A smile makeover is a combination of two or more cosmetic dentistry treatments to achieve the desired smile appearance. The patient is highly encouraged to share goals as to the desired final outcome of the smiles appearance, so that all aspects can be covered and dealt with in the smile makeover. The goals are discussed at length with the dentist, so that the corresponding treatments can be included in the overall treatment. Suitability for a smile makeover (and the treatments involved) is determined through diagnostic procedures.
The makeover results to great improvement in the appearance of the smile. In some cases, functional improvements can also be brought about with the cosmetic dentistry treatments used in the smile makeover.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in a Smile Makeover
The following are some of the most common treatments included in a smile makeover:
Teeth Straightening or Orthodontics Solving the issue of crooked teeth is one of the most common goals for smile improvement. Misaligned teeth can also result to problems with proper speech, and also with the proper function of the teeth. Teeth can be moved to better alignment with the use of orthodontic treatments, such as dental braces. Discreet teeth straightening for adults are also available using invisible braces, or clear aligners.
Teeth Whitening Whitening the shade of teeth can provide dramatic smile improvements. Unattractive teeth stains and discolourations can be removed with a teeth whitening treatment, making the smile more attractive and healthier in appearance.
Dental Implants Missing teeth problems are effectively resolved with the help of dental implants, which provide permanent and natural-looking solutions. The implants are placed into the jawbone, and are attached to dental restorations to replace the form and function of lost natural teeth.
Dental Crown or Dental Bridge A dental crown (attached to a dental implant) is used to replace the form and function of a missing tooth; it is also used to save and protect a tooth from further damage. A dental bridge attached to an implant effectively bridges the unsightly gap caused by multiple tooth loss.
Dental Veneers Veneers are thin porcelain shells which are placed on the surface of teeth. These thin shells are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, broken, or chipped. Minor teeth gaps or misalignment can also be improved with the help of veneers.
Gum Contouring Laser gum surgery or contouring is done to improve the appearance of a gummy smile, which occurs when too much of the gum tissue is seen when one smiles. A gummy smile can make the teeth look unnaturally small. The gum tissue is surgically altered or reduced with a laser, to expose more of the teeth structure.