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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
March 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
TransformYourSmilewithPorcelainVeneers

You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.

Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.

To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.

We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.

In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.

When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.

If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.

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 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.

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
July 10, 2018
Tags: veneers  

VeneersHow veneers from your dentists in Garden Grove and Newport Beach, California can remake your smile

Your smile is your trademark, so what do you do if your smile becomes damaged? Over time, daily wear-and-tear can create small cracks, breaks, defects and other aesthetic problems with your teeth. The good news is you can hide the cosmetic issues and remake your smile, thanks to porcelain veneers!

Dr. Timothy Bui wants to introduce you to the benefits of porcelain veneers. He has two convenient office locations in Newport Beach, and Garden Grove, California to help your smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of high-grade dental porcelain that are placed on the front surfaces of your teeth, creating a beautiful, uniform tooth surface. When you choose porcelain veneers, you will experience amazing benefits, such as:

A naturally beautiful appearance, because porcelain is a light-reflective material that closely resembles tooth enamel, so your veneers will look completely natural

Long-lasting good looks, because porcelain resists stains from coffee, tobacco use, and other habits, so your veneers will always look beautiful

Conservation of tooth structure, because unlike other restorative treatments, with veneers only minimal tooth structure is removed

Versatility, because veneers can hide many cosmetic issues, including some that are usually treated with orthodontics, like tooth overlap or spaces between your teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great choice to cover up:

  • Chips or cracks caused by daily wear-and-tear
  • Erosion or worn-down teeth caused by bad habits or aging
  • Fractures or breaks caused by an injury or accident
  • Heavy stains or discolorations from genetics or medications

To find out more detailed information about porcelain veneer treatment, please visit the Porcelain Veneers page on the website at https://www.drtimothybui.com/library/7735/PorcelainVeneers.html

Porcelain veneers are the state-of-the-art way to achieve a perfect smile. You deserve to look your best, and it begins with your smile. If you have a smile that is damaged, or you just want your smile to look fantastic, it’s time to consider porcelain veneers. It’s time to call Dr. Timothy Bui, with offices in Newport Beach and Garden Grove, California. Call today!

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
PreplessVeneerscanTransformYourSmileWithoutAlteringYourTeeth

Porcelain veneers represent one of the best values in cosmetic dentistry, capable of radically changing a person’s smile with little tooth surface preparation. Still, the small amount of tooth enamel usually removed to accommodate them will permanently alter the affected teeth, to the point they will require a veneer or other restoration from then on.

The traditional veneer has remarkable versatility for solving a number of minor cosmetic problems, correcting mild tooth positioning problems and replacing lost or damaged enamel. But to avoid an unnatural bulky appearance, a portion of the tooth enamel must be permanently removed to accommodate them.

In recent years, though, a new concept known as “prepless veneers” has emerged in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Understandably, this new, “drill-free” veneer application has caused a lot of debate among dentists and patients alike, with concerns of bulky, overly-contoured teeth resulting from the technique. But the concept is growing as many well-regarded dentists have incorporated both minimal prep and prepless veneers into their service offerings.

The prepless veneer offers a cosmetic solution that doesn’t alter the tooth permanently. Using techniques such as feathering, which tapers and blends the veneer seamlessly with the tooth at the gum line, we can avoid an unnatural appearance while offering patients a much less invasive outcome.

The main disadvantage of prepless veneers at this time is that they’re not appropriate in every case. In fact, careful patient selection is a key to a successful outcome. For example, relatively large teeth or teeth positioned too far forward don’t work well with an added layer of thickness.

If, on the other hand, you have small, short or worn teeth, or teeth overshadowed by your lips — just to name a few likely scenarios — then you may benefit immensely from prepless veneers without permanent alteration to your teeth. A detailed examination is your first step to finding out if this new technique could provide you with a less-invasive smile makeover.

If you would like more information on drill-free 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 without the Drill.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
April 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.