September 12, 2021 by Dr. Abhi Singh

Smile Makeover Procedure: What To Expect

Do you have a crooked smile that has bothered you for years? Is it difficult to chew food due to misaligned teeth? Have you considered having a smile makeover? It is a fantastic technique to improve your oral health and boost your self-esteem. Teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, and other cosmetic dentistry treatments can all be part of a smile makeover treatment plan to help you feel better about yourself.

When we feel good about ourselves, it not only gives us the energy to get out there and do great things in life, but it also shows in our appearance. So, if you’re interested in learning more about the smile makeover process, this blog post is for you. We’ll go over the process of getting your teeth straightened and whitened, so keep reading to find out everything you need to know.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a process in which your teeth are altered to improve the appearance of your smile. Because of factors such as gum disease, dental decay, or even missing teeth, your teeth begin to shift, alter in shape, and become discoloured as you age. This can result in a less-than-appealing smile, therefore a smile makeover treatment is performed to turn your natural smile into one that will make others look twice.

Braces, clear aligners, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, composite bonding, gummy smile reduction, and dental bridges are among the various aesthetic dental treatments available. Your dentist will work with you to create the ideal smile that will make you look younger and more appealing. 

Smile Makeover Procedure

There are many different procedures available to get the smile you want. Each service is specifically catered for your individual needs, and they all require a distinct length of time.

Initial Consultation

If you are interested in transforming your smile, the first step is making a consultation appointment. During the initial visit, your dentist will discuss which options for improving or changing your smile would be best suited to meet what you want out of the transformation process. The conversation should also give them an opportunity to share professional advice so that patients have some idea as to how their unique situation might affect any choices made moving forward through each phase of treatment.

Moreover, they’ll also tell you whether they’re comfortable doing the treatments alone or if they’d want to collaborate with a specialist to give you the best possible care and results. They may be more experienced with certain treatments than others, so they will work with someone who can execute procedures that your dentist cannot.

A personalised treatment plan will be made after a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth using different diagnostic equipment and any necessary x-rays. This includes all of the steps that need to take place during their smile makeover treatment, including how long it should last and the appointments the patients need to make. The plan will help them stay on track towards achieving this goal as quickly as possible while staying within budget.

Procedures

A smile makeover is a package of several dental treatments, each aiming to improve your appearance. This stage in your smile makeover journey might necessitate a few different dental office visits, whether you’re getting dental veneers, crowns, or implants.

Here are some of the cosmetic procedures that may be included in a smile makeover: 

Orthodontics

It’s easier than ever to get a straight smile with modern orthodontic technology. Now adults who missed out on childhood treatment can have beautiful smiles without wearing traditional metal braces.

Moreover, Clear aligners have been a lifesaver for many adults who want to straighten their teeth without the inconvenience of braces.

Furthermore, completing this treatment is simple and straightforward, but be sure to stay on track with your dentist’s instructions. While the results vary depending upon how well you follow through with completing it within a year, many patients achieve straightened teeth.

Teeth Whitening

According to the Australian Dental Association, whitening treatments are one of the most commonly requested cosmetic services. This does not include individuals who use over-the-counter whiteners such as strips or whitening toothpaste.

Teeth darken with age, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a dull smile. The latest procedures and professional teeth whiteners can help get your teeth looking bright again. 

Many people would agree that tooth whitening is a wonderful option for improving the appearance of their teeth. While professional therapy is popular and inexpensive, it’s well worth discussing your choices with your dentist. Some discolourations are resistant to bleaching. Thus, having unnecessary treatments and the consequent damage to your teeth may be prevented with the help of your dentist. 

Additionally, a cosmetic dentist can help you determine the right degree of brightness for your teeth. Some individuals may require multiple visits to reach their ideal whitening level. For many patients, the combination of Invisalign and whitening results in a significant improvement in their smiles. If a tooth has chips or is misshapen, veneers are frequently utilised as a remedy.

Veneers

Dental veneers are cosmetic dental treatments that can fix issues such as uneven spacing, chips or cracks, alignment issues, discolouration, and worn teeth. They are thin, tooth-coloured shells that cover the front of your tooth. They are usually made from porcelain or composite materials.

In certain circumstances, porcelain veneers may be a less invasive choice than crowns. While results can be immediate, you may need a couple of appointments depending on the severity of your case. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants, which are inserted into the jawbone, might be used to restore single teeth or replace both upper and lower arches. For replacements including more than one tooth, they will be supplemented with bridges or dentures.

Dental implants have long been regarded as the most cost-effective restorative dental treatment. The incorporation of advanced technology has only enhanced its success rate. Dental implants are known to have a 98 per cent success rate and can last up to 15 years or more with proper maintenance.

Dental Crown and Bridges

Using a crown, you can cover or cap your tooth to resemble the look of natural teeth. This is done after root canal treatment if there was significant damage caused by decaying teeth or due to accidental loss of part or most of one’s tooth. Porcelain and ceramic are common materials used in making these caps that match the colour of your natural teeth for real-looking results.

If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can be cemented to your natural teeth on the adjacent teeth of the empty space. The bridge spans this gap and makes it seem like there is no space at all.

Aftercare

Maintaining your teeth and gums after a smile makeover is essential, so use an effective at-home oral hygiene regimen to keep them healthy. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, as well as flossing regularly, will aid in removing food particles and plaque from your teeth. Keeping your teeth clean is one of the most important things you can do to avoid tooth decay. Regular dental checkups and cleaning are also beneficial for maintaining oral health. As a result, understanding how to adjust your current oral hygiene habits to best care for your restorations will help you keep your new smile for years.

Food & Drink

To avoid dental decay, limit your sugar intake and eliminate between-meal snacking. Additionally, avoid coffee, soda, tea, and other liquids to keep your teeth stain-free. When drinking, a straw is an excellent choice because it reduces the amount of time the drink is exposed to your teeth, hence preventing discolouration.

Issues Smile Makeover can fix

If you’re unhappy with your smile, then it’s time to take action. Gone are the days where people had to put up with crooked teeth and stained teeth. Nowadays, there are no shortage of options available for aesthetic dental treatments. The following issues may be resolved by a smile makeover procedure.

Tooth Colour

Tooth discolouration can be caused by a variety of factors. Some foods and drinks, for example, are known to discolour your teeth. The same is true for tobacco. Moreover, teeth stains, tartar buildup, illnesses, and trauma are all typical causes of unpleasant smiles. 

A power bleaching treatment can eliminate difficult-to-remove enamel stains from teeth. The dentist will apply a light-activated bleaching gel to your teeth, which will whiten them in 30 minutes and help you achieve flawless pearly whites.

Some discolourations, however, necessitate additional treatments or follow up appointments in order for the teeth to be totally whitened.

Missing Teeth

Tooth loss is a serious oral health problem that affects people of all ages. It can be caused by accidents or complications from illnesses, but it can also be caused by wear and tear on your teeth over time. Missing teeth can cause more serious oral disorders to include tooth shifting or misalignment, bite alterations, speech difficulty, receding bone, and loss of self-confidence.

Teeth alignment and spacing

You don’t have to suffer because of crooked and misaligned teeth. There are numerous reasons why you might develop this condition, from poor dental hygiene all the way down to bad habits from childhood like thumb sucking, overusing pacifiers or tongue thrusting. Sometimes it can also happen due to your genetics.

Your teeth may have little gaps due to misalignment. Moreover, this can affect your confidence as well as your bite and speech.

Cosmetic Imperfections

If you have a dental problem, don’t put it off until you’re in pain. Although the crack or break may not be causing you discomfort right now, it does not rule out the possibility that it will develop larger and cause severe pain when it reaches your tooth root. You want to avoid causing undue distress over a condition that is readily treated, such as this one.

Facial Appearance

Excessive gum tissue can affect the way your teeth look. This may be due to genetics or certain medications.

Don’t worry, though. It’s “fixable” with a cosmetic procedure called gum contouring. A dentist will reshape your gums using lasers.

As with all surgeries, it will take several days for you to heal completely. During this period, you’ll want to eat soft, cool foods. Avoid spicy and crunchy foods as they can irritate your gums.

Final Thoughts

Getting your teeth fixed is an investment in yourself. It’s time to take care of yourself and invest in your smile!  If you want a great-looking smile, then it’s time to contact Byford Smiles today!

AboutDr. Abhi Singh
Dr Abhi is a member of the Australian Dental Association and loves living and working in our community. He has over a decade of experience in all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in implants, wisdom teeth removal and cosmetic dentistry.