SMILE MAKEOVER

Conscious about your smile? Crooked teeth? Perhaps an unsightly gap? You might need, what is called a smile makeover.

What is a smile makeover

A smile makeover is the process of correcting one’s smile and enhancing its appearance through a series of cosmetic dental procedures to provide optimum function. Although it is usually termed as a cosmetic procedure, smile makeovers are usually done to improve and maintain the health of the teeth and gums. It is an elaborate treatment that involves thorough diagnosis and proper planning.

When is it done?

Smile makeover procedures can easily correct several situations that may hamper one’s smile. Some of them include:

 

  • Gaps between the teeth or teeth that are unevenly spaced

  • Crooked or chipped teeth

  • Discolored, stained teeth

  • Missing teeth

  • Previous dental treatments which may have gone wrong

  • Correction of metallic fillings

  • Excessive gum display while smiling

 

Your dentist will assess your smile, along with a lot of other parameters to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for smile designing. Note that certain situations with gross discrepancies may require a more complex approach and may not be suitable for smile makeover. For such cases you dentist might recommend braces[SC1]  or orthognathic surgeries.

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How is it done

The first step in smile makeover is the diagnosis of the existing condition with clinical examination of the facial profile, lips, teeth and gums. Your dentist may also take a set of x rays to aid the process. There are several digital smile designing software's that may be used in devising a detailed treatment plan. In addition to planning, these software's may also provide an idea of the expected outcome of the treatment. A virtual image can be drawn up to represent the final result.

 

Once the treatment plan is formulated, the teeth and gums are prepared and corrected. Some of the procedures involved in smile makeover are as follows:

 

  • Composite bonding

  • Teeth whitening

  • Dental Veneers

  • Crowns

Composite bonding

This procedure involves bonding a tooth-colored resin material onto the tooth surface to correct any discoloration, cracks or small chips. It can also be used to reshape or lengthen the teeth. The tooth is first roughened with a series of drills, followed by treatment with certain chemical agents that enhance the bonding. The composite resin is then placed over the prepared tooth surface and molded according to the desired shape. The resin is then made to set with a special light and then polished. This procedure can usually be done in a single sitting and takes around an hour.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening can be done to lighten the existing color of the teeth. Out of all the available methods, the in-office bleaching carried out at the dentist’s office is the most effective one. The process may be done for over multiple sessions and can make the teeth up-to three shades lighter. However, it is important to make the correct case selection for teeth whitening.

Dental veneers

These are thin shells, made out of ceramic or composite that can be directly bonded on the teeth to mask any defects. They are minimally invasive, long lasting and give excellent results. They can also be considered to be a quick-fix solution for fixing one’s smile. It is usually done over 2-3 sittings. The teeth are shaped to receive the veneers following which an impression is made. The fabricated veneers are then fixed on the teeth with dental cement.

Crowns

Dental crowns are used to correct gross discrepancies in the teeth. They are ideal for teeth that are worn out or weakened. They are available in various tooth coloured materials like zirconia or emax, which [SC1] can match the shade of the teeth. They are quite durable and long lasting.

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Maintenance and Care

It is essential to maintain proper oral hygiene after these procedures. The restorations are to be brushed and cleaned in a similar manner as that of natural teeth. Avoid using highly abrasive toothpastes as they may abrade the restorations and make them appear dull. Flossing between the restorations is also crucial to prevent any future damage.

 

In terms of diet, limit the consumption of sugary foods and beverages like coffee, tea or wine, as they may stain the teeth or restorations. Although these restorations last for a few years, they are not indestructible. Your dentist may also advise you to refrain from biting onto hard objects like metal caps, pens etc to prevent them from breaking. Lastly, regular follow-ups with your dentist is a must.

 

Smile, because the world is a beautiful place, just as you are!