What Are Your Goals?
The first step in a smile makeover is consulting a cosmetic dentist. During this consultation, you will discuss your smile makeover goals. Some common goals people have for their smile makeover include:
- Straightening teeth
- Closing gaps and managing tooth-crowding
- Replacing missing teeth
- Repairing damaged teeth
- Achieving a youthful smile
- Restoring facial proportions
We’ll talk more about these specific goals in a moment, but we first want to address the fact that many people don’t know the changes they want to make to their smile. That’s okay. Just tell your cosmetic dentist what you can say about what you want. For example, you might be able to say that you want a smile that makes you more confident. Or perhaps you know you want your smile to look as it did when you were younger. Maybe you want a smile similar to that of a favorite celebrity that people say you look like. In this case, bring in pictures of yourself or the celebrity in question, and we’ll be able to evaluate whether we can achieve that smile for you. In the case of a celebrity smile, remember that a smile is more than just teeth–not all smiles would look good on your face.
If your teeth are crooked, you might want to straighten them. Orthodontics is the most well-known approach to achieving a straight smile. That’s what the word means: straight teeth. We offer Invisalign to accomplish this goal.
We can also utilize porcelain veneers and/or dental crowns to reshape your teeth to be straight. This has the benefit that it can be much faster than traditional orthodontics, taking weeks instead of months. In addition, using veneers and crowns lets us address tooth shape, discoloration, and more issues.
Closing Gaps and Managing Tooth Crowding
If you have gaps between teeth or have crowded teeth, orthodontics is often a great choice to reposition your teeth to eliminate these cosmetic complaints.
Sometimes, we recommend veneers or crowns in this case. Veneers and crowns work especially well to eliminate a gap–also called a diastema–between your two middle teeth, known as the central incisors.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are one of the most noticeable cosmetic complaints you might have about your smile. Fortunately, we have multiple options to replace one or more lost teeth.
These days, dental implants are the most sought-after tooth replacement. They look and function just like natural teeth. In some situations, a dental bridge can be a good way to replace a missing tooth.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth can make your smile look unattractive. Not only is the tooth damage visible, but it can accumulate stains. Left untreated, this damage might even lead to early tooth failure. As part of a smile makeover, porcelain veneers are a great way to repair this damage since this lets us brighten your teeth at the same time.
Achieving a Youthful Smile
There are many characteristics of a youthful smile that you might miss: the shape of your teeth, their sizes compared to one another, their bright whiteness, and more. We have multiple approaches to help your smile look younger with a smile makeover.
Restoring Facial Proportions
The shape of your face depends on your teeth. As your teeth get worn down or lost, your face can contract. This leads to skin folds, sagging skin, and more. It can cause wrinkles, jowls, turkey neck, and other changes you might not like about your age. Fortunately, restoring your teeth can turn back the clock on these changes and help restore your face shape so you can look younger while still looking like you.