A smile makeover is a combination of one or more cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of the smile. The procedure could be bonding, teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, Lumineers, veneers, dental crowns, implants or bridges.
How a smile makeover works
The object of a smile makeover is to improve the smile by considering different factors, including facial appearance, hair color, skin, tone, teeth, gum tissue and lips to create a suitable and appealing dentition.
The cosmetic dentist will develop the treatment based on the patient’s preferences and oral health condition. During the consultation, the patient will be able to discuss what they want from the procedure and what they currently dislike about their dentition. Issues such as tooth decay, tooth stain and discoloration and slight crookedness are common and can be corrected within a couple of dental office visits.
What can a smile makeover do?
The following are dental issues that can be corrected with a smile makeover:
Teeth color: If the teeth change color or become stained due to yellowing factors such as aging and diets, a smile makeover can transform the teeth’s outlook. An in-office teeth whitening is enough in most cases, but in severe teeth discoloration, porcelain veneers or Lumineers may be used.
Alignment: Crooked or misaligned teeth can be straightened and aligned correctly with orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign® or braces.
Uneven spacing: Uneven gaps between the teeth may be corrected with dental bonding or veneers.
Lost teeth: Missing teeth can affect the appearance of the smile and cause oral health issues. A lost tooth can be replaced with dental implants or bridges.
Chipped or fractured teeth: The dentist can improve the appearance of chipped or cracked with veneers or Lumineers.
Tooth length: A short tooth can be reshaped and lengthened with composite bonding or veneers to enhance its appearance.
Unshapely face: With modern technologies, dentists can improve or rejuvenate an unshapely face to give fuller lips and cheeks to complement the smile.
The smile makeover treatment
To ensure an excellent outcome and esthetically pleasing smile, dentists must work with their patient to develop a treatment plan. The dentist will first perform oral health screening to know how healthy the oral cavity is. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to smile makeovers. The procedure requires high attention to details and a cosmetic eye. The cosmetic dentist will check the teeth, gums, supporting structures and bite to know if a patient is eligible for a smile makeover. If any oral health issue such as gum disease is present, it must be treated before the smile transformation process starts.
Dental offices often use software to give patients a concept of what their smile might look like after the treatment is complete. Patients can also request before and after photos of previous patients to know the quality of the dentist’s treatment and their skillset.
A smile makeover can transform the appearance of the smile. At the end of the treatments, patients can have a beautiful and youthful-looking smile that they can be proud to show off.