Smile improvement is an important part of today’s professional dental care. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is a significant motivating factor for visiting your dentist, but for many patients, so is being proud of their smile’s appearance. Depending on the nature and extent of your cosmetic smile concerns, however, improving it may seem complicated. Fortunately, we offer a variety of customized treatments that can help simplify a seemingly complex smile makeover process so you can enjoy the brighter, fuller, and more attractive smile that you deserve.
In many ways, making over your smile is sometimes a numbers game. On average, you have 28 individual teeth (minus the four wisdom teeth, if you’ve had them extracted). That means you have very limited space to fix your smile if one or more of these teeth become visibly blemished. The point of a smile makeover is to make the most of this limited space to create a beautiful, blemish-free, healthy and vibrant smile, all without having to change too much of your tooth structure. To do that, we can design your complete smile makeover with as few steps as possible using one or more custom-crafted cosmetic enhancements.
What All Your Smile Needs
When your dentist is designing your dental makeover, the first step is examining your teeth, gums, and everything else that can affect your smile’s appearance. The goal is maximum results with minimal changes, and that requires taking all of your smile’s issues into consideration. For instance, some of the most common concerns that a smile makeover can address include:
- Minor to severe teeth stains
- Chips or cracks in tooth surfaces
- Slightly misaligned teeth
- Noticeable spaces between teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Teeth that seem too small
- And more
The Smile Makeover Process
Once your dentist determines exactly what your smile needs, he can design your smile makeover plan to include only the procedures necessary to address your concerns. For instance, if your only issue is teeth stains, then your only treatment may be teeth-whitening. However, smile makeovers also typically contain other treatments, such as cosmetic tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, porcelain dental crowns, and more.
Porcelain veneers are a popular addition to many smile makeover plans because they’re often the best option for addressing multiple issues at once. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Each veneer closely mimics the size, shape, color, and appearance of a specific tooth. As part of a complete makeover, veneers can help you improve most or all of your concerns with minimal changes to your tooth structure.
Cosmetic Gum Lift
While most cosmetic smile concerns involve the appearance of your teeth, many patients experience an uneven gum line that affects their smile’s overall appearance. A cosmetic gum lift involves carefully sculpting your gum line to more symmetrically frame your teeth. If a gummy smile is one of your concerns, then your cosmetic makeover plan may include a gum lift to perfect your smile’s symmetry.
In addition to the many consequences that it can have for your oral health, tooth loss can also dramatically affect your smile’s appearance, making it a common concern for patients who need a dental makeover. With dental implants, your dentist can rebuild your smile while improving your long term oral health. A dental implant-supported restoration can offer the most lifelike results thanks to their ability to mimic the support of your healthy, natural teeth roots.
learn more about the smile makeover process
When you need to makeover your smile, we can offer a variety of solutions designed to simplify your treatment while optimizing your results. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling us at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.