What Is Smile Makeover?
Smile Makeover is a process of improving the appearance of a smile through various procedures which are cosmetic or surgical.
Smile makeover takes into consideration the tooth color, tooth size, tooth shape, tooth position, lip position, lip length, gum position, and gum color.
Before & After Picture Gallery
Bright and white teeth are a sign of youthful appearance. The dentist will match the color of the teeth with skin tone, skin color, and hair color. He can change the color of the teeth by Bleaching or Veneers.
The line from incisal edges of upper teeth from side to side should follow the contour of the lower lip for an aesthetic appearance.
As the age increases the teeth become shorter due to attrition. Long teeth give a young look. Some teeth are slightly abnormal in shape as compared to adjacent teeth eg. Peg laterals which give an unaesthetic appearance. The size and shape of the teeth can be changed by veneers or crowns. The white show (tooth show) can also be increased by procedures like crown lengthening or changing the gum line (in cases of a gummy smile) by the help of laser dentistry. The width to length ratio of the upper central incisors should be 4-5 for a balanced smile line.
Crooked, crowded or spacing between teeth can be corrected by using Braces, Aligners or Veneers.
Missing teeth can be replaced by using Bridges, Implants or other Removable Prosthesis.
Procedures Involved in Smile Makeover
The procedures involved in smile makeover can be mix of
Veneers are thin tooth colored custom made shells that are fixed on the labial surface of teeth to change their color, shape, and size. These improve the appearance of front teeth.
Crowns are also tooth-colored custom made shells but they cover the full surface of the tooth. They also make the tooth stronger.
Teeth whitening is a process of removing stains from the tooth surface and restoring the natural color of the teeth. Whitening is a one-time procedure performed by a dentist. It is amongst the most common and widely adopted cosmetic procedure.
Permanently attaching a tooth-colored material (composite) onto the tooth is called composite bonding. This can be Direct or Indirect. Direct composite bonding can be used by dentists on the chair to do fillings, repair fractured edges and close gaps. Indirect bonding is usually done in the lab.
Dental Implants are root-like titanium screws which are surgically placed in the jaw bone for replacement of missing teeth. It greatly increases the self-esteem of the patient as it closely simulates the natural tooth. It does not cause any speech difficulty and has high acceptability.
Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening teeth to make them look more esthetic and improve function. The treatment can be done by Braces and Aligners (Invisible Braces). There are tooth-colored braces, metal braces, and lingual braces. The treatment usually takes 12-18 months to complete but is more stable and long lasting as it preserves the natural integrity of teeth.
Why should one opt for getting Smile Makeover
Smile Makeover is a boon in dentistry as it makes the patient look more esthetically acceptable in society. It remarkably increases the self-confidence and self-esteem in patients. It also contributes to better function helping patients to lead a more comfortable lifestyle.
What are the precautions to be taken
- Veneers need to be replaced in case they break or chip off. The patients are advised not to eat hard food when they are wearing veneers.
- Crowns usually require replacement after 10-15 years.
- Composite bondings can get stained or can break and would need replacement.
- Implants have to be kept for 3-4 months before loading it with the crown and have to be checked for osseointegration.
- Patient has to be regular and cooperative during the complete orthodontic treatment.
- In addition depending upon the treatment mix always consult your dentist for doubts.
Post Treatment Care
Smile makeover requires regular maintenance of oral hygiene. The patient has to visit the dentist every 6 months for a checkup and any minor repairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.1. What is the cost of a Smile Makeover procedure?
Smile makeover includes various procedures that depend on case to case. The correction required will lead to the cost incurred in the same.
Q.2. How to get perfect teeth?
Follow the basic hygiene of oral care such as brushing twice, flossing and rinsing. This will ensure healthy teeth. Along with it make sure you visit your dentist for routine check-ups twice a year.
Q.3. Can one get their teeth fixed without Braces?
With advancement in the technology getting your teeth straightened is not a matter of concern. The new age invisible braces straighten your teeth without people knowing that you have braces on.
Q.4. Can a tooth be pushed back into its place?
In some situation, the tooth moves on its own while in some your dentist will push your tooth back.