What to Expect
The need for a smile makeover is generally indicated when you don’t feel confident when you smile. In many cases people are just not aware of the available treatments to enhance your smile, and could be self-conscious and shy about their smile for many years. Some of the treatments are very easy, non-invasive, and not expensive, but sometimes more invasive treatments are needed.
The most important step is correct diagnosis, and a lot of time is spent on identifying the specific areas that you are not happy with. We use digital smile design to diagnose and treat your smile with the following considerations:
- Facial appearance
- Skin tone
- Hair color
- Teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display)
- Gum tissue and lips
Protocol for Smile Makeover:
Step one: Consultation and diagnosis
A Comprehensive consultation is done where you point out areas of concern, expectations and treatment preferences.
- Digital photos, of your teeth and face
- X-rays if needed
- Impressions for study models
Step two: Treatment discussion
On this appointment all costs will be discussed and the different treatment options are discussed.
We will also look at photos of what we can achieve, as well as a mock-up of the new smile.
Step three: Treatment
The different treatment options can be done on its own or in combination:
- Teeth whitening (Bleaching)
- Orthodontic treatment
- Cosmetic bonding and shaping
- Crowns and bridges
- Gingival contouring (gingivectomy)
Combined with Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment is a wonderful way to conservatively correct your smile. Once your teeth are moved with orthodontics the amount of restorative treatment needed is much less. Using orthodontics in combination with veneers or crowns can often extend the lifetime of the restorations, and also allows for more conservative preparation of the teeth.
Orthodontic treatment is ideal where all the teeth visible in the smile is healthy and would otherwise not need any treatment accept for cosmetic reasons. In this instance we can correct your smile by simply straightening and aligning your teeth. This will give you a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Veneers are porcelain coverings cemented onto natural tooth structure. We use minimally invasive preparation techniques to ensure conservation of the natural tooth structure. Veneers can be made very thin yet extremely durable. The laboratory technician or ceramic artist creates the veneers to appear completely natural.
More link to veneers in more detail
Whitening in conjunction with a smile makeover ensures that the remaining untreated teeth are as healthy looking as the new veneers or composite bonded teeth.