December 11, 2017

Give Yourself the Gift of a Better Smile For the Holidays

Give Yourself the Gift of a Better Smile For the HolidaysThe holiday season has arrived. While it is the season of giving, it’s also important to treat yourself with love, respect and a spirit of gifting. Have you been feeling unhappy with your smile? Embarrassment about the way your teeth look can easily lead to feelings of self-consciousness and poor confidence. Start feeling great about your smile with the gift of cosmetic dentistry! Here are two simple, fast treatments that can have a significant impact on the appearance of your teeth:

Teeth Whitening. Teeth whitening services at our office can be performed with a take-home custom kit, or can be completed in-office with a laser whitening treatment supervised by Dr. Norman Huefner.

Porcelain Veneers. Porcelain veneers are a truly versatile tooth restoration. Placed over the front surface of the teeth, veneers create a new, flawless tableau. Stains, chips, cracks, worn edges and many other problems can be easily concealed with veneers.

You deserve treatment tailored to your unique goals, dental health and expectations. Dr. Norman Huefner has been practicing cosmetic dentistry since 1980, and his commitment to providing outstanding results is unwavering. If you want to brighten your smile for the holidays, our doctor and our staff are excited to discuss all of your options for doing so, as well as how long it will take to get results and how long the results will last.

If you live in Los Angeles, Irvine, Orange County or any of the surrounding areas, and if you want to rejuvenate your smile for the holidays, then please call the practice of Dr. Huefner, at 949-495-6322, to arrange a consultation.

Tooth Shape Options for Porcelain Veneers

Tooth Shape Options for Porcelain Veneers | Laguna NiguelPorcelain veneers are a great way to get the smile you’ve been yearning for. Whether you’re looking for a total smile makeover or need a few chipped teeth covered, Dr. Huefner has a tooth shape and style for you.

Porcelain veneers can conceal misaligned, chipped, gapped and discolored teeth. They involve fixing a thin shell over your existing tooth with an adhesive, and they match your natural tooth enamel. These veneers are customized specifically for your teeth. Dr. Huefner can help you decide which shape, size and color provides the final result you want.

When it comes to porcelain veneer tooth shapes, you might want to consider your gender and how you want your smile to be perceived. A masculine look usually involves square and flattened teeth. Whereas, a feminine look entails slightly more rounded front teeth. One of the most important aspects to consider are your two front teeth. They set apart your smile from masculine to feminine and aggressive to passive.

Dr. Huefner uses two libraries of tooth shape options as a reference, the LVI Smile Catalog and the Loren Library. Try not to get hung up on glamorous names like “Hollywood Style,” and instead focus on the shape that best fits your smile. If you’re only having a few teeth corrected, then the shape and size of your porcelain veneers could be similar to your surrounding teeth. If you’re having a smile makeover, you might have a wider variety of choices.
When you receive your temporary teeth, you have a trial smile period to decide whether that shape is right for you. If you don’t like your temporary look, you can choose a different shape for your permanent porcelain veneers. Once you’ve picked the perfect tooth shape, Dr. Huefner will send your style preference, desired tooth length and color choice to his experienced ceramist.

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Huefner today at 949-495-6322 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Huefner provides general and cosmetic dentistry to patients in Laguna Niguel, Orange County, Irvine and Newport Beach, California.

Transform Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

When you are unhappy with your smile, the toll that it can take on your self-confidence is tremendous. Luckily, you can create a brand new smile with porcelain veneers. Primarily used for aesthetic purposed, veneers can help fix numerous smile flaws such as:

  • Stains
  • Gaps
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Pitting
  • Minor crookedness
  • Uneven/worn-down teeth

Our patient Lyn was unhappy with her smile and chose to improve her smile before her daughter’s wedding with the use of veneers. In this case, Lyn, who had stained and crooked teeth was able to achieve the results she wanted in less than 3 weeks.

If you are interested in correcting your smile and would like to see what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, contact Sensational Smiles at ​949-495-6322 to schedule your free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Norman Huefner today! We serve patients residing in the areas of Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, and throughout Southern California.

Can My Porcelain Veneers Be Shortened?

Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for numerous common cosmetic dental problems, including chipped, cracked or worn teeth, stains, and even gaps. Often people in Orange County have learned to live with these problems for so long that the appearance of a corrected smile can be a little jarring. Without proper communication upfront, some patients are dissatisfied with the appearance of their new smile and seek to change it further.

Shortening Porcelain Veneers

One common request is to shorten porcelain veneers that have been placed. While porcelain veneers are intended to be a permanent fix, there are some situations where this can be achieved. Shortening porcelain veneers depends on several factors:

• How thick the porcelain veneer is
• Whether shortening will cause a gap
• Whether a noticeable difference can be achieved

To shorten your porcelain veneers, it is best to have x-rays taken to see how much material can be safely removed. Using this information, your cosmetic dentist can use Photoshop or other techniques to help you decide if it is truly worth it.

If you are unhappy with your current porcelain veneers, contact Sensational Smiles at 949-495-6322 today to schedule your complimentary Orange County porcelain veneers consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers

  • What are veneers?
    Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored material is placed over the facial surfaces of teeth.
  • What are the benefits of veneers?
    Veneers are aesthetically pleasing, protecting the surfaces of damaged teeth, and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments, such as crowns.
  • What are veneers made of?
    The two most common materials to create dental veneers are porcelain and a composite resin.
  • What problems can veneers correct?
    Veneers are used to solve many dental problems, including worn enamel, uneven teeth, abnormal spacing between teeth, peg laterals, and more.
  • How are veneers made?
    Indirect (outside the mouth) veneers are made by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, while direct (created directly on your teeth) veneers are made by your dentist during your appointment.
  • What is involved in a veneer procedure?
    Typically, your dentist will shape and prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel (the outer layer of your teeth) in order to custom-fit the veneers. You will need to wear temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are ready. Your veneers will then be bonded to your teeth using different types of resin cement.
  • How much do veneers cost?
    Porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers at around $900 to $2500 per tooth, but can last ten to fifteen years. Composite veneers last five to seven years and cost approximately $250 to $1500 per tooth.

For more information about porcelain veneers or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Norman Huefner, call Sensational Smiles at 949-495-6322 today. Serving the surrounding cities of Orange County, San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

What Does the Process For Veneers Entail?

The impact of a smile goes a long way, so when you don’t feel confident about your smile porcelain veneers may be an ideal option to get the vibrant smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Norman Huefner knows how important it is to be happy with your smile and has the training, experience, and dedication to make sure all of his patients are nothing less than happy with their smile. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call our Orange County practice at 949-495-6322.

Porcelain veneers are a thin shells of dental ceramic that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. The size, shape, and color of the veneers are customized for each individual in order to create a more stunning and symmetrical smile, while keeping the natural appearance of your smile intact.

The process for your new veneers entails the following steps:

  • Slight removal of enamel from the surface of your teeth
  • Impression of your teeth which is then sent off to a lab for custom creation
  • Evaluation of the fit and feel of your veneers prior permanent placement
  • Brief dental cleaning to prepare for application
  • Bonding of your new veneers using an adhesive
  • Removal of any excess adhesive
  • Final adjustments
  • Teeth cleaning, polishing, and flossing

The decision to invest in your smile offers a multitude of benefits for many of our patients. Veneers not present a natural aesthetic appearance while giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of, but they also help prevent discoloration and staining of your teeth.

Once patients have finished their veneers process, it is not uncommon for them to feel a new found sense of confidence, pride about the appearance of your new smile. For a complimentary cosmetic consultation, contact Sensational Smiles at 949-495-6322 to schedule your appointment with our Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Huefner today!

A Combination for the Perfect Smile

In order to get the results you are hoping to achieve you may need a combination of procedures. Porcelain veneers are an ideal option when making over your smile, but sometimes other cosmetic procedures may be needed to compliment.

In the case of our patient Marie, we used a combination of porcelain veneers, a porcelain bridge, and minor gum contouring with the use of a dental gum laser in order to fix her teeth which were short, discolored, and missing a front tooth.

Watch Orange County dentist Dr. Norman Huefner discuss the cosmetic dentistry he did for Marie:

If you live in Southern California and are unhappy with your smile, contact Orange County dentist Dr. Norman Huefner by calling Sensational Smiles at 949-495-6322 for a free cosmetic consultation!

Veneers vs. Crowns

When people think about fixing their smile and correcting imperfections, they don’t always necessarily know what their best option is. The decision of whether porcelain veneers or crowns are the better fit depends on what condition your teeth are in and what you are trying to correct. At Sensational Smiles, our highly experienced Orange County dentist can help you better understand what your most beneficial option may be. Call us at 949-495-6322 for a consultation.

Both veneers and crowns are porcelain restorations, with the biggest difference laying in the amount of tooth surface that is covered by each. When a tooth requires more protection because it is badly broken down, or has extensive fillings and weak cusps, a crown would be more beneficial as it encases the entire tooth.

Though veneers do provide a level of protection, crowns are better suited to strengthen and protect a damaged tooth due to their full coverage. Veneers cover the front and the sides of the tooth. They are most often used for cosmetic purposes and are aesthetically more pleasing than crowns. They are typically used to correct alignment, color, shape, and contour of the teeth.

If you would like to fix your smile, your best option is to meet with a qualified cosmetic dentist so your teeth can be better assessed. If you reside in the Orange County region and are looking to improve your smile, contact us at 949-495-6322 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Norman Huefner today!

4 Misconceptions about Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can help transform a person’s smile and give them a new confidence that they didn’t have before. They can be used to fix a number of smile flaws, or for aesthetic purposes to achieve a beautiful smile. If you are ready to create a brand new smile for yourself, contact the office of Orange County cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Huefner at 949-495-6322 to schedule your consultation.

When it comes to porcelain veneers, there are a few misconceptions that may scare off potential patients from going through with the procedure.

  1. People will be able to notice that they aren’t your natural teeth – This may have been true once, but these days veneers are customized to look like your natural teeth
  2. You’re entire tooth/teeth will need to be cut down to have them placed – Although a certain amount of reshaping is necessary for placement, many people believe it will be much more excessive than it really is
  3. Placing them is painful and will result in sensitivity – No pain should be experienced during placement of veneers, as patients will be given a local anesthetic. If anything, veneers can actually help relieve existing sensitivity a patient may have due to thin enamel
  4. They look unnatural because they are so bright – Porcelain veneers don’t have to be bright white, they can be customized to be the shade of your choice

The only way to really address any concern you have about porcelain veneers or any other cosmetic procedure is to speak with an experienced cosmetic dentist. The smile of your dreams may be more achievable than you think.

If you live in Orange County or the surrounding area and are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, contact Sensational Smiles at 949-495-6322 to schedule your dental consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Huefner today!

Preparing for your Porcelain Veneers Procedure

If you have an upcoming appointment scheduled for porcelain veneers, it’s important that you prepare for your procedure. You can start by understanding exactly what porcelain veneers are, and also what will happen during your visit to the dental office. Irvine cosmetic dentist Dr. Norman Huefner is dedicated to educating his patients on all aspects of dental veneers, including how to prepare for your appointment.

Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth, which means the veneers must  be custom-made for each patient. This involves taking impressions of your teeth, creating temporary veneers, and trying them out for a few days to get an idea of how they feel in your mouth. Typically, the entire dental veneer process requires three visits to our office.

In order to prepare for porcelain veneers, it helps to know:

  • The purpose of veneers
  • The problems that veneers can correct
  • How veneers are placed
  • How long veneers are supposed to last
  • How the teeth are prepared for the placement of veneers
  • How to care for and maintain veneers after they are applied

If you are considering veneers or you have already made a commitment to getting porcelain veneers placed on your teeth, it is important that you understand what is involved in a dental appointment. Our office is highly knowledgeable about porcelain veneers and our staff is happy to answer all of your questions.

Please contact Dr. Huefner today at 949-495-6322 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Norman Huefner’s General and Cosmetic Dentistry serves patients in Irvine, Orange County, and all surrounding areas.

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