A smile makeover is the process of transforming a patient’s smile through a combination of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. You may choose to have a smile makeover for purely cosmetic reasons, or it may be required to correct health and functional concerns.
The first step in a smile makeover is to determine what the desired outcome is. Then, a comprehensive evaluation is performed to assess the teeth, gums, jaw joints and muscles, looking for signs of instability and decay. Using the latest technology, our dentists will take digital images, diagnostic x-rays and impressions to create a customized treatment plan. A smile makeover takes your entire facial appearance into consideration including your skin tone, hair color, lips, tooth display and gums. to create an ideal smile that looks and feels natural.
A smile makeover can include a number of dental procedures including:
A smile makeover can improve on a number of cosmetic and functional dental concerns such as:
Discolored or Stained Teeth
The enamel on our teeth is susceptible to staining from food and drink. Teeth can also become discolored due to tobacco use, medications, trauma and age. It is important to consider the skin tone and facial appearance when selecting a color shade so that the results are natural looking. The color of teeth can be enhanced with teeth whitening as well as porcelain veneers, dental crowns or composite bonding depending on your specific needs.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Teeth can be broken or chipped because of an accident or as the cause of wear. If teeth have been broken down by wear, there may be an underlying instability that needs to be addressed to ensure that dental work will be long lasting. Teeth with minor chips can be corrected with composite bonding, inlays or onlays. Larger chips and broken teeth may require porcelain veneers or dental crowns. In some cases, a tooth may be so badly damage that it needs to be removed and replaced with a dental implant.
Gaps or Spaces Between Teeth
Many people have embarrassing gaps or spaces between their teeth. These issues can be easily addressed during a smile makeover. For minor issues, composite bonding may be used. For larger gaps, our dentists may recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns. For major concerns with alignment, orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or Orthotain can help to straighten teeth and bring them closer together.
It is important to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible to avoid serious long term consequences. There are a number of excellent options for replacing missing teeth including dental implants, dental bridges and dentures.
Fuller Lips, Improved Smile
The teeth are arguable the most important component of the smile. They serve many purposes including to support the lips and cheeks. Improvements can be made to the teeth to help better support the lips, making them appear fuller. You may have what is considered a “gummy smile”. This is where the teeth appear small and short and too much gum tissue shows when you smile. This can also be addressed during a smile makeover, where the teeth are lengthened using porcelain restorations such as porcelain veneers.
A smile makeover combines several cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to achieve the most natural looking and aesthetically pleasing results. Contact our office today to learn more about smile makeover and to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.