August 15, 2018

How Do I Keep My Porcelain Veneers White?

Porcelain veneers are designed to be stain-resistant, but this doesn’t mean that they will maintain their shade forever. As always, practicing good dental hygiene is the best way to preserve the appearance of your teeth in addition to their health.

When your porcelain veneers are first placed, they will have a polished, glossy sheen. In order to maintain this sheen, use a non-abrasive toothpaste. Dr. Huefner can recommend a safe brand.

If you consume lots of coffee, tea, or red wine, try using a straw whenever possible to bypass your veneers. When you come in for a routine dental check-up, Dr. Huefner will polish off any surface stains that have accumulated on your veneers.

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist is the best way to ensure the quality of your porcelain veneers lasts. If your veneers were not placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, the edges of your teeth may stain and reveal where the veneer was bonded in place. Well-placed and well-maintained porcelain veneers can last for over a decade without staining or fading.

If you have further questions about porcelain veneers, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today or call (949) 495-6322 to schedule a smile consultation with our experienced Orange County cosmetic dentist. We serve patients in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and surrounding areas of Orange County, California.

Beauty Pageant Winner Wendy and Her New Porcelain Veneers

10 porcelain veneers orange county for wendy by dr. huefner

Wendy, former Mrs. California-Globe, with a sensational smile created with 10 porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner

Several years ago Wendy was the beauty pageant winner of the Mrs. California-Globe beauty pageant.  Unfortunately the four porcelain veneers she had received by her general dentist twelve years earlier wasn’t giving her the smile she really needed.  She was actually embarrassed by the way her teeth looked. Her right front tooth had a root canal and had turned almost black.  Even with a porcelain veneer trying to cover the black root, that tooth it was significantly darker than the rest of her teeth.  Also, the four old porcelain veneers didn’t cover the teeth all the way to her gum line, and Wendy was the first to admit that the color her old veneers really didn’t look natural.  But more importantly, Wendy really want a white, bright and beautiful smile!  Being in the professional world looking her very best is extremely important to her.  And unfortunately, her teeth and smile were not allowing her to look her very best.  Wendy met Dr. Huefner when he was a judge for the beauty pageant and came to his cosmetic dental practice to replace her old cosmetic dentistry and give her a sensational smile, the kind of smile she had always wanted.

dark tooth and old porcelain veneers

Wendy had four old porcelain veneers with a dark root that showed through one of them. She wanted a bright, white smile and it was time to have her old dentistry upgraded with newer, more artistic cosmetic dentistry techniques.

Dr. Huefner placed ten Empress porcelain veneers for Wendy and whitened her lower teeth with tooth bleaching (tooth whitening).  The dark front tooth was a cosmetic challenge, as Dr. Huefner had to use some special techniques in order to mask the dark color and enable her teeth and porcelain veneers to display normal tooth colors and translucency.  Wendy chose a bight, white color known as  BL1.  Also a “Enhanced smile design” was used from the LVI Smile Catalog.

dark teeth treated with porcelain veneers orange county

Wendy got the sensational smile she had always wanted with ten new porcelain veneers by Dr. Huefner.

Dr. Norman Huefner,
Orange County cosmetic dentisty,

Gnarly Teeth Transformed to Amazing Smile, Mission Viejo Porcelain Veneers

gnarly teeth before porcelain veneers mission viejo

Jessie was told his teeth were “gnarly”. He realized his appearance is important, but had neglected his teeth for a number of years. His concerns were that his teeth were chipped, crooked and discolored.

Jessie, a man in his 30s from Mission Viejo, is a regular guy.  He plays ball on the weekend, works hard during the week in the construction trade and enjoys dating.  Working hard to better himself he was taken back when one of his close friends confided in him.  “Jessie, boy you have a gnarly smile!”  He had always taken his teeth for granted, but his friend’s comments made Jessie take a closer at his teeth and smile.  His teeth were yellow, crooked and chipped.  Then thinking a bit more realized it had been over three years since he had his last dental cleaning.  He scheduled an appointment at our office for the well overdue cleaning, and also asked for a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

At his appointment he apologized that it had been so long since he had last seen a dentist.  He wanted Dr. Huefner and the dental staff to understand that in general he takes very good care of himself and has a lot of pride in the way he looks.  Jessie told Dr. Huefner that the last few days before his appointment he had thought a lot about his teeth and wanted to know what could be done to not only fix the chipped teeth, but was there any way to get a really nice white smile too?  Also, that he doesn’t expect to get “perfect teeth”, but what could be done to get “almost perfect teeth?”

chipped teeth porcelain veneers mission viejo

Eight porcelain veneers corrected Jessie’s gnarly smile. A whiter color was used and the shape of the teeth was a masculine smile design.

Dr. Huefner explained to Jessie that although his teeth were healthy, there were a a number of little things that would have to be done to do what he asked, but yes, Jessie could have an amazing smile with cosmetic dentistry.  Actually, Jessie was a perfect candidate for porcelain veneers.  They would cover the chipped, misaligned, discolored teeth and give him an end result that would actually look many times better than they did when he graduated from high school.  Jessie was happy to learn that porcelain veneers could correct his dental problems and give him the type of smile he wanted.  But, he was concerned about how long it would take.  He was the type of guy that once he made up his mind that he wanted his dental treatment done as quickly as possible.  Again, Jessie liked what her heard.  Dr. Huefner explained that from beginning to end his porcelain veneer treatment would be completed in just a little over two weeks time.

How many porcelain veneers?

Jessie asked, “How many porcelain veneers do I have to have?”  Dr. Huefner then asked Jessie two questions.  First, how white he wanted all his teeth to be and second how many teeth showed when he smiled?  Jessie looked carefully at the photo of his teeth and smile and said now that he’s come this far that he wants much whiter teeth and pretty much all the teeth he shows when he smiles to look good.  Dr. Huefner told Jessie that he could do as many or as few teeth as Jessie wanted him to do, as the choice was his.  Jessie again looked carefully at the photos of his teeth and decided to have Dr. Huefner place porcelain veneers on eight teeth.

Jessie’s treatment went smooth, and as Dr. Huefner had said, his treatment was completed in just over two weeks time.  He chose a BL2 shade for the color for this Orange County man and a masculine smile design.  Empress porcelain was used for the veneers because of its strength and inherent translucency that mimics natural enamel.  Jessie got his attractive smile with whiter, straighter teeth, and best of all, nobody ever said he had gnarly teeth again!

Dr. Norm Huefner, Mission Viejo Porcelain Veneers

Crooked Smile Fixed With Porcelain Veneers in Laguna Niguel

Jenny wasn't happy with appearance of porcelain veneers

Jenny’s dentist redid her porcelain veneers three times, but she still wasn’t satisfied with the appearance.

Jenny, a Newport Beach resident, had gone to her cosmetic dentist for porcelain veneers.  Her dentist followed normally accepted protocol done by reputable cosmetic dentists, which was placing her porcelain veneers on her teeth to preview and accept prior to permanently bonding them into place.  But when Jenny previewed them she didn’t like the way they looked.  Her dentist noted her concerns, put temporary veneers back on her teeth and sent the veneers back to the lab to change the design.

A week later Jenny returned to her dentist to preview the corrected veneers, but she still wasn’t happy with the design.  Again, her dentist replaced her temporaries and send her veneers back to the lab to make modifications requested by Jenny.  However when she returned again for the third time the following week she still wasn’t satisfied with the appearance.  Unfortunately, she lost confidence in her dentist and came to our practice for a second opinion as to how her porcelain veneers might be redesigned.

At that time the most important thing we could do was listen very attentively to Jenny, noting her goals and concerns.  She didn’t like the color of the veneers, the direction her teeth were angled, the length and the difference between the length of her two lateral incisors (the teeth next to the front two teeth).

The first thing we shared with Jenny was that her dentist had done an excellent job with the fit of her temporary veneers, indicating that her dentist had demonstrated a very high skill level.  We also told her that we didn’t know her dentist, however the reputation of her dentist was very high.  This was all true!

However to accomplish Jenny’s goals several modifications in the design would be necessary.  First, to do her veneers in a lighter, whiter color as she had requested, it would be necessary to do more than just four veneers, which is what her previous dentist had recommended.  If more weren’t done, when she smiled she would show front teeth that would be significantly lighter than all the other visible teeth.  Second, we showed Jenny the photo of her smile and how her lips, bite and jaws had a significant asymmetry and the fact that there was more gum tissue on the upper right lateral incisor than the left lateral incisor.  That was why the two lateral incisors had different lengths, which really bothered her.  To correct that a simple procedure called “laser gum recontouring” would be necessary.  That would remove some of the excess gums on the right lateral incisor, enabling the two teeth to appear the same length.

Finally Jenny understood, accepted the decision to do eight porcelain veneers instead of four, and was ready to have her porcelain veneers redone with a new smile design.  We placed eight temporary veneers in the design that we envisioned would achieve Sandy’s goals.  That is called the “trial smile” or provisional stage, which serves as a template for the final veneers after Jenny approved of them.  This verification of the final design BEFORE fabricating the final veneers is a major step in achieving a successful final result for the patient.

Jenny's new porcelain veneers

Significant changes were made to Jenny’s new porcelain veneers accomplishing a successful smile design.

This story, which started with Jenny being very frustrated, had a happy ending.  She got the whiter, brighter smile that she wanted.  The excess gums on the one tooth was adjusted with the dental gum laser and the length of the two lateral incisors were more equal in length.  The angle of the teeth was changed to coincide with the direction of her face.  The only thing that couldn’t be corrected was the asymmetry of her upper lip.  However, considering that all the other issues were corrected, Jenny was very pleased at the final results of her porcelain veneers and new smile.

Dr. Norman Huefner, Porcelain Veneers in Laguna Niguel, CA

The “Trial Smile” Best Enables Bill to Preview and Approve of his New Porcelain Veneers

trial smile before porcelain veneers

Bill especially like the “trial smile” part of his porcelain veneer treatment. It enabled him to “test drive”or preview his new smile before the porcelain veneers were made. Modifications to the teeth shape and final color determination was made. After Bill’s written approval of the design and color Dr. Huefner’s ceramist fabricated Bill’s porcelain veneers according to detailed directions.

Bill, a successful CEO of a business in Orange County, realized that it was finally time to do something about the appearance of his smile. He had researched cosmetic dentists in Orange County, but came to our practice in Laguna Niguel because of a referral from one of our patients.

Having specific goals, Bill carefully discussed them with us.  He wanted his teeth whiter, but not too white. He wanted his teeth straight and the chipping corrected.  His canine teeth were pointed, and that had always bothered him.  Also, not having had much dentistry for years, Bill was very concerned that he would like the final results.  Could we guarantee that? Also, what type of treatment would he need?  He definitely would not consider orthodontics (braces) as an option, he wasn’t

too keen on the thought of “capping”, but had heard much over the years about porcelain veneers.  He asked if porcelain veneers would be something that could be done for him?

discolored crooked chipped teeth in need of cosmetic dentistry

Bill’s teeth were discolored, chipped and crooked. He realized it was finally time that he do something to improve the appearance of his teeth.

After carefully listening to Bill and repeating back to him the expectations that he had expressed, Bill started to become more comfortable and trusting.  After examining Bill’s teeth, Bill was pleased to learn that what he had hoped for (i.e that he could have his teeth cosmetically restored with porcelain veneers) was Dr. Huefner’s recommendation treatment of choice! But what he especially liked was when he learned about the “trial smile” process!  Dr. Huefner explained that he would first construct a prototype smile for Bill. That smile would have the size, shape and color teeth that Dr. Huefner thought would work best to satisfy Bill’s expectations.  Then, if Bill wanted any changes to the design or color, Dr.Huefner would either make those changes or specifically note those

changes be made in the permanent, final porcelain veneers.  And, Dr. Huefner said that he definitely would not have the final porcelain veneers fabricated until he achieved Bill’s written approval.  Again, Bill started getting much more comfortable with the concept of cosmetic dentistry, especially since he was going to be totally involved in the design process.

Bill’s treatment began and his “trial smile” was constructed.  After making some minor modifications to the shape of his teeth and finalizing the color veneers he wanted, Bill’s porcelain veneers were constructed using the “trial smile” as the template for the final veneers.  The treatment was a success, giving Bill an attractive and professional looking smile of someone his stature in the professional business world.

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


Younger Looking Lips and More Attractive Smile for Vicki with Porcelain Veneers

Tetracycline discoloration before porcelain veneers

Vicki’s had tetracycline discoloration and malocclusion

Vicki, from Mission Viejo, CA, had several problems with her teeth and smile that had bothered her for many years.  Finally, after being encouraged by her friends and family she consulted with Dr. Huefner, orange county cosmetic dentist, to discuss the options that cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers might have for her to give her a more attractive smile.

First, Dr. Huefner asked Vicki to prioritize the problems that “she saw” with her teeth.  She answered, “I just hate the way they look!  They are too dark, too short, and the shape isn’t pretty or youthful either”.  Dr. Huefner also pointed out that because she had a malocclusion, her front teeth didn’t have a normal overbite which would give her upper lips more lip support.  Vicki answered, “No way will I have braces!  Can you fix my teeth and give me a nice smile without braces?”
Dr. Huefner said “Yes”, and Vicki was ready to hear how he would solve her problems.

Dr. Huefner suggested to Vicki that he place eight porcelain veneers on her upper teeth, and bleach her lower discolored teeth.  The veneers would be made longer and positioned to give her lips more lip support.  Also, since her teeth were worn and square, Dr. Huefner wanted to shape her teeth with more rounded edges, which would give Vicki a more youthful and feminine appearance.

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

Vicki after eight porcelain veneers

Vicki’s porcelain veneers gave her a younger smile and more lip support.

Vicki's beautiful new smile after porcelain veneers were placed.

Vicki’s beautiful new smile after porcelain veneers were placed.

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.

Lumineers vs. Regular Porcelain Veneers: What’s the Difference?

If you are considering porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, you may be curious about Lumineers and other name-brand variations that are advertised as an alternative to traditional veneers. The main difference between regular porcelain veneers and brands like Lumineers (along with Vivaneers, Nano, Emax, and Durathin) is their relative thickness. These ultlra-thin varieties usually require no preparation of the teeth before they are applied, which is appealing for many patients. Additionally, they tend to require less reshaping than traditional veneers.

However, ultra-thin Lumineers may not provide the best aesthetic results for some patients. If they are placed on teeth that are already sufficiently thick, you may be left with a smile that looks and feels overly “bulky.” Most people require some preparation of the tooth to ensure the veneer fits and looks as natural as possible.

Another factor to consider with ultra-thin veneers is their transparency. The thickness of our Empress porcelain veneers at Huefner Sensational Smiles easily conceals any stains and discoloration on the supporting tooth. In contrast, Lumineers are so thin that the darker color of a tooth may still show through to a degree, making your smile less bright than it could have been. However, if significant discoloration isn’t a concern in your case, then Lumineers may be a good option to consider.

To find out which type of porcelain veneers is right for you, 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, California.

Combining Teeth Whitening with Porcelain Veneers

Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are two of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures we perform. Alone, each procedure can dramatically transform the appearance of your smile. However, for certain candidates, they are most effective when used together.

Porcelain veneers are generally used on the teeth that show when you smile (called your “smile line”). Different people will show a different number of teeth when they smile; for example, some only show six or eight, while others with wider smiles – such as Julia Roberts – show twelve.

Choosing the right number of porcelain veneers is important to ensure a uniform smile line; if you place too few veneers, there may be a significant contrast between the color of your natural teeth and the color of your veneers, unless you deliberately tint your veneers a duller shade.

Since most people want the brightest smile possible, using teeth whitening first – before veneers are placed – is often an excellent option. Teeth whitening can improve the shade of your natural teeth, allowing you to tint your veneers a brighter shade of white while ensuring your smile line is seamless.

However, it’s important to note that some teeth contain deep intrinsic stains that cannot be removed by teeth whitening. If this is the case, you may need to place more porcelain veneers to mask these stains. Our experienced Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Huefner will discuss all of your options with you in detail after carefully examining the condition of your teeth.

If you have further questions about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, 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.

What is a Trial Smile?

At Huefner Sensational Smiles, making sure you are 100% satisfied with your new smile is our primary concern. In order to help you visualize how your new porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns will look, Dr. Huefner will fit you with a “trial smile” – a set of temporary veneers or crowns that you will wear for a short period of time before we create your permanent restorations.

Think of your trial smile as a sort of “test run.” If you are happy with the way your restorations look, we will have you approve them in writing and then move forward with creating your final set of porcelain veneers or crowns. If you have problems or concerns with the appearance of your new smile for any reason, you can easily discuss them with Dr. Huefner, including:

A trial smile gives you an opportunity to be directly involved in the process of refining your final smile design, and ensures there are no surprises when your final veneers or crowns are placed – you will have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, created to your exact specifications.

If you have further questions about porcelain veneers or crowns at our practice, please contact Huefner Sensational Smiles today or call (949) 495-6322 to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients throughout Orange County, California.

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