August 15, 2018

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.

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Q: I am 23 years old and i have my two front teeth spaced 2mm in between and 1mm from back. Will capping them be a problem?

Dr. Huefner’s answer:
Given that you don’t have any other problems with your front teeth, porcelain veneering is generally a much better treatment option than full crown restorations.  There is less drilling on your teeth, less chance of even needing a root canal, and look as good or even better than porcelain crowns (caps).
However, if you have large fillings or decay, or fractures in your teeth, your dentist may be recommending crowns (caps) instead of porcelain veneers, and that would be an appropriate treatment alternative.
You should speak with your dentist and let him address the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns in your particular situation.  However, all things being good except for the spacing, I would lean heavily to porcelain veneers over the porcelain crowns.

Big Space Between Front Teeth Fixed With Newport Beach Porcelain Veneers

Photo below: Monica didn't like her old cosmetic dentistry, especially the large space between her front two teeth and the dark color.  Photo above:  Dr. Huefner created a beautiful smile for Gina by placing ten porcelain veneers.  Such a difference!

Photo below: Monica didn’t like her old cosmetic dentistry, especially the large space between her front two teeth and the dark color. Photo above: Dr. Huefner created a beautiful smile for Monica by placing ten porcelain veneers. Such a difference!

Monica cares a great deal about her appearance.  She’s also in the entertainment industry, which makes it even more to her!  She has some cosmetic dentistry done over a decade ago, but as everyone (especially her) is becoming more cosmetically focused, she has increasingly been dissatisfied with the way her teeth looked.  The space between her front two teeth were her main concern, but also she thought they were too dark and wanted her teeth whiter.

After carefully evaluating her teeth and smile, Dr. Huefner suggested Newport Beach porcelain veneers to replace her old cosmetic dentistry.  A little unsure about proceeding, Monica scheduled her appointments anyway.  She definitely wanted her smile improved, so she knew she had to go ahead and try to do something.

Dr. Huefner made her ten Newport Beach porcelain veneers to replace her old cosmetic dentistry.  He closed the huge gap between her front two teeth and made her teeth whiter, as she requested.  Gina’s entire treatment was completed in just a couple dental visits over a three week period.

Monica was amazed, actually thrilled with the end results.  “Incredible,” Monica told Dr. Huefner.  “I’m so pleased with the way they came out!”

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

Up close before (lower) and after (upper) photos of Monica's smile.  The spaces were corrected with the teeth being in proportion to one another, rather than just making the front two teeth wider.

Up close before (lower) and after (upper) photos of Monica’s smile. The spaces were corrected with the teeth being in proportion to one another, rather than just making the front two teeth wider.

Planning Your Smile Makeover

If you are embarrassed to show your teeth when you smile, it may be time to consider a smile makeover. Today’s cosmetic dentistry techniques, materials, and technology can address virtually any flaw that is compromising the look of your smile – including cracked teeth, stained teeth, uneven teeth, broken teeth, and gaps between teeth.

Our experienced Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner has been helping patients throughout the Laguna Niguel area transform their smiles for decades. When planning your smile makeover, we will consider several different factors, including:

  • The specific cosmetic dental problems you want to correct
  • Your own goals for your smile
  • Your lifestyle
  • Your budget

There are usually many different ways to fix a certain smile flaw, which gives you flexibility when choosing the treatments and procedures you want to include with your smile. In some cases, only a single treatment (such as porcelain veneers) may be necessary for a full smile makeover. Other patients may need a combination of treatments – such as teeth whitening, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers – in order to achieve the results they are looking for.

Dr. Huefner will examine your teeth and make a personalized recommendation based on the factors discussed above. The most effective options will be presented to you through our advanced patient education software. If porcelain veneers will be part of your smile makeover, Dr. Huefner can fit you with a “trial smile” of temporary restorations so you can test out your new smile design before we make it permanent.

If you are ready to discuss your smile makeover options in more depth with an experienced Orange County cosmetic dentist, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today or call (949) 495-6322 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and surrounding areas of Orange County, California.

Closing the Gaps in Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

If gaps between your teeth are compromising the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers can hide these gaps and provide you with a smooth, seamless smile line. Instead of using braces to close gaps – which can take over a year – porcelain veneers can achieve the same overall effect in just two short office visits. This is why veneers are often called “instant orthodontics.”

Spaced teeth can be caused by many different factors. Sometimes, teeth grow in undersized, or a discrepancy between the size of your jawbone and the size of your teeth can occur, causing extra space to appear between your teeth. Whatever the cause, porcelain veneers are a the simple, aesthetically beautiful solution.

Not everyone with spaced teeth will be good candidates for porcelain veneers. If your gaps are severe and pronounced enough, your bite may need to be realigned using traditional orthodontics for optimal oral health. However, most minor gaps between teeth can be effectively closed with porcelain veneers. Dr. Huefner has over 30 years of experience crafting veneers that are beautiful, proportionate, durable, and flattering for all types of smiles.

If you are ready to transform your smile, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today or call  (949) 495-6322 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We serve patients in Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, and surrounding areas of Orange County.

Male athlete’s tiny teeth transformed to masculine handsome smile with porcelain veneers

Luke’s short, tiny teeth really bothered him. His soccer teammates used to make fun of his teeth and over the years it was starting to affect his self esteem. About to graduate from college, Luke and his parents thought that a handsome masculine smile would help in a competitive job market. Luke came to Dr. Huefner to discuss his options with cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth size and body size are not always proportionate and when there is a huge disparity between the two, an abnormal looking smile often results.  Unfortunately, this was the case with Luke.  Strong and athletic, Luke played a lot of soccer.  In high school his teammates would tease him about his “tiny teeth.”  At first this didn’t bother him, but by the time he got to be a senior in college it has taken its toll on his self confidence.  Luke and his parents talked about this a lot, as he would soon be graduating and job hunting.  A handsome athletic looking man who also has an handsome smile can often mean the difference in who gets hired, especially in these competitive and tough economic times.

Luke scheduled a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Huefner and discussed his concerns.  “My tiny teeth really bothers me,” he said.  “They are so short and I don’t like the spaces between them.  On top of that, I hate the color.  The color isn’t very attractive and there are all these white spots.”  It was clear the Luke had been studying his teeth and fretting over they way his smile looked for some time.

Dr. Huefner placed eight porcelain veneers over Luke’s tiny teeth. He made the new teeth look longer and wider, filling the spaces in between. Luke chose a light, natural color, BL4 and Dr. Huefner specifically made the shape of his teeth look more squarish, which results in more masculine looking teeth.

Fortunately, there is a cosmetic dental treatment that is just perfect for solving Luke’s  tiny teeth problem.  Dr. Huefner recommended placing eight porcelain veneers over Luke’s tiny teeth.  By utilizing porcelain veneers, he could make Luke’s teeth longer, wider, which would fill the spaces, and make them all one consistent color.  And even better, Dr. Huefner would create the teeth to have a very masculine size and shape, which would be very congruent with Luke’s athletic looks.  Regarding color, Dr. Huefner would let Luke choose the color for his new porcelain veneers.

After discussing the recommended treatment with his parents, Luke was back in Dr. Huefner’s office the following week to begin his porcelain veneer treatment.  Two weeks later the eight porcelain veneers were bonded onto the front of Luke’s teeth and his treatment was complete!  His tiny teeth were gone forever and handsome Luke had a great looking masculine smile!

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

Teeth Spaces Closed with Orange County Porcelain Veneers

spaced teeth corrected with Orange County porcelain veneers

Below: Rudy didn’t like all the spacing around his teeth. He also wanted whiter teeth. He was relieved to learn that two years of braces with years after wearing retainers wasn’t his only option. Above: In just two weeks Dr. Huefner made Rudy eight Orange County porcelain veneers and gave him a terrific looking smile!

Rudy just got out of the military.  A single man in his late 20s, now going to school and working part time, Rudy wanted to look his best.  He knew that appearances are important, whether with the ladies or when looking for a better job.

The first thing Rudy asked when he came to Dr. Huefner’s office for his complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation is “Do I have to have braces to get rid of the spaces between my front teeth?”  He went on to tell us that over the years he has seen other dentists, and they all recommended he get braces.

spaced teeth before orange county porcelain veneers

Rudy’s spaced teeth problem was because the size of his teeth was too small in proportion to the size of his jaws. Orange County porcelain veneers made the teeth a little wider, closing the spaces.

Dr. Huefner explained to Rudy that in his opinion braces were not the best treatment to close his spaces.  “Why do you say that?”, Rudy asked Dr. Huefner.

“You are a fully grown man.  It will probably take the orthodontist two years to close all the spaces and then, after the braces come off he/she will tell you that you need to wear a retainer the rest of your life or else the spaces will come back,” Dr. Huefner explained to Rudy.  “Most adults don’t handle two years of braces very well, and by the time the braces come off they are burnt out and don’t wear their retainer.  Thus, their spaces start coming back and the two years of braces turns out to be very disappointing to them.”

Rudy was in luck, Dr. Huefner explained that adults like him with slight to moderate spacing between their teeth are oftentimes perfect candidates for Orange County porcelain veneers.  Not only could Dr. Huefner close Rudy’s spaces, but he can make Rudy’s teeth whiter and give them a better, more masculine shape.  Rudy was very relieved that he didn’t have to get braces, and ecstatic when he learned that Dr. Huefner could fix his tooth spacing problem with Orange County porcelain veneers in just a couple weeks time.

eight Orange County porcelain veneers shade BL2

The results for Rudy’s new smile was outstanding. Dr. Huefner not only closed the spaces with his Orange County porcelain veneers, but also gave Rudy’s “new teeth” a more masculine shape. Incidentally, Rudy chose a pretty white color for his new veneers, shade BL2.

Rudy preceded to have Dr. Huefner make him eight Orange County porcelain veneers, and his new smile came out incredible.  He felt like a new man.  “This looks great Doc,” Rudy told Dr. Huefner.  “I have always hated my teeth and the spacing, but now I love my new smile.  Thanks a million!”

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Porcelain Veneers


Saving a Smile in Mission Viejo – Heroic Cosmetic Dentistry to treat Spaced Teeth, Pronounced Overbite and Periodontal Disease

Cecilia from Mission Viejo is a professional salesperson.  Very smart and in tune to her clients, she realized that first impressions mean a lot. She knew her teeth looked pretty bad and noticed on multiple occasions that some of her clients would stare at her teeth.  Over the last few years she became increasingly more self conscious about them.  Then she noticed that sales were starting to slip off and one of her colleagues mentioned that “maybe it is because they don’t like your teeth?”  Thinking about that for a while Cecilia decided it was time to do something about it and came to our Cosmetic Dental Office to discuss possible options that cosmetic dentistry might have for her.

spaced teeth before cosmetic dentistry mission viejo

Cecilia was self conscious about her teeth and smile. She had a marked overbite and periodontal disease that caused her teeth to become spaced. She was hoping that cosmetic dentistry could be done to give her a nice, white smile.

Cecilia had a huge overbite and on top of that, marked periodontal disease (disease of the gums and bone that surrounds the teeth). Her teeth were all slightly loose and they had been moving over the last few years, leaving her with an even more pronounced overbite and spaced, crooked teeth.  Fortunately she came in to see us early enough that we could save her teeth for her.  Had she waited a year or two longer she most likely would have lost several teeth and needed dentures.

After her periodontal treatment was completed and her condition stable we were able to do cosmetic dentistry for Cecilia.  We placed eight porcelain crowns on Cecilia’s upper front teeth, closing the gaps and making them straight.  We recommended a natural tooth color because in contrast Cecilia had a dark complexion.  However Cecilia wanted “white teeth”, and accordingly, we allowed her to choose the tooth color for her porcelain crowns from the tooth shade guide.

spaced teeth and huge overbite treated with porcelain crowns

After Cecilia's periodontal treatment was completed and her gum and bone around the teeth were stable porcelain crowns were done to close the spaces between her teeth and give her the bright, white smile that she wanted.

Beginning to end, Cecilia’s treatment including all periodontal treatment and cosmetic dentistry was completed in just a few months time.  She can now smile with confidence, Cecilia got the straight, white teeth that she had always wanted and wasn’t going to lose any of her teeth.

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

Small Discolored Peg Teeth Transformed Into Beautiful Smile with Porcelain Veneers Orange County

laguna niguel porcelain veneers

Holly got a beautiful smile with eight porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner.

Holly is a beautiful young lady.  She has a loving husband is the mother of two children.  Unfortunately, she was very unhappy with the appearance of her teeth!  She came to Dr. Huefner’s Cosmetic Dental practice in Laguna Niguel, Orange County, CA to discuss what options Dr. Huefner might recommend “to give her a beautiful new smile.”

Before making any suggestions Dr. Huefner really needed to know more about Holly.  Why now?  Why did she finally decide to do something about her teeth?  Specifically, what didn’t she like about her teeth?  What did she want changed? If she could design the perfect smile for herself, what would she like her teeth to look like?

small discolored teeth with gaps and spaces

Holly didn't like her teeth because they were short, malformed (peg teeth), discolored and had gaps (spaces) between them. She wanted a whiter smile and beautiful teeth.

Holly said that she had been busy being a good wife and raising her children, and now it was time for her to do something for herself.  With regards to how her teeth looked, she didn’t like:

  • the color of her teeth, not only were they not white, but three or four of her teeth had different colors
  • that her teeth were too short because she said you couldn’t see much of her teeth when she smiled
  • the spaces (gaps) between her teeth
  • the shape of her teeth because she felt that her teeth looked like they were “little peg teeth”
dental bonding before and after

Holly got a dramatic improvement in the appearance of her teeth and smile as clearly demonstrated in the upper photo. Her teeth were made white and longer, the spaces were closed and she got the normal shaped teeth that she had always wanted.

Next Dr. Huefner examined and took photos of Holly’s teeth and smile.  He downloaded her photos up on the computer monitor so that Holly and Dr. Huefner could look at them together, which would aid in visualizing Holly’s teeth and enable them both to better discuss her options.  Dr. Huefner agreed with everything that Holly had said.  Her teeth were small, discolored and missappen. But fortunately Holly was the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers.

By placing porcelain veneers on eight of Holly’s upper teeth and bleaching the rest of her teeth, Holly could get the smile of her dreams!  Her teeth would be whiter and she could even choose the color of her new porcelain veneers.  Dr. Huefner would make her teeth larger, normal in shape and a little longer, so she would show more teeth when she smiled.

Holly accepted Dr. Huefner’s recommendations and scheduled her appointments for eight porcelain veneers. Holly was an excellent patient!  Her treatment went extremely smooth and her porcelain veneer treatment was completed in less than three weeks time.

orange county porcelain veneers

Holly got the beautiful smile that she had always wanted with eight porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner

Was Holly happy with the results?  Absolutely!  Not only was she extremely pleased, but very grateful as well.

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

Actress Model with Spaced Peg Teeth Jump Starts Her Career with Porcelain Veneers Orange County

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Actress model Andrea after getting ten porcelain veneers. Cosmetic dentistry and photography by Dr. Huefner

Andrea from Laguna Niguel, Orange County, was aspiring to be an actress and model.  One big problem stood in her way, she had huge gaps and spaces between her teeth!  It was very obvious to her that needed to solve this problem if she was going to achieve her goals and “break into the film and modeling industry.”

spaced teeth peg incisors

Andrea felt that he malformed incisors with spaces between them would hinder her in her chosen career of modeling and acting.

Committed to her career and not afraid of hard work and doing “whatever it takes”, Andrea was very diligent in researching cosmetic dentistry.  When she came to our office for her cosmetic dentistry consultation she knew precisely what she wanted to accomplish.

“I need to fix the spaces between my teeth,” Andrea told us.  “When I smile my teeth look like a picket fence.”  She went on to explain her career goals and how important having a nice smile was to her career and future.

Upon evaluating Andrea’s teeth and smile it was very obvious what she was talking about.  She had moderate spaces between her teeth, but not because her teeth were too small, which it looked like at first glance, but because her incisors were malformed.  Malformed teeth such as she had are also referred to by many as “peg teeth” or “peg incisors.”

Many people get braces to try to close the spaces between their teeth, but in Andrea’s case that wasn’t even an option.  The treatment of choice for someone with malformed teeth such as Andrea had was porcelain veneers. When Andrea learned that her “peg teeth problem” could easily be corrected in just three dental appointments by placing porcelain veneers she was ecstatic!

enhanced smile design porcelain veneers

A very attractive and natural looking result was achieved for Andrea with ten porcelain veneers. The "enhanced" smile style was utilized and a BL3 tooth shade. The malformed incisors with spacing between the teeth was solved.

“Wow, that sounds great”, Andrea exclaimed!  “How many teeth would I need to have porcelain veneers,” she then asked?”  We explained that the four front teeth were the only upper teeth that were malformed, so a minimum of four porcelain veneers should be done.  However, if we only did four porcelain veneers for her we should match the color of her other visible teeth or it would be very obvious that she had porcelain veneers.  If she wanted whiter teeth, then at least eight, or possibly ten porcelain veneers would be the best way for her to be treated.

After carefully looking at her teeth and understanding the problem Andrea said that she really hated the yellow color of her teeth and definitely wanted whiter teeth.  After looking at how many of her upper teeth showed when she smiled she decided to have ten porcelain veneers placed.  Now that she had decided to do that the next decision for Andrea was to tell us how white she wanted her new teeth (porcelain veneers).

“OK, I know I want them whiter,” she said.  “But if I’m being photographed, on stage or in a film it’s really important that my teeth look natural, like real teeth,” she exclaimed!  After listening very attentively to Andrea’s objectives and requests we now had enough information to design the perfect smile for her.

porcelain veneers for model actress

Now with a beautiful new smile Andrea pursues her modeling and acting career with confidence.

In three visits we made and placed ten porcelain veneers for Andrea’s new smile.  We filled the gaps, as she requested.  We fixed the peg teeth (malformed incisor) problem as well.  Her porcelain veneers were made slightly longer than her natural teeth were.  We utilized the “enhanced” smile style for the shape of her teeth from the tooth shape library.  She chose the BL3 tooth shade from the tooth shade guide.  The BL3 tooth color is lighter than most natural tooth colors, but not an over the top white color that might look “too white” or artificial.  Slight surface texture was incorporated into the smile design, which imparted a very natural look, especially when light is reflected off the surface of the teeth.  Since Andrea is obviously young we also incorporated some slight incisal translucency, also a characteristic of younger people’s teeth.  All and all, a very natural and attractive smile design was achieved.

Andrea was extremely pleased with the end result of her new smile.  She has since moved to Hollywood and to date has modeled, been in a TV series on the Disney Channel and co-stared in film.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry and Porcelain Veneers. Serving the surrounding cities of Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita
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