With only seven seconds to make a good first impression, you want to have a beautiful, healthy smile. A winning smile can improve your personal and professional relationships and make you feel good about yourself. Crooked, discolored, or gapped teeth can detract from your smile. In San Francisco, CA, Dr. Terri Nguyen and Dr. Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry offer cosmetic dental care including porcelain veneers to enhance your smile.
The number of requests for cosmetic dentistry has increased in recent years. Enhancing the smile makes a simple, yet dramatic improvement to one’s overall physical appearance. At West Portal Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of a healthy smile and how it affects a patient’s quality of life. Cosmetic dental care refers to any procedure or treatment that alters the appearance of the teeth and/or gums. Although cosmetic procedures are usually elective and done for aesthetic reasons, overall oral health is established and maintained during the process.
Every patient has unique needs. Prior to a cosmetic procedure, a consultation and examination are performed to review a patient’s current oral health, medical history, appropriateness of the desired procedure, and anticipated outcomes. This ensures there are no problems that may interfere with the cosmetic process but also that your teeth, gums, and oral cavity are healthy. Your dentist will help you choose the most appropriate procedure to enhance your smile and to give you the results you desire.
Beginning in the 1920’s, veneers were used to temporarily improve the smiles of Hollywood actors and actresses while filming. Now, veneers are available as an option for everyone looking to permanently transform their smiles.
Made of ultra thin shells of porcelain, veneers are bonded to the teeth to alter their appearance. The porcelain material closely resembles natural tooth enamel in color and opalescence. Veneers may be applied to a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire set for a smile makeover. They can transform the size, shape, and/or color of the teeth. The end result is an even, winning smile.
Veneers are a custom dental treatment. Following the initial consultation, the teeth need to be prepped for veneers. Since veneers are ultra thin, only a small amount of the tooth has to be removed. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions of the teeth are taken. The impressions and dentist’s notes are sent to a laboratory for fabrication. The goal is for the veneers to look natural and to blend seamlessly.
Once the veneers have been fabricated, they are bonded to the teeth. First, the teeth are cleaned and polished. An etching gel is applied to help with the bonding process. The veneers are applied and residual material is removed. The patient can go home with a new stunning smile.
Dental imperfections such as gapped, stained, chipped, or crooked teeth can be corrected with porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental procedures. Regardless of your need, veneers have a number of benefits in smile enhancement.
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.