A smile makeover is designed to simultaneously address multiple cosmetic or structural dental imperfections. Cracks, chips, fractures, stains, gaps, and uneven teeth alignment can make our smiles look unhealthy or prematurely aged. Procedures that are often combined to achieve a smile makeover include dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants and teeth whitening.
Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations. By voicing your unique concerns to one of our experienced cosmetic dentists during the consultation process, your smile makeover can be custom-tailored to meet your needs and expectations.
Due to the flexibility of a smile makeover, almost any patient is a candidate for treatment. However, if you have underlying oral health issues such as gum disease, you should seek restorative care before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Your dentist can carefully examine your smile to determine whether you qualify.
For the most part, there is no age limit for cosmetic dental treatments. As long as you have good oral health and can safely undergo the included procedures, you should be able to receive a smile makeover.
This varies from patient to patient and depends on which treatments you choose to undergo. If you have chosen one or two treatment types, your makeover may only take one or two visits, though some procedures such as dental implants take a little longer, as the implant needs time to fuse with your jawbone.
Most cosmetic dentistry treatments involve little to no discomfort. Some patients notice a feeling of mild pressure during the placement of porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Most patients find local anesthetic is sufficient to keep them comfortable during treatment. However, if you experience dental anxiety, you can discuss sedation options with your dentist.
The most effective way to maintain the results of your smile makeover is to exercise good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and attending regular office visits can keep your teeth looking strong and vibrant for years to come. You can also minimize dental staining by avoiding dark-colored foods, such as wine, tea, and coffee.