July 17, 2018

Agnes’ Smile Looks 25 Years Younger with Porcelain Veneers & Crowns

New dentistry makes Agnes look 25 years younger

After replacing Anges’ old dentistry with new porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns, she felt that her smile now looked 25 years younger.

Agnes was sick and tired of the appearance of her teeth!  She’s a happy lady in her 50s who loves to smile, but also was very self conscious regarding how old and dingy her teeth look.  She has gone to the dentist her entire life, always doing whatever her dentist recommended.  However now most of her dentistry was so old, discolored and unattractive that she knew it was finally time to redo much of her old dentistry.

When Agnes spoke to Dr. Huefner about her goals she made it clear that her smile made her feel old and she didn’t want that.  Rather, she wanted much whiter teeth, and seeing how so many of her teeth differed in color, she definitely wanted all her teeth to be a uniform color!

Agnes’ whole life she had gone to the dentist and done what was recommended. However the old dentistry was failing her esthetically. A happy lady who loved to smile, she became very self conscious about her dingy and old looking teeth. It was time for a little rejuvenation, and replacing her old dentistry with new all ceramic dentistry was just what was needed to give her a younger, healthy looking smile that she would be proud of.

After carefully examining Agnes’ teeth and dental work it was amazing that much of it, albeit 25-30 years old, still fit and had actually served her very well.  It is just that the ugly appearance of the old dentistry had finally failed her.

Restoring Agnes’ old dentistry with new all ceramic dentistry, with natural color and appearance, would be very straight forward, Dr. Huefner told her.  The two main things Dr. Huefner needed to know from Anges was what color she wanted her new porcelain veneers and crowns, and how many teeth she wanted to have retreated?  Agnes decided on a relatively white color that was significantly whiter than her old dentistry, shade BL2 from the tooth shade guide.  And Agnes had a broad smile, that showed at least ten of her upper teeth.  Thus, so that all of her visible teeth would appear the same color, Anges asked Dr. Huefner to change out the dentistry on her ten upper teeth.

From this point on Agnes’ treatment progressed quickly and easily, and her entire treatment was completed in under three weeks time.

Upon looking at her new smile, Agnes couldn’t help by grin ear to ear.  “I can’t believe it,” she said.  “My smile looks so clean now, it makes me look 25 years younger!”

Dr. Norman Huefner, cosmetic dentist serving Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo and Irvine


Making Your Face Look Younger with “Anti-Aging” Cosmetic Dentistry Mission Viejo

cosmetic dentistry mission viejo

Judy wanted a younger, more attractive smile. We accomplished her goals by bleaching her lower teeth and replacing her old yellow colored porcelain fused to metal crowns with whiter colored all-ceramic Empress crowns. We also made her teeth slightly longer and gave them the shape of younger, more feminine teeth.

It’s a pretty certain fact that in this country most aging adults, who care about their appearance and try to look their best, would like to look years younger then they actually are.  The majority of people in their 40s, 50s and 60s don’t want to try to look like a teenager again, but most certainly wouldn’t mind taking 5,10 or 15 years off of the way their face looks!

Judy from Mission Viejo was one of those people.  She is a medical professional, takes her career very seriously and knows the value of looking her best to the public she serves.  However, approaching her 60s, Judy’s teeth and smile just weren’t helping her.  She had had a lot of dentistry over the years and numerous “caps” (actually porcelain fused to metal crowns) on her upper front teeth.  The problem was that she had very yellow lower teeth, so her dentist made all of her upper teeth match them…..YELLOW TEETH again!  Sure her dentist took care of her cavities and made her teeth look better than they were.  But Judy wanted a nicer, better looking smile.

After having those crowns done ten years ago Judy finally broke down and came to us to see what we thought about it.  Could we give her a beautiful smile, that complimented her professional image, and at the same time “maybe” take 5 or 10 years off of her face?

Actually what Judy was asking of us was very straight forward, something we incorporate into our cosmetic dentistry on a regular basis.  Making teeth look younger and improving the appearance of the smile is what most of our cosmetic dental patients want, and something we told Judy we could do for her as well.

We explained to Judy that there were three main things that we do to restore teeth than make the teeth and smile look younger:

  • Teeth yellow and discolor with age, so we make them whiter to make them look younger
  • Front teeth shorten with wear over the years, so if they are worn we making them slightly longer, or as long as they originally were
  • The actual shape of the teeth change with years as well.  They usually get thinner, smoother and most importantly, front teeth appear more squarish or chipped over the years.  To make the actually shape of the front teeth non-squarish, without sharp corners, rounding the corners like younger, unworn teeth, is usually our goal.
before teeth whitening and replacing old dentistry mission viejo

A health care professional, Judy knew the importance of looking her best with the public served and in dealing with other professionals. Her dentistry was done ten years ago and she felt it was finally time to upgrade the appearance of her teeth and smile.

We took photos of Judy’s teeth and smile and showed her how we would treat her smile.  First, we suggested bleaching her lower teeth to make them whiter.  After than, we advised replacing her old, yellow colored porcelain fused to crowns on her upper front teeth.  We would make them much whiter than they were, probably a bit whiter than her lower teeth would bleach out to.  Also, we would increase the length of her front teeth and make the shapes of her teeth a much more youthful and feminine shape.

Judy followed our recommendations, started bleaching her lower teeth almost immediately.  After doing the Day White home tray bleaching for one hour a day for ten days, Judy had gotten a pretty good result.  Then we replaced her old upper porcelain fused to metal crowns with all-ceramic Empress crowns.  We made her upper teeth whiter as we had planned, and also changed the length and shape of her teeth as well.

The end result? Did we make Judy’s teeth and smile look years younger?  You  be the judge.  How much did we accomplish?  Five, ten or fifteen years?  Judy was happy, we exceeded her expectations about what could be done for her with cosmetic dentistry.

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

Creating a more attractive masculine smile by replacing old crowns with newer cosmetic dentistry techniques and materials

masculine smile design

When we replaced Warren's old crowns we utilized a more natural looking porcelain (Empress porcelain), a whiter color and a more masculine smile design.

Warren had most all of his teeth “crowned” by another dentist.  He said he didn’t like his porcelain crowns from the beginning and came to us to discuss his options.  “If you redo them for me, how would you do them differently,” asked Warren?

After carefully looking at Warren’s porcelain crowns and smile it was obvious that the dentist was very skilled and had worked very hard with Warren’s treatment.  We told Warren upfront, all of his crowns fit properly, his bite was good and the treatment was well within the standard of care.
But to answer his question, it was obvious that Warren had very high expectations and had particular ideas of his own about what he wanted his smile to look like.  We asked Warren to explain just what it was that he was displeased with his dentist’s porcelain crown work?
He was very quick to list his concerns:

  • The teeth aren’t white enough
  • The teeth don’t look “real”
  • They are too thick
old porcelain crowns orange county

Warren was displeased with his old porcelain crowns. He didn't like the color, thought the teeth were too thick and bulky, and thought they were unattractive and unnatural looking.

We explained to Warren that the issues that concerned him were probably a result of several things:

  • The dentist and he not really communicating before treatment about what he wanted (we would make sure that we were all on the same wavelength before beginning any treatment)
  • The dentist’s choice of very opaque porcelain (we would recommend more life-like Empress and EMax porcelain crowns)
  • The choice of color (since he knew he wanted whiter teeth it would be easier for his to choose the color he wanted from the tooth shade guide)
  • The actual style of porcelain crowns done by the dentist’s technician (we utilize a nationally known maser cosmetic ceramist with three decades of experience and has also been the recipient of many awards for his outstanding achievement in cosmetic dentistry)
  • The smile style prescribed by the dentist (see tooth shapes).  Warren said he didn’t remember his dentist discussing tooth shapes with him at all, so it may be that the dentist didn’t actually prescribe a specific style of tooth shapes and the decision was left up to the ceramist who actually never met or spoke with Warren.  Most cosmetic dentists today will discuss smile design with the patient and specify a smile design for the ceramist to follow.

Further explaining to Warren, now really understanding what he wanted accomplished, if we were going to remake them for him we would use a more natural looking porcelain for his crowns that would not only be lighter in color, but also would have more natural looking translucency (Empress porcelain for the front teeth, EMax porcelain for the back teeth).

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Although Warren's old dentistry (left photo) met the standard of care he was displeased with the appearance of his teeth and wanted them whiter and more naturally shaped. In addition to doing that for Warren, we utilized a more masculine smile design for him by making his front four teeth straighter along the edge and with less rounded corners (right photo).

Warren was pleased to know that our ceramist has a very consistent style of creating crowns that really look like natural teeth and don’t look “too thick” or “bulky” like Warren currently had.

The last thing we suggested was a more masculine smile design.  Warren is a very masculine looking man and his current porcelain crowns were very generic looking, especially having rounded corners on his four front teeth which sometimes is considered a more feminine or youthful look.  We suggested a more masculine looking smile design (see tooth shape library) by making the front four teeth flatter without the rounded corners.

After more discussion Warren decided that he was ready to redo his old porcelain crowns.  “I like your plan,” he said.  “I think we’re communicating well and on the right track together.  I really hate the way my porcelain crowns look so  I’m ready to go ahead and get started.”

We preceded with Warren’s cosmetic dental treatment, removed his old porcelain crowns and made new ones for him.  We met all of Warren’s treatment goals and the end result were teeth (all-porcelain crowns) that were whiter, “real looking”, more life-like translucency and a smile design that was masculine more natural looking than his previous dentistry.

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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