A Comprehensive Guide to Smile Makeovers: A Step-by-Step Guide

A comprehensive guide on how to get a Hollywood-style smile makeover with multiple cosmetic dental procedures. Learn about teeth whitening, bonding, Lumineers and more.

A Comprehensive Guide to Smile Makeovers: A Step-by-Step Guide

A smile makeover is a combination of one or more cosmetic dentistry treatments designed to enhance the appearance of your smile. It can involve a variety of procedures, such as teeth whitening, bonding, tooth-colored fillings, Lumineers, veneers, dental crowns, implants or bridges. If your smile isn't what it used to be, a Hollywood-style smile makeover treatment may be the perfect solution. Unlike a single correction, such as the placement of a veneer or teeth whitening, a smile makeover is a series of cosmetic dental procedures designed to address the major imperfections of the smile.

In some cases, the dentist may need to start treatment for gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can worsen under veneers and other restorations. If your smile makeover requires a significant realignment of your teeth, we may recommend an Invisalign procedure. In addition to treating crooked teeth, Invisalign aligners are also commonly used to treat underbites and overbites. Your dentist can help you understand the process and what is needed for the makeover of your particular smile. A smile makeover includes treating various dental conditions, such as chipped, cracked, crowded, missing, stained, or worn teeth.

Smile makeovers are done for many reasons and are customized according to your unique considerations. Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of the teeth, gums, underlying support structure and bite (occlusion) to determine if they are suitable for a smile makeover. Your cosmetic dentist will check the teeth, gums, support structures and the bite to see if you are eligible for a smile makeover. A smile makeover combines multiple cosmetic dental procedures into a single comprehensive treatment plan to address your aesthetic issues and produce amazing results. For minor structural imperfections, the dentist may incorporate elements of dental reconstruction into a smile makeover. Although every smile remodeling treatment is different, it will generally include some combination of the following procedures: teeth whitening; bonding; tooth-colored fillings; Lumineers; veneers; dental crowns; implants; bridges; and Invisalign. If you have a weak tooth that is vulnerable to fractures, your dentist may reinforce it with a crown as part of the smile makeover.

Porcelain veneers and dental implants are also commonly used in smile makeovers. Your ceramist, laboratory technician and the materials chosen by your dentist also influence the longevity of your smile makeover. It's difficult to estimate the final cost of the makeover of your smile because each treatment is customized based on the patient's needs. Certain dental facilities, such as crowns and veneers, will need to be replaced after 10 to 20 years, but most facets of a smile makeover should last a lifetime with proper care.