Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Family

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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

A damaged, unsightly or unhealthy smile can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Newport Beach and Garden Grove, CA, cosmetic dentistrydentist Dr. Timothy Bui explains how you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Treatments improve your ability to bite and chew

When teeth are damaged or missing, it can be very difficult to tear, bite, chew and grind foods. If you can't take a bite of a carrot or chew a piece of chicken, you may decide that a softer diet is a better choice. Although a soft diet may prevent you from feeling hungry, it might not offer the vitamins and minerals you need for good health. Luckily, damaged teeth can be restored with bonding or crowns, while dentures, bridges and dental implants offer effective solutions if you've lost teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments improve your appearance

No matter how carefully you try to hide dental issues, sooner or later you have to open your mouth. Cosmetic treatments can help you feel more confident if chips, cracks, obvious decay, crooked teeth or other issues affect your smile. Veneers, bonding, crowns and tooth-colored fillings correct the dental problems that can contribute to lower self-esteem.

Although stains may not affect the function or health of your teeth, discolored teeth can make you feel very self-conscious. Whether you choose professional teeth whitening in our Newport Beach or Garden Grove office or veneers, thin porcelain shells applied to the fronts of teeth, cosmetic treatments can whiten and transform your smile.

Treatments offer long-lasting benefits

Removing decayed portions of teeth and replacing them with tooth-colored fillings, inlays or onlays restores the function and appearance of your teeth. Prompt treatment of cavities also helps you avoid extensive dental treatments or root canals in the future.

Removable full dentures, a popular restoration option, can reduce facial sagging common after tooth loss and improve your ability to chew. Dental implants and implant-supported dentures offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Implants replace missing roots and bond to your jawbone. Thanks to their superior strength, they provide a very stable foundation for the dental crowns you'll use to chew.

Could you benefit from a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Timothy Bui by calling (949) 675-7750 for the Newport Beach, CA, office or (714) 537-0550 for the Garden Grove office.

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
November 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Some people are lucky — they never seem to have a mishap, dental or otherwise. But for the rest of us, accidents just happen sometimes. Take actor Jamie Foxx, for example. A few years ago, he actually had a dentist intentionally chip one of his teeth so he could portray a homeless man more realistically. But recently, he got a chipped tooth in the more conventional way… well, conventional in Hollywood, anyway. It happened while he was shooting the movie Sleepless with co-star Michelle Monaghan.

“Yeah, we were doing a scene and somehow the action cue got thrown off or I wasn't looking,” he told an interviewer. “But boom! She comes down the pike. And I could tell because all this right here [my teeth] are fake. So as soon as that hit, I could taste the little chalkiness, but we kept rolling.” Ouch! So what's the best way to repair a chipped tooth? The answer it: it all depends…

For natural teeth that have only a small chip or minor crack, cosmetic bonding is a quick and relatively easy solution. In this procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin, made of a plastic matrix with inorganic glass fillers, is applied directly to the tooth's surface and then hardened or “cured” by a special light. Bonding offers a good color match, but isn't recommended if a large portion of the tooth structure is missing. It's also less permanent than other types of restoration, but may last up to 10 years.

When more of the tooth is missing, a crown or dental veneer may be a better answer. Veneers are super strong, wafer-thin coverings that are placed over the entire front surface of the tooth. They are made in a lab from a model of your teeth, and applied in a separate procedure that may involve removal of some natural tooth material. They can cover moderate chips or cracks, and even correct problems with tooth color or spacing.

A crown is the next step up: It's a replacement for the entire visible portion of the tooth, and may be needed when there's extensive damage. Like veneers, crowns (or caps) are made from models of your bite, and require more than one office visit to place; sometimes a root canal may also be needed to save the natural tooth. However, crowns are strong, natural looking, and can last many years.

But what about teeth like Jamie's, which have already been restored? That's a little more complicated than repairing a natural tooth. If the chip is small, it may be possible to smooth it off with standard dental tools. Sometimes, bonding material can be applied, but it may not bond as well with a restoration as it will with a natural tooth; plus, the repaired restoration may not last as long as it should. That's why, in many cases, we will advise that the entire restoration be replaced — it's often the most predictable and long-lasting solution.

Oh, and one more piece of advice: Get a custom-made mouthguard — and use it! This relatively inexpensive device, made in our office from a model of your own teeth, can save you from a serious mishap… whether you're doing Hollywood action scenes, playing sports or just riding a bike. It's the best way to protect your smile from whatever's coming at it!

If you have questions about repairing chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How your dentist from Newport Beach, California can save your smiledental implants

Everyone loves a great looking smile! If you are living with a less-than-complete smile due to missing teeth, it’s time to restore your smile. You deserve to look and feel great about yourself, and it all begins with your smile. It’s time for you to discover the magic of dental implants!

Dr. Timothy Bui wants to introduce you to dental implants, the high-tech way to restore your smile. Dr. Bui has two convenient office locations in Newport Beach and Garden Grove, California to serve your dental needs.

You may have considered removable partials or dental bridgework. Dental implants are a much better solution for many reasons including:

  • Stability; unlike partials, dental implants don’t move around because they are firmly embedded in bone.
  • Cosmetic beauty; dental implants look just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental health; you can brush and floss your implants along with your natural teeth.
  • Lasting good looks; dental implants are stain resistant.

Dental implants are placed during a simple procedure, performed right in the office. The dental implant screw is made of titanium, a biocompatible material which allows your bone to fuse with the implant. Sometimes a temporary implant crown is placed immediately. In other cases, a permanent crown is placed after the tissue has healed. Your dentists in Newport Beach can discuss which might be the best option for you.

Dental implant placement boasts a high success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. That makes dental implants the most successful surgical implant.

If your self-esteem is suffering because your smile isn’t all it could be, take charge of your smile! Now you can restore your smile and have a beautiful smile for life with dental implants! For more information about dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic services call Dr. Timothy Bui, serving residents of Newport Beach and Garden Grove, California. Call today!

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth staining  

Stained teeth can be embarrassing — so much so you may even hesitate to smile. Before you seek out a whitening solution, though, there are a few things you need to know about tooth staining.

Tooth staining is more complex than you might think. There are actually two types: extrinsic, staining from foods and other substances of the outer surface of the enamel; and intrinsic, discoloration deep within a tooth that affects their outward appearance. The latter staining has a number of causes, including the type of dental materials used to fill a tooth, a history of trauma or the use of the antibiotic tetracycline during early tooth development.

There are some noticeable differences between the two types, although an examination is usually necessary to determine which you have. Extrinsic staining tends to be brown, black, or gray, or occasionally green, orange or yellow. Intrinsic staining can be red, pink or, if caused by tetracycline and fluoresced under ultraviolet light, yellow. If only one tooth is discolored it’s most likely intrinsic due to decay in the tooth pulp.

What can be done also depends on which type. Extrinsic staining can be modified through whitening, with either an office application or a home kit (there are differences, so you should consult with us before you decide). It may also be essential to modify your diet by restricting foods and beverages (coffee, wine or tea) known to cause staining and by eliminating tobacco use. You should also practice daily hygiene, including brushing with a toothpaste designed to diminish staining, and regular office cleaning and polishing.

Intrinsic staining can’t be addressed by these methods. Instead, you may need to undergo a procedure where we enter the interior of the tooth and insert a bleaching agent. If this isn’t an option, you can also choose a cosmetic restoration such as a porcelain veneer or crown that will cover the tooth to better match the color of your other teeth.

Dealing with stained teeth begins with a visit to our office to determine what type of discoloration you have and to learn your options. But regardless of what type you have, there is a way to a brighter smile.

If you would like more information on the causes and treatments of tooth staining, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Staining.”

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