Posted on Jan 05, 2022, 4 a.m.
Have you recently been bombarded with the term ‘smile makeover’ when you visit your dentist? Are you wondering what it means and what dental problems can it fix? Here’s everything you need to know about it.
What Is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is a process of improving the appearance of your smile with different combinations of dental treatments. These procedures include:
- Teeth Whitening
- Tooth Reshaping
- Dental Implants
Some components to consider for a smile makeover include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, gum tissues, and the shape of your lips.
A smile makeover is performed for many reasons and is customized according to your needs. Here are some signs that you might require a smile makeover.
- When you have small chips or cracks in your teeth.
- When you have discolored or stained teeth.
- When you have spacing in between your teeth.
- When you have prominent gums.
- When you avoid smiling in public.
What Can a Smile Makeover Fix?
A smile makeover fixes various dental problems. Talk with your cosmetic dentist to determine what needs to be done and what are the available options.
However, as you consult your dentist, there will be various standard procedures you can expect them to consider. These procedures include:
1. Teeth Alignment & Spacing
Maybe your teeth are perfectly white and intact but have lots of spaces in between, are crooked, crowded, or are overlapping. The traditional orthodontics or Invisalign treatment improves the spacing and alignment of your teeth to make them look uniform.
2. Chipped & Cracked Teeth
A chipped or cracked tooth is unattractive and takes away all the beauty from your smile. While the bigger chips and cracks need major reconstruction, smaller ones are easily concealed with cosmetic dentistry treatment options such as porcelain veneers, crowns, and dental bonding.
3. Teeth Coloring
If you have stained or discolored teeth, you might know the struggle. The teeth whitening treatment can improve the color of your stained or dull teeth into a bright and beautiful white color.
4. Missing Teeth
One or more than one missing tooth can majorly affect your smile. It can even seriously affect your bite, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Dental implants, bridges, or partial dentures can fix this dental problem.
5. Tooth Length & Proportions
A smile makeover can address issues of short teeth through the dental procedure of reshaping and lengthening. A smile makeover will consider the aesthetics of your teeth and mouth to give you a properly balanced smile.
6. Prominent Gums
Prominent gum is a dental condition where your teeth appear smaller because of excessive gums. The dental treatment of gum re-contouring will remove excess gum tissues, creating a proper proportion between your teeth and gums for a beautiful smile.
7. Fuller Smile, Cheeks & Lips
Certain dental procedures such as orthodontics or oral maxillofacial surgery can improve even an aging or unshapely face.
Maintaining Your New Smile
After the treatment, it's important to maintain your teeth and gums with an efficient oral hygiene routine at home. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing your teeth every day can help remove food debris and plaque from your teeth. This will help reduce the risk of developing tooth decay. Follow your dentist's advice to ensure the long-term beauty of your new smile and attend all follow-up and cleaning appointments with your dentist and hygienist.
Dr. Anu Isaac, DMD, runs a successful dental practice in Salem, MA. Dr. Isaac strives for quality on a daily basis and this commitment to quality is reflected in her constant pursuit of advanced training. Her firm belief that even experts need to stay updated about what’s new in the dental field, enables her to provide every patient with optimal oral care. As the founder of Coral Dental Care, she is dedicated to creating healthy, beautiful smiles for her patients and also to educating dental and non-dental communities with her engaging articles on all things related to oral health, recent dental innovations, and the latest treatment modalities.
As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before making any changes to your wellness routine.
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