By Marc L. Montgomery DDS
Some individuals are blessed with near-perfect teeth. Most people are not. The good news is that with today’s technological advances, most people can greatly enhance their smile by what we call a “Smile Makeover”.
A Smile Makeover generally refers to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums, and/or bite. A smile makeover encompasses more than just responding to dental problems that come up. It’s a comprehensive smile-rejuvenation plan that’s custom-crafted to your own facial features and aesthetic desires. The results can be quite dramatic and impressive not only in the way you will look and also in how fabulous you will feel.
Most of us have something we’d like to improve about our appearance if we could. Improving the appearance of your teeth or smile is one of the most rewarding investments that you can make. In this article, we will talk about the most popular smile makeovers or cosmetic dentistry options and steps to take action.
1. Porcelain Veneers.
2. Composite Bonding.
3. Invisalign to Straighten Your Teeth.
4. Gum Contouring.
5. Tooth-Coloured Fillings.
6. Teeth Whitening.
7. Dental Implants.
Let’s cover them each one by one.
A thin layer of porcelain that fits beautifully over the front surface of a tooth or teeth can make a stunning difference. Tooth veneers are a fast and effective solution when improving teeth’s color, shape and position.
A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again or like new if it is discolored. The porcelain veneer covers the whole of a tooth’s front, with a thicker application replacing the damaged area. Small gaps between your teeth, when orthodontics (Invisalign) is not suitable. If a tooth is slightly out of alignment, a veneer may be fitted so that it brings it into a proper position with the other teeth.
Bonding offers the choice of a tooth-colored composite resin application to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, or poorly-colored tooth. It can effectively make teeth appear longer and are a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. Bonding is a very quick, easy solution to enhance your smile; results can be gained in one visit to your dentist.
Bonding is one of the fastest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. The composite resin applied in bonding is readily shaped and polished to match your other teeth. Bonding has many valuable uses, as well as protecting a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed due to gum recession.
“We will start with print models and that will be a substitute for former casts of your teeth. We can design a new smile and new teeth digitally.” – Dr. Montgomery
Invisalign treatment entails wearing a number of clear plastic orthodontic trays called aligners. These are custom-fitted to you. You don’t have to hassle with metal wires or brackets. They are simple to remove for short periods, meaning that you can eat and brush your teeth more easily than with traditional braces.
Results of this smile makeover can be influenced by the patient’s faithfulness to wear the aligners, the doctor’s level of management experience, and the severity of the patient’s case. The cost depends on the number of aligners that are required to correct your smile.
Our Invisalign software lets you view a “trial smile” as a great exciting way to reduce unknowns in your smile makeover process that includes straighter teeth. While this preview is very accurate, one thing that only having the work completed can do is show you how amazing it will feel to own and give your new smile to the world!
Gum contouring is a simple and safe dental procedure using laser technology to restore confidence in your smile. This type of smile makeover treats uneven, excess, or damaged gums by removing extra gum lines. Upon completing the procedure, it has a fast healing process and improved results are instant.
Gum depigmentation may be happening if your gums are dark, bright red, or splotchy. This procedure is quick and painless. It doesn’t involve cutting or sutures, so patients can expect to resume their normal activities immediately following the procedure
Gum contouring and depigmentation can be combined with additional cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers, dental implants, or crowns. Commonly, more than one cosmetic procedure is used to gain a smile makeover with ideal results.
Another common smile makeover option is to replace older, unwanted silver and mercury tooth fillings. Investing in a tooth-colored fillings smile makeover means using filling material that matches your existing teeth color and is hard to distinguish. It makes for a whiter, more pleasant smile without tell-tale signs of a filling.
The timing of this option may make practical sense if an older filing is failing or separating from your natural tooth. If a replacement filling is needed this upgrade will do the job and enhance your smile’s appearance.
Tooth whitening is a very effective method of making the natural color of your teeth look better without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It’s ideal to lighten the existing shade; it’s not meant to make a complete color change.
Aging and lifestyle habits can make teeth appear dull or discolored. Teeth surfaces are also commonly stained by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, bitter blackcurrants, or some berries. Smoking can significantly stain teeth.
Laser whitening or ‘power whitening’ occurs at your dental practice. A light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the right bleaching chemical to the best level. The resulting color change can be gained more quickly using this method and make teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
Professional bleaching is a popular method of tooth whitening. The treatment course is carefully prescribed and monitored, usually taking two to three weeks. After tooth impressions and a tailored whitening tray are made, you can use whitening trays at home (squeezing a bleaching gel into them) and regularly wear the trays as directed by your dentist.
A study by OnePoll revealed that 7 in 10 people admit to feeling self-conscious about their teeth. The 1.24.2019 New York Post More than half of Americans feel insecure about their teeth report says that “57 percent of Americans cover their mouths when they laugh due to insecurity over their teeth — and one in two will always often try to smile with their mouth closed”.
Dental implants can be an important part of your smile makeover if the patient has missing teeth. An implant can replace a lost root when a tooth falls out. Such implants fuse with the bone tissue surrounding the tooth in a process called osseointegration. They may be fitted with a crown to serve as an artificial tooth or they can be fitted with restorations such as a dental bridge.
Dentists often recommend implants for individuals with missing teeth since these prosthetics are the closest thing to a real tooth. Implants are also the only oral restoration that preserves a person’s jaw bone tissues after they lose a tooth. It aids the patient’s jaw by helping it continue to get the stimulation it needs to be healthy.
Dental Implant smile makeovers have a high success rate at 98%.
Take an honest look at your smile’s appearance. Given today’s improved dental technology, you can have the smile of your dreams easier than ever before. Have paper and pen handy to take notes about what you like and don’t like about your smile as your ask yourself some questions.
If you answer “Yes” to one or more of the following questions, schedule a smile makeover consultation:
If you prefer some validation and believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ask someone you trust. Some individuals seek a “perfect smile”, meaning completely straight, uniformly sized, and white teeth. Others people are sufficiently happy with a slightly more natural look if insignificant gaps in teeth or shade variations are not overly displeasing to them.
Your parent, spouse, partner, consultant, or close friend are the people who will likely be honest with you. People who care for your personal interests, bright future, and the benefits of a great appearance won’t just say something to be nice. They will “dream” with you about how stunning you can look.
This is your individual decision; however, rest assured, your dentist will provide a professional and skilled evaluation to assist your decision.
Envision the smile you’d like to have and boldly share your vision. Communication is an essential aspect of the smile makeover process. During your initial smile makeover consultation, it helps if you articulate what you would like to change as clearly as possible. To assist your dentist, bring along photos of how your own smile used to look, or a family member who has your dream smile, or even a smile saved from online in our Smile Results Gallery.
Dr. Montgomery is a skilled and renowned smile makeover dentist. He will have some suggestions to share with you because he knows what is possible in a professional smile upgrade. His trained eye can determine what cosmetic dentistry options can achieve better facial balance for your features. Meaning, we assess more than how the elements of a smile (teeth, lips, and gums) relate to each other, but additionally, how they blend in with the shape of your face, and features as a whole.
The Montgomery Dental Care office plans a smile makeover carefully with an initial comprehensive dental exam. Cosmetic dentistry offers an amazing variety of lifelike tooth restorations and treatments options that will give you a better “you” – not something that is so drastic that your unique appearance is lost.
“Dr. Montgomery and his staff are just fantastic. I can’t recommend them enough. I was searching for a dentist to do veneers on just my 2 front teeth and he was highly recommended by a dentist friend of mine. I couldn’t be happier with the results. They are very natural looking and no one would ever know they’re veneers. Dr. Montgomery was patient with all my questions, has a very kind and gentle nature, and an eye for perfection. In my opinion, all are very important qualities when someone is working on your 2 front teeth! I’m so thankful to him for giving me my smile back!” – Kristin DuPaul on 7.1.2021
“Dr. Montgomery and his staff are just fantastic. I can’t recommend them enough. I was searching for a dentist to do veneers on just my 2 front teeth and he was highly recommended by a dentist friend of mine. I couldn’t be happier with the results. They are very natural looking and no one would ever know they’re veneers. Dr. Montgomery was patient with all my questions, has a very kind and gentle nature, and an eye for perfection. In my opinion, all are very important qualities when someone is working on your 2 front teeth! I’m so thankful to him for giving me my smile back!” – Sheila Schifsky on 4.1.2017
Try it out for yourself. A smile makeover is an investment that is meant to last. That is why many of the above dental procedures are irreversible. So if you are contemplating some changes, we’re here to help you preview the results before making a commitment. We may use: computer imaging, 3-D models, and even placing temporary restorations on your teeth so you can see how the final results will look on you.
Our professional and friendly staff is here for you to help you make the best choice possible for the care and beauty of your smile.
A beautiful smile is not only a healthy smile, it is also a significant social and professional asset. If you avoid showing your teeth in public or in photographs because you are not pleased with what you see, why not start the process of getting the smile you’ve always wanted with a custom smile makeover plan?
Marc L. Montgomery and his dedicated dental staff passionately seek the overall health of each dental patient by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Ask us for a complimentary smile analysis. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The staff and Dr. Montgomery are very friendly and always willing to explain the procedure and answer any questions I have. Every day I receive compliments about how great my smile looks! The cosmetic work I had done has given me a huge boost of self-confidence. I would highly recommend Dr. Montgomery to anyone wanting to improve the look and health of their teeth and gums.