When you want to improve your smile’s appearance, the first step is to determine what’s wrong. For some patients, that may include nothing more than stained teeth, or a chipped tooth edge. But for many others, smile improvement can mean addressing several different issues at once, which is the point of a custom-designed smile makeover plan. Every smile makeover is different, and yours will be tailored specifically to your unique needs and preferences.
Custom-Designing Your Plan
The first step to your smile makeover will be a personal consultation and examination by your dentist, who will help you diagnose your specific cosmetic concerns. Then, your dentist will work closely with you to explain your smile’s issues and which treatments offer the most satisfying results. In addition to enhancing your smile’s appearance, your smile makeover should also help preserve as much healthy, natural tooth structure as possible to promote your continued good oral health.
Could Veneers Help?
Given a smile makeover’s dual purpose of improving and preserving your smile, porcelain veneers are often a preferable option. The thin shells of lifelike dental porcelain can be bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, creating a new smile by correcting multiple issues at once.
In Case You’ve Lost a Tooth (or Several)
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then even porcelain veneers will not be able to help. Fortunately, your smile makeover can also include one or more dental implants to replace lost teeth and rebuild your smile’s function and appearance. Though tooth replacement isn’t just cosmetic, the effects of tooth loss can dramatically affect your smile’s appearance, and dental implants may be necessary to return your smile to its youthful glory.