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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
August 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The term “makeover” is a powerful word in today’s society. It’s used for a variety of things — hair, body, lawn — that need more than a different style, a little toning or some new shrubs. A makeover is a transformation, replacing the dissatisfying status quo with something new and dynamic.

Your smile and its various components — teeth, gums, jaw structure and facial features — might also be a candidate for a makeover. This involves more than just a few modifications. It’s the answer to a smile we avoid showing in photos, cover with our hand when we’re speaking or laughing, or makes us feel older than we really are. In other words, it’s a comprehensive change to a smile that inhibits us from fully expressing ourselves in our friend, family or career relationships.

Of course, for any makeover to succeed, it must follow a plan. A smile transformation is no different. The process begins with what we call a “smile analysis”: a comprehensive examination that determines the exact condition of your entire mouth. This enables us to identify problems and defects, understand how they interact with your other facial features, and then recommend a treatment plan that effectively addresses these issues.

The plan isn’t complete, though, without your input. You may want a complete renovation — to restore missing teeth or change their shape, color and brilliance. On the other hand, you may be more comfortable with a few subtle changes, perhaps even keeping slight imperfections that you see as part of the real “you.” Whichever path you take, the end result is a smile that makes you happy, and proud to show to others.

The various techniques and materials available through cosmetic or restorative dentistry can turn any disappointing smile into a beautiful one. Your journey to that newer, brighter smile begins with your next dental visit.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers through restorative or cosmetic dentistry, 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 “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.

Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?

Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.

What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.

Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.

Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.

Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.

If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
March 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Not long ago, Jane Fonda gave a British interviewer a clue as to how she manages to look so young at her advanced age. During the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the septuagenarian actress and fitness guru said to a journalist from the London-based Daily Mail, “See these teeth? They cost $55,000. It was teeth or a new car — and I opted for the teeth.”

We think she made the right choice — though she might have overpaid just a tad. Most people don't have that kind of cash to spend on either a car or new teeth. But luckily, you can get either for a lot less — particularly the teeth!

The truth is, at a reasonable cost, cosmetic dentistry really can make you look a lot younger while giving your self-esteem a tremendous boost. It's an investment in both your emotional and oral health as we will never implement a smile makeover without first making sure we've addressed any underlying dental disease. Best of all, it doesn't have to cost anywhere near what you'd pay for the latest-model Jaguar, the price tag of Fonda's smile notwithstanding. Here is a list of the more common cosmetic dental techniques used to enhance a person's smile:

  • Whitening — a peroxide-based bleach is applied directly to the teeth to remove minor staining and discoloration.
  • Bonding — an acrylic material is applied to a tooth, colored and shaped to match the person's other teeth. Primarily used for chipped, broken or decayed teeth.
  • Enamel Shaping — the removal of very tiny amounts of enamel, the tooth's outer layer, for a more pleasing tooth shape.
  • Veneers — a thin shell of custom-designed tooth-colored material, usually porcelain, affixed to the front surface of the teeth.
  • Crowns and Bridgework — a technique that covers heavily damaged teeth or replaces missing teeth by capping them, or using capped teeth to support one or more false teeth.
  • Dental Implants — a small titanium post is surgically implanted in the jawbone to replace the root-part of a missing tooth. A lifelike crown is attached to the implant above the gum line and is the only part of the whole tooth restoration that is visible in the mouth.
  • Gum Contouring — a minor surgical procedure altering the position of the gum tissue to improve the look and regularity of the gum line around the teeth.

If you'd like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, please read the Dear Doctor magazine articles, “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 14, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Smiling offers a ton of physical and psychological benefits. Those who smile are considered more attractive, more successful and even younger-looking! So if you don’t have a smile that’s, well…something to smile about, then its time that we gave you the smile you desire. If you’ve ever watched a makeover show, it’s hard to believe the incredible transformations these people have undergone. They seem more confident and happy with their new look and everyone around them can’t seem to believe it either. Now that person can be you!
We offer a variety of dental treatments to fit your smile needs. Whether you’re looking to get a whiter smile, replace a missing tooth, or get straighter teeth, your wish is our command. Here are only some of the smile services we offer our patients to help them achieve the perfect smile:
Teeth whitening (or bleaching)a couple smiling
One visit to your local dentist could restore your smile to a dazzling white. In about one hour, your teeth could be up to 10 shades whiter. Over-the-counter whitening products can’t promise the same results as this professional whitening system.
Dental Veneers
If you’re looking to refresh your smile but want a non-invasive alternative, dental veneers are calling your name. These thin, porcelain shells are specially bonded to the front of teeth to hide cracks, chips, discolorations and misalignment.
Dental Crowns
If your teeth have been severely damaged due to decay, the best way to restore a tooth back to its original state is with dental crowns. Dental crowns are designed to look like a natural tooth, and are fitted over the damaged tooth to restore function and shape.
Dental Fillings
After tooth decay has been removed, this tooth-colored resin is used to “fill” in these spots for give a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dental Implants
If you’re missing teeth, dental implants could be your long-term solution. This more extensive treatment involves surgery to secure the implant within the jawbone. After healing and recovery, we place a crown on the implant to give you a complete smile again.

Are You A Good Fit For A Smile Makeover

Whether the idea of talking more comfortably around your friends or snagging your dream job sounds appealing, and you believe a stronger-looking smile will improve these social and professional situations, then it’s time to consider getting a smile makeover.
So how do you choose from these different dental treatments? Simple! Your smile makeover specialist will sit down with you and discuss your dental goals and come up with a treatment plan that will suit your needs, both physically and financially. We’ve seen all kinds of smiles, so we’re no stranger to what cosmetic procedures our patients needs.
If you want to talk to your smile makeover specialist about cosmetic dentistry, call me today at (949) 675-7750. We can’t wait to help you feel more confident in your smile.