Give Yourself the Gift of a Smile Makeover!
A great smile can light up a room and make a great impression on people. In fact, when people have been asked what they notice about a person first, it’s usually the person’s smile. So why wouldn’t someone want to have the perfect smile?
For years, the only people who could afford a smile makeover were the rich or famous. It’s not uncommon to see actors and actresses on television or in the movies with the perfect smile.
Well, the smile makeover isn’t just for the privileged few anymore. More procedures are becoming affordable to the average person. Who might want to consider a smile makeover? And what’s involved in the process?
Who May Want to Consider a Smile Makeover?
Anyone who wants a great smile is a candidate for a smile makeover. There are varying levels of need, though. Some people just need some re-contouring and bleaching, while others need a complete makeover with crowns and veneers.
A smile makeover can benefit anyone who has crooked, stained, or chipped teeth. It can also benefit those who have missing teeth due to decay or trauma. Whatever your situation, it’s always best to discuss treatment thoroughly with your dentist. There are certain situations in which a smile makeover is contraindicated. For instance, a patient with bad habits such as smoking or a diet full of sugary foods may not be the best candidate. Others who might not be eligible would be those who have bad dental hygiene and are not willing to improve in this area.
Re-contouring and Bonding the Teeth
One of the first things a dentist will look at doing is re-contouring the teeth. This could be as simple as using discs that are like sandpaper to gently file rough edges and even slightly shape the teeth. Nearly every surface of the tooth can be “sanded down” a bit and then buffed to create a nice shine.
Another way to re-contour the teeth is by bonding them. A little of the enamel will be filed away and then the tooth will be primed and bonded with a tooth-colored resin or composite plastic. Once cured with an ultraviolet light, the bonding will then be adjusted and polished to match the shine of the natural teeth.
Sometimes the re-contouring and bonding process can be preceded by braces, either full metal braces or Invisalign braces. If the patient wants to bleach their teeth, the ideal time would be to do it before the bonding has been done because the bonding resin does not bleach.
Veneers and Crowns
The next option for a smile makeover is the placement of crowns or veneers. Veneers are a great option for people who want the look of straight teeth but don’t want to have braces. Generally, veneers can only be placed on the six front teeth. A layer of enamel is removed and an impression is taken, which is then sent to the dental laboratory. The dentist will place a temporary veneer on the tooth to hold you over until the permanent veneer is ready.
Veneers cannot be done on the back teeth. If you need to protect your teeth because of deep cracks, crowns are the way to go. The crown fits around the entire tooth and supports the tooth so cracks don’t progress.
Whether you’re trying to protect your teeth from further damage, need to repair teeth after some trauma, or just want to look like a movie star, a smile makeover might be just what you need. If you want the most beautiful smile in the room, talk to your dentist today about your options.