What Is a Complete Dental Makeover?
A complete dental transformation can put a permanent end to your smile woes.
As people grow older many begin to notice that their smile has changed over the years. Their teeth may be showing some wear or they may even have some missing from battles with tooth decay and periodontal disease. For patients who are unhappy with how their current smile looks, we highly recommend a complete dental makeover.
A dental makeover not only transforms the way your teeth look but most importantly it transforms how you feel about your grin, leaving you more confident than ever before.
What is a smile makeover?
A dental makeover and a smile makeover are the same things, but dentists often use the latter phrase when speaking with patients.
A smile makeover is a term used to describe the use of restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures to help transform a patient’s smile—both in terms of function and beauty. How exactly this is done is based on the needs of each individual patient making every smile makeover a custom process.
However, the end goal is always the same—for the patient to leave their dentist’s office with a brand new smile they love.
Common Problems a Smile Makeover Can Fix
Smile makeovers address nearly any flaw you can think of, but here are the most common problems patients often want to be fixed:
- Permanently discolored, stained, or yellowed teeth.
- A missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
- Crooked or otherwise misaligned teeth.
- Unusual gapping or crowding between teeth.
- A gummy smile or recessed gum lines.
- Misshapen or unusually sized teeth.
Whether you’re experiencing these issues or even a problem not listed, Dr. Sexton will create a smile makeover treatment plan that works for you.
Which dental services are used in smile makeovers?
Now that you know what types of flaws can be fixed with a smile makeover, you may be wondering how exactly a dentist solves these problems.
As mentioned earlier, smile makeovers utilize a combination of restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The restorative and cosmetic procedures Dr. Sexton will use for your smile makeover will depend on which flaws need to be fixed.
Restorative Dentistry As Part of a Smile Makeover
Restorative dentistry focuses on function first. Smile flaws that involve the function or strength of your teeth will often be fixed with one of these restorative procedures.
Fillings are the most common fix for cavities and any minor surface damage to teeth (i.e. a small chip). Tooth-colored fillings blend in seamlessly with the smile, offering both restorative and cosmetic benefits.
When a tooth is too damaged for a filling or a decayed tooth requires a root canal, a dental crown is a must. Porcelain crowns are extremely realistic in appearance and very durable. They’re also highly versatile, being used to finish dental implants, bridges, and even cover up a discolored tooth for strictly cosmetic purposes.
Dental bridges are a classic solution for missing teeth. A porcelain bridge can be used to fill in the gap from a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
For the most permanent, natural solution for missing teeth, dental implants are a fantastic choice. Dental implants are considered a superior choice for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Dr. Sexton will help you decide whether implants or a bridge is the right option for you.
Dentures come in two forms—partial and full. A partial denture can be a great option for patients that are unable to get either dental implants or a dental bridge. They are a common option for smile makeovers. Full dentures can also be used for a total mouth restoration when teeth simply can’t be saved.
Dr. Sexton also offers implant-supported dentures, a solution that combines the best of partial or full dentures and dental implants.
Cosmetic Dentistry As Part of a Smile Makeover
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can be used to put the finishing touch on a smile makeover or, in the case of veneers, may be all that’s needed.
Porcelain veneers are the ultimate smile makeover procedure. They drastically change the appearance of your smile and can fix a number of common flaws without the need for additional procedures. However, veneers can also be combined with other procedures as needed by the patient.
When porcelain veneers aren’t the right choice for a patient but a similar result is needed dental bonding is a great alternative. Bonding is the process of carefully sculpting a thin layer of tooth-colored material over the surface of the teeth to give them a new shape, to fill in gaps or chips, or simply give your smile a brighter look.
A professional teeth whitening session can really brighten your teeth and bring a glow to your smile. If you’re not interested in veneers or bonding, Dr. Sexton will often recommend a teeth whitening session before your smile makeover begins as crowns and fillings can’t be whitened.
Book your smile makeover consultation with Dr. Sexton and discover how your smile can be transformed.
If you’re unhappy with your smile and dreaming of a dental makeover, the first step is to book a consultation with Dr. Sexton by calling our office or filling out this online form.
During your consultation, Dr. Sexton will take a look at your teeth and gums before speaking with you about your smile goals. Together you’ll work to create a smile makeover treatment plan that will not only improve your oral health, but also reignite the confidence you once had in your smile.