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Cosmetic Dentistry Smile Makeover: What Is It and Should I Get It?

Cosmetic dentistry treatment and whitening of teeth, dental crowns. Before and after. Dental close-up.

If you are not happy with your smile, you don’t have to simply accept this and keep your mouth closed every time you have a photograph taken! That’s no way to live, right? Instead of letting your smile get you down, why not get a smile makeover through cosmetic dentistry?

Continue reading to discover everything you need to know about getting a smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry and what to expect.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

Smile makeovers may be thought of as only cosmetic. While they do have cosmetic elements, they are so much more than that. A cosmetic smile makeover involves using a number of procedures to enhance both the health and the appearance of your gums and teeth.

During a consultation, the dentist will assess the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw, utilizing a combination of visual examinations and digital x-rays, and perhaps making models of your teeth. By doing this, the dentist will be able to make recommendations regarding the best cosmetic dental treatments for you. 

What Are the Benefits?

There are so many benefits associated with a smile makeover and cosmetic dentistry. They include the following.

Boost Your Confidence

One of the main reasons why people go down this route is because their confidence has been struggling because of their teeth. A smile is one of the first things that we tend to notice about another person. If you are not happy with your smile, it can be easy to feel self-conscious around other people. A smile makeover can help you feel confident about your smile.

Increase Oral Health

As mentioned, a smile makeover or cosmetic dentistry is not just about improving the aesthetics of your smile. It is also about improving your oral health.

For example, if you have a broken tooth, a gap, or crooked teeth this can negatively impact your other teeth. It can even affect how you eat and speak. If you experience pain from misaligned teeth, this can also be resolved through a cosmetic smile makeover. 

Achieve More

You may be shocked by how much of an impact your new smile will have on other areas of your life. After cosmetic dentistry you will smile more and have more confidence. This confidence will start to flood into other areas of your life. You may notice that you perform better in the workplace or that your social life improves. This is because you are a more confident version of yourself now.

What Procedures May Be Involved?

There are a lot of different cosmetic procedures that may benefit you with a smile makeover. Some of the most popular are as follows:

In-office Teeth Whitening

There is only one place to begin, and this is with teeth whitening. There is no denying that this is one of our most popular treatments. If your teeth currently have a yellow hue, teeth whitening can give you pearly whites! While there are teeth whitening products in stores today, they are nowhere near as effective as what you would get at the dentist.

Dental Veneers

A veneer is a custom-made, thin molding, often made from porcelain. It is bonded to the front surface of your tooth or teeth. This is an effective and quick way of dealing with crooked, misshapen, chipped, and stained teeth. 

Dental Crowns

Another cosmetic dental procedure that you may be interested in is dental crowns. A crown is a sort of cap that fully covers a real tooth. It can be made from various materials including metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics, or composite resin.

A crown is used to cover and repair a damaged tooth. The crown is fitted over the prepared tooth and permanently sealed in place below the gum line. The results are a natural and healthy looking tooth.

Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is another popular cosmetic dental treatment, also referred to as dental bonding or tooth bonding. Bonding provides a solution to gaps in teeth or minor damage. It is typically used for fixing discoloration, filling chips, and gaps or fractures between the teeth.  

Dental Implants

A very effective cosmetic solution to missing teeth or extensive decay is dental implants. Dental implants provide an effective and long-term solution for missing or severely damaged teeth.

Dental implants are a popular cosmetic dentistry solution because the ending result is a fully functional tooth or teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

An implant is placed into your jawbone, acting as an artificial replacement for the missing root. A crown or dentures are placed over the implant and fixed in place. The implant is able to support the crown or dentures in a similar manner as natural roots. The end result is a beautiful new smile. No one would know the difference.

How Long Does a Smile Makeover Take?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to say in this post how long a smile makeover will take because every treatment is custom. The time it takes depends on the number of cosmetic treatments and the type of treatments you undergo.

For example, you may only decide to have one or two simple cosmetic dental treatments whereas someone else may have many or more extensive treatments.

The best way to answer the question of time is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. Your dentist will be able to assess your teeth and gum health and make recommendations. They will be able to provide you with a realistic depiction of how long the treatment(s) will take.

So there you have it, an insight into smile makeovers and cosmetic dentistry and what you can expect from this sort of treatment.

Contact a Cosmetic Dentist

If you have any questions or you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry and how you can benefit from a smile makeover, please do not hesitate to contact Lexington Family Smiles in Lexington, SC. We would be more than happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation.