Simply put, a smile makeover is a process that involves improving the appearance of one’s smile through one or more procedures, including but not limited to teeth whitening, tooth implants and dental veneers.
The process requires careful planning, taking into consideration a patient’s facial appearance, skin tone, as well as the color, width, length and shape of their teeth, gum tissue and lips, all in an effort to develop the idea smile.
As any two person’s facial structure is never exactly the same, smile makeovers are personally customized and tailored according to a person’s needs and unique considerations. This means that you’ll be working closely with a cosmetic dentist and his/her team all throughout the smile makeover process, all in an effort to improve whatever aspect of your smile you don’t like.
What Procedures Are Involved?
A smile makeover is a combination of a number of procedures that are mostly cosmetic in nature.
This typically includes the following:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Invisalign Braces
- Dental Implants
- Dental Bridges
- Teeth Whitening
- Composite bonding
- Laser Gum Contouring
- Replacing metal fillings with natural-looking, teeth colored restorations
Although mostly cosmetic in nature, smile makeovers can also have functional benefits. Case in point, using dental implants to replace lost teeth can not only make a smile much better looking. The mere fact that the missing teeth have been replaced helps prevent the effects of the teeth shifting, while also making the mouth less susceptible to decay and periodontal disease. Not only that, but dental implants can also help restore the natural function of a patient’s bite.
Still, the main purpose of the process remains, and that is, to improve the aesthetics of a patient’s smile.
Are Smile Makeovers The Same As Full Mouth Rehabilitations?
Not at all. It’s true that both processes involve making extensive changes to one’s smile. However, smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitations aren’t necessarily the same. The main difference between the two is that a smile makeover is something you choose to have performed, and usually only for aesthetic purposes. Meanwhile, full mouth rehabilitations are necessary and often done to help fix dental problems such as gum disease and misaligned teeth and jaws, among many others, that would otherwise interfere with oral and overall health, as well as affect one’s quality of life.
While a full mouth rehabilitation is also a combination of procedures, the purpose is to create a healthy mouth, and not just make teeth beautiful. Still, despite its more “functional” nature, a full mouth rehabilitation can still have a number of cosmetic benefits. After all, much like with a smile makeover, the process involves working closely with a dentist to design a new smile. This means that your dentist won’t just be working towards making your teeth, mouth and gums healthier, but also to make your smile more attractive.
Get Your Smile Evaluated Today
It’s impossible to know whether you’re a candidate for a smile makeover or a full mouth rehabilitation unless you have your teeth checked by a dentist. Even if you “think” that you only have unsightly smile that needs minor improvement, there may be other underlying problems that may need to be fixed as well.
Make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yankowskas today to know if you’re a good candidate for a smile makeover or a full mouth rehabilitation. Call today at 978-649-7773 or visit the website at www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.