Smile designing is a dental procedure which artistically creates straighter, whiter & beautiful natural looking smiles. Smile makeover can do wonders to fully restore your dental health and appearance regardless of original state of your existing teeth.
WHEN DO WE NEED SMILE MAKEOVER??
Well, here are few conditions of the oral cavitiy, where u can cross check and go for smile makeover…
*gaps between teeth
WHAT ARE THE COMMON PROCEDURES USED & THEIR INDICATIONS DURING SMILE MAKEOVER??
*Composite bonding :usually advised as filling for decayed teeth/uneven or chipped teeth.
*Dental Veneers: to minimize teeth spacing.
*Implants& bridges :indicated for replacement of missing teeth.
*Teeth whitening: advised in case of discolored teeth.
*Braces/Aligners :advised for the correction of irregular teeth/malocclusion.
*Gum Reshaping: for treating gummy smiles.
So usually combination of treatments is required for creating beautiful smiles depending on the condition of oral cavity…
*some smile designs will require only veneers.
*in other smile designing procedure we require combination of veneers& porcelain crowns. porcelain crowns are chosen when teeth are weak such as endodontically treated teeth(root canal treated/if there is any previous filling).
* multiple missing teeth may require multiple implants or an implant supported denture.
*if too much gum tissue is showing or gums are uneven when the individual smiles, then a “gum lift” is done with lasers to reduce the amount of gum showing.
*if only few teeth are veneered, then the other teeth are whitened before the smile design is completed. This makes sure that smile is enhanced and brightened.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE??
Smile transformations can vary from few weeks to few months depending on the condition of individual. If it is only composite bonding you can appreciate the results within an hour depending upon number of tooth to be bonded.in case of teeth whitening it might take few sessions to notice the improvement…and in cases where implants are required it will take around 6 months to year since this duration will allow implants to get integrated in the bone and to allow for maximum healing of the gums.
IS THERE ANY AGE LIMIT TO UNDERGO SMILE MAKEOVER??
As a general rule a person should be over the age of 20 years. Age is also dependent on what type of procedure is required. whitening can be done on older teens. veneers are usually not done until after the age of 20 because they are irreversible. If orthodontics is involved the individuals should start in their early teens(10-12 yrs of age) to take advantage of their growth spurts.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS WITH THE PROCEDURES??
Usually smile makeovers do not have severe side effects. But there can be mild side effects like sensitivity of teeth and irritation of gums sometimes.
ARE THE RESULTS OF TREATMENT PERMANENT??
No, the results cannot be considered permanent and will require regular monitoring and maintaining proper dental and oral care. Sometimes, a next smile makeover may also be required after several years.
HOW TO MAINTAIN THE RESULTS OF SMILE MAKEOVER??
*Highly abrasive tooth pastes and tooth brushing habits can scratch the surface of restorations ,dulling their polish and luster. therefore, non abrasive fluoride toothpastes are recommended.
*flossing is a key factor in removing debris & plaque from teeth, and actually increases life span of restorations and helps to prevent tooth decay.it has a significant role for people with porcelain veneers, in order to maintain proper gum health.
*use alcohol free mouth washes. Since ,alcohol content in mouth rinse with time can degrade the bond between restorations and teeth.
*limit consumption of coffee, tea, soda etc.., to keep your smile stain free.
*refrain from biting/ chewing hard object like pens, opening bottle caps etc..,
*when in doubt, visit your dentist without any hesitation.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO IMPROVE YOUR SMILE…….