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Is there anything you wish you could change about your smile? Have you always hoped your teeth could be a little longer, straighter, or much whiter? With a smile makeover, you can choose to improve several aspects of your teeth and finally have your dream smile.
A smile makeover generally combines several cosmetic dentistry techniques to focus most prominently on improving the appearance of your smile. Therefore, any oral health issues will need to be treated beforehand. An extreme makeover dentist will carefully listen to your goals for your smile and discuss the options with you for how to achieve the more youthful, attractive smile that you desire.
While many dentists can restore teeth to functionality, it takes additional artistic skill to blend restorations into a natural-looking smile that compliments your features. Your extreme makeover dentist will consider your entire facial appearance as part of the artistic process of shaping your beautiful smile.
When choosing your cosmetic dentist, be sure to ask for before and after pictures of previous patients, and check on the dentist’s depth of training and experience.
In addition to correcting tooth proportions, your smile line, and other aesthetic elements of your smile, most cosmetic dentists look at the following when deciding on the combination of treatments for your smile makeover:
Tooth gaps can easily distract from the overall appearance of your smile, in addition to being an oral health hazard. While a missing tooth increases the chances of tooth decay, it also provides a space where surrounding teeth can easily shift-destroying the alignment of your teeth over time. When helping you plan your smile makeover, a cosmetic dentist will probably suggest a dental implant, dental bridge, or partial denture to fill out your smile.
The color and clarity of your teeth greatly affects your appearance. Stains and discoloration can be distracting, even if you have perfectly aligned teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can pick out the color shade that will best match your complexion and perform in-office teeth whitening. Tooth color and shade is also taken into consideration during smile makeover procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and composite bonding.
Smiles that are severely misaligned will need to undergo full mouth reconstruction or orthodontic treatment prior to a smile makeover. However, slightly misaligned or overlapping teeth can be improved with cosmetic dentistry options such as porcelain veneers or clear braces.
As teeth age, wear down, or fall out, your face shape can alter as well—making you look older. 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.
An extreme makeover dentist pays attention to small details such as tooth shape and size. Teeth can be lengthened or shortened to a more attractive size using gum reduction or porcelain veneers. Tooth shape can also be altered using cosmetic bonding or veneers.
No matter which cosmetic dentistry procedures are used during your smile makeover, the lifespan of your beautiful new smile is almost entirely up to you. While some tooth restorations require eventual replacement, you can increase their duration through daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits. Be sure to avoid chewing hard foods that can chip or crack your porcelain restorations or original teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about a night guard to protect your teeth.