A smile can
be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry's
many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped,
or misshapen teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile
Even the most
subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in
the way you look and feel about yourself. Talk to your dentist
about the options most suitable for you, what your expectations
are and the dental fees involved. Some options are:
is a discipline within dentistry in which the primary focus
is the modification of appearance of a patient's oral cavity
and surrounding structures, in conjunction with the prevention
and treatment of organic, structural, or functional oral disease.
Through cosmetic dentistry, the appearance of the mouth can
be altered to more closely match the patient's subjective concept
of what is visually pleasing.
advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible for
dentists to address a wide range of challenges. Two of the latest
trends aimed at creating a more attractive appearance are smile
makeovers and full mouth reconstruction.
A smile makeover
improves the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic
dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants,
and teeth whitening.
Full mouth reconstruction
may include treatment for functional problems with the bite,
muscles, teeth, and bone structure as well as the use of additional
cosmetic procedures. Full mouth reconstruction involves advanced
restorative treatment designed to address severe wear of the
teeth, pain, and other problems. Full mouth reconstruction frequently
involves several dentists who focus on their specific areas
of expertise in order to obtain the best outcome.
/ Extreme Makeover
You've seen the fabulous results of a smile makeover - an amazing
smile that's straight, white, even, just perfect. But what does
it take to get there? You might be surprised to learn just how
quickly and comfortably your smile can be transformed.
What is surprising
to most is that, no matter what the problem with your smile,
there's a way to make it absolutely stunning.
• Crooked, overlapped
teeth can be straightened
• Chipped, broken, worn teeth can be repaired
• Unattractive metal fillings can be replaced with natural-looking
• Missing teeth can be replaced
• Gaps between teeth can be closed
• Gummy smiles can be recontoured
• Stained, discolored teeth can be whitened
• and so much more.
The first step
to a beautiful smile is a complete and thorough examination
by your cosmetic dentist to determine your oral health. Any
health issues will be addressed and corrected before any cosmetic
Health is the
foundation of all attractive smiles. From correcting any bite
problems (that can cause TMJ and other painful symptoms) to
restoring individual teeth, your dentist will ensure that your
smile is healthy before enhancing its appearance.
When the foundation
is ready, you can move on to the "artistry." You and
your cosmetic dentist will discuss your goals and expectations
of your new smile. What do you want your smile to look like?
What don't you like about your smile that you want changed?
Together, you will determine the "style" of your new
smile. Your dentist may even show you a "Smile Style Guide"
that illustrates many different smiles.
of care will be determined by type of procedures required to
enhance your smile. It may be as simple as one-hour smile whitening.
You may chose to have porcelain veneers placed on your teeth
to create a white, straight, even smile. You may have your gum
line recontoured by a laser, to reduce the appearance of a "gummy"
smile. Perhaps just replacing unattractive metal fillings with
natural looking porcelain restorations is all you need to make
your smile look great. Maybe you'll have just one procedure;
maybe you'll benefit from a combination of procedures.
are endless. Imagine. In just a short time, you can have a makeover
that enhances the beauty and appearance of your smile, correcting
almost any problem.
A smile that is straight, white and even. You may feel better
than you have in years (a smile makeover may resolve pain experienced
with biting or chewing). Your new smile will help you look younger,
feel more confident and boost your self-esteem! It's just amazing
what a smile can do. Best of all? Even the most extreme cosmetic
procedures can be completed in two to three easy, comfortable
visits. So you can be smiling beautifully in no time at all!