have to be completed within a month in order to be filmed for Season 7 of The Real Orange County Housewives which was to begin airing February 7th, 2012.

Brooks had very crooked teeth and his upper right lateral incisor was in cross bite. His teeth were worn short and his upper lip was slightly longer than normal, masking much of his teeth when he smiled. Vicki wanted Brooks to have an "Orange County Smile", with straight, white, perfectly aligned teeth. We had less than a month to accomplish this, as we had to complete his new smile before the last week's filming of "Real Housewives of Orange County."

Vicki brought in Brooks for his first appointment with us, accompanied by The Real Housewives of Orange County film crew. We interviewed Brooks to find out what he didn’t like about his smile and what he wanted to accomplish. He was quick to point out that he was embarrassed about his smile, that his teeth were extremely crooked and that he was not able to get braces as a child like his children have been fortunate to receive. Vicki contributed to the conversation by explaining that since Brooks is now living in Orange County and that they are a couple portrayed on a reality show, it is important that he look “the Orange County” part. That is when the fun began. Seeing the drama of Brooks and Vicki banter back and forth about his teeth, his lips, his jaws and all his little “flaws” that I needed to correct, I realized our biggest challenges were neither Vicki nor Brooks, but the short time span we had to complete Brooks’ treatment and the correction of the cross bite he had on his upper right, lateral incisor. I explained to them both that ideally he should have braces to move the tooth in cross bite into a normal position, but that would take several months to accomplish. The other alternative would be to remove the tooth in cross bite and make a bridge. Although we prefer not to remove a healthy tooth, doing that would allow me to have the best control over giving him the “Orange County smile” that he wanted as well as staying within his time restraints. They both agreed that if removing one tooth would enable me to create beautiful, straight, white teeth for him within a month’s time that they would do that. So off Brooks went to the oral surgeon and the tooth was removed.

At the "trial smile" (temporary veneer phase), Brooks and Vicki got to preview the smile design Dr. Huefner created for him. Specifically, the "trial smile" is used to determine if the patient likes the length, shape, contour and color of the "new teeth." If he (or Vicki?) didn't approve, then Dr. Huefner would change the design until it met their approval. From the "trial smile" design, Dr. Huefner's ceramist, Dave Stohlman from LK Dental Studio, would make Brooks' final porcelain veneers and porcelain bridges.

A couple days after Brooks had the tooth extracted he returned to our office without Vicki. We prepared his teeth for four porcelain veneers and two porcelain bridges. Then we created Brooks’ “trial smile” which are temporary veneers and bridges that we used as our template for his final porcelain veneers and bridges. This was a very important step, as the “trial smile” is used to verify that we are designing his new teeth to his liking in regards to the size, shape, length, color and alignment of his new teeth. It’s kind of like a “test drive” of the new smile. If you didn’t like the “test drive” on a car, of course you wouldn’t buy it! Good cosmetic dentists use the “trial smile” as a “test drive” of sorts, making sure that the cosmetic dentist and patient are all on the same page before the final cosmetic dentistry is made duplicating the basic design of the “approved” trial smile.

After wearing the “trial smile” for a few days, Brooks was asked to return with Vicki to give his approval. Of course, in this situation, I needed to get approval from both of them. I gathered that Vicki would want to be on board with the design, too. Without Vicki’s approval, I am very sure that both Brooks and I would get our own “reality check” from her. If there was something Brooks and/or Vicki wanted to change, I would make (or note) those changes and finalize the design before sending it to our ceramist, Dave Stohlman, at L.K. Dental lab to adjust.

Two days later, we saw Brooks, Vicki, and The Real Housewives of Orange County camera crew again in our office to film for the show. We proceeded to take photos of Brooks’ “trial smile.” After which, the three of us looked at the photos and discussed our goals. Were the teeth long enough? Straight enough? Was the shape a masculine smile design that worked well with his lips and face? Did the edges of his teeth nicely follow the contour of his lower lip when he smiled? Once we were in agreement regarding Brooks’ smile design, the actual color needed to be selected. They definitely wanted his “new teeth” to be whiter than the BL4 tooth color of the “trial smile.” I pointed out that since Brooks has a longer upper lip that naturally shadows his teeth, we should over compensate by making his teeth at least one or two shades lighter than they originally requested. Using a custom shade guide by LK Dental Studio made of actual EMax porcelain, Vicki and Brooks chose the whitest natural looking tooth color, BL1.

EMax custom shade guide LK Dental Studio

In choosing the color for Brook's "new teeth," we utilized a custom shade guide of EMax porcelain made by our ceramist, Dave Stohlman at LK Dental Studio. Right, top to bottom: A1,B1. Left, top to bottom: BL4, BL3, BL2 and BL1. Brooks and Vicki chose BL1 for his new porcelain veneers and porcelain bridges.

Now that the details of the smile design were agreed upon, there wasn’t any guesswork for our ceramist, Dave Stohlman, at LK Dental Studio to follow. Once I gave Dave the specific details that Vicki, Brooks and I required, he added in the artistic details – that master ceramists like him do – to make the cosmetic dentistry look exceptionally beautiful and extremely lifelike. Brooks was instructed to wear his “trial smile” (temporary veneers and bridges) for another week while Dave was completing his porcelain veneers and porcelain bridges.

Brooks had an amazing transformation with his smile makeover with porcelain veneers and porcelain bridges. We not only made his new teeth considerably whiter and slightly longer, but they were now straight, without any cross bite. The shape of the teeth created a very masculine smile and improved his self confidence.

The following week, Brooks returned without Vicki. We gently removed his temporary veneers and tried on his porcelain veneers and porcelain bridges for his approval. He loved the BL1 tooth shade and the masterfully created porcelain veneers and porcelain bridges that Dave made for him. We then bonded Brooks’ cosmetic dentistry into place with a porcelain bonding laser and he left very happy with his new smile. The real test would be the following day….”the reveal”…..when Vicki would see Brooks for the first time with his “Orange County Smile.”

The before and after photos of Brooks' teeth show an amazing transformation. One might think that orthodontic braces would have been the only way that crooked teeth could be made straight. However, it was clear that a patient with as many dental problems as Brooks, that cosmetic dentistry is oftentimes the treatment of choice. Can you see which tooth had been removed and replaced with a porcelain bridge?

The next day Brooks returned for his normally scheduled post-insertion adjustment accompanied by The Real Housewives of Orange County camera crew. We took our final photos of Brooks’ completed smile makeover while anxiously awaiting Vicki’s arrival. Once Vicki arrived, we brought her back to our studio/consultation room and for the first time she saw Brooks with his new smile. I’m not going to spill the beans about the drama of “the reveal” visit – you’ll just have to tune in and watch Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Orange County. I will spill the beans about one thing, Brooks and Vickie were both so delighted with the results that they both returned together the following week and we did a “couple’s photo shoot” for them (see photo collage at top of the blog).

Brooks Ayers, Vicki Gunvalson's boyfriend and one of the "stars" on the Real Housewives of Orange County reality show needed an "Orange County Smile." We transformed his "crooked, discolored, Mississippi" smile into a stunning "Orange County Smile." No longer is Brooks self-conscious about his teeth and smile.

This professional quality portrait photo shoot that my assistant, Kathy, and I did for Brooks and Vicki is a gift we actually have been doing for most of our smile makeover patients over the last eight years. These photo portraits serve to celebrate our patients’ “new smiles” and new beginnings that their beautiful teeth and improved appearances have created.

In a cosmetic dental practice like ours, we deal with complex smile makeovers like we did for Brooks all the time. But for us, having a film crew in our office while doing such intense dentistry in an extraordinarily short period of time was a new and challenging experience. As you might imagine, there was definitely some stress involved, but we love taking on new challenges and we certainly enjoyed our experience with The Real Housewives of Orange County reality show. In the end, Vicki was pleased with the results and we were pleased to have met her high level of expectation. I’m also very sure that if she wasn’t pleased, she certainly would have communicated that with me.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry and Porcelain Veneers. Serving the surrounding cities of San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita and Lake Forest, CA.



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