A complete smile makeover can transform your look to give you new confidence. One of the first things others notice when they meet someone new is their smile. If you’re not happy with yours you may avoid smiling, which could lead to some incorrect first impressions.
A smile makeover may require a combination of restorative dental procedures that will restore, replace, or improve your current teeth. It may even require surgery to change the shape of your jaw. It can be a huge undertaking, but it’s one that is totally worth it.
Before you undergo a complete smile makeover, consider the following 3 things:
1. The Look You Want
Start by discussing the look you want with your dentist. Explain your goals. Bring pictures of yourself when you were younger or magazine cutouts of smiles you admire. Consider the fact that you should try and achieve a smile that looks natural, not perfect. If your smile is too perfect it will look fake. You should still look like you when the process is complete.
CAD (computer-aided design) can use a digital image of your mouth as it is currently and allow the dentist to manipulate the image so that it looks the way you want. This will give you an idea of what to expect and your dentist will be able to design a treatment plan that will achieve the desired goal.
2. The Procedures Necessary
Once you have determined the look you want and your dentist has an adequate image created, you can begin to discuss the procedures that will be required to achieve that image. A complete smile makeover could include any of the following procedures:
- Fillings. Simple cavities may require basic composite fillings.
- Crowns. Severely decayed teeth that still have a root intact may require crowns.
- Dental Implants. Missing, broken, or severely decayed teeth can be replaced with dental implants (artificial tooth root and crown that is implanted in the jaw).
- Bridges. When a row of teeth need to be replaced, a bridge (row of artificial teeth) can be anchored to existing teeth or dental implants.
- Veneers. Veneers are attached to the front of existing teeth to provide a new, smooth, white surface.
- Teeth Whitening. Existing teeth may need to be professionally whitened.
- Jaw Surgery. Sometimes misalignment of teeth or bite pattern can require surgery on the jaw to reposition it.
- Other procedures. Any other dental procedure that will restore the health or appearance of your teeth and mouth can be performed as part of your smile makeover.
3. Your Health
Before you can undergo any of the procedures involved in a smile makeover, your overall health must be considered. You have to be healthy enough to undergo jaw surgery if it is necessary. You need to have sufficient jaw bone to support implants if that is part of your transformation. Bone grafting can be used to support and regenerate jaw bone if necessary. Any preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders, heart disease, or other medical conditions must be screened for in advance.
Undergoing a smile makeover will also improve your health. Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Taking this important step to restore your oral health will also restore your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Visit Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry for your Smile Makeover
If you’re considering a complete smile makeover, it matters where you go. Not every dentist will take the time and use the best technology to give you a natural look that you can feel confident about. Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry wants you to be more than just satisfied with your results. We want you to smile with confidence, putting your best face forward as you interact with the world around you.
Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry can handle every part of your smile makeover from simple fillings to dental implants. You can visit one location for the procedures you need to transform your look. Call (212) 533-6782 today to schedule a consultation at Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry or request an appointment.