Getting a Smile Makeover: Everything You Need to Know

If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, then you are a good candidate for a smile makeover. Thanks to modern dental innovations, dentists now have many tools and devices they can use to turn any smile into a spectacular one.

A smile makeover simply means using cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the appearance of a person's smile. Here are some of the treatments a dentist might decide to use during one:

Popular smile makeover treatments

1. Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is used to get rid of stains and discoloration on a person's teeth. It is a very effective treatment that removes stains that are caused by consuming things that have strong coloring agents like coffee or bad habits like smoking. Its effectiveness makes it one of the most common smile makeover treatments.

A single teeth whitening session performed by a dentist will leave a person's teeth up to 10 shades whiter. Depending on the condition of the patient's teeth, follow up treatments might be required before they look pearly white.

The teeth whitening products that dentists have access to are a lot stronger than the brands that can be purchased at grocery stores. They are also a lot safer since the patient gets a customized mouth tray when a dentist whitens their teeth.

2. Dental bonding

Here is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be used to deal with various type of issues. Dental bonding can be used for restorative purposes when dealing with issues like tooth decay, but it is also popular with cosmetic dentists. It can be used to address aesthetic flaws like discoloration and stains that are not responsive to whitening treatments, restore the appearance of a chipped or broken tooth or rebuild a disfigured tooth.

The best part? Dental bonding also happens to be one of the cheaper treatments provided by dentists.

3. Veneers

Veneers can make anyone look like they were born with perfect teeth. These thin shells are installed in the front of a person's teeth, masking any stains or flaws on them. They are often made from ceramics or porcelain and they look just like real teeth.

Veneers can be used to deal with:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Stains between teeth
  • Minor alignment issues

When getting veneers, the dentist will typically remove a small portion of the patient's enamel to make room for the device. This makes the end result look more natural.

4. Orthodontics

Orthodontics refers to a dental specialty that deals with teeth alignment issues. Orthodontic devices are often used as part of a smile makeover. Braces are the most commonly used device when it comes to orthodontics and they work by slowly pushing the wearer's teeth into the proper alignment. Other devices like clear aligners and palatal expanders are also used to deal with alignment issues.

In rare cases, surgical procedures are used to fix severe teeth alignment problems.

A smile makeover will drastically improve your appearance

Your teeth are one of the most noticeable aspects of your appearance and you will feel more confident when they look the way you want them to. Talk to a dentist and find out which treatments are best for you.

Request an appointment here: or call Fort Lee Family Dental at (201) 620-9772 for an appointment in our Fort Lee office.

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