Sometimes we flash our smile automatically, as a response to something funny or a person greeting us, but have you ever wondered why a smile is so important to your health? A smile, for instance, can lower your stress levels thanks to a boost in dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. Smiling at another person has an equally positive effect on that person as well. Unfortunately, not everyone is proud of their smile; some dental concerns may keep you from smiling – even if you feel like it. Luckily, dental professionals can create a smile makeover, giving you a smile you’ve always dreamed of.
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover is a series of cosmetic dental procedures (or just one procedure depending on what you need) that transforms your smile. Common issues addressed during a smile makeover include:
- Stained teeth
- Crooked, misaligned teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored teeth (such as a crown that doesn’t match)
- Gaps in between teeth
- Missing teeth: More than just unsightly, missing teeth can affect your ability to eat and speak well.
- Old crowns that are discolored
Smile reconstruction surgery
Smile reconstruction is more than creating a more attractive smile; because missing and broken teeth affect your eating and speech, smile reconstruction surgery can improve many aspects of your life. After consulting with your dentist, you may find that smile reconstruction surgery is the best option for you. What are common reasons for surgery? Implants are often implemented in cases of a missing tooth (or teeth). Additionally, crown lengthening is another surgical procedure used to improve a gummy smile.
Smile makeover options
The beauty of a smile makeover is that it is completely tailored to fit exactly what you need: nothing more, nothing less. If all you need is whitening, then you’ll be set after a Zoom Whitening treatment. Do you need a veneer on a tooth or two? No problem. Whether you need just one procedure or three, you’ll find that there are many options available to transform your smile.
Frequent treatment options include:
- Teeth whitening treatments
- Dental bridges
- Dental bonding: used to fill gaps between teeth or repair chipped teeth
- Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns
- Implants: An option for missing teeth
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Gum treatments: Healthy gums create a more beautiful and healthy smile. Depending on your specific conditions, there are a variety of procedures and treatments to fix gum problems.
How long is the smile makeover process?
Because a smile makeover is one or more cosmetic dental procedures, the process length depends upon each individual’s treatment plan. Some treatments (in the case of a patient only whitening his/her teeth) can be completed in about one hour. However, other individuals who require multiple procedures (such as bridges, bonding, and a gum treatment) can expect the process to be spread out over several office visits.
If you decide that a smile makeover is right for you, your dentist will meet with you to discuss the best treatment plan for you. Your dream smile is just a makeover away.