Gain your ideal smile with a smile makeover.
When you hear the word “makeover,” you likely think about changing someone’s makeup, hair, or clothes to help them look their best and feel more confident. It’s always amazing to see how even small changes can transform someone’s entire appearance, better accentuating the beauty that was there all along! But did you know you can also give your teeth a makeover? A smile makeover uses a similar concept to give you a smile you can feel truly confident with. During a smile makeover, your dentist will treat your smile as a whole instead of looking at each issue individually, which will allow them to create cohesive, natural-looking results. Multiple procedures may be used to design and create your ideal smile.
Since smile makeovers are customized for each patient, they don’t fit a specific pattern or formula of procedures. After all, everyone’s treatment needs and goals are unique! This means it’s normal for your smile makeover to look different from other people’s. It also means there’s a wide range of potential treatments involved in a smile makeover, but you won’t necessarily need all of them. If you’re curious about what treatments a smile makeover could involve, however, here are a few of the procedures that are often a part of the process.
Professional Teeth Whitening
If your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be, you’re not alone. The foods and drinks we consume can stain our teeth over time, especially drinks like coffee and soda or foods made from tomato-based sauces. Thankfully, professional teeth whitening treatments provide a quick, simple solution! In-office treatments can whiten your teeth by multiple shades in just a single hour. Even though it’s such a simple element of your smile’s cosmetic makeover, you might be surprised by just how big of a difference whitening your teeth can make. It helps your smile look brighter and happier, impacting the appearance of your entire face! You might even walk away feeling like you’ve received a new smile from this single treatment.
Plus, unless you’re placing restorations over all of your natural teeth, it’s a good idea to whiten your teeth before you get other treatments. Porcelain restorations, like veneers or crowns, aren’t affected by whitening treatments, so if you think you’ll eventually want to whiten your teeth, going ahead and doing it now ensures your restorations will match your newly bright, white smile!
When you begin looking into smiles by design, dental veneers are likely one of the first results you’ll learn about. They’re thin sheets of tooth-colored porcelain that are placed over your teeth to permanently change their size, shape, and shade. They can resolve issues such as permanent staining, chipped or cracked teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, gap-toothed grins, and more. You can get anywhere from one veneer to an entire set, and each veneer is completely customizable. Porcelain looks incredibly natural and is even capable of matching the shade of your other teeth, so no one will realize you have them.
Your teeth need to be prepared, and the veneers themselves are generally milled in an outside lab, so it usually takes two appointments to complete the process of getting veneers. Once your permanent veneers are ready, however, it takes a single appointment to place them, giving you a new smile in one day! Veneers are durable and stain-resistant, so they can last years before they need to be replaced when they’re cared for properly. This means they can help you maintain a smile you love for years to come.
If one of your teeth is misshapen or has suffered severe damage from a major crack, break, or decay, a dental crown may be the best way to restore its function, health, and appearance. Crowns are tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are placed over your natural teeth to restore and protect them. Just like veneers, dental crowns are incredibly customizable, which allows them to blend in naturally with your smile. You get to help Dr. Tyler choose the size, shape, and shade of your new tooth, allowing you to recreate a damaged tooth or completely change its appearance.
You can even choose what type of material you’d like used to make your crown, from traditional porcelain crowns to e.max crowns. E.max crowns are a particularly good choice for your front teeth because they’re slightly translucent. Tooth enamel is naturally a little translucent as well, so this allows e.max crowns to look just like a natural tooth. Porcelain crowns are just as durable as your natural teeth, and e.max crowns are even more so, so you can expect your dental crown to last 15 years or more with proper oral hygiene—no matter which type you choose!
Losing one or more teeth often has a huge impact on the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up on having a beautiful, functional smile! If you find yourself in this situation, dental implants could be the perfect solution for you. They’re the best method for restoring and protecting the health, function, and appearance of your smile. A dental implant consists of a titanium metal rod that’s embedded into your jaw and topped with a tooth restoration, such as a dental crown. Multiple dental implants can be fitted with a bridge, partial dentures, or full dentures to replace multiple missing teeth.
Since they’re secured in your jawbone just like natural tooth roots, dental implants provide the same, deep-rooted stability that natural teeth do. They’re also the only tooth replacement option that can fulfill the job of natural tooth roots, preventing bone loss in your jaw and therefore protecting its bone density in the long run. The tooth restorations placed on your dental implants are just as customizable as other tooth restorations, so you can choose the size, shape, and shade of your new teeth. The result is a smile that looks beautiful and functions naturally—just like it did before you lost your teeth!
Smile Test Drive
When you decide to undergo a smile makeover, it can be hard to picture what your smile will actually look like when it’s complete. This is where a Smile Test Drive comes in! It’s an incredibly simple process, but it can help you feel more confident in your smile makeover. Dr. Tyler will simply apply a tooth-colored resin to your teeth, shaping and sculpting them to create the proposed changes. Since it allows you to see what your final smile will look like, a Smile Test Drive is the perfect chance to see how the smile you and Dr. Tyler have designed works with your facial features. You may decide that you want to make a few changes to your smile design—and that’s OK! This is the perfect time to do so. After all, we want you to love your results! You can even take your new smile for an actual “test drive” because you can leave our office with the resin on your teeth. This means you have plenty of time to decide what you think about your smile and get the opinions of family and friends. When you’re ready to take it off later in the day, it’s as simple as peeling it off!
Discover if a smile makeover is what you need to make your smile dreams a reality.
Your smile can already light up a room just by the sheer joy it expresses, but we want you to feel confident in your smile’s beauty. A smile makeover can do just that by bringing out the natural beauty of your teeth and complementing your unique facial features. Since your smile makeover will be just as unique as you are, it’s hard to know exactly which procedures you’ll need or want until you have met with Dr. Tyler for a consultation. If you’d like to learn more about what your smile makeover might involve, feel free to call our office and schedule your consultation at any time!