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A Smile Makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the Smile through one or more Cosmetic Dentistry procedures, such as:
- Dental Veneers
- Composite Bonding
- Tooth Implants
- Teeth Whitening
Some of the components taken into consideration include your Facial Appearance, Skin tone, Hair color, Teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), Gum Tissue and Lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations. What is it that you like or dislike about your smile or your teeth? Some aspects of your smile that we Dentists at Dr. Ajwani’s Dental Center will review with you and that could be improved include the following:
Tooth Color: Silver or Amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-colored Composite Restorations, while Teeth Whitening can improve the color of stained or dulled teeth. Tooth color and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of and preparation for various procedures, including Porcelain Veneers, Crowns, Bridges, Composite Bonding and Dental Implants. A well-shaped smile comprised of Bright, White teeth lends to a youthful appearance. The shade your dentist selects for teeth whitening and veneers is carefully evaluated with special consideration given to the tone and color of your face and hair. We at Dr. Ajwani’s Dental Centers are skilled at finding the right balance between providing you with a Brighter, Whiter Smile and maintaining a Natural Tooth Color.
Alignment and Spacing: Teeth that are crooked, overlapping or have gaps between them can be straightened and aligned when necessary through Orthodontics or Invisalign and improved with Veneers.
Missing Teeth: One or more missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your Smile – as well as affect your Bite and increase your risk for tooth decay – making replacement an integral part of Oral Health and Facial Esthetics. Missing teeth can be replaced by Dental Implants, Bridges or Partial Dentures.
Harmony and Balance: Uneven, chipped and cracked teeth can be cosmetically bonded for an improved appearance and a Gummy smile can be re-contoured to help improve the overall look of the smile. Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks: An unshapely or aging face can be improved or rejuvenated with certain procedures in the smile makeover category, including Orthodontics and/or Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. We as Cosmetic Dentist will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan consisting of many Cosmetic and Functionally Restorative procedures, potentially including Teeth Whitening, Composite Bonding, Veneers, Dental Crowns, Orthodontics (braces), Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Gummy Smile reduction.
Aesthetic Components of a Smile Makeover
In addition to the color, alignment and balance of your teeth in the aesthetic zone of your smile (the section of upper and lower teeth that show when you smile), there are several attributes of your teeth and smile that we the cosmetic dentist will evaluate with you when planning your makeover. These include:
Tooth Length: Long teeth lend a youthful appearance.
- Aging produces wear and tear that often results in shorter teeth, and a gummy smile also can make teeth appear shorter.
- A treatment for shorter teeth may include reshaping and lengthening the two front central teeth with composite bonding or porcelain veneers.
- If you have a gummy smile, we your cosmetic dentist may provide treatment to modify the gum line and lengthen the appearance of the teeth using laser dentistry procedures. Our periodontist Dr. Himanshu Ajwani would perform crown lengthening if necessary.Teeth lengthening may also impact your overall facial appearance. For example, shapely, long, square teeth on a round-faced individual can provide a slimming effect.
- The smile line is an imaginary line that follows the edges of your upper teeth from side to side, which ideally should be the same as the curve of your lower lip when you smile.
- This standard point of reference may be used to help determine how long your new teeth should be.
- We your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth to determine if they are in correct proportion with each other.
- Most people recognize a pleasing smile as one in which the two central front teeth are dominant and have a width-to-length ratio of 4-to-5. This proportion guides the length and width of other teeth in the aesthetic zone so that the smile line appears balanced.
Tooth Texture and Characterization:
- We an artistic dentist can characterize your crowns or veneers to create a more feminine or a more masculine appearance, in addition to matching the look and feel of natural teeth or those you’ve seen in photographs.
Maintaining Your Results
Cosmetic dentistry procedures require regular oral hygiene care and may require maintenance over time. For example, teeth whitening must be repeated on occasion in order to maintain brightness. Porcelain veneers may chip or break off and need replacement. Permanent composite bonding may stain and require enhancement or replacement. Dental crowns typically require replacement after 10 to 15 years. Gummy smile improvements may also require enhancement over time. Your ceramist, lab technician and the materials chosen by your dentist also impact the longevity of your smile makeover. To achieve the best results, take special care in selecting your cosmetic dentist and inquiring about your material options. Your oral health must be evaluated before a cosmetic dentist develops a plan for your smile makeover. Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, underlying support structure and bite (occlusion) to determine candidacy for a smile makeover. If your evaluation reveals that you have an oral health problem – such as a misaligned bite (malocclusion) or gum disease – you will need to have that taken care of first.
1) Oral Hygiene
Knowing how to Modify your Oral Hygiene habits to Best Care for your Restorations will help you maintain your new smile for years to come.
- Highly abrasive Toothpastes and Tooth Brushing Habits can scratch the surface of restorations, dulling their polish and luster. As such, Non-Abrasive Fluoride Toothpastes are recommended. Brush two-to-three times each day for maximum effectiveness.
- Flossing is a key factor in removing debris and plaque from the teeth, and actually increases the lifespan of restorations and helps prevent tooth decay.
- Mouthwashes containing alcohol have been shown to have a negative effect on composite fillings. What’s more, the alcohol content in mouth rinses, over time, can degrade the bond between your restorations (crowns and veneers) and your teeth. Use alcohol-free mouthwashes instead.
2) Food and Drinks to Limit or Avoid
- Avoid foods high in sugar and limit between-meal snacks to prevent cavities.
- Limit consumption of coffee, soda, tea, etc. to keep your smile stain free.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages excessively. Too much alcohol can ruin your dental work.
3) Other Precautions
- Refrain from biting and/or chewing hard objects such as pens, staples, metal, bottle caps, etc.
- If you grind your teeth (Bruxer) use a Night Guard to prevent damage to your teeth and restorations.
- Although Cosmetic Dental Restorations are not indestructible and will eventually need to be replaced (five to seven years for composite; 10 to 15 years for porcelain), the Life of your new Smile depends as much on how well you take care of it as on the skill and talent of your cosmetic dentist.