Smile Makeover

Published on July 31, 2011 by

When you visit Wood Family Dental, after speaking with the dentist and telling him that you are interested in a smile makeover, he will perform an all inclusive therapeutic plan specifically for your dental needs and cosmetic objectives. The comprehensive smile makeovers can include various dental procedures including teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns and/or bridges, orthodontics, decrease in a gummy smile if needed, and /or maxillofacial surgery.
A comprehensive dental examination must be performed before determining a plan of action. A full intra-oral examination complete with radiographs and study models should be performed, along with a complete periodontal charting and occlusal (i.e., bite) analysis. If gum or bite problems exist, these must be addressed and treated before the dentist begins your smile makeover. Many times, most of the teeth in the mouth require dental attention, so a smile makeover may take a while to properly complete. However, the results will be well worth it. Other times, the patient wants only a few cosmetic improvements in their mouth. These cases may not take as long.
So, what is really involved in a smile makeover? Your dentist will explain this to you in great detail. There is more to this than meets the eye. Upon visiting your dentist, your dentist will consider your facial form and appearance, the nature of your skin, appearance of your teeth, color of your hair, gingival tissues, and lips. Several of the dental procedures involved in smile makeovers are: contouring the teeth, teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, replacing old amalgam fillings with composite (tooth coloured) fillings, dental implants, crowns, dental bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. Sometime increasing the vertical dimension of the face, if the face looks collapsed due to teeth wear, can remove years from a person’s face. If the bite is to be opened for a smile makeover, proper functioning of the TMJs should be considered. Actually, the TMJ functioning and bite should be considered for all restorative procedures. In addition, orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery may be required for a smile makeover. You may not want to get involved with certain procedures. We will discuss all of your options with you prior to commencing any type of treatment.

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