Smile in Style: What Procedures Are Involved in a Smile Makeover?
If you’re not happy with your smile, you might consider a smile makeover. But what procedures does a smile makeover involve? Learn more right here.
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Smiling can prolong your life, did you know that?
There’s a study proving it. In 2010, a research project looked at old baseball cards. They looked at if and how wide the players smiled in their photos.
Then they compared the smilers lifespans to the non-smilers. Guess what? Those who smiled in their photos (and we can assume more in general) lived seven years longer, on average.
That’s a pretty powerful life-hack for something free that comes naturally to us.
But what if it doesn’t come naturally to you? A lot of people are self-conscious about their smile. They either think it’s too yellow, not straight enough or another issue.
Maybe they need veneers or implants. Whatever the reason, they’re not smiling enough. Before cosmetic dentistry, that was just their lot in life.
But now, with smile makeovers on the table, they can (possibly) extend their lives – and their smiles.
How Common is Smile Insecurity?
It’s a terrible thing, to hate what your body does to express joy. Hating your smile can be even worse than hating your laugh.
But just because it’s terrible, doesn’t mean it’s not common. One in three adults is unwilling or reluctant to smile, because of bad teeth (or perceived bad teeth).
And it’s stopping them from getting jobs. According to an article on Forbes, of that 33% of non-smilers, 28% feel that they didn’t get jobs or opportunities because of their smile/non-smile.
That’s almost a third of things in life they’re missing out on.
But what can they do? Well, they can invest in themselves and look into getting a smile makeover. It’s not just a one-and-done thing.
A smile makeover is a set of procedures, that, when used together, completely transforms someone’s smile – and hopefully their life as well.
What is a Smile Makeover?
Your smile makeover is different from the patient sitting next to you because every smile is unique. But in general, a smile makeover is a set of cosmetic dentistry procedures.
That can mean anything from teeth whitening to a round of invisible braces, to dental implants.
Learn about which cosmetic dentistry procedures you can add to your to-do list below.
One of the most common smiles or cosmetic procedures we do is teeth whitening. And before you ask, yes – it’s miles more effective (and safe) than those at-home kits.
When you get your teeth whitened by a professional, they can take into consideration how long of a treatment you need, based on your individual teeth.
Someone with sensitive teeth may not be comfortable doing one long session, so instead, they do two short ones.
Teeth whitening at your dentist’s office can fix a range of color issues. Stains, yellowing, and dark colors can all be fixed. Some dentists will even change out silver/gold crowns and fillings so your smile looks more consistent.
They’ll replace them so they match your new-color teeth.
A lot of people who suffer from smile insecurity wanted braces as children but couldn’t afford them. Or rather, their parents couldn’t. Now that braces are more accessible, we’re seeing more adults opting-in.
But not to the classic metal braces. Adults tend to like the Invisalign-type inserts that straighten their teeth without impeding their smile.
And Invisalign braces are more affordable than ever.
Tooth Implants and Veneers
If you have missing teeth, cracked teeth, or jagged ones, you can ask your doctor about veneers. Veneers are “covers” of sorts that go over a damaged tooth to make it look brand new.
They’re a classic dental procedure and probably three people you know have them right now.
Dental implants are newer than veneers, or at least aren’t as well-known yet. A dental implant is just what it sounds like – a fake tooth your dental implants in your mouth.
It’s a more complex procedure than veneers, but it’s sturdier and more time-friendly. The dentist will screw the implant into your gums after removing the affected tooth.
Don’t worry – you won’t feel anything of this. Learn about our sedation dentistry offerings here.
Tooth or Composite Bonding
If you don’t want a full veneer or a dental implant, your doctor can reshape a broken tooth with bonding materials. It’s like getting a veneer, but one that’s only partially covering the tooth.
You don’t need to make molds for composite bonding, but you do need steady hands and an artistic eye. Your dentist is literally shaping your teeth with their bare hands.
Make sure they have and can show you their previous results.
Botox or Fillers
Finally, you may want to finish off your smile makeover with some botox or fine line fillers. We can’t do this for you, but we can recommend a medical spa (that we trust) who can.
Getting those fine lines filled or even lip injections can push your smile confidence over the edge. Imagine how different you’ll look not only with new teeth but with a refreshed lower half of your face.
People will barely recognize you!
How to Start
So – now you’re convinced you need a smile makeover as soon as possible. Good! We’re happy you’re taking your confidence and tooth health into your own hands.
If you live around Denver, Boulder, or other towns on the front range, come see us at our Aurora clinic.
Our location is more than convenient for Aurora locals and we promise that our services are worth the short drive from other suburbs.
Don’t believe us yet? Don’t take our word for it. Hear from our past clients here.