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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
January 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
ChangeYourSmilefortheBetterwithPorcelainVeneers

Are you tired of those stained, chipped, slightly crooked or—in a word—unattractive teeth? We have an effective solution for you: cover them with life-like porcelain veneers.

As the name implies, a veneer is a thin layer of dental porcelain custom-made to match your tooth’s shape and color and permanently bonded to the outside enamel. With its translucent, light-reflective quality similar to tooth enamel, dental porcelain looks completely natural. Veneers are well suited for minor to moderate imperfections, and can even be used to correct slight gaps between teeth.

We begin the process by performing a comprehensive dental exam to begin planning the exact shape and color of your new veneers. We can now do much of this planning with computer imaging, which may also give you the chance to see how your veneers will look on you after treatment.

We often will also need to prepare the teeth to accommodate the veneers when we bond them. Although the alterations shouldn’t be anywhere near as extensive as with a porcelain crown, we will still often need to remove some of the enamel layer so the veneer won’t look bulky. Even though we’ll remove as little as possible, if needed it will still permanently alter your teeth—so they’ll require some form of restoration from then on.

Once we’ve prepared the teeth, it’s then time to create the veneers. This is typically done by a dental laboratory technician through a manual process that may take several weeks. Increasingly, though, equipped dental offices are now able to generate their veneers in-house with computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) milling technology.

Once the veneers are ready, they’re bonded securely to the teeth with a detailed process that helps ensure they’ll endure biting and chewing forces for a long time. Still, you’ll need to avoid biting into hard objects or using your teeth for such things as cracking nuts. If you have a clenching or grinding habit, we may also recommend you wear a night guard to prevent excessive forces against not just your veneers but your teeth as well.

By taking good care of them, your new veneers can give you many years of service. Most of all, they can transform your embarrassing appearance into a smile you’re proud to show.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
January 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
PorcelainVeneersMightnotbetheBestOptionforTeenagers

For chipped, stained, or slightly crooked teeth, dental veneers might be the ideal solution. These thin layers of porcelain bonded directly over the teeth with the perfect blend of color, sizes and shapes, can transform a person’s smile for a relatively modest cost.

But if the teeth belong to a teenager, veneers might not be appropriate. This is because in most cases, we’ll need to remove some of the tooth enamel so that the applied veneers won’t look unnaturally bulky. This alteration is permanent, so the teeth will require some form of restoration from then on.

While not usually a major issue with fully matured adult teeth, it could be with the developing teeth of pre-teens and teens. During childhood and adolescence the tooth’s inner pulp plays an important role in dentin production, and so the pulp chamber is relatively large compared to an adult tooth. This larger size places the pulp closer to the enamel surface than with an adult tooth.

Because of its proximity to the enamel, there’s a greater chance veneer alterations could damage a teenager’s tooth pulp and its nerve bundles. If that happens, we may need to perform a root canal treatment to save the tooth—also not an optimal situation for a developing tooth.

That’s why we need to take into consideration a patient’s age and stage of dental development first, including x-raying the affected teeth to measure the depth of the tooth pulp. If we deem it too risky at the moment, there are other ways to improve dental appearance at least temporarily. This includes whitening externally stained teeth with a bleaching agent, or applying tooth-colored composite resin material to chipped areas. We can also apply a composite material veneer that, although not as durable as traditional porcelain, doesn’t require much if any tooth alteration.

To know your options, have your teenager undergo a thorough dental examination. Your dentist will then be able to discuss with you whether veneers can be safely attempted. And be sure the dentist who may perform the work has experience performing cosmetic procedures on teenagers.

If you would like more information on restoration choices for teenagers, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
January 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
WhatYouShouldKnowAboutaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.

That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.

Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.

Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.

For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.

Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?


By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
January 02, 2019
Tags: veneers  

Dental VeneersBreathe new life back into your appearance with the help of dental veneers.

Improving the look of your smile is easier than ever thanks to cosmetic dentistry. If imperfections are keeping you from the smile you want, dental veneers from our Newport Beach, CA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Timothy Bui and Dr. Caden Lim, can help turn your smile around for the long term.

What are dental veneers?

These simple porcelain shells can make major changes to your appearance by altering the overall look of your smile. If you find yourself hiding your smile because of cracks, chips, discolorations, or crookedness, then veneers may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

These very thin porcelain shells are made to cover the entire front surface of each tooth. Each veneer is bonded to the front of a tooth with a special dental resin, which is hardened into place with a dental laser. Medical-grade porcelain is a great material from which to create your veneers, as they match the color, translucency, and overall look of real tooth enamel.

What issues can dental veneers address?

You may be an ideal candidate for dental veneers if you are dealing with,

  • Discolorations that don’t respond to teeth whitening
  • Chips and cracks
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen or worn down teeth
  • Slightly twisted or crooked teeth
  • Minor crowding

The addition of veneers can also help strengthen a tooth and make it more resilient. If you have a cosmetic flaw that affects the overall shape, size, color, or alignment of your smile, then dental veneers may be able to help.

 

What is the process of getting dental veneers like?

The dentists at our Newport Beach office will often be able to place your veneers in just two visits over the course of one to two weeks. The first part of getting veneers requires us to prep your teeth. Although the process of tooth preparation is very minimal, we will still need to shave down about ½ mm of enamel from the front of your teeth so the veneers can fit properly without looking bulky or unnatural.

Once the teeth are prepped we will also need to take molds of your teeth. This will help a dental lab to create your very own, custom-fitted veneers. It can take up to a week or more for your veneers to be made. Once they are complete, you will come back in so that we can check their appearance before bonding them permanently to your smile. With the proper care, veneers can last up to 10 years or more.

Give us a call!

If you are interested in getting dental veneers and want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for these restorations, our dental team here in Newport Beach and Garden City, CA, can help you get the smile of your dreams. Call today for a consultation with our cosmetic dentists: (949) 675-7750 for Newport Beach, CA, and (714) 537-0550 for Garden Grove, CA.