Smile Makeovers

Smile Makeovers

Teeth are a huge part of a person"s appearance, a good smile can do wonders for a persons confidence. First impressions in any situation are important, an aesthetic smile helps this first impression be a good one. A dazzling smile can ease nerves, and this is the case in every aspect of life, dating, job interviews, business meetings and all sorts.

A smile makeover involves many different technologies that provide long lasting changes, making a patients smile look better. The procedure may be used to reduce a gummy smile, widen a narrow smile, align crowded teeth, and change the length and shape of teeth. It can also include changes to tooth colour, replacing missing teeth or placing porcelain veneers. These procedures tend to be applied to the top front eight teeth, but sometimes patients request it on the lower teeth too. Porcelain crowns, bridges, implants and even implant supported dentures can also be part of the smile makeovers, depending on the patients circumstances.

A consultation with the dentist is the first step in a smile makeover. The dentist may use a digital camera to help decide what needs to be treated and which methods to use. The digital imaging allows computer technology to help in designing an ideal smile, and patients can use it to change their smile to the one they particularly want. The second stage of the smile makeover involves all the various technologies such as veneers, implants, invisalign braces, bonding, new fillings, gum contouring and teeth whitening.

Veneers: tend to be used when a patients teeth have been stained, cracked or damaged. However, a lot of the time they are used to erase gaps or spaces between the teeth. Made of either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material, they can, when fitted correctly, last 10 to 15 years.

Dental Implants: implants tend to be used when a patient has lost teeth or the teeth have been damaged. Implants can include metal rods, which are screwed to the bone.

Invisalign Braces: these braces are clear and barely visable in the mouth and are used to move the patients teeth into alignment until they have reached the required result. These braces use a series of barely visible retainers, avoiding the use of the traditional wire braces.

Cosmetic Bonding: this procedure involves a tooth coloured material being fixed to the front of a tooth, it can repair a damaged or defective tooth or simply improve its appearance. The bonding filling can last about 7 years.

Tooth Whitening: one of the most popular smile makeover treatments available, tooth whitening can be done by the dentist or at home. Home products tend to not contain very high levels of peroxide, this is what bleaches the teeth. The most popular form is the laser tooth whitening system.

Gum Contouring: this treatment is used to fix what is known as a "gummy smile". It is a laser treatment that changes the shape and contour of the gums.

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Crowns/Caps

A crown, also known as a cap, is a covering that fits on to the remaining tooth, restoring the strength and shape of the tooth. Crowns/caps are used to repair or restore:

  • severely broken teeth
  • heavily filled teeth
  • on a root treated tooth to prevent further damage .... read more

Composite fillings

Composite fillings are tooth coloured fillings. To the untrained eye you can't see them in the tooth. The fillings bond directly to the tooth, they can restore it virtually to its original strength. As the composite filling bonds directly to the tooth it leaves no margins for leakage so there are .... read more

Bridges

Many people worry about the appearance of their teeth, and having missing teeth can greatly affect their self esteem and confidence. Having missing teeth can also put more strain on the teeth either side of the gap and cause them problems. Having a bridge fitted can alleviate these problems consi .... read more

Veneers

Veneers are similar to crowns in the way they change the appearance, colour and shape of the tooth/teeth they are put on. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that fits to the front of the tooth. Veneers can be made from a variety of materials listed below:

  • Composite (same material used .... read more

Smile Makeovers

Teeth are a huge part of a person"s appearance, a good smile can do wonders for a persons confidence. First impressions in any situation are important, an aesthetic smile helps this first impression be a good one. A dazzling smile can ease nerves, and this is the case in every aspect of life, dating .... read more


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