A smile makeover, also known as a full mouth restoration, is a combination of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dental procedures used to repair and improve the appearance of your teeth, allowing you to smile confidently again.
Cosmetic dentistry goals of a smile makeover
What to expect
Before you get a smile makeover, you will consult with your dentist to discuss your concerns with your teeth and the goal you are trying to achieve with the smile makeover. Your dentist will then come up with a customized treatment plan to repair chips and cracks, straighten your teeth and fix any other problems with your teeth.
What type of problems can a smile makeover fix?
Smile makeovers are used to fix the flaws your teeth have. The most common conditions dentists deal with when it comes to smile makeovers include:
- Chipped and broken teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Missing teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Undersized teeth
What type of procedures are used in smile makeovers?
Smile makeovers use both cosmetic and restorative procedures to achieve the desired result. Some of the procedures dentists use include:
Dental implants: Implants are used when your dentist is trying to replace missing teeth. They also prevent the loss of bone density in your jaw because the procedure requires the use of titanium posts, which are used to hold the artificial teeth in place. The post is fused to your jaw and serves the same function as your tooth root.
Dental veneers: Veneers are used for several purposes. They can be used to fix chipped or broken teeth, close gaps in your teeth, cover stains and improve the appearance of your teeth. They are usually made from porcelain and are very durable.
Teeth whitening: A smile makeover is not complete until you get your teeth restored to their original whiteness. Your dentist will bleach your teeth with a peroxide-based solution that will remove stains caused by coffee, wine, medication and tobacco use.
Dental crowns: These are used to cover up damaged teeth and discolored teeth, restoring their shape and appearance while protecting the structure. They can be used on decayed, cracked or worn teeth.
Bonding: The procedure consists of your dentist using a composite material to fix the decayed or damaged part of a tooth, then shaping it to achieve the desired goal.
Since most of the cosmetic procedures used in smile makeovers are not covered by insurance, it is important that you take proper care of your restorations to avoid having to return to the dentist to get them fixed.
Your dentist will provide you with tips on how to maintain the health and appearance of your teeth, allowing the restoration to last longer. Your dentist should also recommend dental products you can use to improve your oral health.
Smile makeovers are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth. If you need a smile makeover, schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine the best treatment options to improve your smile.
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