Designing a Revitalized Smile You’re Sure to Love
Even if we don’t always notice, our smiles are constantly helping us to interact with the world. The average adult smiles between 20 and 50 times a day. Your smile is uniquely you.
You may wish that you could improve your smile’s appearance—and that’s completely natural! It’s normal to want to feel good about yourself and the way you look. Thankfully, even when there are multiple cosmetic issues with your teeth, a smile makeover can help you gain the smile you’ve always wanted. This treatment uses multiple cosmetic procedures to revitalize every tooth in your mouth. Each smile makeover is tailored to fit the unique needs of each patient, so no two smile makeovers look the same. But what are some of the treatments your makeover could involve and are the results worth the cost? Here’s a guide to smile makeovers to help you answer these questions.
Teeth accumulate stains from food, drinks, aging, and habits like smoking, taking on a yellow or gray tint over time. Whitening your teeth is simple, but it’ll have a dramatic effect on the appearance of your entire face, helping you to look years younger. Professional whitening treatments are safe and fast, as well as both more effective and more customizable than over-the-counter treatments. You can choose what shade you want your teeth to become, and Dr. Tyler will help you reach that shade. In-office whitening treatments can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades in under an hour—a feat that no over-the-counter whitening kit could accomplish! If you’d prefer not to come to Duvall Dental Center to whiten your teeth, you can also receive a professional whitening treatment right in the comfort of your own home by using a customized whitening tray and gel. This system takes longer than in-office whitening treatments, but it still provides amazing results.
If you’re not happy with the shade of your teeth, we recommend that you undergo a tooth whitening treatment before you receive any tooth restorations like dental veneers, crowns, or even tooth bonding. This is because these treatments are all matched to the color of your teeth and won’t be affected by future whitening treatments; getting the whitening treatment first allows you to match your restorations to the new, brighter shade of your teeth.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are secured in place over your natural teeth to change their shape, shade, or size. They can be used to restore and protect teeth that have been chipped, cracked, slightly broken, or worn down. Veneers are also often used to cover permanent stains that tooth whitening can’t remedy, close gaps between your teeth, change the appearance of uneven or misshapen teeth, or make teeth longer. The treatment is incredibly versatile and customizable. You can get a single veneer, an entire set, or any number in between. Dr. Tyler will work with you to help you choose the appearance of your new veneers, either recreating the appearance of a damaged tooth or designing a completely new tooth. Dental veneers are permanent—any teeth you fit with veneers will always need veneers in the future. Thankfully, they’re durable and stain-resistant, so they can last around 15 years if you care for them properly.
Losing one or more teeth can impact the way your smile looks and functions as well as your oral health as a whole. Dental implants are a great tooth replacement method that consists of embedding a titanium metal rod into your jaw to mimic a tooth root, then adding a beautiful life-like tooth. Implants have the versatility to replace a single missing tooth or every single tooth in your mouth because they can be capped with a dental crown, bridge, partial dentures, or full dentures. Each of these tooth prosthetics can be customized to match the size, shape, and shade you want. Considering your goals for the appearance of your smile as well as its functionality helps ensure that you’ll love the results once your implants are in place.
They’re the only tooth replacement option that has the ability to mimic a natural tooth root, which helps them feel just as secure and natural as they look. They’re also functional, restoring your ability to eat all of your favorite foods—even with implant-supported dentures! It also takes over the job of your tooth roots by stimulating the jawbone to prevent bone loss. In the long run, this keeps your jawbone strong and protects your face shape, helping you to look younger for longer. No matter what type of restoration you place on your implants, the implants themselves should last for an entire lifetime if they’re cared for with good oral hygiene.
Full Arch Rehab
If you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, a full arch rehab can help restore the appearance and function of your teeth. A full arch rehab restores both arches of your mouth using implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures help reduce the cost of full mouth dental implants by building on a foundation of five or six dental implants. This system keeps the stability, natural appearance, and many of the health benefits of dental implants. Full mouth dental implants like this are just as customizable as other dental restorations, allowing you to focus on restoring the function, health, and appearance of your smile all at once.
Look at your smile makeover as an investment in yourself.
As you read through the description of these procedures, you may find yourself thinking, “This sounds expensive. How much do dental implants cost? How much does a smile makeover cost? Is it worth it?” Since smile makeovers vary so wildly regarding which treatments are used and how involved each of those treatments are, it’s hard to estimate the cost of your smile makeover before you schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyler at Duvall Dental Center. That said, we understand feeling like you can’t justify the expense of a smile makeover. We’d like to encourage you, however, to look at a smile makeover as an investment. Not only do many of these treatments have a very real positive impact on your oral health, but the improvement you’ll see in your self-esteem and self-confidence alone makes a smile makeover worth it for many patients. Additionally, smile makeovers have lasting effects—even tooth whitening treatments can keep your teeth white for up to three years if you take care of your teeth. You’ll benefit from improved functionality and boosted self-esteem daily for years to come, which makes a smile makeover far from a superficial purchase.
Think about how much you spend on other important items that you’ll use every day. An average refrigerator, for example, costs between $1,000 and $2,000, though high-end refrigerators can cost thousands of dollars more, and last an average of 14 years. Much like a smile makeover, the initial cost might sound expensive, but the amount of daily use you get out of it makes the investment worth it. Similarly, the average American spends about $1,100 on coffee each year. When you look at the cost of your smile makeover as a long-term investment that you’ll benefit from daily for years to come, the cost begins to make more sense. When it comes right down to it, it’s okay to spend a little money on a treatment that will make you happier and healthier.
Find payment plans and solutions to make your smile makeover affordable.
Thankfully, most dental offices provide solutions like payment plans to help you afford your care. Duvall Dental Center accepts traditional payments like cash and credit cards, but we also participate in programs such as CareCredit and LendingClub. CareCredit is a credit card designed specifically for medical expenses, allowing you to pay the cost of your treatment in small, budget-friendly increments with little to no interest. Similarly, LendingClub allows you to put the cost of your treatment on a payment plan that you can manage. If you’re unsure about your financing options or insurance coverage, you can always ask our team at Duvall Dental Center; we’ll do our best to help you discover and understand your options.
The wide range of treatments involved in a smile makeover allows Dr. Tyler to create smiles by design that are both functional and beautiful. The level of customization ensures that you’ll end up with a smile that looks naturally beautiful—a smile you can genuinely love and feel confident in. If you’d like to learn more about smile makeovers, how the treatment can benefit you, or how much it’s likely to cost, feel free to call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyler at any time.