A smile makeover is a set of procedures performed at the same time with the aim of improving a patient’s smile. These procedures can include one or more cosmetic or restorative dental treatments. Listed below are a few ways that a smile makeover can improve your smile.
An in-office whitening treatment can make a big difference in your smile in just a short time. If your teeth aren’t as white as you’d like, professional teeth whitening can lighten them by several shades in just one visit. This treatment uses a special gel that is applied to the surface of your teeth by the dentist or hygienist. Then, the teeth are carefully exposed to a bleaching agent that works to remove deeply embedded stains from the surface of your teeth. In most cases, patients can see results after a single appointment. If you’re considering an in-office treatment, it’s important to understand that this treatment isn’t for everyone. For instance, not all kinds of discoloration respond to whitening treatments, and crowns and other restorations cannot be lightened with this type of procedure. However, if your teeth have dulled with age and you’re unhappy with their color, you may benefit from an in-office whitening treatment.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that adhere to the front surface of your teeth. Often, porcelain veneers are used to perfect smiles by concealing smile imperfections like chipped teeth, discoloration, and gaps between teeth. With porcelain veneer treatment, you can attain the dazzling celebrity-like smile you’ve always dreamed of!
The process of placing porcelain veneers begins with the removal of a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the thin shell. Once your teeth are prepped for veneers, we take impressions of your prepared teeth to be sent to our dental lab. At the lab, a skilled technician fabricates custom-fit porcelain veneers to precisely match the color of each tooth. When your custom restorations are ready, you’ll return to our office to have them placed. The dentist will adhere them to the surface of your teeth using a special adhesive and cure them until they’ve set in place. The placement process only takes about an hour to complete, and patients often leave our office the same day with their new smiles.
When the teeth are well-aligned, you are more likely to enjoy good oral health and are less likely to develop jaw problems as you age. This is because of the way that the teeth fit together naturally. If the teeth are positioned properly, they are easier to clean because they are all visible when you brush them. When you smile, you can show off those beautiful teeth instead of worrying about how they are misaligned.
Misaligned or crowded teeth can lead to tooth damage, such as chipping or cracking. If left untreated long enough, this can also lead to the need for more complicated procedures such as a root canal or dental crown. It is important to address any misalignment issues as soon as you are aware of them in order to prevent further damage from occurring. This includes getting aligners or having your teeth whitened, which can both make your smile look more attractive while also putting less pressure on the teeth that are difficult to move.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. With a dental implant, you won’t have to worry about slippage or discomfort like you would with a denture. They are even designed to look natural in your smile. Patients love how realistic implants feel and how durable they are - they can last for decades with the right care!
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