How do you feel about your smile? Does it light up a room? Or do you find yourself hiding it, regardless of how happy you are? While a less-than-perfect smile may seem embarrassing and permanent, you aren’t powerless when it comes to your smile. A smile makeover from Restore Modern Dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams and give you something to smile about!
What Is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is exactly what it sounds like: a makeover for your smile that addresses all the issues you have with your teeth, allowing you to present the world with a smile you can be proud of. But what goes into a smile makeover?
What goes into your smile makeover depends on your individual mouth and which problems you’d like to address.
A popular choice in any smile makeover is veneers. Veneers are thin sheets of resin composite or porcelain that fit over the teeth and create the appearance of a white, even smile. Veneers can be applied to any teeth and can cover chips, cracks, and misshapen or stained teeth. Best of all, they are stain resistant, so you can still enjoy the foods you love like coffee, chocolate and red wine – without the fear of more stains appearing.
Veneers are completely natural looking. They are installed by removing a thin layer of enamel before applying the veneer to the teeth. Veneers can last up to 20 years with proper care. This means brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time and flossing between each tooth at least once a day.
Crowns or Caps
Do you have chipped, cracked or decayed teeth? This can be embarrassing, especially if they are in the front of your mouth. Thankfully, these teeth can often be saved by caps or crowns that fit over the existing teeth. Caps or crowns are made of composite resin and are matched to the color of your natural teeth, so nobody will ever know they’re crowns unless you tell them!
Braces or Clear Aligners
Wire-and-bracket braces or clear aligners like Invisalign are the gold standard when it comes to straightening the teeth and correcting a bad bite. These treatments can last anywhere from a few months to a few years, but the investment in time is well worth it.
Wire-and-bracket braces are what most people think of when they think of braces. A bracket is attached to each tooth and strung through with a wire, which your dentist will then replace and tighten at your follow-up appointments. These appointments will happen every few weeks to a month to monitor the progress of your treatment and to make necessary adjustments. Wire-and-bracket braces must be cleaned carefully, as it is easy to get food and plaque stuck in the wires and brackets.
Clear aligners, on the other hand, use a safe, BPA-free plastic to cover the teeth and move them faster than wire-and-bracket braces can. Clear aligners fit over the teeth and can be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning. We recommend you remove them for no longer than two hours per day.
Clear aligners also require fewer visits to the dentist or orthodontist to monitor your progress. In fact, you can sometimes get two sets of aligners (one for this month, another for next) at once, saving you a trip!
Dentures and Bridges
If you are missing teeth, there are solutions to help replace them. Missing teeth can not only be embarrassing, but they can also harm the integrity of your jaw tissue and jawbone by allowing it to degrade over time. It can also cause your healthy teeth to shift, causing new oral health problems such as increased cavities, gum disease and a bad bite.
Dentures and bridges are the easiest way to combat this problem. Your dentures or bridge will look completely natural and will help restore your beautiful smile.
A dental implant or implants take the concept of dentures or bridges a step further. They are permanent solutions to missing teeth. Your dentist installs a screw into your jawbone, and then a natural-looking crown is applied on top of the screw, securing your dental implant in place.
It is important to get your dental implants as soon as possible after losing a tooth, as the implant will be more likely to successfully take in the jawbone when the tooth loss is fresh.
Contact Us Today
If you’re ready to get started on your smile makeover, contact our office today for a consultation and individualized treatment plan.