Smile Makeover

Smile Makeover

A Smile Makeover comprises cosmetic and restorative procedures that will enhance your smile and meet your esthetic goals. Procedures may include teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, orthodontics, oral maxillofacial surgery and periodontal surgery to re-contour the gums.

Oral Health Evaluation: Prior to the treatment plan your oral health must be evaluated. If your evaluation reveals that you have oral conditions such as a misaligned bite (malocclusion) or gum disease, it is important for you to undergo orthodontic and periodontal treatment before your Smile Makeover.

What is a Smile Makeover

The Process: When planning a Smile Makeover all aspects of the patient's facial appearance are considered. These include the skin tone, hair color, teeth, gums, and lips to develop a customized smile. The resulting improvements are as follows:

Tooth Color

Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-colored composite restorations and laser teeth whitening can improve the color of stained teeth. Tooth color and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of and preparation for various procedures, including porcelain veneers and dental implants.

Straight Teeth

Crooked, overlapping, or gaps between teeth can be straightened when necessary through orthodontics and improved with porcelain veneers.

All your teeth

Missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants or partial dentures

A perfect smile

Uneven teeth can be bonded to improve their appearance. Periodontal surgery can be done to correct a gummy smile which will improve the overall look of your smile.

Anti-aging solutions

An aging face can be improved or rejuvenated with certain procedures which fall under the category of Facial Aesthetics. This includes Botox and collagen injections to mention a few. North Carolina Dental Practice has links with experts in this field to ensure that your Smile Makeover is complete in every category.

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Image courtesy of Larry Addleson, DDS, FAACD

Maintaining Your Smile Makeover

Cosmetic procedures carried out for the smile makeover need to be maintained. Teeth whitening may be done after two years (depending on the patients lifestyle and habits) to maintain the color of the teeth. Porcelain veneers may chip or break off and may need to be replaced. Permanent bonding may stain and require replacement. Dental crowns may need to be replaced after10-15 years.

Preview of your Smile Makeover

Before and after photos of other patients who have had Smile Makeovers offer samples of the results you may expect to see. The photos may also give you an idea of the quality of work performed by your cosmetic dentist. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and fill it with plaster to form an exact model of your teeth. The plaster can then be reshaped by trimming away excess areas or enlarging areas that require more volume. Dentists use study models to show you every aspect of the changes you can expect to see with your makeover. Dental lab technicians also use study models as guides for fabricating makeover materials like crowns or veneers.