WHAT IS SMILE MAKEOVER or SMILE DESIGN?
Smile Makeover is a procedure of enhancing the appearance of a smile through various dental procedures which are cosmetic or surgical.
Dashing and white teeth are a sign of youthful appearance. Your dentist will match the color of the teeth with skin tone, skin color, and hair color. He is able to change the color of the teeth by Bleaching or Veneers.
With the age, the teeth become shorter due to attrition. Long teeth can give you a young look. Some teeth are slightly abnormal in shape as compared to adjacent teeth eg. Peg laterals which give an unaesthetic look. The size and shape of the teeth can be changed by using veneers or crowns. The white show (tooth show) can also be enhanced by procedures such as crown lengthening or changing the gum line (in cases of a gummy smile) by using the help of laser dentistry. The width to length ratio of the upper central incisors should be 4-5 for a well-balanced smile line.
Crooked, crowded, or spacing between teeth can be adjusted by using Braces, Aligners, or Veneers.
Missing teeth can be replaced by using treatments such as Bridges, Implants, or other Removable Prosthesis.
PROCEDURES INVOLVED IN SMILE MAKEOVER
The procedures can be a mix of various treatments.
Veneers are thin tooth-colored custom-made shells that are fixed on the labial surface of teeth to change their color, shape, and size. Veneers can improve the appearance of front teeth.
Crowns are also tooth-colored custom-made shells but they cover the full surface of the tooth. They can also make the tooth stronger.
This is a process of removing stains from the tooth surface and fixing the natural color of the teeth.
Attaching a tooth-colored material (composite) onto the tooth permanently is called composite bonding.
Dental Implants are root-like titanium screws that are surgically positioned in the jaw bone for the replacement of missing teeth.
Orthodontic treatment is a method of straightening teeth to make them look more esthetic and improve function.
WHY SHOULD ONE OPT FOR GETTING SMILE MAKEOVER
Smile Makeover is a boon in dentistry since it holds the power to make patients look more esthetically acceptable in society.
WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN
• Veneers need to be replaced if they break or chip off. The patients are instructed not to consume hard food when they are wearing veneers.
• Crowns usually require replacement after 10-15 years.
• Composite bondings can get stained or can break and would require to be replaced.
• Implants have to be kept for 3-4 months before loading it with the crown and have to be checked for osseointegration.
• Patient has to be regular and cooperative during the complete orthodontic treatment.
• In addition, depending upon the treatment mix always consult your dentist for doubts.
Smile makeover needs regular maintenance of oral hygiene.