Smile Makeover

Ever thought of having a change in the way you smile? It's possible with a smile makeover. The process is achieved by applying any one or the combination of these cosmetic dental works:

  • Teeth or dental veneers
  • Composite bonding
  • Tooth implants
  • Teeth whitening

A smile isn't made just like that. Your dentist has to consider your facial looks, lips, gum tissue, the colour of hair, skin tone, and teeth features. Most people want to smile better probably with a beautifully aligned set of teeth, others have their reason for wanting a smile transformation. In cosmetic dentistry, whatever your reason is, the dentist will put them into designing your smile.

People may not like certain aspects of their smile. It could be the arrangement of their teeth, thin lips, or whatever.

Certain areas of your smile that will be cross-examined by your dentist and can be altered positively include but not limited to the following:

Colour of the teeth

Stained or dull teeth can be restored with teeth whitening. Natural, tooth-coloured composite can substitute amalgam or silver teeth fillings. T-he colour and shade of the teeth are key in assessing and making ready dental procedures like bridges, crowns, dental implants, composite bonding, and porcelain veneers.

In colour consideration of the teeth, having dark or discoloured teeth may mean the mouth is aged. Full lips, bright teeth, sweet smile exudes a youthful charm. For teeth whitening and veneers, the shade your dentist recommends is tied to what your face and hair look like. The responsibility placed on a cosmetic dentist is in giving you whiter teeth unveiled by a brighter smile while keeping it within the boundaries of a natural tooth colour.

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Teeth spacing and alignment

Different forms of malocclusions can be fixed with orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign and veneers where necessary.

Missing teeth

With one or several teeth missing, your smile may look awkward, your bite becomes abnormal, and the chances of tooth decay raised. This is why tooth replacement is an essential aspect of dental health and smile restoration. Patients with missing teeth can get back their bite via partial dentures, bridges, dental implants, or any other procedure the dentist deems necessary.

Uniformity and match

Misshapen, cracked, and chipped teeth can be corrected with cosmetic bonding to even out the appearance of the teeth. Even a gummy smile can be reinvented to boost smile gain.

Fuller lips, smile, and cheeks

Sunken cheeks, thin and dry lips, wry smile as a result of ageing or dental issues can be made over in smile rejuvenation using bespoke procedures including oral maxillofacial surgery and/or orthodontic treatment.

You and your dentist will work closely together to map out a treatment plan that will help you get the desired result from your makeover. Part of this dental plan may include several cosmetic and valuable restorative works like crowns, veneers, braces, gummy smile reduction, braces, oral maxillofacial surgery, and teeth whitening.

Alluring bits of a smile makeover

The aesthetic aspect of your smile, which covers the top and bottom sections of the teeth exposed when you smile needs to be relatively matched in alignment and colour. However, these are not all there is to switching up your smile. Other nit-bits that your dentist will go through with you when making arrangements for your makeover are:

Length of teeth

There's nothing as youthful about a person as when they have long teeth. Ageing causes wear and tear that reduces tooth length. Another factor that makes teeth shorter is a gummy smile. Short teeth can be corrected by changing the shape and increasing the length of the front two teeth using porcelain veneers or composite bonding. Should your smile be gummy, the dentist may adjust your gum line and stretch the teeth with laser dentistry treatment. If required, the dentist may ask you to see a periodontist for teeth lengthening with crowns.

The general appearance of your face may be changed by increasing the length of your teeth.

Smile line

This is an imaginary line that traces your top teeth edges from one corner to the other which should form the same curve as your lower lip in a smile. Smile line can also be used to determine the length of your new teeth.

Tooth proportions

Your teeth need to be proportionate to each other; the dentist will check the teeth to know this. A lot of persons believe that an appealing smile is one that the two front teeth are prominent and have a width to length ratio of 4-5. It is this proportion that serves as a guide to the length and width of the remaining teeth in the aesthetic zone giving the smile a balanced look.

Tooth texture and features

Using the characteristics of your teeth, a skilful cosmetic dentist can make your veneers or crowns have a feminine or masculine look while intertwining the appearance and feel of original teeth or those from images.

Keeping your results intact

People who have undergone any form of cosmetic work need to improve their dental hygiene and maintain it. For instance, teeth whitening shouldn't be a one-and-the-last procedure; it must be repeated for the teeth to keep being bright. Porcelain veneers need to be replaced if they break or get chipped. Same goes for fixed composite bonding; it needs to be improved or replaced when stained. Tooth crowns after 10 to 15 years should be changed. For a gummy smile, it certainly requires enhancement as time goes on.

The life span of your smile makeover is down to the kind of material used in the process, the lab technician, and the ceramist. For optimum results, research your cosmetic dentist very well and ask about material options as a guide.

The state of your dental condition matters in developing your treatment plan. To that end, your dentist will assess your gums, teeth, bite, and pre-existing support structure to determine your suitability for smile restoration. Should the result of your assessment show that your bite isn't normal or you have gum disease, this has to be treated first before proceeding.

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There is a wide range of technology in cosmetic dentistry that is used to reveal the kind of smile alterations to be expected in a treatment. For instance, if you need crowns or veneers, during your exam, the dentist may design a wax mock-up of non-permanent teeth to give the lab technician a precise description of your needs. Another benefit of a wax mock-up is it gives the patient the chance to see their expected results to be sure they love the plan that's underway.

The following are other ways to preview your smile rejuvenation:

Dental imaging software

You can forelook your smile results using imaging tech. Again, your dentist may employ imaging technology to explain to the lab technician or any expert handling your treatment, what your needs are. Overall, digital imaging can only give you a peek of what your outcome will look like; it may not be the exact final outcome.

Pre- and post-pictures

Pictures of patients who have had this same treatment in the past will show you what to expect in advance. These before and after pictures may allow you to measure the quality of your dentist's work.

Dental study models

This involves taking an impression of your teeth and using plaster to develop your precise teeth model. This plaster will be worked on; removing and adding areas that seem necessary by the cosmetic dentist. Study models in dentistry give you an overview of alterations to expect in your smile makeover. Veneers or crowns are also crafted using dental study models.

The dentist may work with digital technologies most times. In this case, they use digital scans from your teeth instead of conventional impressions for designing models of patient's teeth and of course, smile.

Dental composite bonding mock-up

This is another preview method where the dentist can attach composite resin material temporarily to your teeth, so you can get an idea of the procedure before commencement. For making veneers, dental composite bonding permits you to measure your comfort level in terms of appearance, fit, and feel.

Your dentist may adjust your new smile until the look and function feels right. Non-permanent mock-ups, when taken off, leaves no effect on your teeth that's long-term.

How much does a smile makeover cost?

How long your treatment will take and the fee is dependent on:

  • Your dental insurance plan
  • Dentist
  • Location
  • Your requirements
  • Condition of dental health

Should you have a pre-existing health condition, your treatment may cost more and take longer. This restorative work may be partly covered by your dental insurance provider, but you'll have to pay more than when your dental health condition is great.

Giving your mouth proper care and visiting the dentist routinely will keep your veneers and other restorative treatment for a long time, plus you'll have a great smile.

Resin-based works like tooth-coloured fillings, for instance, can remain active from 3 to 9 years or more if taken good care of. For porcelain veneers, these ones can last from 10 years and above before replacement.

Keeping your treatment outcome intact

Your ability to make changes to your dental health to cater to your new smile will help you keep it for a long time.Avoid abrasive toothpaste and hard toothbrush as they can damage the polish and shine of the restorative work. Use non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste instead. See your dentist for recommendations. Do well to brush twice or 3 times daily for best results.

Floss your teeth to take out debris and plaque, lower tooth decay, and prolong the life of your restored smile. Everyone should floss. But veneer wearers need more of it as gum tissue health is paramount.

If you use composite fillings, avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes. Why? The alcohol contained in mouth rinses can damage the adhesive used in adhering your restorative work, be it veneers or crowns to your teeth. Alcohol-free mouthwashes should be used. They are very safe and hygienic.

What shouldn't you eat or drink

Foods high in sugar content and snacking are highly discouraged. This will help you keep cavities at bay. Reduce your intake of tea, coffee, and soda to keep your teeth free from stain.

Stay away from too much consumption of alcoholic drinks as it can damage all the treatment you have done.

More precautionary measures

For longevity of your restorative work, do not bite down on hard substances and objects like pencils, pens, bottle caps, amongst others.Should you be experiencing bruxism and were asked to put on a night guard to keep your teeth and new restoration safe, kindly stick to it.

The cost of porcelain veneers is between £700 and £1,947 per tooth while composite bonding costs between £195 and £1,168 per tooth. Considering this fee, it is imperative that you practice your dentist- and hygienist-recommended rules to keep your treatment safe.

Your cosmetic dental treatment doesn't last forever, just like nothing does. Composite bonding will need replacement after 5 to 7 years whereas porcelain will be replaced after 10 to 15 years. In spite of all this, the duration you'll enjoy your reinvented smile depends on how much care you give it, and the expertise of your cosmetic dentist as well.

In the replacement of a damaged veneer or crown, impressions will be taken; there will be a shade matching, a temporary veneer will be given to you while you await the production of the permanent one.

Adhere to your dentist's advice to keep enjoying the long-lasting effects of your new smile. As for follow-up appointments, kindly ensure you don't relent in going to the dentist to monitor the progress of your treatment. Also, keep routine professional cleaning appointments with your dentists and hygienists. This is very important if you want to make the most out of your smile makeover.

Feel free to book an appointment with us at London Braces by calling 020 37457520. We offer quality smile restoration works, and our dentists are highly trained and experienced. Contact us now.

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