What Procedures are Involved in a Smile Makeover?
A smile is a simple gesture and something that comes naturally to us if we are happy or amused. Unfortunately, if you dislike the appearance of your teeth, smiling might be something that you try and avoid, perhaps by closing your mouth or covering it with your hand. You might also try to avoid drawing attention to your mouth in other situations, such as by not eating in public or engaging in close conversations.
There can be many different things that we perceive to be unattractive about our teeth, from their color to how they are positioned in our mouths. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has made it possible to alter and improve virtually any aspect of our teeth, enabling us to achieve the smile that we have always dreamed of. In many cases, these cosmetic dentistry procedures can be combined into something known as a smile makeover.
What procedures can be included in a smile makeover?
There are a wide range of different treatments that can be included in a smile makeover and many cosmetic dentists will allow you to tailor your package to suit your individual needs and budget. Typical treatments include the following:
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world and can totally transform the appearance of your smile. While you can buy many products that claim to whiten your smile, only professional-grade whitening services can produce a truly effective and consistent result across your teeth.
Your cosmetic dentist will apply the high-grade bleach to your teeth for you, ensuring that you get even coverage. A special light is then used to create the chemical reaction that will whiten your teeth.
Whitening usually takes place over several treatments. Exactly how many you will need will depend on how many shades whiter you wish to go, and how well your teeth respond to treatment. At the end of the whitening treatment, you will enjoy a smile that looks younger, fresher and more attractive.
Porcelain veneers are a popular alternative to whitening and are often used when a patient is not a good candidate for whitening. Veneers are individually crafted specifically for each of your teeth, created from high grade porcelain. This means that they are thin, but strong and ultra-resistant to staining.
In order to apply your veneers, it is necessary for your dentist to first file down the existing enamel of your teeth. This enables a flush, natural fit. The veneers are then secured using special adhesive.
Crowns may be one of the most common dental restorations for functional repair, but they can also be used to cover damaged and unsightly teeth. They sit over the top of the affected tooth, encasing it completely inside. Once in place, your dental crown, which can be created in a shade that matches your other teeth, will restore the appearance of your smile.
Dental bonding involves pasting a special resin to the outside enamel of the teeth so that it covers any visible imperfections such as cracks, chips or stains. Once the resin is applied, it is cured with a special light, hardening it and reinforcing the strength of your teeth.
Whether it is conventional orthodontic braces or Invisalign, these treatments can alter the position of your teeth so that they sit straighter and are more uniform in appearance. They can also address bite problems, which refers to how your teeth come together.
Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment used to replace missing teeth. They feature a titanium post that is secured into the jawbone, and a crown, which forms the visible part of the tooth. Dental implants are the most secure, durable and natural of any type of dental restoration. However, they are also extremely discreet and a perfect cosmetic solution for teeth that have fallen out or require extraction.
If you would like to find out more about smile makeovers, our dedicated dentistry team would be pleased to schedule you a consultation to discuss your requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact us and get in touch.