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What Is a Smile Makeover?

A healthy and confident smile can make a positive first impression. Everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile they are proud of. If you are reluctant to show off a less than perfect smile there are several restoratives and cosmetic dental solutions that can help you get the look you’ve always dreamed about. This is referred to as a smile makeover.

Am I a Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

You may be a good candidate for a smile makeover if you have good overall oral health and one or more of the following issues:

  • Missing teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Crooked, misaligned, worn, or unevenly spaced teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Unbalanced tooth length and proportion
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Receding gums or excessive gum tissue
  • You are unhappy with your current smile and want a positive change

Talk to your dentist about your wishes. Discuss everything from tooth shape, color, texture, smile line, and all aesthetic concerns and requirements that you have. Together, you can select the appropriate treatments to achieve your desires.

Restorative Treatments

Restorative dentistry is used to repair or replace damaged or broken teeth. There is a range of treatments that fall under this category and can improve both the appearance of your smile and your oral health.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings that are made of resin are strong and do not crack or darken with time as metal fillings tend to do. Fillings are necessary to fill in the hole left behind by a cavity.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to repair damaged or cracked teeth. Inlays are placed on the inside of a tooth like a filling. Onlays can be used when the damage is more extensive. They restore the structure and appearance of the tooth after the damage and decay has been removed.

Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns are placed over your natural tooth to improve the appearance, repair damage from decay or fillings, and prevent further issues.

Fixed Bridges

Bridges are rows of false teeth. They can be bonded to adjacent teeth or between two crowns.

Dentures and Partials

When most or all of your teeth are missing, dentures or partials are some of the best solutions. Full dentures are secured over your gums using an acrylic base. Partial dentures are used when you have some teeth remaining and need to fill in the gap left behind.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by bacteria and can lead to inflammation, redness, and even periodontal disease and tooth loss. Your dentist can perform either a surgical or non-surgical treatment such as planing and scaling to clean out the bacteria and infection. Learn more about gum disease treatment.

Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts placed into the jaw bone to mimic the root of your missing tooth. A custom-made crown is then placed on top of the post. Implants can replace one or all of your teeth.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is done to restore lost bone tissue. This is a necessary treatment to provide adequate support for your natural teeth and any implants or dentures you plan to get later on.

Cosmetic Treatments

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are optional treatments that improve the look of your smile. You can select a combination of treatments to turn your smile from ordinary to truly dazzling. You must have a clear idea of what you want to achieve before you get started.

Teeth Whitening

This is a simple and popular procedure. A professional teeth whitening treatment is an easy and non-invasive way to brighten your smile. You will discuss your desired tooth shade and color to ensure you get natural-looking results.

Balance and Spacing

Your teeth should fit your face and be in balance with one another. Procedures are available to correct gaps, misaligned and crooked teeth, and correct the overall size and shape.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a custom-made shell that fits over your existing teeth. They are used to cover almost any type of flaws such as stains, cracks, chips, and gaps. Veneers can even reshape teeth that are too large or too small, giving you an even set of teeth.

Invisalign

Issues with your tooth alignment don’t mean you need to resign yourself to years of wearing braces. Invisalign trays are a convenient alternative. A set of trays is custom-made to fit your teeth and correct the alignment of your teeth. They typically achieve the desired results in about 12 months. Invisalign trays are almost invisible, making them a highly discreet option.

Cosmetic Bonding

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, cosmetic bonding is a fast fix that gives you back a brilliant smile. A strong resin is color-matched and bonded to the affected tooth to reconstruct the area.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening procedure removes excess gum tissue to reduce the “gummy” appearance of your smile. You can also get gum contouring to reshape your gums into a more pleasing appearance.

Gum Recession

This is another common concern. The pinhole surgical technique is used to correct this issue and give you back a balanced and gorgeous smile.

Functional and Aesthetic Benefits

A smile makeover can do wonders for your confidence and self-esteem. You will feel more empowered and eager to interact with people. The benefits aren’t all aesthetics, either. Restoring your teeth allows them to function as they were meant to. Missing or damaged teeth can affect your ability to chew and speak properly. Once you fix these problems, you may notice that eating your favorite foods is easier and your speech is smoother.

How to Get a Stunning Smile

Your smile makeover is a completely customized solution that addresses your specific needs and desired results. Our knowledgeable team at Dental Excellence will give you a thorough examination to determine your overall oral health. This is necessary to discover if there are any underlying issues or conditions to address before your smile makeover begins. We evaluate your bite and check the supportive bone structure along with the current condition of your teeth and gums.

Together, we will discuss the best approach for your unique situation. Your overall facial shape, hair, and skin color are taken into consideration to ensure a beautiful and balanced result. If you are ready to improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile, schedule an appointment with the Dental Excellence team today. We look forward to providing you exceptional care while we assist you with getting the smile of your dreams.

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