Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry Blog

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November 29th, 2016

Hiding your smile can really hurt your self-esteem. With advanced cosmetic dental treatments, you can have the smile of your dreams. But how do you make sure you choose the cosmetic dentist who is right for you? When you meet with a prospective cosmetic dentist, look for these things:

  • Experience: How long has the dentist been providing cosmetic dentistry, and what is their education and training background? Preferably, your cosmetic dentist has focused in aesthetic services.
  • Passion: What is your feeling about the cosmetic dentist's passion for his or her profession? Although this is subjective, passion can be an important aspect of producing beautiful, long-lasting results that the dentist is proud of.
  • Commitment: Do you believe that the dentist is 100 percent committed to achieving your best results? As an individual, you deserve personalized services and care.
  • Results: Can the dentist demonstrate outstanding results to you? Your cosmetic dentist should have before-and-after photos of past patients, so that you can see what he or she is capable of.

Orange County cosmetic dentistry resultsIn Laguna Niguel, Dr. Norman Huefner has been providing cosmetic dentistry since 1980. Not only does he create beautiful smiles, but he ensures each of his patients have a treatment plan that achieves great oral health in addition to outstanding aesthetic results. Dr. Huefner is the cosmetic dentist for the Mrs. Globe Pageant and the Mrs. US Pageant, and is a long-standing member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Huefner has a personal commitment to providing life-changing dentistry for each of his guests. You deserve to feel confident every time you smile.

If you are searching for a caring, experienced cosmetic dentist in Orange County, please call the practice of Dr. Norman Huefner, at ​949-495-6322, to schedule a consultation.

November 21st, 2016

The holidays are filled with laughter and smiles. If you're embarrassed of your teeth, you may hide behind closed lips. Our Orange County dentist can help.The holidays are often the only times of year we get together with extended family members and friends across the country. If you’re embarrassed of your teeth, you may find yourself fighting a smile while you reconnect with those you haven’t seen in a while. Our dentist in Orange County can help you achieve a better smile through teeth whitening or porcelain veneers.

How Quickly Can I Whiten My Teeth?

Our in-office teeth whitening treatments are the fastest way to a brighter smile. You can have visibly whiter teeth after one visit with Dr. Huefner. We also offer custom-made tooth bleaching treatments for you to use at home. Both of these options can effectively whiten your teeth and get rid of unsightly stains, but it will take longer to see results with our take home kits.

Professional whitening—in our office or at home—is the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth. Over-the-counter products can damage your tooth enamel and harm your gums if the whitening agent is too strong. Our cosmetic dentist applies a solution to protect your gums during your whitening session. The take home kits are customized to offer you gum protection and optimal whitening.

Teeth whitening is the best way to remove stains caused by red wine, tea, coffee and nicotine.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Take?

Porcelain veneers typically require two visits to our Orange County office. During your first appointment, Dr. Huefner will go over your aesthetic goals and help you decide on the shape, color and size of your veneers. A mold of your teeth will be created and temporary veneers placed on your prepared teeth. This “trial smile” will help you determine if you like the look and feel of your veneers. At your second visit, the permanent veneers will be applied.

Veneers have the ability to fix chipped, gapped, cracked or pitted teeth while also giving you a whiter smile.

If you’re ready for a better smile, contact our cosmetic dentist in Orange County today at ​949-495-6322 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Huefner offers general and cosmetic dentistry to clients in Orange County, Laguna Niguel and Newport Beach, California. 

Porcelain veneers in Orange County and Laguna Niguel

October 25th, 2016

If you have crooked teeth, you may be trying to decide if you should opt for traditional metal braces or Invisalign. This presentation will help you weigh the differences.



To schedule a consultation about straightening your teeth, please contact Dr. Huefner today at ​949-495-6322. We are proud to serve clients in Orange County and the surrounding California areas.


September 7th, 2016

3 Reasons to Choose Professional Teeth Whitening | CaliforniaOver-the-counter whitening gels and strips make a lot of promises, but few of them deliver consistent—if any—whitening results. These products may end up harming your natural tooth enamel and lead to sensitive gums. Professional teeth whitening products such as our at-home whitening kits or in-office sessions can brighten your smile by several shades while making sure your teeth and gums stay healthy.

There are many reasons to choose professional teeth whitening through our dentist including these three advantages:

1. Controlled Teeth Whitening

Depending on the cause behind your tooth discoloration, you can choose how white you want your smile to be during your consultation with Dr. Huefner. However, if your teeth have been dulled or stained due to your genetics or certain medications, there may be a limit to how white you can go. Over-the-counter products can give you uneven, splotchy results. Our dentist can monitor the whitening process and ensure even whitening across all of your teeth.

2. Immediate Results

If you choose our in-office treatment, Zoom!® Teeth Whitening, you could have a whiter smile after one visit to our Laguna Niguel office. We also offer at-home kits, which utilize a mold of your teeth to make sure each tooth comes into contact with the whitening agent. The at-home whitening option may take several weeks for noticeable results, but these treatments can be used together to give you a long-lasting, stunning smile.

3. Stronger Whitening Agent

Whitening toothpastes and strips have varying strengths of whitening agents and are often not potent enough to make a difference. Some over-the-counter products may increase tooth and gum sensitivity if the whitening gel is too strong. Our teeth whitening products use a stronger whitening agent, which produces great results without hurting your tooth enamel or gum tissue. Our specialized trays prevent your gums from being exposed to the stronger agent.

If you’re ready to get rid of tooth stains and discoloration, please contact our dentist in Laguna Niguel today at ​949-495-6322 to discuss your teeth whitening options. Dr. Huefner offers cosmetic and general dentistry to clients in Laguna Niguel, Orange County, Irvine and Newport Beach, California.

Cosmetic dentist in Laguna Niguel can answer your questions
August 9th, 2016

Dr. Huefner eliminates snoring with a dental appliance so you and your bed partner can have a good night's sleep without struggling with the nagging, annoying, grating sound of snoring.

August 9th, 2016

If you are considering getting your teeth straightened, Invisalign may be the option for you. Without harsh metal that can hurt your gums and mouth, Invisalign aligners are made from comfortable, BPA-free plastic. Not only that, but you can remove them for dental hygiene needs, eating, and sports. Check out this Slideshare presentation to see everything you need to know about Invisalign:




To schedule an initial appointment with our dentist, Dr. Huefner, please contact us today by calling ​949-495-6322. We are proud to serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine, and the surrounding areas.

July 25th, 2016

What is Invisalign® Express? | Orange County, Laguna NiguelInvisalign® changed the way we view orthodontics and gave adults and teens the opportunity to straighten their teeth without the embarrassment and pain associated with traditional metal braces. However, the cost and length of treatment could still be keeping you from having a straighter smile. Invisalign® Express is a faster, more affordable option for those looking to correct minor orthodontic issues.

What’s the Difference Between Invisalign® and Invisalign® Express?

The length of time for the average Invisalign® treatment is between 6 and 18 months, but Invisalign® Express can correct very small aesthetic issues in 5 months or less. The number of aligners required for the average treatment varies, but the express option involves five aligners, which are switched out every two or so weeks.

Invisalign® can correct severe tooth and bite issues, but due to its fast nature and affordable cost, Invisalign® Express can only treat slight orthodontic problems such as:

  • Minor crowding
  • Minor tooth gaps
  • Shifting teeth from previous orthodontic work

You don’t have to avoid straightening your teeth due to high cost or length of treatment anymore. Invisalign® Express is a quick-fix alternative to the average Invisalign® treatment. If you’ve avoided fixing annoying little tooth gaps or a few overcrowded teeth, then the express option might be perfect for you.

If you’re interested in Invisalign® or Invisalign® Express, please contact Dr. Huefner in Orange County today at ​949-495-6322 to schedule your dental exam. Our cosmetic dentist serves clients in Laguna Niguel, Orange County, Irvine, Newport Beach and surrounding California areas. 

Invisalign® vs. Braces in Laguna Niguel and Orange County
July 20th, 2016

7 Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist Before You Get Braces in Orange CountyWhether you’re a teenager or an adult, getting braces can be a scary experience. Luckily, there are more orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry options for you to choose from. Adults who avoided braces when they were younger are now choosing Invisalign® to comfortably straighten their teeth without metal wires and brackets. It’s important for you to ask questions and learn all that you can about your potential braces and available choices.

  1. What are my orthodontic options? – You may be a good candidate for a smile makeover, porcelain veneers or crowns instead of Invisalign® or metal braces.

  2. Will braces affect my lifestyle? – Invisalign® doesn’t impede on your lifestyle, activities or eating habits, but traditional braces will likely require you to make some changes.

  3. How long will I need braces? – This varies by person and the amount of dental work needed. Invisalign® often takes 6-18 months to complete.

  4. Will my face change shape? – If you have a severe problem with your bite, the shape of your face may change as your teeth and jaw move into their desired position.

  5. Do I need to change my dental hygiene routine? – Invisalign® doesn’t require you to change your eating habits, but you will need to brush and floss before reapplying your aligner. Traditional braces generally come with food restrictions and special cleaning instructions.

  6. How often will I need to come in for appointments? –Invisalign® doesn’t require as many office visits as metal braces. Cosmetic dentistry alternatives may require multiple appointments.

  7. How much will my treatment cost? – Dental costs can add up quickly, but we can help you find a way to finance your dental work.

Our general and cosmetic dentist offers a wide variety of dental options. We’re happy to answer all of your questions during your consultation at our Orange County office.

If you’re interested in a better smile, please call Dr. Huefner in Orange County today at ​949-495-6322. Our office serves clients in Orange County, Laguna Niguel, Irvine and Newport Beach, California.

Invisalign in Orange County
July 14th, 2016

How Long Does Invisalign® Take? | Orange CountyThe length of your Invisalign® clear braces treatment depends on the state of your teeth and how closely you adhere to the Invisalign® process and directions. The average time required to adjust and correct your teeth is between six months and a year and a half, but Invisalign® Express can make minor teeth-straightening changes in as little as three months. Dr. Huefner can develop an Invisalign® treatment plan for you during your consultation at our Orange County office.

Invisalign® can fix many teeth and bite issues. The amount of time you wear these near-invisible series of aligners relies on which of these orthodontic problems you are looking to correct:

  • Teeth gaps
  • Over bite
  • Under bite
  • Open bite
  • Cross bite
  • Teeth crowding
  • Crooked teeth

For minor issues, Dr. Huefner’s patients can complete their smile transformation with Invisalign® in six months or less, but severely misaligned teeth or bites can take up to two or three years to fully fix. You can keep your teeth-straightening plan on track by sticking to these instructions:

  • Routinely clean your Invisalign® aligners.
  • Wear your aligners at least 20-22 hours each day.
  • Switch aligners every two weeks or as recommended by our dentist.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing after meals before reapplying your aligner.
  • Stick to scheduled checkups with Dr. Huefner.

Don’t procrastinate any longer. You could be on your way to a straighter smile today by calling Dr. Huefner in Orange County at ​949-495-6322. Our office provides experienced general and cosmetic dentistry services to clients in Orange County, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach and Irvine, California

June 21st, 2016
Dr. Huefner to Host Invisalign Booth at 4th Annual Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival

We are excited to announce Dr. Huefner and our dentistry team will be hosting an Invisalign® booth at the 4th Annual Orange County Food, Wine and Music Festival this coming Saturday, June 25. Enjoy an array of wine from 50 vineyards across the world, craft beer from 40 breweries and gourmet food from 30 specialty restaurants and chefs, but don't forget to stop by our booth and say "Hi."

Grab some great food and beverages and learn how Invisalign® can improve your smile. Many adults don't realize they are actually great candidates for Invisalign®. Invisalign® can correct:

  • Crooked teeth.
  • Overcrowded teeth.
  • Gapped teeth.
  • Over, under, cross and open bite issues.

Dr. Huefner is thrilled to share all of our cosmetic dentistry options while enjoying the festival atmosphere with patients, friends and family. We have some new orthodontic options to announce as well including the Itero Digital Scanner which can take dental impressions without the uncomfortable goop.

The upcoming festival will be held a few miles away from our office in Laguna Niguel at Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point from 12pm to 7pm. Well-known musicians such as The Spazmatics, DJ Peter G, Nutty and many more will perform throughout the day. For more event details, visit the Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival site.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and forging new connections with those looking to better their smile.

If you're looking for straighter, brighter teeth, please contact our cosmetic dentist in Laguna Niguel today at ​949-495-6322 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Huefner provides experienced cosmetic dentistry to clients in Orange County, Laguna Niguel, Irvine and Newport Beach, California.

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