Do You Need A Smile Makeover?

Do You Need A Smile Makeover?

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

If you’re looking to improve your appearance (as most people are), a great place to start is with your smile – especially if you’re missing teeth or have subtle flaws that are correctable.

It’s called a smile makeover, a process that consists of one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth implants, dental veneers, composite bonding, or teeth whitening.

What Can Be Corrected

You and your cosmetic dentist may decide to improve these aspects of your smile:

Tooth Color

Whitening is an option to improve stained or dulled teeth, while natural, tooth-colored composite restorations can replace silver or amalgam dental fillings. The color and shading of your teeth is an important consideration when undergoing certain procedures, such as dental implants, composite bonding, porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridges. But there’s no question that a brighter, whiter smile can provide a more youthful appearance.

Alignment and Spacing

If your teeth are crooked, overlapping, or have gaps between them, they can be straightened and aligned using orthodontics or Invisalign.

Missing Teeth

These can ruin your smile and also affect your bite, increasing your risk for tooth decay. However, your smile can be salvaged by replacing missing teeth with dental implants, bridges, or partial dentures.

Overall Balance of Your Smile

Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise uneven can be cosmetically bonded, while a smile that exposes too much of your gums can be recontoured, improving the overall appearance of your smile.

Shape of Your Face

A smile makeover can improve more than just the appearance of your teeth. It can also improve or rejuvenate the appearance of an unshapely or aging face with orthodontics or oral maxillofacial surgery – giving you fuller lips and cheeks, as well as a big, beautiful smile.

Other Considerations

A cosmetic dentist may address more than color, alignment, and balance when performing a smile makeover. The doctor will also focus on aesthetic components such as tooth length and proportion, smile lines, and tooth texture.

For example, wear-and-tear aging often renders shorter teeth, or a gummy smile makes teeth appear shorter. The solution may include reshaping and lengthening the central teeth with composite bonding or porcelain veneers, while a pronounced gumline can be modified with laser dental procedures to lengthen the appearance of teeth.

Likewise, your cosmetic dentist can adjust the width-to-length ratio of your teeth or create a more feminine or masculine appearance with crowns or veneers. All of this can be done to match the look and feel of your natural teeth.

Proper Care Before and After

Your dentist will determine whether you're a candidate for a smile makeover based on a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, bite, and underlying support structure. If you have an oral health problem, such as gum disease or a misaligned bite, that will need to be addressed before you undergo a smile makeover.

Keep in mind that cosmetic dentistry requires regular oral hygiene care and maintenance over time to sustain results, such as repeated teeth whitening or replacement of porcelain veneers that may chip or break off after years of use.

Expert Smile Makeovers in Oregon

If you are looking to improve your smile, look no further than 360 Dental in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Ari Binder and his team are experts at preserving your dental health and enhancing your smile.

Call us at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment online today.