Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Family

Newport Beach office: (949) 675-7750

Garden Grove office: (714) 537-0550
 

AT HOME SMILE ANALYSIS

If you want your own world-class smile, there are a number of ways to analyze your smile. Please click on "educational videos" above

to watch the first and third slide presentation in the cosmetic section (titles: a beautiful smile and a more beautiful youthful smile).

By comparing the criteria (mentioned in the presentations) needed for a beautiful smile or a youthful smile, your smile can be analyzed. 

 

 


NEXT TIME YOU SMILE, ASK YOURSELF THIS.......

 

 

  1. When you smile in the mirror, do you like the way your teeth look?
  2. Do you ever put your hand up to cover your smile?
  3. Do you like your smile in photographs?
  4. Would you like to easily whiten your teeth?
  5. Do you think you show too much or too little of your teeth when you smile?
  6. Do you have any black mercury fillings that show, or concern you that you would like to be changed?
  7. Do you have old crowns or caps that don't match your natural teeth or you are unhappy with?
  8. Would you like to change the way your teeth or gums are shaped?
  9. Would you to like to straighten your teeth, with orthodontic braces treatment ?
  10. Are you interested in information about halitosis or bad breath?


If the answer is "Yes" to any of these questions and your smile does not have those above criteria, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Call us today at 949-675 7750 to schedule your personal consultation....

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE COSMETIC DENTIST, DR. BUI ?
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE AMONG COSMETIC DENTISTS?


A dentist just knows to do bleaching can claim himself legally as a cosmetic dentist.
Therefore, I suggest 10 tips for finding a qualified cosmetic dentist you can trust....

  1. Take time to do research on the Internet to know the dentist's background, post graduate cosmetic trainings, any lawsuits, any dental board complaints, patients'  Reviews on line, years of experiences and achievements, etc...
  2. After talking with the dentist, Does he show any integrity ?(honest about his experiences, credentials, etc...)
  3. Does he has compassion toward the patients, caring approach, and can he communicate well with you ?(good rapport with the dentist)
  4. He needs to be a perfectionist as a cosmetic dentist
  5. He also needs to have artistic eyes to help you on the shape, color of the teeth
  6. He needs to be well experienced about smile designs
  7. Review of before/after pictures of the dentist's actual patients
  8. Ask for actual patients' references so you can call and talk directly with them
  9. Does he use cutting-edge technology modern equipments?
  10. Does he have passion for cosmetic dentistry?

 


      COSMETIC PROCEDURES

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Extreme Smile Makeover

We Create Smiles That Change Lives ....... EXTREME SMILE MAKEOVER - ATTRACTIVE SMILES by Cosmetic Dentistry ! Everyone feels more confident and secure when they are comfortable with their appearance. Yet quite often, smiles are overlooked while weight, dress, hairstyle etc. are all attended to. Having a bright, attractive smile can make all the difference, whether you're meeting an old friend or a stranger, whether you're at work, or socializing with friends. People are drawn to those with a contagious, attractive smile.

If you are looking to secure employment, you will surely meet with potential employers. Why not make a great first impression by flashing a bright smile their way? The interviewer will be impressed with your confidence and more inclined to believe in your competence. Smiling at those who work around you will help keep the mood in your office light and friendly.

If you are trying to meet new people, nothing will draw them to you more than your smile. A clean, attractive smile will help communicate your friendliness to others.

Again, not only will your family, friends, and co-workers appreciate it, but you'll also find that you feel more confident and secure with a smile that is aesthetically pleasing.

All of this can be achieved by a single cosmetic dentistry procedure such as teeth whitening, dental bondings or porcelain veneers or by a combination of procedures designed specifically for you.

If you are ready to enhance your smile with an extreme makeover, please e-mail or call our Newport Beach office at 949-675 7750 to schedule your confidential Smile Makeover consultation.

If you are ready but apprehensive about the cosmetic procedures, please inquire us about oral conscious sedation for dentistry in a safe, comfortable and relaxed manner.


Teeth Whitening 

Whether you are self-conscious because you have yellowed dark-brown teeth from smoking or drinking tea, coffee and red wine or if you just want to look your best, teeth whitening is a sure way to brighten your smile and gain increased confidence in your appearance. There are several ways of bleaching:
 

1. Home Teeth Whitening
   Dr. Bui can take imprints (impressions) of your teeth to make custom-fitted upper  and lower trays for you to take home to complete the teeth whitening process. Patient will be instructed to place the bleaching gels in the trays and wear them for one hour after dinner each night for 2-3 weeks depending the darkness of the teeth. Teeth sensitivity and gum irritation are common side-effects.

2. Office Zoom Teeth Whitening
   
45 minutes: Dr. Bui will isolate upper and lower teeth by covering the gums and retracting the lips. Patient will be in a reclined and relaxed position with music headphones.

1 hour: Zoom bleaching gels will be applied on the teeth. Then the ARC light is used in conjunction with the Zoom gel (the light source projecting to the gelled teeth - 3 to 4 fifteen minutes applications) to accelerate and amplify the tooth whitening process.  Less teeth sensitivity and gum discomfort with quicker results (1 day compared to 14 days home treatment).

3.  Office Laser Teeth Whitening
30 minutes: Dr. Bui will isolate the teeth from the gums and the lips . Patient will be in a relaxed position with more comfortable cheek and lips retraction. 

30 minutes: Powder/liquid gels will be applied on the teeth. Then the Laser   Pulsating Beam will be projected each quadrant 30 seconds. After, we let the Powder/gel seat on the teeth for 3 minutes. We can repeat 2-6 applications.  Less teeth sensitivity with fastest results (1 hour procedure). 

The above procedures are the most effective ways of bleaching and are best performed under Dr. Bui's supervision to ensure the safest results which can last to 2-3 years depending patients' smoking habits and beverages intake.

There are also other over-the-counter teeth whitening products available, much less expensive but the results last only few weeks and their safety is not reliable without professional supervision.


Teeth Bondings

Cosmetic dental bondings, also known as composites are excellent ways to fix structural imperfections in the teeth such as cracks, chips and discolored teeth as well as to replace silver amalgam fillings.
The bondings can also repair misaligned teeth, providing a straighter, more uniform smile.
To begin the teeth bonding procedure, OC cosmetic dentist Dr. Bui selects a composite resin (dental bonding material) that matches the natural shade of your teeth. Dr. Bui then roughens the existing tooth so the resin can adhere properly.

Next, the composite resin is carefully applied to the tooth, shaped, and smoothed to achieve the desired look. It is then quickly hardened via a high intensity light.

Lastly, the bonded tooth is buffed and polished so it has the same appearance as the surrounding teeth.
This procedure is quick, affordable, relatively painless, and reversible but not long lasting. Dental bondings are alternatives to more extensive less permanent Cosmetic dentistry treatment with porcelain veneers and all porcelain crowns.

Many insurance carriers cover teeth bonding, especially if it is done for structural reasons.


Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers are a beautiful way to correct stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. By placing thin layers of glass-like ceramic porcelain on the surface of the teeth, Newport Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Bui can provide patients with bright, straight, and natural looking smiles.

Each patient's situation is unique - some may need many porcelain veneers and some may need only a few.

The smile can be rejuvenated with porcelain veneers. Patient will look much younger!  Your first appointment will be the consultation of the treatment plan which includes the Pre-op Nikon pictures and Pre-op diagnostic models impressions for Diagnostic Wax-Ups of future veneers with temporaries-putty matrix, needed during the veneers preparations appointment (following visit). Smile guide and shade with characterizations will be selected.

Your second appointment will be the day Dr. Bui will do the preparations of all the veneers (sometimes a combination of veneers, cosmetic crowns and bridges at the same time - extreme smile makeover case) after the preview of the Diagnostic Wax Ups of future cosmetic restorations. The veneer preparations mean conservative reductions or removals of the front part of the teeth involved. The wafer-thin porcelain veneers will eventually be set in place of these reduced enamels. A mold is then taken of your teeth. From this mold, each porcelain veneer will be custom made to fit the tooth and complement your smile.

The porcelain veneers are then placed on your teeth in your third, and final, office visit with your approval of course before the cementations. At this time, Dr. Bui will be able to precisely match the color of your dental veneers to your surrounding teeth. After the fit and the color of your veneers are ensured to be to your liking, the adhesive is hardened using a special light. You then have a bright, long-lasting Smile with you new porcelain veneers. Lastly, the occlusion needs to be adjusted.
Nikon post-op pictures will then be taken....

The glass-like ceramic that forms a porcelain veneer closely resembles natural tooth Enamel which is translucent.

If you are considering porcelain veneers as a smile makeover, then please call us for a free consultation ........949- 675 7750.


All Porcelain Crowns

For teeth that are severely damaged, fractured, dental crowns can be an effective treatment option. The crown procedure utilizes tooth-shaped coverings made of ceramic or porcelain to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. In addition, crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post (abutment).

The dental crown is usually completed in two stages.

During the first stage, Dr. Bui reduces portions of your natural tooth's structure to accommodate the dental crown. Surrounding teeth may also be prepared in this way. An impression is made and sent to the lab, where your crown is created in about two weeks. A temporary crown will be in place between visits to ensure the most natural look and feel. When you return to Dr. Bui's office, the temporary crown is removed and your new, custom dental crown is securely bonded in place.

The cosmetic full porcelain crowns create an extremely natural-looking appearance and are typically used on front teeth. The tooth-colored ceramic material used in porcelain crowns is translucent, like the enamel of your natural teeth, and size and shade can be carefully matched to complement the rest of your smile.

Other types of dental crowns like Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) and Full Metal Crowns.
PFM crowns have metal substructure as a coping with porcelain overlay. They are stronger than Full Porcelain Crowns . they are designed mainly for back chewing molars. However, their metal shell gives PFM crowns an opaque appearance.

Because they lack the reflective quality of natural teeth, PFMs are not as discrete as all ceramic or porcelain crowns.

Metal crowns are extremely durable and can be applied with less removal of the natural tooth structure than all ceramic or PFM crowns. Metal crowns may consist of various materials, including gold alloy, palladium, nickel alloy or chromium alloy. They are designed mainly for chewing molars with conservative preparation required.

To find out what crowns you need, please call 949-675 7750 for a free consultation.


Tooth colored fillings

They are safer and more attractive alternatives to older silver Amalgam fillings.

Due to the possible Mercury toxicity from the silver fillings, our Newport Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Bui has stopped doing dark visible amalgam fillings but instead, has encouraged patients to have natural tooth colored, mercury metal free white fillings.

White fillings can either be composite or ceramic. Both options look and feel the same as your natural teeth after few days.

Composite restoration is a very common material used for white fillings.  Those composite restorations are the most often used material to replace metallic black silver fillings and are quickly becoming one of the most commonly used materials in cosmetic dentistry. They are used to close gaps in the teeth, to fix and repair chips, gaps and cracks in the teeth, as well as restoring the size or color of a tooth.

A Composite restoration can be placed in just one visit. To place it, cosmetic dentist Dr. Bui will begin by preparing the tooth. This involves removal of the decay or old defective silver filling, a thorough cleaning, followed by materials that will protect the tooth and increase the strength of the bond. Dr. Bui then places the composite material onto your tooth, which is hardened by a special curing light.

Ceramic tooth colored fillings on the other hand are more durable and stronger for chewing because they are made by porcelain and processed in the dental lab.

They are called porcelain inlays if the restorations are within the cusps (projections) of the teeth - for smaller fillings.

They are called porcelain onlays if the restorations involve the cusp or cusps - for larger fillings involving fractured cusp.

Ceramic inlays or onlays

Ceramic inlays and onlays require 2 visits:

1st visit, Dr. Bui will remove the decay or old defective silver black filling, do a thorough cleaning and he will take a mold or impression of the prepared tooth for the lab fabrication. Patient goes home with the temporary restoration.

2nd visit, Dr. Bui will remove the temporary and cement the final restoration from the lab, which will feel natural in few days.
Inlays and Onlays are conservative options of dental treatments. They help to conserve more tooth structure because their use requires minimal removal a tooth's surface. Perhaps their most important benefit, however, is that, in saving damaged teeth, onlays help patients avoid the eventual need for more extensive treatment with dental crowns, bridges or implants.

They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown.
So, if you are timid about opening your mouth because of visible ugly dark black metal fillings, then replacing your fillings with white resin or porcelain filling material may be for you... Call OC cosmetic dentist Dr. Timothy Bui 949-675 7750 For a free consultation.


 

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