• Mary Swift, D.D.S. | General Dentist
  • Alana Reifer, D.D.S. | General Dentist
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Four Cosmetic Dental Treatments for a Dazzling Smile Makeover

Your smile says a lot about you. After all, a person's smile is often the first thing we notice when greeting someone. For men and women who have unattractive teeth, smiling may be a source of worry due to fear someone will see a missing, chipped, discolored, or misaligned tooth. If you feel self-conscious about your teeth because your smile is not as attractive as you would like, a smile makeover could be your solution. The award-winning dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX can transform your smile into one you will feel proud to wear confidently. Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Alana Reifer have extensive cosmetic dental experience, including advanced training in both general and cosmetic dentistry. They both possess the artistic skill and know-how needed to analyze and create a smile uniquely designed for your face. If your smile is a source of worry, then read below to learn about four different dental treatments that, individually or in combination, can transform your smile into one that’s truly contagious.

What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover is a customized treatment plan that improves the appearance of your smile with a variety of custom restorative, orthodontic, and cosmetic treatments. Possible treatment options may include porcelain veneers, laser teeth whitening, dental implants, or teeth straightening. The main goal of a smile makeover is to improve not only how your teeth look, but also your oral health. Some smile makeovers are more subtle and may only consist of one treatment such as veneers or teeth whitening. Other makeovers may be more extensive and require multiple procedures like crowns or fillings for severely decayed teeth, dental implants to replace missing teeth, or orthodontic treatment to realign crooked teeth.

The experienced team at Dallas Laser Dentistry will first ensure a clean oral health check before moving forward with aesthetic remedies. Dallas area patients with cavities, gum disease, plaque buildup, or more will want to address these issues first with our dental experts to ensure a healthy, long-lasting smile makeover. Once everything is in top-notch shape, a customized treatment plan will be developed to give you a smile that goes from blah to wow.

How do I know if a smile makeover will help me?
Some of the signs you may benefit from a smile makeover include:

Chipped tooth
A chipped tooth is never anticipated, and it can happen from even the smallest things. Whether you chipped your tooth due to an injury or from merely biting down on a piece of candy, it can affect the way people view you as well as your self-confidence. Even though other people may or may not notice it, it is common to think that people are staring at your chipped tooth while you speak.

Being Ashamed to smile
If you cover your mouth when you talk to someone face-to-face, or don’t smile when someone is taking a picture, the odds are you’re ashamed of your smile. While normal, not smiling can have many repercussions you may not even be aware are occuring. For example, your fellow workers may think you are aloof or unfriendly if you don’t smile at them. In social situations, someone you really want to come over and talk with you may think just the opposite if you don’t smile broadly. Then, when people aren’t as friendly to you as you would like, it may lead to an erosion of your own self-confidence.

Tobacco use and stain-inducing beverages such as wine, coffee, or tea can alter the color of your teeth from white to yellow. Discolored teeth can make anyone feel self-conscious and even make you look older than your age. There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, but they do not provide the same long-lasting results as professional whitening treatments offered at Dallas Laser Dentistry.

Misshapen or crooked teeth
Teeth that are misshapen or crooked can cause other problems in the mouth. Overcrowding, an overbite, and an overall unsightly appearance are all hallmarks of these issues. Our dentists provide multiple treatment options, including state-of-the-art orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign that can correct your teeth to a straighter, more symmetrical smile.

Four popular dental treatments used in a smile makeover

Composite Resin Fillings
Resins can be used to treat a variety of dental issues, including cavities and decayed, chipped, broken, or worn-down teeth. The resin matches the shade and color of a patient's natural teeth. Resin fillings are often used for the more visible front teeth and also when replacing old silver fillings.

Laser teeth whitening
Laser teeth whitening is a revolutionary and clinically proven in-office treatment that gets your teeth up to 10 shades whiter in one single appointment. This state-of-the-art laser lightens discoloration from the enamel and dentin quickly without damaging your tooth's structure. Laser whitening is fantastic, especially for patients with coffee, food, and tobacco stains. Compared to over-the-counter whitening products, laser teeth whitening can last significantly longer and get your teeth substantially whiter.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are an integral part of a long-lasting and effective smile makeover. These custom-made translucent and durable porcelain “shells” are placed over a patient's real teeth to mask gaps, cracks, and unremovable stains, as well as crooked or asymmetrical teeth. Veneers can offer the most dramatic results and are one of the most popular smile makeover options for our Dallas, TX dental patients. Veneers are permanently bonded to the front of the teeth, resulting in a long-lasting, beautiful, symmetrical smile that hides any imperfections that once existed - the ultimate Hollywood smile.

Teeth straightening with Invisalign orthodontics
The dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry offer Invisalign to help patients transform uneven teeth into a straight and uniform smile and to correct and perfect your bite so your other cosmetic treatments last as long as possible. Invisalign is an excellent option for teens and adults who are interested in straighter teeth but want flexibility and less treatment time than traditional braces. Invisalign features multiple clear aligners that are made from digital molds of your teeth. These aligners are created for both the top and bottom teeth, and every week are replaced with a new set as movement takes place. When worn for the recommended 22 hours a day, typical treatment time can take anywhere from 6-12 months.

Free smile consultation and digital smile simulation
Many cosmetic candidates wonder if investing in cosmetic dentistry will be worth the investment, and wonder what their new smile will look like. During your free smile consultation at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX, your cosmetic dentist will discuss and review your aesthetic procedure choices. We’ll also create a digital smile simulation to help you see approximately what your new smile will be like. Based on your concerns and wants, you might benefit from laser teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, or a dental restoration. During this time, we will explain all of your options so you can make an informed choice for your oral health and appearance. Our office offers many cosmetic procedures, any and all of which can be used to create the best smile makeover custom designed for you.

The time is now for your beautiful new smile
Our website features a simple yes or no smile analysis questionnaire. If you said "Yes" to any of the questions asked, then contact our office in Dallas, TX to schedule a consultation for your smile makeover. Our experienced team of dentists will assess your oral health and collaborate with you as to which procedures are the best fit for your aesthetic objectives. We are ready to help you look and feel great about smiling once again!

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