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Choosing a Smile Makeover for Your Smile
If someone is not happy with the appearance of their smile, a smile makeover may be in order. With a makeover, the dentist performs a number of cosmetic procedures to improve imperfections of the teeth, gums or both. To determine what methods to use, the dentist takes into account the patient’s goals, as well as the teeth, skin tone, facial appearance, hair color, lips and gum tissue.
Benefits of a smile makeover
A smile makeover can help with a variety of issues. Some of the benefits of the procedure include
- Straight and even teeth
- White, shiny teeth
- Replacement of missing teeth
- Reshaped and lengthened teeth
- Balanced smile
Good candidates are those with chipped, cracked, crooked, stained, missing and gaps in the teeth.
Cosmetic procedures for a smile makeover
A smile makeover is customized for each client and is typically made up of a combination of cosmetic methods.
Teeth and gum reshaping
Teeth reshaping is a relatively easy and quick procedure. The dentist removes parts of the enamel to change the shape or surface of the tooth. It is a good choice for minor imperfections.
Gum reshaping may be recommended for a gummy smile or receding gums. The dentist either removes or reshapes the gumline to change the appearance of the teeth.
An implant is a more involved procedure that replaces one or more missing teeth. During the process, a titanium rod is screwed into the jaw, which provides support. A crown that matches the natural teeth is then placed on top. Implants look and function like real teeth.
Dental veneers are made out of paper-thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of the teeth to change their shape, color and symmetry. Candidates include people with spaces in between the teeth as well as those with chipped, discolored, broken and crooked teeth. In most cases, the underlying tooth needs to be filed down or changed in some way before the veneer is placed.
Bonding also helps improve the shape and color of teeth, but, unlike with veneers, the underlying tooth does not need to be altered. During the process, the dentist uses a high-intensity light to adhere tooth-colored resin to the front of the tooth.
Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure, and it may be part of a smile makeover. An in-office whitening treatment can restore a white appearance for teeth that are stained due to drinks, food, smoking or other yellowing factors.
Someone’s smile can give a lasting first impression, and a smile makeover may be the answer if there is a lack of confidence in their appearance. A dentist will discuss what is liked and not liked about the smile and what improvements are desired. Based on the structure of the face, the health of the teeth and other factors, the dentist will design a customized plan to improve the smile’s appearance.
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