Smile Makeover 101: What Is It & What Can It Do For You

smile makeover 101Smiles are often associated with being happy, but have you ever wondered how smiling physically affects you? Research shows that the simple act of smiling can change your mood, increase your confidence, and improve your emotional state. Smiles affect the brain – moods and emotions can be measured in the left frontal cortex of the brain. Pretty amazing!

However, not everyone feels comfortable smiling due to dental concerns. Even if an individual is incredibly happy, he may hide his smile. Fortunately, a smile makeover is the answer to having a beautiful smile.

What is a Smile Makeover?

General dentistry focuses on preventative care as well as the treatment of oral diseases and issues including tooth decay, toothaches, and gum disease. Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, focuses on improving the look of your smile. As such, a smile makeover falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry.

Is A Smile Makeover The Same For Every Patient?

A smile makeover, which consists of unique combinations of cosmetic dental procedures, varies from patient to patient. Some patients may only require one procedure, while other patients may opt for several procedures.

Because of the variety of treatment options, some patients may find that all they need is one or two dental appointments. Others may who need multiple treatments (such as teeth whitening and implants) can expect their treatment to require multiple appointments.

What Dental Issues Can A Smile Makeover Address?

Smile makeovers focus on issues that primarily affect the appearance of your smile. Some of the more common issues fixed with a smile makeover include:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chipped and/or broken teeth
  • Stained teeth: Teeth can become stained from certain foods, drinks, and even certain medications.
  • Discolored teeth: Teeth may appear discolored due to old or mismatched crowns.
  • Crooked teeth
  • Missing teeth

Do Smile Makeovers Require Surgery?

The short answer is no. A smile makeover does not necessarily mean you require a smile reconstruction surgery. However, some cosmetic procedures do require surgery. For instance, a teeth whitening treatment does not involve surgery, but in the case of missing teeth, a smile reconstruction surgery may be needed.

  • Implants: If you are missing teeth, your dentist may recommend implants. Not only will this create a beautiful smile, but you’ll find it much easier to speak and eat.
  • Crown lengthening: This is a surgical procedure that is recommended in the instances of gummy smiles.

What Are The Common Procedures Used For Smile Makeovers?

A smile makeover is unique to you and your dental needs. After consulting with your dentist, he will create a treatment plan for your smile. Common smile makeover procedures include:

  • Implants
  • Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns
  • In-office teeth whitening treatments
  • Dental bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental bridges
  • Gum treatments
  • Inlays

Let Banker Dental Help You Be Proud Of Your Smile

Perhaps you ready for a smile makeover. Perhaps you still have a few questions about what types of procedures are best for you. We are ready to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact us and set up an appointment.

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