A smile makeover can have a profound effect on your appearance while potentially improving your oral health. When you have strong, healthy teeth and a healthy jawbone, they provide the correct support for your facial features. If teeth are missing, decayed or broken, your facial features can lack this essential support and may begin to collapse inward, a prematurely aging effect.
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Often, people will feel very self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. When smiling or talking with others, they will frequently cover their mouth with their hand to hide their teeth. In contrast, having teeth that are healthy and attractive makes it easier to smile, talk, and laugh with others. A smile makeover can significantly boost self-esteem and self-confidence, positively impacting your professional and personal life.
A smile makeover is a custom-designed treatment plan where often several cosmetic procedures are combined to help you meet your goals. Using more than one procedure is often the most conservative and cost-effective way to rejuvenate the appearance of your teeth. Procedures typically used during a smile makeover include:
Other times, more advanced treatments are needed as part of a smile makeover. These treatments may be necessary when teeth are infected or decayed or when there are problems with a person’s bite and where teeth are significantly misaligned. Problems with gum health must also be addressed before a smile makeover as strong grams provide the foundation for longer-lasting treatment outcomes. Treatments that may form part of a more advanced smile makeover include:
It’s worth considering a smile makeover if you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth. Some people plan this treatment to celebrate a special milestone or event. It can also help people who have avoided dental treatment for some years but who now feel ready to achieve their healthiest and most attractive smile.
Every smile makeover is custom-designed because your oral health needs and your treatment goals are unique. During your initial visit, we discuss the type of changes you wish to achieve, and we may want to take photographs, dental impressions, and x-rays. Our dentist will carry out a detailed smile analysis, considering your current oral health and overall health and your treatment goals. We consider your facial features, gender, skin tone, and even your personality when designing your new smile. We use the information to create your custom treatment plan.
Your treatment plan details every procedure we think will help you achieve your aims. Sometimes there may be more than one option where a slightly different procedure or material can create a similar outcome. If you have existing dental problems, we will recommend treatments to address these issues and to restore dental health; the healthier your teeth and gums, the better the long-term outcome of a smile makeover. We explain every treatment recommended clearly, avoiding confusing dental terminology. The treatment plan will detail the costs and time required for each procedure. Questions are encouraged because we want you to understand fully exactly what a smile makeover entails. Armed with this information, you can take control and can decide which treatments will suit you best.
Sometimes the entire procedure can be carried out by your dentist. Other times, we may collaborate closely with other dentists in our practice who may have more specialized skills suited to your needs.
Discussing your smile makeover is all very well, but most people want to know what they will look like once treatment is complete. There are a couple of ways you can visualize your smile more clearly. One is by using digital images of your teeth that we can manipulate to show how your appearance will improve once treatment is completed. Another way is to complete a mockup of your smile. A mockup is where we take models of your teeth and adjust them to show how your teeth will look after specific treatments are complete.
Previewing digital images or models of your teeth can be a useful exercise and especially during a comprehensive smile makeover. It allows you to collaborate with our dentists and to have your say in the appearance of your teeth. We can adjust the digital images or models until you are happy with your predicted appearance. Sometimes we can also use these images or models to create temporary restorations that can be tried in your mouth so you can “trial” your smile.
The time required to complete a smile makeover depends on the treatments chosen. Some treatments can be completed within a matter of just a few weeks, while others will take a little longer. It also depends on your current oral health and whether any procedures are needed to restore it first. We are here to assist you and guide you through the entire treatment process as your new smile emerges.Although some treatments can take longer, for example, dental implants and adult orthodontics, the long-term benefits can be considerable. We aim to provide you with a smile that is long-lasting, healthy, and attractive. Ideally, when planning your smile makeover, try to allow plenty of time for completion. However, if you only have a short while to complete a smile makeover, we can adjust your treatment plan to suit your timeline.
Some treatments are extremely affordable and cost-effective such as Zoom tooth whitening and dental bonding. Others are more expensive, for example, adult orthodontics and dental implants, but provide results that may last for life. We can adjust your smile makeover treatment plan to suit your budget.
We only use the most durable and highest quality materials because you want you to enjoy your smile makeover for as long as possible. Caring for your teeth will help prolong the results while protecting your oral health. Ensuring you brush at least twice a day and floss once-a-day and that you see your dentist regularly for checkups and hygiene appointments is the simplest way to maintain your healthy and attractive smile.
When you visit Gentle Dental, we can assess the appearance of your teeth carefully to determine if smile makeover is the most appropriate treatment to meet your goals. For more information about smile makeover, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at (718) 461-0100.