How Does a Smile Makeover Work?

A smile makeover refers to the procedure that a cosmetic dentist uses to improve your smile through use of various cosmetic dental procedures to include dental implants,  dental veneers, composite bonding, and teeth whitening. The primary difference between a smile makeover and a full mouth reconstruction, is that you choose to have a smile makeover where a mouth reconstruction is required normally due to severe injury.

Considerations for a Smile Makeover

When you decide to undergo a smile makeover, your cosmetic dentist takes into account your current facial appearance, hair color, skin tone, gum tissue, lips, and your teeth. Each smile makeover is tailored to the individual patient with the color, width, length, and shape of the patient’s teeth being another factor that plays a large role in what direction your dentist takes with the smile makeover.

One of the first factors considered when planning your smile makeover is your tooth color. Your dentist can replace older silver or amalgam dental fillings with a more natural looking tooth-colored composite. The other consideration your dentist will undertake is trying to match the tooth color or shading of any required porcelin veneers, crowns, bridges, and dental implant work with what level of brightness may be acheived with teeth whitening for the remainder of your teeth.

Your dentist will also need to take into account the color of your face and hair when planning your smile makeover. An experienced cosmetic dentist will be seeking to find the right balance between your current face and hair tone and natural tooth color in order to achieve your desired smile makeover look and feel.

Teeth Alignment, Spacing, and Missing Teeth

Your current teeth alignment, spacing, and missing teeth all will play a major role in planning your smile makeover. If you have any teeth that are overlapping, crooked, or have existing gaps, your cosmetic dentist can take steps to align and straighten you teeth through referral to an orthodontist or improving their look and feel with dental veneers. Missing teeth will also play a significant role in your smile makeover planning since these have the most negative impact on an existing smile. Options that your cosmetic dentist may consider for missing teeth are using dental implants, parital dentures, or dental bridges. For any of your chipped or cracked teeth, an option that will be considered during the smile makeover process is using bonding to improve the overall look of your smile.

Taking a Look at the Esthetic Components of Your Smile

Another major component considerd for your smile makeover is the overall esthetic look of your teeth and existing smile. He or she will take a look at your overall tooth length. The tooth length trends to becoming shorter over time and they may consider reshaping or lengthing your two front central teeth or modifying your gum line using a laser dental procedure. Sometimes a referral to a periodontist will be required for crown makeover if determined to be a required part of your smile makeover. Sometimes longer teeth on a round-faced patient can create a “slimming” appearance as a result of adding the procedure to your smile makeover plans.

Your dentist will also take a look at your  teeth to determine if the proportion of each tooth with the others is correct. The proportions normally sought after for your front two central teeth is that the have a width to height ration of 4:5 which guides the proportions of the remainder of your teeth that are visible in your smile line. The cosmetic dentist will also take into account your overall tooth texture and characterization to ensure all of the components of the planned smile makeover are working in concert to deliver you the best smile possible.

How Long Does Your Smile Makeover Last?

The effective length of your smile makeover will be determined in part by your daily oral hygiene. Some common procedures that will need to be undertaken after having your smile makeover completed are teeth whitening, veneer replacement for those that become chipped, crown replacement every 10 to 15 years, and composite bonding replacment. These will differ amongst each patient, and the overall life of your smile makeover will be prolonged if you can maintain good dental hygiene and avoid smoking or drinking too much coffee and/or dark liquid drinks

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