One of the things we value the most when it comes to appearance is our smiles. Why? Because a great and brilliant smile can go a long way! Not only will it make you look good, it will also make you feel good to confidently flash those pearly whites. However, there are teeth imperfections that make you hold back from flaunting your beautiful smile, like stained, crooked or chipped teeth, missing tooth etc.
But there is nothing to worry, there are a number of cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your smile and this is what we call smile make over. A smile make over is the process of enhancing the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants and teeth whitening.
Your cosmetic dentist can help you find the best option to improve the different aesthetic elements of your smile depending on your need. Let’s go over the items below:
- Missing teeth – for missing teeth, your dentist may suggest dental implant, dental bridge, or partial denture. This is important because gaps in your teeth can make a huge impact on the overall appearance of your smile. Not only will it impact how your teeth looks, the missing tooth increases the chance for tooth decay and it provides a space where surrounding teeth can easily shift which will eventually destroy the alignment of your teeth.
- Tooth Color – Stains and discoloration greatly affects the appearance of your teeth and can cause distraction no matter how perfectly aligned your teeth are. Your dentist can pick the best color that matches your complexion and he can perform professional in office teeth whitening. Your natural tooth color and its shape is also being taken into consideration when doing smile make over procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns and composite bonding.
- Alignment –Misaligned teeth may need to undergo full mouth reconstruction or orthodontic treatment before a smile make over. But for minor cases or just slightly misaligned teeth, clear braces or porcelain veneers can be recommended.
- Face Shape – Your face shape alter as you get older because teeth age, wear down and flat out. A cosmetic dentist may recommend orthodontics or oral maxillofacial surgery as part of the smile makeover to fill out your cheeks and face, reviving a more youthful look.
- Tooth Shape – A cosmetic dentist is particular with details such as tooth shape and size because they impact the overall look of your smile. Teeth length can be shortened to a more attractive size using gum reduction or porcelain veneers. The shape can also be altered using cosmetic bonding or veneers.
Here are a more detailed information on the procedures being done to improve your smile:
- Teeth whitening – Teeth whitening is the process of addressing stains and discoloration on your teeth using different methods. You can do at home bleaching, where you can actually buy over the counter products and bleach. You can also ask your dentist to do in office teeth whitening which actually shows faster and more visible results.
- Dental Veneers – dental veneers are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve its appearance. These are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
- Composite bonding – Composite bonding is a cosmetic technique wherein a type of dental material is shaped and molded on your teeth to give the appearance of straighter, whiter smile. It is best recommended for chipped teeth, gapped teeth and staining in both teeth and fillings. This can just be completed in one appointment.
- Dental implants – dental implants are highly recommended for missing tooth. These are metal posts or frames that are surgically placed under the jawbone beneath your gums in order to provide support for the artificial teeth.
No matter what smile make over procedure is used to improve your smile’s appearance, the lifespan of the cosmetic procedure will still depend on you. You can lengthen the duration of these make overs by making sure you still follow good oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. Also avoid food that will just cause damage to your restorations.