What is a smile makeover?

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If you are unhappy with your smile, getting a smile makeover might just be the thing that can improve not only your confidence but how people perceive you. People with bright smiles are often seen as more attractive people.

A smile makeover generally is a combination of one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants, and teeth whitening. The goal is to help create a beautiful smile that you can be proud of showing off.

Your cosmetic dentist will take into account a number of factors when creating your smile makeover. These include your appearance, your teeth’s color, size and display, your gum tissue, and lips. They can even factor in how your teeth will look when compared to your skin tone and hair.

What can I change with a smile makeover?

A smile makeover can improve almost all of your aspects your smile. With a variety of options, you can make over the options as diverse as tooth color to even replacing missing teeth.

You can change the tooth color through a variety of options, from basic tooth whitening to remove stains on and beneath the enamel, to laser treatments designed to clean away the stains for a long time. You can also replace old fillings with silver or amalgam with white tooth-colored composite restorations which can help improve the appearance.

Keep in mind that stained or discolored teeth can be seen as a sign of an aging mouth. A well-shaped smile and a bright smile can dramatically improve your smile. Your dentist may use a combination of veneers and tooth whitening.

Crooked or chipped teeth can be improved by diminishing the gaps between them and they can be straightened and aligned when needed through the use of orthodontics and even improved with veneers.

Missing teeth can even be improved with the addition of dental implants which not only improve the aesthetics of your face but can also keep your jawbone from deteriorating and helping you maintain the look of your natural face shape.

Each of these improvements can lead to not just a bight smile, but can also contribute to your overall appearance. The treatment plan can consist of a number of cosmetic or restorative procedures that include teeth whitening, composite bonding, veneers, dental crowns, braces, and more.

The aspects of a makeover

Many attributes can be incorporated into your treatment plan, and a number of things are evaluated when you are planning a smile makeover. Each is used to help determine what changes need to be made and which are the most important to improve.

Tooth length is the beginning of the evaluation. Long teeth create a youthful appearance. Lengthening the teeth either by reducing the gums or through the use of porcelain veneers can help contribute to a more youthful smile. You can even have your gum line reduced by the use of laser dentistry procedures.

The smile line is next considered. This is an imaginary line that traces along the top of your upper teeth from one end of your smile to the other. Ideally this like should be parallel to the one that runs along the lower lip. This standard point of reference is used throughout the cosmetic smile makeover.

Tooth proportions are also examined in order to ensure that each tooth is in the right proportion with each other. The ideal ratio has the first two front teeth are meant to be dominant, and the others have a width-to-length ratio of 4-to-5. These proportions can guide the length and width of the teeth in the esthetic zone so that your smile lines can appear balanced.

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to practice regular oral hygiene care so that your teeth can maintain their new brilliant appearance. You may have to follow up ion the teeth whitening or repair cracked veneers.

If you are interested in arranging a consultation, contact La Verne Dental & Implant Center in La Verne, CA, by calling (909) 596-1155.