Having a beautiful smile can make you feel more confident, especially when socializing or taking pictures. Even if others think you have a nice smile, there may still be things you wish you could change. You may not like the color or shape of your teeth or may feel self-conscious about broken or missing teeth. With a smile makeover, the doctors at Clagett Dental Solutions can help you fall in love with your smile once again.
A smile makeover can enhance not just the aesthetics of your smile but also the functionality. You can eat, drink, and speak more comfortably and confidently. If you are bothered by cosmetic imperfections in your smile, here are some basics to keep in mind regarding restoration options.
1. Virtually anyone can benefit from a smile makeover.
The requirements for a smile makeover are relatively subjective, and what matters most is how you feel about your teeth. Treatment can be as simple as having your teeth cleaned and whitened to something more complex such as gum recession treatment and dental implants. No matter what complaint you have about your teeth, there is likely a solution to correct it.
2. Treatment is customized to your needs and goals.
Our doctors take the time to understand what you like and dislike about your smile and what you wish you could change. A customized treatment plan addresses these issues, and combining multiple treatments can achieve the look you desire. Common procedures include:
- Dental implants
- Gum recession treatment
- Teeth whitening
- Teeth cleaning
We may recommend other dental treatments to help you achieve your goals and address underlying problems such as tooth decay, bite issues, or crooked teeth.
3. Surgery is not always necessary.
Depending on your needs and goals, you may not require any surgery. Teeth whitening, crowns, and cleanings are all non-surgical procedures with little to no downtime or discomfort. If you have your gums recontoured or need to replace missing teeth with dental implants, you may require surgery. However, sedation can help keep you comfortable.
4. Choose your tooth color carefully.
Crowns and veneers cannot be whitened. They maintain the color you initially chose when they were created, and they are designed to blend in with adjacent teeth. It can be a good idea to have your teeth whitened first and coordinate this with any crowns—whether standalone or as part of a dental implant—to maintain a consistent look across your smile. If you want or need a different shade later, new restorations may be necessary.
5. Results may be progressive.
It can take time for the final results to appear, depending on the procedure. You may need to have your teeth whitened more than once to achieve the desired shade, and it can take a few days for swelling to resolve following gum recession treatment. Your gums may change slightly as they settle into their new position. Similarly, dental implants also take time to heal before the permanent crown can be placed.
Other procedures can provide more immediate results. Same-day crowns can restore teeth in a single visit, and teeth whitening can start brightening your teeth after one treatment. The number of appointments necessary and recovery time is based on your individual needs and treatment plan.
6. Keep up with your oral health for longer-lasting results.
Engaging in regular brushing, flossing, examinations, and cleanings is essential to protect your new smile. This can help identify and correct potential problems such as tooth decay or gum disease early on and keep your teeth looking their best. Proper oral care can also support the long-term success and sustainability of dental implants.
Refresh Your Smile with a Smile Makeover
If you wish you could change aspects of your smile, schedule a consultation at Clagett Dental Solutions to find out how a smile makeover can help. We work with you to design a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and leaves you with a healthy, more beautiful smile.