A smile makeover improves the appearance of one’s smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, including dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and composite bonding. It is different from a full mouth reconstruction in that people choose to have a smile makeover done purely for esthetic reasons, whereas a full mouth reconstruction is usually required for oral health.
Smile Makeover Considerations
There may be a number of reasons why you would want a smile makeover. Some people are unhappy about the color or shape of their teeth or are missing one or more teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will consider your facial appearance, hair color, skin tone, lips, teeth, and gum tissue when developing your ideal smile.
A smile makeover may improve these aspects of your appearance:
Tooth Color: An attractive smile comprised of bright, white teeth presents a more youthful look, whereas discolored or dark teeth may contribute to aged appearance. Teeth whitening is often a helpful treatment for stained or dull teeth. Tooth color and shading are essential considerations when assessing for and deciding on different tooth restorations. Dental restorations that are tooth-colored, such as porcelain veneers and crowns, can be used in the place of silver or amalgam dental fillings. Your cosmetic dentist will help you in selecting a shade of white that compliments the color and tone of your skin and hair.
Alignment and Spacing: Orthodontics or Invisalign may be recommended if you have teeth that are crooked, or have gaps between them.
Missing Teeth: Missing teeth not only affect your bite and increase the likelihood of tooth decay, but they can also adversely affect the esthetics of your smile. Tooth replacement may be done using dental implants, bridges, or partial dentures.
Harmony and Balance: Composite bonding may help to restore balance to a smile that has uneven, cracked, or chipped teeth.
Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks: If your face appears aging or unshapely, orthodontics and/or oral maxillofacial surgery can play a role in improving or rejuvenating the face.
Esthetic Components of a Smile Makeover
An attractive smile not only depends on the color, alignment, and balance of your teeth, but on other attributes that your dentist will professionally evaluate:
Tooth Length: Long teeth contribute to a youthful look. Shorter teeth are typically the results of wear and tear over the years, and high gum lines on the teeth may also make teeth appear shorter. A smile makeover for short teeth may involve the use of bonding or dental veneers to reshape and lengthen the two front teeth. Your cosmetic dentist may additionally use laser dentistry to adjust the gum line and make the teeth appear longer. A periodontist can do crown lengthening if needed for your particular smile makeover.
The length of your teeth may also have an effect on your general facial appearance. For example, long and well-shaped teeth on a round face can offer a slimming effect.
Smile Line: The smile line is an imaginary line that is formed when you smile, that traces the edges of your upper teeth from side to side. An ideal smile line parallels the curve of your lower lip. A cosmetic dentist utilizes this ideal to determine the best length for your teeth.
Tooth Proportions: A standard for assessing tooth proportions is a width to length ratio of 4:5. Additionally, most people regard a smile as pleasant when the two central front teeth are the principal teeth. A cosmetic dentist will consider these proportions in determining the length and width of other teeth in the smile.
Tooth Texture and Characterization: Depending on your preference, a skilled cosmetic dentist can shape your dental veneers or crowns to produce a more feminine or a more masculine look, or match your teeth’s appearance to your ideal image.
Maintaining Your Smile Makeover
To protect and maintain the results of your smile makeover, regular dental care in the form of brushing and flossing teeth is required. Furthermore, you may need to maintain or replace any dental restorations over time. Porcelain veneers may need replacement if chipped or broken, and crowns usually need replacement after 10 to 15 years. Teeth whitening treatment should be repeated occasionally in order to keep your teeth white. If permanent composite bonding is stained or discolored, enhancement or replacement will be required.
How long your smile makeover lasts also depends on the experience and skills of the dentist, lab technician, and ceramist, as well as on the dental restoration materials used.