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By Michael E. Huguet DDS
July 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

This might be the year that you finally decide to see your cosmetic dentist for a procedure that will improve the look of your smile. The cosmetic-dentistryresults will be long-last and have a major impact on your lifestyle. The dental team at Dr. Michael E. Huguet DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA, will help you choose the cosmetic dentistry procedure that’s right for you.

Considering Cosmetic Dentistry
Because your smile is the first thing that people notice when they meet you, it’s natural to want to do everything you can to make it look attractive. People notice your teeth when you smile, when you talk, or when you’re eating. Common tooth imperfections that are very noticeable include gaps, discoloration, errant teeth, and crowding. These are easy problems to fix when you consider the many technologically advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments available.

Are You Familiar with These Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
If you haven’t been to the dentist’s office in a while, you may not be fully versed on the various types of cosmetic procedures available for your smile. These are a few of the treatments your Pleasant Hill, CA, dentist might suggest:

- Veneers made of porcelain. They are beautiful, durable, and hide a wide range of dental imperfections.
- Single crowns to cover irreparable enamel damage or fix protruding teeth.
- In office or take-home teeth whitening.
- Braces to fix the alignment of the jaw and teeth (Invisalign may be an option for some patients).

Cosmetic Dentistry: Advantages to Consider
A study released on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that almost half of Americans believe a smile is your most memorable feature. That same study associates a nice smile with confidence, professional success, and overall attractiveness. It’s reasonable to consider cosmetic dentistry a worthy investment, and it’s also an act of self-care.

See a Cosmetic Dentist Soon
Don’t underestimate the value of taking care of your teeth and seeking cosmetic solutions for your smile. Call (925) 945-6204 today to schedule a consultation visit with a cosmetic dentist at Dr. Michael E. Huguet DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Couple With Dental ImplantsIt’s time to regain a full smile again after tooth loss. Let dental implants help.

We know just how surprising and upsetting it can be to lose a tooth. This was something you never thought would happen to you and now it has. So, what now? Fortunately, the cosmetic dentists at Michael E. Huguet DDS and Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA, have been helping countless individuals regain full smiles with the help of dental implants.

What are Dental Implants and How do they Work?

A dental implant itself is a metal restoration that is placed into the jawbone where it is fixed permanently in place to hold a false tooth or teeth. This restoration is made up of three different parts,

  • The implant: This metal post or screw is the part that’s placed within the jawbone
  • Abutment: A restoration that connects the implant to the artificial tooth
  • Artificial tooth: This is usually a dental crown, but implants can also support dentures

Whether you need to replace one, several or all of your missing teeth, dental implants can be placed to support a dental crown, bridge, or even a full set of dentures. If you require implant-supported dentures, this is most commonly known as all-on-4, in which four implants are placed along the arches of the jawbone to hold dentures firmly in place (an ideal option for those who are missing all of their upper teeth).

Dental implants are designed to replace the roots of your teeth, which differs implants from other tooth replacement options. This is beneficial for multiple reasons including:

  • Stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss
  • Supporting the facial muscles and preserving the natural structure
  • Preventing teeth from shifting into open gaps in your smile

An implant consists of titanium, a very durable metal that has the ability to natural fuse together with natural bone and tissue. This is what makes dental implants so successful. Once the implant and jawbone become one, this implant could last the rest of your life.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

In order to find out whether or not you are right for dental implants, our Pleasant Hills, CA, restorative dentist will need to examine your mouth and take x-rays to make sure that your jawbone is healthy enough to support an implant. Most adults who are missing one or more teeth could be good candidates for implants.

Are you living with tooth loss in Pleasant Hills, CA? Do dental implants sound like the perfect solution? Then call our office at (925) 945-6204 today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Let dental implants help you rediscover your confidence.

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
July 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Learn about cosmetic dentistry from your Pleasant Hills dentists.cosmetic dentistry

When your teeth are dull or damaged, it's hard to feel good about your smile. Luckily, a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures can restore and enhance your smile. Our Pleasant Hills, CA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Michael Huguet, Dr. Mariangela Verano and Dr. Tran Hoang discuss several procedures you may want to consider.

Bonding

Whether you have a chip or crack in your tooth, or you want to hide a discolored tooth, bonding offers a simple way to improve the appearance of your smile. Composite resin can also be used to change the shape of teeth, lengthen them or hide imperfections. When tooth-colored composite resin is exposed to a curing light, it hardens and bonds to your teeth.

Tooth-colored fillings

Composite resin is also used to fill teeth damaged by tooth decay. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored composite resin fillings blend in with your teeth for a completely natural appearance.

Dental veneers

When imperfections only affect the front surfaces of your teeth, veneers provide a simple way to improve your appearance. After the thin porcelain shells are cemented to your teeth, you'll no longer have to worry about discolorations, chips, cracks, uneven surfaces or gaps between your teeth. Do you want a whiter smile but don't want to whiten your teeth periodically? Applying veneers to your teeth offers a long-lasting whitening alternative.

Invisalign

Invisalign offers a more discreet option if you want to straighten your teeth but don't like the appearance of metal braces. The Invisalign system aligns your teeth with clear, removable aligner trays instead of wires and brackets. If you have a bite issue or are concerned about crowding or spacing problems, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign.

Dental implants

Do you need to fill a gap in your smile? Dental implants not only replace the part of your tooth visible above your gums, but also replace your tooth roots. After the titanium implant fuses to your jawbone, it's topped with a dental crown. Implants are incredibly comfortable, feel like natural teeth and can be used to replace multiple teeth or a single tooth.

Upgrade your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call our Pleasant Hills, CA, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Huguet, Dr. Verano and Dr. Hoang at (925) 945-6204 to schedule your appointment.

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
May 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”