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Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.

With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.

While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.

Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.

Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.

Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.

Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.

Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.

If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Michael E. Huguet DDS
May 27, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options

If your teeth are discolored, misaligned or some of them are chipped or cracked, cosmetic dentistry can upgrade your smile. A dental makeover can improve the way you look and the way you feel. Your cosmetic dentist will work with you to design a treatment plan to suit your needs. Dr. Michael E. Huguet is a cosmetic dentist in Pleasant Hill, CA. You can call him to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you have several options depending on the condition of your teeth and the type of changes you wish to make.

Teeth Whitening

Professional whitening is one of the most popular and simplest ways to improve your teeth. It also gives you better results than an over-the-counter kit. If you still prefer to whiten your teeth at home, you can purchase a bleaching kit from your dentist.

Dental Bonding

For this procedure, a durable plastic resin is molded to a tooth and hardened with a laser, which bonds the resin to the tooth. Dental bonding can be used to correct chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth. It can also be used to replace amalgam fillings.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are very thin shells, made from porcelain or resin, that fit over the front surface of your existing teeth. They can be used to hide chips, cracks, stains, or misshapen teeth. Each veneer is bonded to the underlying tooth, so it is secure. They can be designed to match your natural teeth.

Dental Implants

Pleasant Hill residents who have lost one or more teeth can replace them with dental implants. The implant is comprised of a titanium post that is implanted into the bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. As the jawbone grows around the post, it keeps it secured. A replacement tooth is attached to the post, leaving you with a natural-looking smile.

Dental Crowns

Also known as dental caps, crowns are fitted over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, appearance, and strength. Crowns prevent weakened teeth from cracking or breaking off. They can be made from metal alloys, porcelain or resin.

If you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry, call Dr. Huguet at his Pleasant Hill practice on (925) 945-6204.

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
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

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.”