The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to give you a fabulous smile! This is done by analyzing every aspect of your smile, then correcting any problems.
Terrific smiles have several things in common
- Straight teeth.
- Teeth are evenly spaced with no gaps.
- Teeth are white, without stains.
- The top teeth show when you smile, but not the gums.
- The gum line is smooth.
- The edges of the top teeth smoothly follow the curve of the lower lip.
There are cosmetic procedures to make any of these corrections, so even if you weren't born with a beautiful smile, you can still have one!
76% of people don't feel confident to smile in a photograph
48% of people make judgements about people by the look of their smile
77% of people think it helps psychologically
67% of people think it helps romantically
What does Smile Makeover mean?
A smile makeover refers to any combination of cosmetic dental procedures that enhances the beauty and appearance of the smile, correcting almost any problem:
- crooked teeth can be straightened
- chipped, broken teeth can be repaired
- missing teeth can be replaced
- gaps beten teeth can be closed
- gummy smiles can be recontoured
- stained, discolored teeth can be whitened
The result? A smile that is straight, white and even.
Smile makeovers are typically created with the use of porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns and/or porcelain onlays. Veneers are thin shells of fired porcelain that are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth. Offering a natural look and feel, veneers allow the cosmetic dentist to dramatically change the length, width, color, and shape of a tooth. Restoring teeth to their natural beauty, veneers also resist staining, creating an enduring white, bright straight smile. Porcelain crowns and onlays offer the same advantages.
How It's Done
Once we determine the "style" of the desired smile, we take an impression of the patient's existing teeth. That impression is sent to a lab with precise instructions of what the smile should look like. The lab creates a "wax up" a wax model of how the enhanced smile or repaired teeth will look. We then with the patient review the wax up and either make changes or give the lab approval to proceed. From the wax up, the lab creates the patient's new "teeth", typically a combination of veneers, crowns, inlays, and onlays made of porcelain.
Once the wax up is approved, we prepare the patient's teeth, takes a new impression, and fit him or her with temporaries (a temporary version of the "new smile".) Three to four weeks later when the porcelain restorations are ready, the temporaries are removed and the porcelain is bonded to the teeth.
While each dentist employs a different set of technologies to help him, here are some common ones that you may encounter:
- IntraOral Camera - this small, pen-like camera projects a magnified image of your teeth on a monitor to help the doctor diagnose the treatment needed for each tooth.
- Digital Imaging - This technology allows the doctor to show you a digitally re-imaged photo of you with your new smile before you start the procedure.
- Soft Tissue laser - This laser may be used to help recontour your gum line or surgically eliminate the frenum, a muscle that causes the common space between front teeth.
Recovery/Post Op Expectations
Patients can expect recovery to be about the same as any dental procedure. The gums may be tender for a couple days after the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Over the counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, can ease any discomfort.
After a week or two, the veneers may need to be adjusted to provide a more comfortable bite or fit.
There are no known complications associated with a smile makeover.
Am I a Candidate?
If you answer yes to any of the following statements, you are a candidate for a smile makeover:
- I dislike the appearance of my smile.
- My teeth are crooked.
- My teeth are uneven.
- My teeth are chipped or broken.
- I have missing teeth.
- I have unsightly gaps between my teeth.
- I'm embarrassed to smile.
- My smile is keeping me from fulfilling my personal and professional life.
- My teeth are stained and discolored.
- I have grown a mustache or beard to cover my smile.