Your smile may not be perfect, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be. Many imperfections, such as stained, yellowed, chipped, cracked, or oddly spaced teeth, can occur even if you diligently practice good dental hygiene. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving a smile’s appearance when your teeth and gums are healthy and free of disease. A smile makeover describes a combination of cosmetic procedures that specifically address the aesthetic issues affecting your smile. By custom-designing a smile makeover plan, your Southlake cosmetic dentist, Dr. Wright, can help pinpoint the issues that diminish your smile’s appeal and correct them to help you enjoy smiling again.
Planing a Smile Makeover
The first and most important step in the smile makeover process is the initial consultation, during which Dr. Wright will consult with you to discuss your concerns and what you want for your smile. During your examination, he’ll carefully inspect the state of your oral health and the symmetry of your face, jaws, teeth, and smile. Depending on your specific needs and goals, Dr. Wright will prescribe an appropriate course of treatment to improve the color, size, shape, and overall look of your teeth and smile.
Common Smile Makeover Procedures
Just as every person is unique, so is every smile and the issues that affect it. For instance, teeth that are stained by food and beverages, or that have yellowed with age, can often be brightened with professional teeth whitening. Severely blemished teeth may require a porcelain dental crown, which is placed over the tooth to completely conceal it. Other procedures may include;
- Cosmetic dental bonding—the process of bonding tooth-colored composite resin over a stain, chip, crack, or other dental flow, then sculpting and polishing the resin to blend in with the tooth’s structure.
- Tooth contouring—shaping, or sculpting, a tooth’s jagged or uneven edges or surface to improve its symmetry and appearance.
- Gum contouring—trimming excessive gum tissue or uneven gums (gummy smile) with an advanced, soft-tissue dental laser to balance the gum line and improve how it frames your smile.
- Porcelain veneers—wafer-thin shells of dental porcelain that are hand-crafted and bonded to the front surfaces of one or more teeth.
About Gregory Wright, DDS:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.