The smile makeover is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that aims to improve the aesthetics of a person’s teeth and smile through a combination of simple, minimally invasive dental treatments.
In some cases, people may choose to undergo a smile makeover as they feel their teeth are unattractive or do not reflect their sense of style. Other times, patients may seek this cosmetic treatment to boost their confidence at work or in social settings. While anyone seeking the procedure may benefit from it aesthetically, those who suffer from gummy smiles or poor tooth alignment may find it makes these more noticeable by comparison after undergoing the “smile makeover” process.
Before seeking primary dental treatment, patients typically visit their dentist for a comprehensive exam. At this appointment, the dentist will take an X-ray of the patient’s teeth and examine them closely before making any treatment recommendations or suggesting that the patient opts for a smile makeover.
While most people are familiar with simple procedures like whitening treatments for teeth, few are aware that more complicated dental work can be performed to change one’s smile dramatically.
The following procedures may be key components in patients’ “smile makeovers”: Dental bonding is a type of restorative, cosmetic dentistry procedure whereby tooth enamel is removed so that composite resin material can be applied directly to the teeth surface. This produces results much like those associated with porcelain veneers, but it is a much less invasive process. Tooth extractions are performed when a tooth’s root causes pain or impactions, or there isn’t sufficient space in the mouth for all of a patient’s teeth. Other times, an extraction may be indicated if a patient has lost a tooth due to disease and must have it replaced with an implant or other prosthesis.
In many cases, dental implants can replace multiple missing teeth that were once joined together by one arch of gum tissue. Finally, wisdom teeth extractions may need to be performed when these molars start crowding out existing teeth from their proper positions within the mouth. In addition, wisdom teeth extractions are necessary to interfere with any neighbouring teeth and begin causing pain.
Depending on the extent of a patient’s smile makeover and which procedures were performed, recovery time may vary from days to weeks. Patients who experience discomfort or other discomforts may be prescribed painkillers or antibiotics to help them ease their way through the recovery period.
Although complications associated with undergoing a smile makeover are generally infrequent, there is always some degree of risk involved in seeking any form of primary dental treatment. For example, patients who have wisdom tooth extractions are always advised to take certain precautions before eating anything besides soft foods for at least 24 hours after surgery is complete. Taking these precautions will minimize the chances that patients will accidentally swallow something sharp that ends up causing an abrasion in their gums.
Most patients who have undergone a smile makeover are overwhelmingly happy with the results of their cosmetic dentistry procedures. Today’s dental techniques tend to produce highly natural-looking results, so most people find themselves looking better than they had ever imagined possible before undergoing this type of treatment. In addition, patients may feel so much more confident that some will want to enter into new social or professional situations where they can show off their brand new teeth and smile.