August 15, 2018

Chelsea Gets Great Smile With Porcelain Veneers

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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!

Porcelain Veneers and Porcelain Crowns Combined for Spectacular Smile Makeover

Replacing unattractive old dentistry
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Jacqueline got a much more attractive and youthful smile by replacing her old dentistry with porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns. Her smile was made more youthful by slightly lengthening her upper front teeth and having the edges of the upper teeth follow the curve of her lower lip when she smiles. That is an advanced smile design concept called "following the smile line".

Jacqueline, an accountant from Mission Viejo, was fed up with her old dentistry.  She had porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns placed 10-15 years ago and they just didn’t look good any more.  Her mouth had changed over the years.  She had some gum disease and her gums receded showing the black line around the porcelain fused to metal crowns.  The gum disease also caused her teeth to shift and some small unsightly gaps between her teeth developed.  It was time for Jacqueline to replace her old dentistry with new dentistry and upgrade her smile.  She wanted nice looking teeth and a great smile!

The first thing that Jacqueline needed to do was define her goals.  Did she just want to replace her old porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns with all-porcelain non-metal crowns or did she want a whiter smile and all of her teeth to be straight, perfectly aligned and in balance with her lips and face? Although her front teeth were crooked, her back side teeth leaned in as well (her upper bicuspids).  If she wanted a broader, fuller smile those teeth could be made lighter in color and brought out so they didn’t appear to lean in by doing porcelain veneers.

Tooth color is one of the first things to consider
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Jacqueline's old dentistry did not enhance her appearance. The color was off, which was especially noticeable around her gums. Jacqueline's teeth had shifted, turned and spaced. She wanted a more youthful and feminine smile with lighter colored teeth that were straight and even.

Dr. Huefner explained to Jacqueline that in defining her goals, the first question that she should answer is what color she wanted her new dentistry that was replacing her old dentistry?  If she was happy with the color of her side teeth, then her old dentistry could be made to match that color and she would need less teeth treated.  However, if she wanted a whiter, brighter smile, then she should consider doing more teeth so that they would all be the same whiter color.

After serious consideration Jacqueline said she really wanted whiter teeth.  He goal was a more attractive and more youthful smile. Thus, Jacqueline asked Dr. Huefner to replace her old porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns with new all-porcelain non-metal crowns and place porcelain veneers on her other visible teeth. In total, Jacqueline chose to have 12 of her upper teeth treated with new dentistry.  (She also decided on replacing a couple old crowns on her back teeth.)

Because Jacqueline wanted whiter teeth Dr. Huefner recommended that she bleach her lower natural teeth so that they would be whiter as well.  That way there wouldn’t be a color contrast between her upper and lower teeth.

Following the smile line

Since Jacqueline wanted a little more youthful smile, Dr. Huefner made her teeth a little longer with the porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns and following the “smile line“, a concept cosmetic dentist very frequently follow whereby the edges of the upper teeth follow the curve of the lower lip when the patient smiles.  That wasn’t done by Jacqueline’s original dentist who did the old crowns.

Jacqueline chose the “enhanced” smile style from the tooth shape library and a BL2 shade from the tooth shade guide.  The end result, which was a spectacular smile with porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns, was completed beginning to end in just under a month’s time for a happy Mission Viejo lady.

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