The current Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the way in which we communicate with one another. Rather than meeting people in person, we’ve been forced to rely on technology to both see and speak to friends, family, and colleagues. Video calls are now the new norm, and they have been instrumental in helping us to stay in touch with the people in our lives. One of the unique things about video calls such as Zoom is that not only can you see the person that you are speaking with, but you are also able to see yourself.
You may not have given the appearance of your teeth a great deal of thought before now. However, many people have found that seeing their smile as other people see it via video call has flagged up concerns and insecurities that they hadn’t previously been aware of. As a result, we’ve seen a huge influx of patients contacting us to ask us how they can improve the way that their smile looks. Fortunately, it’s possible to change virtually any aspect of the appearance of your teeth thanks to a Smile Makeover.
A smile makeover is a name given to the process of improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, while also ensuring that they and your mouth are as healthy as possible. This is done through a series of different cosmetic dentistry procedures. Exactly which procedures you will be recommended to have will depend on the elements of your smile that you would like to improve. For example, if you only want to brighten the color of your teeth you may only need a whitening treatment, whereas if you want to change the position of your teeth and their color you may need orthodontic treatment and whitening.
Here are some of the most common treatments included in a smile makeover and who they can alter the appearance of your teeth:
Unsurprisingly, teeth whitening is one of the most popular smile makeover treatments. This is because whiter teeth are considered to be healthier and more attractive, and people who have very white teeth are generally thought of as being more successful in their lives. You’ve almost certainly seen some over-the-counter whitening treatments available in drug stores and online, but only professional whitening either in-office or using take home trays from your cosmetic dentist delivery exceptional and long-lasting results. How many sessions of whitening you’ll need will depend on the extent of your tooth discoloration and how well your teeth respond to treatment.
These thin, tooth-colored shells are completely bespoke and created individually for each tooth that they are to cover. Veneers are a popular alternative to whitening for people who might be sensitive to bleach since they can be used to cover any staining or discoloration. They can also be used to hide minor imperfections, such as superficial chips and cracks, small gaps between the teeth, undersized teeth, and more. Your cosmetic dentist will advise you if veneers are a suitable option for you. The process to fit them is very simple, although a little of the natural enamel of the teeth needs to be removed to fix the veneer in place. This enamel removal is permanent, so affected teeth will always need veneers.
Bonding is another popular alternative to both whitening and veneers. Rather than prefabricated shells being placed over the teeth, bonding involves a special tooth-colored composite being placed onto the teeth and then manipulated by hand to cover the imperfections you are experiencing. It is then hardened using a special curing light. Unlike veneers, bonding is completely non-invasive.
If your teeth are crooked, twisted, or overlapping, or if you have mild to moderate issues with your bite, you may be recommended to have orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth and improve the way that your teeth come together when you close your mouth. In the past, this meant conventional braces but today, there are clear aligner solutions that offer patients greater discretion and flexibility with their treatment. Ask your cosmetic dentist for more information.
Missing teeth getting you down? If you don’t want to live with a gap in your smile, your cosmetic dentist may recommend getting a dental implant. Dental implants are a functional as well as cosmetic restoration that see lost or extracted teeth replaced by an artificial alternative. Rather than being secured to natural teeth, implants are attached directly to the bone of the jaw, giving them unrivaled stability and longevity.
Learn more about smile makeover treatments, contact Woodyard Dental Care in Paducah, KY at (270) 213-6620 to book an appointment.