If you’ve ever walked into a hair salon with a picture of your dream hairstyle and wished you could do the same for your smile, you’re in exactly the right place.
A smile makeover is a process that takes your smile from what it is today and completely transforms it into the smile you’ve always wanted. Color, shape, and other aspects of your teeth can be altered to make them look Hollywood-ready. Here’s how.
ASSESSING YOUR SMILE
The first step in your smile makeover is an initial consultation. During this visit, your dentist will examine your teeth, take x-rays if necessary, and discuss your dental history.
If you have a specific vision for what you want your smile to look like, you can bring pictures along to discuss with your dentist. All of this information will give them a clear idea of where your smile is now, and what needs to happen to reach your aesthetic goals.
Everyone’s smile makeover will be different.
If your teeth are in great shape, your dentist will move straight to planning the cosmetic procedures. If you first need restoration work done, that will be included in the treatment plan.
Next, your dentist will recommend a range of procedures, which might include dental bonding, orthodontics like braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth, esthetic dentistry like crowns, bridges, or implants to replace missing or damaged teeth, and cosmetic dentistry like veneers or whitening procedures to improve color.
Of course, the more work that needs to be done, the more visits you will have to make and the longer your smile makeover will take. But by the end of the treatment program, you will have the smile you always dreamed of.
SMILE MAKEOVER CANDIDATES AND POST-TREATMENT CARE
If you plan to have a smile makeover, you should commit to taking extra care of your teeth after the procedures are completed. Depending on the number and type of procedures and treatments you have done, you might need to adjust your dental care routine and the types of foods you eat and avoid.
If your teeth are discolored because of smoking, it’s usually best if you have stopped smoking before you get this kind of treatment, because natural and manufactured teeth, veneers, and implants can all discolor at different rates.
As with any dental procedure or treatment, good dental hygiene is the foundation for everything.