While it took a year to get him where he needed to be, this post features a VERY happy patient that received VERY conservative treatment.
A great before and after case study that highlights a creative way to use veneers and bonding to close gaps between teeth.
This lovely patient was very unhappy with her bonding on the front teeth and the discolored lower teeth. See before & after photos.
This patient discusses some veneers at another dentist, and the problems they gave him. This is why your dentist should work WITH you on veneers.
This patient didn’t like his old veneers from another dentist. They were the wrong shape and size, and someone tried to correct his crowding by making the teeth overly bulbous to appear straight.
We were able to correct the veneers and give him a natural contour and color. He said he forgot what it was like to have teeth that “feel real”.
This patient looked me up and found me because I was her dentist 10 years ago. Since then, she had gotten veneers at another dentist. When she came to see me in Encinitas a few weeks ago, she has a few requests: She let me know that she never liked the color on those veneers. …
This patient had undersized lateral incisors. Moonlight Beach Dental replaced them with 2 normal-sized veneers in 2.5 hours and with minimal anesthetic.
After a bad tooth repair at another dentist, this patient decided to only let me restore her teeth for her upcoming wedding. So she flew in for 2 days!
At 75 years of age, this patient decided she was ready for a change. In a pre-veneer appointment, we performed a smile design mock up. This involves a wax up and photos to design a smile that can be transferred to the mouth, without even having to commit to touching the teeth.
This patient had broken his front teeth due to his bite.
We started Invisalign in order to be able to eventually do veneers. Mid-treatment, I did some bonding without any numbing in order to rebuild the teeth, so that I can finalize the esthetics and the bite before doing veneers.
We did such a good job – I am not even sure he will do the veneers!
Before, this patient had 2 teeth that were not sized well compared to the others.
With minimal, no prep veneers, we changed his smile in less than 3 hours.
This patient had a need for a few fillings to be redone on her front teeth. But why not close the black space in between while we were at it?
This is a pediatric patient that was missing a tooth due to trauma, and she needed 2 crowns.
In addition to the crowns, we used veneers to enhance the length of the teeth and close spaces.
I am grateful for many things. Today, I was thinking about how gratifying it is that we have patients whom fly in – just to get their teeth worked on at Moonlight Beach Dental!
It’s extremely rewarding on so many levels.
Here’s one such patient. I’ll let the pictures do most of the explaining:
Since we live so close to the Mexico border, every once in a while you hear a story about someone that goes to Tijuana in order to “save money” on “cheap” dental work.
If this is something you’ve considered, I implore you to read this post. If you don’t want to read, please understand this:
If you go to a “cheap” dentist, anywhere, you will always get “cheap” dental work that will end up costing you more money in the long run.
This patient was missing her laterals and her previous dentist veneered he canines to mask the missing teeth.
Needless to say, after 15 years with these veneers, she came to me for a second opinion.
See the before and afters!
This patient was missing a veneer on a malformed tooth that fell off after 1 day!
Her previous dentist really struggled with her complex bite (an underbite). Making it even more complicated, she is missing the matching tooth on the opposite side, so creating a mirror image that fit her unique bite was very difficult.
Before, this patient did not like her old veneers. They were too bulky, the gumline was uneven and the bite was off, causing her to keep breaking the porcelain.
In 2 visits, we changed her entire bite. I used the laser to level the gumline (hence the need for 2 visits) and opened her bite so I could take the force off of the front teeth and stabilize her occlusion.
In 2 1/2 hours, this patient walked out with two perfectly matched, permanent veneers – made on our CAD CAM milling machine.
A patient did not like her deteriorating bonding and shortened teeth that made her look older. With 6 veneers with laser gum re-contouring, she looks great!
Every client that comes in is unique. We combine a variety of different techniques and treatments to create a better smile for them.
Some of our patients come in and have been insecure with their teeth for years. Others are afraid. So they’re often taken back when the entire visit goes by without pain, and they have a great smile in only a couple hours. They wonder what they were waiting for and why they didn’t do it sooner.
We’re like like dental ninjas.
A patient came into our Encinitas office knowing his dental insurance would expire the next day. We designed & milled 2 new front teeth in under 3 hours!