Getting a Smile Makeover
Not all cosmetic dental procedures are the same. Some treatments may whiten teeth, while others may strengthen teeth and increase crown length. Many cosmetic dentists specialize in crafting the perfect smile to match the individual’s dental goals. However, in order to create the most beautiful smile for each individual, there are many aspects to consider, such as patient variability. As a result, customized smile makeovers are often the ideal option for patients considering significant changes to the aesthetics of their smile.
What’s a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover refers to dental procedures to improve a patient’s smile to meet his or her ideal aesthetic look. Procedures such as Invisalign®, traditional metal braces, dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, and fillings can affect the way your smile is perceived by others.
When a dentist considers a patient for a smile makeover, he or she evaluate the patient’s overall look, factoring into treatment face shape, skin tone, hair, teeth, gums, and lips. Experienced cosmetic dentists also consider how dental procedures can adjust certain aspects in order to meet the patient’s intended goal. While Invisalign® and traditional braces may work best to adjust the alignment of teeth, but veneers can also be used to improve a smile’s uniformity.
A number of these procedures can be incorporated into a unique smile makeover, completely transforming dull, damaged dentition into a new, beautiful smile.
Features to Consider
While you may have an idea of what you’d like your smile to ultimately look like, your dentist has experience with choosing the right procedures and materials to best match the color of your teeth and your overall look. Whether teeth are fractured or missing can also be a factor for patients considering cosmetic dental procedures. Additionally, an individual’s lips and cheeks may need readjusting as well in order to improve the aesthetic look of an individual’s smile. With these factors in mind, some patients may require preliminary procedures to create the best foundation for future cosmetic procedures.
To get an idea of how your smile will look like after your smile makeover is complete, your dentist may use wax models for a 3D preview. These models also allow patients the opportunity to make adjustments to their future treatment prior to undergoing treatment.
Maintaining your Smile
Along with maintaining good dental hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash, patients should also limit their consumption of acidic and stain-causing foods such as coffee, soda, and candy. Furthermore, avoid the habit of grinding teeth or biting on hard objects. To help prevent damaging teeth at night, a night guard can be worn.