It’s heartbreaking to feel embarrassed or insecure about your smile. Your self-esteem and confidence could be affected, negatively impacting your mental and physical health. Chipped, stained, misaligned, or missing teeth, along with a poor bite, are common reasons to have your smile changed for the better. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you can get the beautiful healthy smile you’ve always dreamt of.
A smile makeover is a cosmetic procedure to repair, rebuild, and enhance a patient’s smile. Since oral flaws aren’t always the same for every patient, the treatment will vary. The dentist examines your oral condition and health and determines an ideal solution to enhance your smile.
The treatment can involve multiple procedures and appointments depending on your condition and goals. Also, the treatment can take days, weeks, months, or years to complete. To be sure how you can benefit from a smile makeover treatment, visit a dental office near you for an exam and professional guidance.
Among other procedures, below are the most commonly used dental procedures for smile makeovers:
Teeth whitening is a common concern among millions of people globally. Teeth stains, yellowing, or discoloration can result from poor dental hygiene, smoking, acidic and sugary foods & beverages, certain medications, or dental trauma. After the professional teeth whitening, you’ll have a brighter, whiter, and natural-looking smile.
Suppose your teeth discoloration doesn’t respond to teeth whitening or bleaching. The dentist can use a veneer or dental crown to cover the tooth’s surface, giving you an aesthetically appealing smile.
If you’re looking for a straighter smile, your dentist can use dental procedures such as traditional braces or Invisalign®. Invisalign uses clear aligners to correct your teeth’ misalignment, while conventional braces consist of metal wires and brackets. These procedures are also effective in addressing gapped teeth.
Veneers are a suitable cosmetic solution for several dental imperfections such as gapped teeth, discoloration, cracked, stained, or minor teeth misalignments. A veneer is a thin shell-like coating attached to the front of the teeth to repair or hide damage, creating a flawless smile.
When you’re missing a tooth or teeth, your appearance, along with oral functions such as chewing and speaking, are affected. Missing teeth can also cause jawbone resorption, poor oral health, and teeth misalignments. A dental implant replaces the missing tooth’s roots, restoring your natural tooth’s strength, stability, and appearance. While bridges don’t offer as much strength as implants, they restore your oral appearance and provide enough power to perform routine functions such as chewing and speaking.
Below are five common dental flaws that a smile makeover treatment can address:
After many years of consuming acidic and stain-causing foods and beverages, you can expect teeth stains, yellowing, or discoloration. Regardless of the cause of your stains, your dentist can use teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or dental crowns to improve and enhance the color of your teeth.
Whether you’ve lost teeth due to cavities, periodontal disease, or severe decay, you can restore your smile with restoration procedures such as implants, bridges, and dentures. These treatments involve replacing missing teeth with artificially natural-looking teeth. Besides improving your appearance, they enhance your bite and speech abilities.
When your tooth is damaged, your appearance and oral functions are significantly affected. Depending on the severity of the damage, the dentist can use dental procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, bonding, and fillings to repair and restore your tooth’s appearance and function.
Poorly gapped, misaligned, and overlapping teeth can damage your smile and oral health. For instance, they can encourage plaque and bacteria build-up in the mouth, making your teeth and gums susceptible to cavities and gum disease, respectively. Dental procedures such as veneers, braces, and Invisalign can give you a straighter, whiter, and natural-looking smile.
If your smile looks or feels gummy, your dentist can perform a crown lengthening procedure to remove excess gum tissues, giving a natural and brighter smile.
Are you interested in a dental makeover, or would you like to learn more about smile makeover treatments? Contact Westwood Dental Group – Formerly the office of Dr. Donald J. Mclellan, for more information.