Because there are so many types of dental issues, dental professionals have dedicated their careers to developing various procedures to repair said issues. And while we aren’t all born with a naturally brilliant smile, all is not lost. It may be just a simple whitening procedure or a round of braces, to something more extensive like a total smile makeover.
If most—or all—of your teeth are crooked, broken or decayed, you may have given up hope for a healthy, beautiful smile. For many, it causes issues with self-esteem, others day-to-day functions like eating or speaking. A total smile makeover, also known as full-mouth rehabilitation combines the best technology, materials and techniques with decades of advanced clinical training and experience.
People of all ages seek full-mouth rehabilitation for many reasons, including inherited dental problems, such as a bad bite, traumatic injuries from car accidents or sports, or chronic illnesses. Tooth-grinding, acid reflux, bulimia, and drug and alcohol abuse may also inflict severe damage on the teeth. Full-mouth rehabilitation can be used to solve a variety of dental problems, including:
When we begin to consider making improvements to our smile, the smartest thing to do is to schedule a dental appointment in order to discuss your ideas with your dental professional. They know your smile best and can give you proper feedback as to what your options are. Together you will devise a plan to ensure you will get the smile you’ve always wanted. Here is a rundown of the more common cosmetic dental procedures. Each has its own improvement, but not all are going to be necessary.
Bleaching. Bleaching is a common and popular process in which individuals use chemicals to whiten their teeth. This can be performed by your dentist or at home through a series of dental supervised techniques.
Bonding. Bonding is tooth-colored material in which is used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. This usually only requires a single dental visit and bonding lasts for several years.
Crowns. Crowns are caps that are placed over teeth in order to restore it to its natural shape and appearance. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but also take the most time to complete.
Veneers. Veneers are pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth in order to change the color or shape of teeth. This procedure requires your dentist to take an impression of your tooth. Before the custom veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff your tooth to compensate for the added thickness.
Contouring. This is a procedure used to correct crooked teeth or irregularly shaped teeth that may overlap. This is commonly used to alter the length, shape, or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite.
It could be as simple as a new haircut, but any positive change will always bring a smile to our face. And if that makeover is a smile makeover, all the more reason to show it off. It’s a new year – why not get yourself a new smile? After the year we had, you deserve a reason to show off that gorgeous grin. Here are some benefits to consider:
Improved self-esteem and self-confidence. This is, unarguably, one of the many reasons why people are interested in getting a smile makeover in the first place. And, well, there’s no shame in spending money to improve your own look, which may help improve your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Fixed bad bites. In many cases, especially in orthodontics, braces or Invisalign just aren’t fitted just for esthetic reasons. Many times, it is to correct a bad bite, which can help improve or fix the function of one’s teeth and may even help prevent gum disease.
Prevention of jaw atrophy. Those with missing teeth are candidates for implants, which are great for preventing jawbone atrophy, while at the same time, helps in maintaining that youthful and vibrant smile.
Lowered risk for tooth decay and cavities. Chipped and broken teeth, as well as excessive gaps in between and cavities can all eventually lead to worse complications down the line. Fillings aren’t exactly cosmetic but having tooth-colored fillings is still a far better-looking option. And the use of dental crowns and bridges that are made specifically to blend well with the rest of your teeth means that one no longer has to sacrifice esthetic offer function when it comes to preventing further dental complications.
Now that we have gotten a nice start to our new year, some may consider getting a new smile. We first start with a smile consultation. With a smile makeover, you are your dental professional will take into consideration things such as your appearance, hair color, teeth, skin tone, gum tissue and overall health of your teeth to develop a dental treatment plan to create your ideal smile and healthy mouth. There are many things that come into play when designing your ideal smile, from the way your teeth looks to how your smile will look as a whole. All of these things will come into play as plans are being implemented. After all, this is your dream smile – make it everything you’ve ever wanted. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider:
Tooth color. Replacing fillings with natural tooth
colored restorations, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges and
Alignment and spacing. Crooked teeth that are
overlapping or have gaps between them can be straightened and aligned when
necessary through orthodontics or Invisalign and improved with veneers.
Missing teeth. One or more missing teeth can affect
the appearance of your smile and affect your bite. Teeth can be replaced by
dental implants, bridges or partial dentures.
Harmony and balance. Uneven, chipped and cracked teeth can be cosmetically bonded for an improved appearance, and a gummy smile can be re-contoured to help improve the overall look of the smile.
Fuller smile and cheeks. An unshapely or aging face can be rejuvenated with procedures including orthodontics and/or oral maxillofacial surgery.
We all want that perfect Hollywood smile – the kind that lights up a room when we enter it. Unfortunately, we aren’t all that lucky to have that smile naturally. But it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Cosmetic dentistry can create the bright natural looking smile you deserve. Whether you are interested in a complete smile design, restoring chipped teeth or just need a simple whitening treatment, cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile. Here is a basic list of dental procedures that you can select to get that smile you’ve always dreamed of next time you visit the dentist:
Porcelain veneers. Fingernail-thin shells are adhered to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers can fix several aesthetic problems with just one treatment.
Whitening. There are at-home whitening kits and in-office whitening treatments. At-home bleaching kits use carbamide peroxide solutions to oxidize and bleach your teeth. In-office bleaching (chair side, light-activated or one-hour bleaching) uses hydrogen peroxide gels and a heat or light source and lighten your teeth by six to eight shades in one to three visits, and sometimes less.
Bonding. Sometimes your issues aren’t major. Gaps, chips, broken teeth, spots and discoloration can all be repaired with bonding. You can regain your smile and confidence.
Crowns. A perfectly fitted restoration that repairs and strengthens a tooth that has fractured, has a large cavity, an old filling that has failed, or has had root canal therapy. Unlike an inlay or onlay, a crown completely covers the tooth.
Invisalign. The invisible way to straighten teeth. Using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners.
Having a bright, healthy smile is important. So, when we need to have a smile makeover, some major decisions need to be made. Today, there are lots of ways your flawed grin can return, from traditional dentures to dental implants. But did you know that there are dentures that are implanted into your mouth, so you no longer have to deal with the traditional care and lifestyle changes? It’s true. Here is a quick rundown of what you can expect from implant-supported dentures…
Implanted supported dentures are a type of denture made mostly for individuals who don’t have any teeth in the jaw but have enough bones in the jaw to support the implants. The whole process is a long one – it takes approximately five months for the upper jaw and seven months for the lower and includes a series of steps in order to begin this process and will need to be fully healed before the dentures are actually fitted and placed in the mouth.
These dentures will provide the same functionality as the traditional versions, however, there are a few differences. Once the dentures are fitted for the mouth, you will be able to snap them in and take them out whenever you please. No more soakings, no more extra care necessary to keep them in tip top shape. In fact, you can rest assured that your new smile will not shift while speaking or chewing because they are screwed in, making the transition as easy as possible to maintain your normal day-to-day lifestyle.
Congratulations! You finally have the smile you’ve always wanted with the help of your dental professional and some new dental implant prosthetics. Now the aftercare is up to you. Once you have your new dental implants in place, you want to make sure they are taken care of properly. After all, how long your implants will last based on how you look after them. To ensure that your fabulous new smile lasts as long as possible, here are a few simple suggestions for maintaining your implants:
Brush and floss twice a day. Just like your regular teeth, implants need to be cleaned and flossed to prevent food particles from invading your gums and implant structure. Doing anything you can to stay away from weakening your gums and jawbone will make your procedure a success.
Dental visits twice a year. Regular dental visits are a part of normal dental hygiene. However, this is especially true for people with dental implants. Your implants will need thorough cleanings and plaque removal. Along with the cleaning, the condition of your gums, jaw and anchors will be checked.
Stock up on supplies. Special germicidal mouthwash and toothbrushes specifically-designed for dental implants is often prescribed to help reduce the risk of infection.
Say no to staining. While dental implants are created to be durable and natural looking, dental implants can also stain the same as normal teeth. So, steer clear of smoking, coffee, tea, sodas and wine. Not only are they bad habits to have in general, but they can also begin to stain your teeth sooner than you think.