Common Procedures in a Smile Makeover

A great smile is a valuable asset and will draw people to you. It is also a sign of good health. However, not everyone has this asset. Sometimes, you may have yellowing or chipped teeth. Your teeth may also be out of alignment and require orthodontal care. One of the ways you can take care of all these issues is with a smile makeover.


What Is a Smile Makeover?


A smile makeover is a cosmetic way to reinvent your smile. It is a process that may involve one or more procedures depending on your teeth issues and other unique considerations. It will leave you with a bright smile and give you confidence. It will also deal with bite issues so that you are comfortable biting and chewing your food. The usual cosmetic procedures include:


  • Dental veneers

  • Teeth whitening

  • Teeth bonding

  • Tooth implants

Here is a look at these procedures.


Dental Veneers


Dental veneers are thin shells that the dentist custom-makes to fit your teeth. They cover the front of your teeth to change their shape or color. They have a superior appearance and last longer than teeth bonding. They also treat crooked teeth, chipping, and discoloration. Veneers cover gaps in your teeth.


There are different types of dental veneers. You can choose from porcelain or composite resin veneers; each has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your individual needs. However, most people choose porcelain veneers because they do not stain.


Others will choose composite resin because the material is easily repairable in case of chipping or breaking. You will not have to replace the whole veneer like in the case of porcelain. However, the composite resin is not as durable as porcelain.


Teeth Whitening


Although the procedure uses the word whitening, it is more like bleaching. It brightens your smile by lightening the natural color of your teeth. You can do it at your dentist’s office or home. The crucial thing to remember is to consult your dentist before whitening your teeth. They will advise you on which products are best for your teeth. Otherwise, you may end up harming your teeth and your mouth.


When using whitening products, make sure you read the instructions carefully. Avoid leaving the product on for too long. If possible, use it for a shorter time than the instructions suggest. It will help you avoid tooth sensitivity.


Teeth Bonding


Teeth bonding is using materials to fill excess spaces between teeth and cavities. It protects the tooth from exposure and repairs chips, cracks, and stains on teeth. The dentist applies an etching solution on your teeth and overlays it with tooth-colored materials. Although the procedure can last years, it is not as durable as other types of restoration procedures. It stains, wears down, and chips faster than they do.


Tooth Implants


These are metallic devices effective in replacing missing teeth. The dentist surgically places the titanium device in the jaw to replace your missing tooth. The advantage of using implants over other replacement methods is the fusion of the titanium with the jawbone.


The fusion anchors the implant in the same way natural teeth anchor to your jawbone. Hence, the implant operates and feels like your natural teeth.


For more information on smile makeovers, visit Above & Beyond Dental at our Bedford, Texas office. Call (817) 571-1667 to schedule an appointment today.