What you need to know about Smile Makeover
What Is a smile makeover?
Also known as full-mouth reconstruction, a smile makeover is a custom-designed treatment program that revolves around the functional and cosmetic needs of the individual. The purpose of a smile makeover is to address multiple concerns on a streamlined schedule. Some treatments may be combined in a single visit, while other processes may take multiple visits to complete.
A smile makeover is customized for you
Several improvements can be made with a smile makeover customized to specific needs. At the onset of care, we discuss with each patient what they like and dislike about their smile. For some, they feel like their teeth don’t show enough. For others, it could be persistent stains that degrade their smile. Just as every person is unique, so is their smile. As every smile is unique, so is the smile makeover process.
A smile makeover full-mouth reconstruction at Dental365 can address a variety of problems, including:
Teeth whitening treatment is often the first stage of making over the smile. Many dentists begin with teeth whitening because this simple treatment elevates teeth to their ideal shade. From here, additional restorations, such as porcelain veneers, can be color-matched. Teeth whitening is suitable for extrinsic stains that are within the outer layer of enamel. Intrinsic stains, those caused by tetracycline or other factors, sit within the tooth and will not lift with standard whitening treatment. In these instances, porcelain veneers may be the ideal option for bringing new brightness to the smile.
Spacing and alignment
Even minor alignment issues can diminish the power of an attractive smile. Teeth straightening can be extensive, using braces, or it can be cosmetic only, using Invisalign. In some instances, minor misalignment such as a turned tooth or too much space between two teeth can be disguised with porcelain veneers.
Tooth replacement is categorized as restorative dentistry, not cosmetic dentistry. We need a full set of teeth to chew well and even to speak well. Of course, a large gap that is visible in the smile can be a serious cosmetic problem. Teeth can be replaced in a few different ways, including a dental bridge or dental implant with a crown.
How long does a smile makeover take?
A smile makeover is the name for a full-mouth reconstruction: a series of multiple procedures performed in order to correct a smile. As a result, the length of treatment can vary widely based on the number and intensity of the procedures that are being performed. In most cases a smile makeover can be fully completed within one or two months of treatment although this time can be longer or shorter based on the treatments provided.
How long do smile makeover results last?
A smile makeover will last for as long as you care for your teeth properly. Making sure that you brush twice per day, floss, and use mouthwash can all extend the amount of time that results last. Certain treatments, such as teeth whitening may require touch-up appointments in order to maintain similar results to what is achieved immediately after treatment. Other procedures, such as dental implants, can last a lifetime as long as they are cared for properly. Be sure to speak with your dentist about the procedures performed and whether or not follow up appointments may be needed.
How do I know what treatments are needed?
Our friendly dentists may recommend a smile makeover if only one treatment will not give you the beautiful results you deserve. By combining multiple cosmetic treatments into a full-mouth reconstruction, we can ensure that you achieve the attractive, healthy smile of your dreams.
A smile makeover might be right for you if your smile is flawed by:
- Missing teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Broken, fractured or chipped teeth
- Very worn teeth
- Yellowed, discolored or stained teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Decayed or damaged teeth
You and your dentist will work together to determine the types of treatments that are needed in order to achieve the results you are looking for. It is important to be transparent about your goals for your smile so that your dental team can best provide the treatment options you require. During this time your dentist will cover the cost, length, and methods of treatment that will be used.
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