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Conditions That Can Be Improved With a Smile Makeover

Having a beautiful smile can be a real confidence booster. While not everyone has perfect pearly whites, it is possible to achieve a flawless smile with a smile makeover. Smile makeovers are highly effective for camouflaging and correcting numerous dental issues. This collection of popular cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures may include professional and at-home teeth whitening, the application of veneers, the placement of dental implants, restoration of diseased teeth, and the use of orthodontics. The experienced cosmetic dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX discuss how a smile makeover can be performed to address your dental concerns.

What can be corrected with a smile makeover

Through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, a smile makeover can improve the appearance of your teeth and overall smile. A variety of dental issues can be addressed as part of a smile makeover, including:

  • Crooked teeth

When teeth are crooked and misaligned, it can be embarrassing and result in overcrowding as well as issues with your bite. A variety of orthodontic treatments are available to help you achieve a more symmetrical smile. By performing a thorough examination and taking x-rays or photos of your teeth, the cosmetic dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry will be able to expertly determine whether braces are the best option for you. For best and most long-lasting results, cosmetic dentistry requires that the foundation it’s built upon is solid - and that foundation is a correct bite.

  • Chipped teeth

Small chips that may result from biting into a piece of ice or hard candy or by landing face first after a fall can cause your smile to look irregular. When left untreated, this exposed area also becomes prone to infection. Although it may seem like a small issue, chipped teeth require prompt treatment even if they don’t hurt.

  • Cracked teeth

While it may appear similar to a chipped tooth, the side effects of a cracked tooth can be serious. When your tooth is cracked, it is not unusual to experience pain while chewing. The tooth also may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures and is more apt to become infected. A restorative procedure may be necessary in order to make a cracked tooth look and function normally again.

  • Stained and discolored teeth

A stained smile can make you look years older and may even cause you to hide your smile from others. It is possible to reverse the dull, yellowed appearance of teeth that result from years of drinking coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as tobacco use with the help of teeth whitening treatments.

Cosmetic dental procedures not only enhance the appearance of your teeth but can improve your overall oral health. Those featured as part of a smile makeover also may work to restore confidence and leave you feeling better prepared to make professional and social connections.

At Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX, a smile makeover usually includes one or more of the following procedures:

Porcelain veneers

When it comes to quickly and dramatically improving the appearance of your smile, it’s tough to beat the transformative effects of porcelain veneers. These thin, tooth-colored shells are custom crafted before being secured to the front of the teeth. Extremely durable and versatile, they can be used to address a host of cosmetic concerns during a single procedure. Veneers are able to cover chipped teeth, close gaps between teeth, and hide stained teeth. At Dallas Laser Dentistry, custom translucent da Vinci porcelain veneers provide patients with remarkable, natural looking, and long-lasting results.

Cosmetic tooth bonding

When tooth enamel is chipped or stained, cosmetic tooth bonding can correct and enhance the appearance of the teeth. Cosmetic resin, which also is used to fill cavities, is applied to hide stains and fill chips. Once this substance is set, the tooth will be polished. Its shape also will be contoured to look natural. This process usually is fast and costs less than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, although the results may not be as long-lasting as it stains more readily than your actual teeth.

Filling replacement

Old silver fillings can be visible each time you open your mouth to laugh or speak. As part of a smile makeover at Dallas Laser Dentistry, these dental dinosaurs can be removed and replaced with more natural looking, tooth-colored composite resin fillings. They are less visible than amalgam fillings and can be used on the front and back teeth to seal cavities once the decay has been eliminated. Not only do composite resin fillings look better, but they also may last longer than their older counterparts.

Orthodontic treatments

Although you may have had braces as a teen, it is possible that your teeth may have moved as you’ve aged. This may have caused your smile to look crowded or even jagged. For many adults in Dallas, Invisalign® clear plastic aligners are a discreet and more comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. They can be removed for the purposes of eating, brushing, and flossing, which makes them convenient. Also, Invisalign® aligners usually perform the work of straightening teeth in about half the time required by traditional braces.

Teeth whitening treatments

Although there are many over-the-counter teeth whitening kits available, it is all but impossible to achieve the same stunningly bright, long-lasting results that can be had with professional whitening treatments. Laser whitening is one of the most popular treatments performed at Dallas Laser Dentistry. Each tooth is individually treated with a whitening solution that is activated by laser light. It is possible to safely make teeth up to eight shades whiter during a single treatment. Patients also are provided with an at-home touch-up kit to help maintain their brilliant results. Not only do whiter teeth look and feel healthy, but they also can shave years off of your appearance.

The many cosmetic options available as part of a smile makeover can be truly transformative. Gaps can be made to disappear, crooked smiles can be straightened, and stained teeth can be made brighter and healthier looking. The skilled dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX will custom design a treatment plan capable of giving you a spectacular smile that is sure to turn heads. Call today and schedule a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.