A smile makeover is a combination of two or more cosmetic dentistry treatments, in order to achieve the desired cosmetic improvement. There are instances when one cosmetic dentistry procedure may not be enough to get the appearance improvement that a patient wants, and a smile makeover combines the powerful results of several treatments to get a beautiful smile.
Starting the Smile Makeover
The smile makeover starts with a consultation between the dentist and the patient. In this initial phase of the treatment, the patient will be encouraged to share the results that he or she hopes to achieve, to help determine which treatments are needed for the smile improvement. Patient expectations are also discussed to help formulate a precise treatment plan for the makeover.
The dentist will then give all the treatment options that are suitable for the patients needs and desires, and will provide a comprehensive explanation of what each treatment step will involve. A detailed breakdown of the cost involved with the entire smile makeover will also be given to help the patient prepare for the financial aspect of the treatment.
A smile makeover can be the combination of two or more cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as:
Teeth Whitening A treatment used to remove the discolourations and stains on the surface of teeth. Whitening the teeth can make the smile look younger and healthier, and can even prevent stains from developing into tooth decay (or other dental problems).
Teeth Straightening/Orthodontics Straightening crooked or improperly-aligned teeth will greatly improve ones smile. Straighter teeth will make the smile look healthier and more attractive. Orthodontics or teeth straightening can also improve the function of teeth, normalize speech patterns, and make teeth easier to clean.
Dental Implants Implants are titanium screws that replace the appearance and function of missing teeth. The screws are embedded directly into the jawbone, and then connected to dental restorations like dental crowns and dental bridges. Part of a smile makeover, the implants make it possible for a patient suffering from missing teeth to have a complete, healthy-looking smile once more.
Veneers These porcelain shells are customised to fit over the front part of the tooth, to address issues such as decay/damage, minor gaps, minor misalignment, chips, and cracks. Veneers can also be used to improve the appearance of stained teeth, when the discolourations cannot be solved with a teeth whitening treatment.
Crowns & Bridges Crowns and bridges can be attached to dental implants, to replace the form and function of lost natural teeth. A dental crown can replace a single missing tooth, and can be used to protect and strengthen a tooth that had a root canal treatment. Dental bridges fill out the gap caused by several missing teeth.