August 19, 2018

Can My Porcelain Veneers Be Removed?

porcelain veneers are permanent cosmetic dentistry enhancements for your teeth. Porcelain veneers require some of your natural tooth enamel to be shaved off in order to accommodate the thin porcelain shells. This enamel reduction is often minimal, but removing your veneers will likely leave your teeth vulnerable and highly sensitive to cold or hot temperatures. If you want your porcelain veneers removed, you’ll have to have them replaced with either an alternative cosmetic enhancement or new veneers.

Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Norman Huefner, realizes porcelain veneers are a big decision. He will not only answer all of your questions, but also suggest the best way to reach your aesthetic goals. Dr. Huefner puts a heavy focus on your needs and will go over these veneer options and more:

It’s important to do your research before undergoing an invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure. Keep in mind, you have other veneer options such as Lumineers®, which don’t require your enamel to be reduced and can be removed later if you’d like.

There are many aspects of porcelain veneers and smile makeovers to consider before you commit. Ask our dentist if there is a less-invasive option to correct your tooth discoloration, uneven bite or crooked teeth, which would allow you to keep your natural tooth enamel while still getting the perfect smile you’re looking for.

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, please call Dr. Huefner today at 949-495-6322 to schedule your exam. Our cosmetic dentistry office serves patients in Orange County, Laguna Niguel and surrounding areas of California.

How Long Does a Smile Makeover Take?

Perfect teeth with a smile makeover in Irvine, CaliforniaA smile makeover is a great way to perfect your smile, and our patients often wonder how long their tooth-transformation will take. The length of time until you have a straight, pearly-white smile depends on the current state of your teeth, gums and jawbone.

Smile makeover techniques vary patient to patient because everyone has specific aesthetic goals they’re looking for. Our dentist can help determine how long your smile makeover will take during your initial dental exam at our office in Irvine.

If you have healthy gum tissue and no bone loss, but crooked teeth, Dr. Huefner may suggest Invisalign® clear braces to straighten your teeth. This could take anywhere from 6 to 18 months. After your teeth are in their desired position, you could have teeth whitening done to further transform your smile. This allows you to renovate your smile while keeping healthy teeth and gums.

Cosmetic bonding is also a great way to maintain your natural teeth, but get rid of unwanted stains and chipped or cracked teeth. You may not want to wait 18 months for your smile makeover to be complete, but this longer process allows Dr. Huefner to preserve your teeth.

Bone loss and advanced gum disease will require a different smile makeover method, which could shorten the length of your treatment considerably. Instant orthodontics can give you an immediate improvement through porcelain veneers. This option could complete your smile makeover in just one to two visits.

Every smile is unique, and we can customize your smile makeover to give you a smile you’re proud to show off.

If you’re interested in a smile makeover, please contact Dr. Huefner in Irvine today at 949-495-6322 to schedule your dental exam. Our cosmetic dentistry office serves patients in Irvine, Orange County, Laguna Niguel and surrounding areas of California.

Can I Get Porcelain Veneers if I Have Gum Disease?

Can I Get Porcelain Veneers If I Have Gum Disease? | IrvinePorcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile and get rid of unsightly cracked or crooked teeth, but what if you already have advanced gum disease? The good news is you may still be eligible for restorative work such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns, but your gum disease must be treated first.

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry options can fix many tooth, bite and smile issues, but they need a strong foundation to work with. Advanced gum disease (or periodontitis) causes gum recession, bone deterioration and leads to tooth loss. Severe, untreated periodontitis can make you more susceptible to overall health issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. Before you are eligible for porcelain veneers, you will need to have an effective plan to reverse the effects of gum disease.

Our dentist in Irvine offers several periodontal treatments including:

  • Scale and Root Plane
  • Gum Surgery
  • Bone Grafts

Once your gum disease is under control and your teeth, gums and jaw bone are in good health, you might be a great candidate for porcelain veneers. The periodontal care Dr. Huefner provides can turn your oral health around, but won’t fix the appearance of your teeth. That’s where veneers come into play.

Porcelain veneers can correct teeth which are:

  • Crooked
  • Worn
  • Uneven
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Gapped
  • Stained
  • Misshapen

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Huefner in Irvine at 949-495-6322 today to see if you’re a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Our dentist serves clients in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Orange County and Newport Beach, California.

How to Care For Your Porcelain Veneers

How to Care For Your Porcelain Veneers | Laguna NiguelPorcelain veneers are a great way to rejuvenate your smile. Now that you have them, how do you make the most of your new pearly-whites? Our cosmetic dentist will give you detailed instructions on how best to care for your new porcelain veneers, but here are three tips to make your veneers last for years, maybe even decades:

1. Daily Dental Hygiene

You can care for your veneers much like you cared for your natural teeth. Pick a non-abrasive toothpaste that contains fluoride, and make sure you brush twice a day for two minutes. Choose a soft-bristled brush so you don’t run the risk of scratching the porcelain. Floss and brush before bed and refrain from eating or drinking anything afterward.

2. Avoid Dark Pigmented Foods

There are several types of foods and drinks that can cause your natural teeth and your porcelain veneers to stain. Stains can be polished off during your dental cleaning at our Laguna Niguel office.

Foods and beverages that can lead to tooth stains include:

  • Red wine
  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Curry
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce

If you’re not consistent with your dental hygiene, you could stain the lining between your natural teeth and the veneers. Avoid biting into hard foods as well. Tough foods could cause your perfect teeth to chip or crack.

3. See Our Cosmetic Dentist Every 3-4 Months

Bi-annual visits are great for natural, healthy teeth, but veneers need to be cleaned more often. It’s best to see Dr. Huefner three or four times a year to have a professional dental cleaning done with a veneer-specific polish. Regular dental visits can keep your porcelain veneers looking radiant with every smile.

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Huefner in Laguna Niguel today at 949-495-6322 to schedule your appointment. Our office provides excellent cosmetic dentistry to those in the Laguna Niguel, Orange County, Irvine and Newport Beach, California areas.

Treating Stained Teeth with Porcelain Veneers

Treating Stained Teeth with Porcelain Veneers | Orange County

Tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat many types of infections. One of the side effects of this drug is gray-colored or gray-striped teeth, caused when the tetracycline penetrates deeply into the tooth enamel.

Unfortunately, teeth whitening doesn’t work well to reduce tetracycline stains. Only an advanced cosmetic treatment such as porcelain veneers can reduce the appearance of these stains and restore the teeth’s natural color.

Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Heufner understands that these stains differ from all others in their depth. With extensive training and experience, Dr. Heufner uses veneers – sometime alone, sometimes in combination with other cosmetic dentistry treatments – to address tetracycline stains and help our patients achieve top-notch results.


Lumineers® are one type of porcelain veneer that can correct tetracycline stains. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers do not require temporary restorations or extensive preparation of your original teeth. These benefits may make them more appealing to men and women in Orange County who desire quality results without multiple appointments or irreversible tooth preparation. Dr. Heufner will discuss this with you, along with other options, during your initial porcelain veneers consultation.

Do you have tetracycline stains you would like to address? Please contact our Laguna Niguel Cosmetic Dentistry Office or call us at 949-495-6322 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help. Dr. Heufner welcomes porcelain veneer patients from all areas of Orange County.

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!


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.

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