Our Most Popular Smile Makeover Procedures:
A Smile Makeover can be the answer to your troubles and can help create a professional appearance as well as build self-confidence. In recent years, Smile Makeovers have become more and more common as people realize the benefits of having teeth that are straight and free of stains, chips or other obvious flaws. It is considered a sign of professionalism to have a good set of teeth and a good-looking smile. There are many different options for a smile makeover and it can consist of several different procedures.
Smile Makeover Options
There are many cosmetic options for you to choose from depending on what you would like to have done. Rolling Oaks Dental can help address any of the following issues and more:
Stained or discolored teeth — The enamel that covers the teeth can get stained. The underlying tooth structure (the dentin) also can get yellow over time. Professional, in-office teeth whitening is an option to remove stains and whiten your teeth. Bleaching can also be done at home using molds made by the dentist to fit your mouth.
Chips or rough spots — These can be filled with a tooth-colored material called composite resin. This material can be chosen to match the color of your teeth. Once it’s smoothed and polished, it will look virtually the same as the surrounding area.
Cavities or cracks — Traditional amalgam fillings may be okay in the back of the mouth. However, most people don’t want to reveal a “metal mouth” when they smile. Also, silver amalgam contains mercury, which can be toxic to the nervous system.
An alternative is to use tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are made of a resin material similar to that used to repair chips or cracks. Some white fillings (direct composites) are pressed into the cavity and cured (hardened) with a special high-intensity blue light. Others are made in a laboratory and then cemented in place. These include special composites and porcelain fillings called inlays and onlays. They cover a larger surface area of the tooth.
Uneven teeth — It’s not uncommon for a tooth to be slightly longer or have a different shape than its neighbors. With a procedure called re-contouring, your dentist can reshape the tooth so that it’s a better match.
Gaps between the teeth — Small gaps can be closed by applying composite material between the teeth. This makes each tooth a little wider than before. For large gaps or other surface flaws, our dentists may recommend veneers. Veneers are permanently bonded to the fronts of the teeth. This gives them an entirely new appearance. Veneers are made from ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are matched to your exact tooth color.
Broken or crooked teeth — If a tooth has been badly broken or is structurally weak, you may need a crown. Today, crowns on front teeth are made of tooth-colored porcelain and appear very natural. The crown may be all porcelain, or, more typically, porcelain with metal inside that fits over the tooth. Both types of crowns offer excellent results. Your choice depends on your bite and what you prefer.
Tooth Bonding – The resin comes in a wide variety of shades to match your tooth color. First, your dentist applies and shapes the plastic filling material. Then it is exposed to a special high-intensity blue light. It hardens almost instantly. The resin can be sanded, smoothed and polished until it closely matches the natural shade and shape of your tooth.
New Developments in Dental Cosmetics
Dentists have been doing cosmetic work for decades, but the materials that were used had serious drawbacks. Early composite resins tended to stain, chip and change color over time, which limited their use. Composites were previously not as strong as gold or amalgam fillings, which now have been greatly improved over the years. Newer composites are long lasting and strong. It is now often possible to “patch” minor flaws, chips or broken teeth with bonding composite resin. This can be smoothed and color-matched to the surrounding teeth. New tooth-colored fillings are high quality and natural-looking.
Dental adhesives have also improved throughout the years. Older dental materials were held in place by the shape of the tooth and required dentists to remove part of the tooth to make sure that a filling would stay securely in place. Today’s adhesives are very strong and can hold a filling or a veneer in place without the need to remove as much of the tooth. Porcelain veneers cover the entire front of the tooth and can now be placed with minimal cutting of the enamel.
Regular oral hygiene and routine care is required for all cosmetic dentistry procedures. Maintenance may also be needed over time with some procedures, such as teeth whitening which must be repeated occasionally to maintain brightness. When you make your appointment at Rolling Oaks, our dentists will discuss the various procedures with you and go over the longevity of your smile makeover. This will help you to be careful when selecting your options in order to achieve your best results.