A smile is unique to each individual. It conveys emotion and personality. We go to great lengths to personalize everything we do, from our cars to our clothes…Why not personalize your smile and make it the one you dream about having.
Modern cosmetic dentistry can give you that smile using advanced dental materials and technology to make your smile look natural yet be entirely cosmetic. A stunning smile to let the world know you are confident and beautiful!
What Is Smile Design?
What do you like or don’t like about your smile or your teeth?
Some aspects of your smile that will be reviewed by your cosmetic dentists and that can be improved include:
-Teeth Color – Your cosmetic dentist can replace silver dental fillings with modern dental bonding. Teeth whitening can improve the color of discolored teeth. Tooth color is an important cosmetic consideration during the evaluation of and preparation for various cosmetic dentistry procedures, including porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, dental bonding, and implants.
A bright, white smile conveys youth and vitality. The shade you and your dentist select together should match the look you are after and take into account your skin and hair tone. A well-trained cosmetic dentist will guide you to a whiter smile that is also very natural-looking.
-Alignment and Spacing – Misaligned teeth, overlapping, or teeth that have spaces between can straighten gaps. Through the use of orthodontics and even veneers, this can be corrected.
-Missing teeth – One or more missing teeth can harm your smile. Missing teeth can also affect your bite and increase your risk for tooth decay. Tooth replacement is as much for oral health and function as it is for esthetics. Missing teeth can be replaced by implants (including all on 4 dental implants), dental bridges, or partial and full dentures.
-Harmony and Balance – A major part of smile design is ensuring harmony and balance between your smile and your facial features.
A cosmetic dentist will work closely with you on a treatment plan to achieve exactly what you want from your new smile. This treatment plan can consist of many cosmetic and functional dental procedures, including teeth whitening, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and a gummy smile treatment plan.
Esthetic Components Of A Smile Makeover
Your smile has several attributes that your cosmetic dentist will evaluate with you when designing your smile makeover. These can include:
-Tooth Length – Long teeth lend themselves to a youthful appearance. Aging tends to produce wear and tear that often results in shorter teeth. A gummy smile can also make teeth appear shorter. A possible treatment to lengthen teeth may include reshaping and lengthening the front teeth with composite bonding or porcelain veneers.
If you have a gummy smile, your cosmetic dentist may provide treatment to modify the gum line and lengthen the appearance of the teeth using laser dentistry procedures. You may also be referred to a periodontist for crown lengthening if necessary.
Teeth lengthening may also have an impact on your overall facial appearance. For example, shapely, long, square teeth on a round-faced individual can provide a slimming effect.
-Smile Line – The smile line is an imaginary line that follows the edges of your upper teeth from side to side, which ideally should be the same as the curve of your lower lip when you smile. Your dentist may use this standard point of reference to help determine how long your new teeth should be.
-Proportions Of Your Smile – Your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth to determine if they are incorrect proportion with each other. Most people can recognize a smile as pleasing as one in which the two central front teeth are dominant and have a width-to-length ratio of 4-to-5. This mathematical proportion guides the length and width of other teeth in the esthetic zone so that the smile line appears balanced.
-Tooth Appearance And Character – An artistic cosmetic dentist can add character to your crowns or veneers to create a more feminine or a more masculine appearance, in addition to matching the look and feel of natural teeth or those you have seen in photographs. We will also correct misaligned teeth or leave them alone for a signature smile.
Smile Makeover Preview
Modern dentistry can use technology to preview a new smile to you. Following your initial cosmetic consultation, your dentist may have you return to examine a wax model mockup of your new smile. This will be utilized for your approval but also to communicate with the dental laboratory. This will ensure your new smile is exactly as planned.
Another option is using dental composite to mock up your new smile. Your dentist can temporarily bond dental composite to your teeth so you can visualize a bit better what your new smile potentially can look like. This temporary mock-up will not have an impact on your existing smile.
Smile Makeover Procedures
Below are the six primary dental services that can give you the smile makeover you desire.
Veneers are at the top of every list when talking about a smile makeover. They have a variety of characteristics that make them unique. They can change shape, color, length, and translucency along with being strong enough to withstand the forces our mouths produce daily. Veneers even can align your smile due to slight misalignments that your genetics gave you.
Porcelain Veneers (sometimes referred to as “Instant Orthodontics”) are super thin, custom fabricated shells of tooth-colored porcelain designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your smile.
Porcelain veneers are adhesively bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, width, and length. Versatile and solid veneers can transform your smile in various ways, from complete smile makeovers to repairing a chipped tooth.
Porcelain Veneers fabricated from high-quality dental porcelain that has similar light reflecting properties as our natural teeth.
Veneers are excellent at resisting stains, and they mimic our natural teeth’ light-reflecting properties. Porcelain veneers are the cosmetic dentist’s most incredible tool for elevating a usual smile to a Hollywood smile makeover.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The longevity of porcelain veneers will vary from individual to individual. The general rule is they last about 10-15 years, although some can expect a much longer lifespan. If a veneer chips, cracks, or shows any wear, it can be replaced by refreshing your smile.
Can I Stain My Porcelain Veneers By Drinking Wine?
No, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant to coffee, tea, and wines. Once a patient selects their desired color, the veneers will stay this color for the life of the porcelain veneer, without color changes.
Dental Bonding is a standard cosmetic dentistry procedure that can make minimal and maximum changes to your smile. The beauty of dental bonding is it generally can be completed in a single dental appointment and may or may not need dental anesthesia and is far less expensive than porcelain-type restorations.
This cosmetic dentistry procedure involves reshaping and blending teeth. Bonding utilizes tooth-colored materials that can be bonded to teeth to change shape, color, and length. This same material can also fully cover the front surface (called a Composite Veneer).
Dental bonding is very similar to porcelain veneers because your dentist will place new material over the surface of your teeth to modify the shape, color, and length of your teeth. Bonding might play a minor role in your smile makeover, but it is a vitally important service to give you a smile you crave.
Bonding generally will not last as long as veneers, but it will last for several years before needing to be touched up or replaced.
Tooth bonding is for patients with minor tooth damage who do not want to invest in full porcelain veneers. It’s also helpful in covering up minor chips, cracked teeth, gaps, and discoloration. Dental bonding will stain over time and will change in color as well from staining.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide the best natural color match than any other dental crown type (also suitable for patients with metal allergies). Porcelain crowns are an excellent choice. especially for front teeth where a more cosmetic outcome is desired.
All-porcelain crowns will use your custom color to match your existing teeth. Color matching allows your final result to be seamless and undetected. Marielaina Perrone DDS uses the finest, strongest, and most modern materials available.
Crowns are placed over badly decayed teeth after the decay has weakened the tooth structure. Once your dentist has removed all the tooth decay, possibly even after extensive tooth decay treatment or root canal therapy, they will take an impression of your tooth. A dental lab will fabricate your crown custom porcelain crown designed just for you.
While you wait for the lab to make your crown, you will wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth, so no further damage occurs to the tooth while you wait. Porcelain crowns play a considerable role in function and esthetics in any smile makeover, depending on your cosmetic needs.
What is Botox Cosmetic?
Take back your youthful appearance with Botox Cosmetic. Botox can reduce signs of aging for a youthful, vibrant facial appearance.
Botox offers a quick and highly effective remedy for the facial lines and wrinkles that age, stress, worry, and environmental factors can produce. Wrinkles can even occur on a younger individual’s face.
A BOTOX injection skin treatment will smooth frown lines on the forehead, between the eyes, and at the base of the nose.
With BOTOX Cosmetic, even “crow’s feet” (wrinkles at the corners of the eyes) will fade or disappear for a more youthful and vital facial cosmetic appearance.
What are Juvederm Dermal Fillers?
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring sugar found in our bodies to replace and fill in what you have lost through aging. There are several products of Juvederm.
They all are used to help address the facial signs of aging. Each product in the Juvederm line features different bonding and concentrations of hyaluronic acid. The different products are each tailored to target specific problems when injected into different areas and depths.
Juvederm is an injectable, clear, smooth gel and will dissipate over time. Dermal fillers, like Juvederm, also usually contain Lidocaine (local anesthetic) for patient comfort.
Juvederm is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment performed right in our office. Juvederm is an injectable treatment that has the ability to reduce the appearance of unwanted lines and wrinkles.
It is able to achieve this by restoring lost volume to the skin and lips. Juvederm (also called wrinkle fillers) can also be used as “volumizers,” plumping and lifting cheeks, chins, jawlines, and temples, and filling out thin lips.
The injection is similar to Botox cosmetic but Juvederm contains a local anesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort. As a dentist we have the ability to numb your mouth area to reduce pain and discomfort further.
Juvederm provides results up to a year. Side effects are rare but can include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. Results from Juvederm can be seen almost immediately.
Botox and Juvederm dermal fillers may not seem like an obvious choice to include in a smile makeover. However, your smile encompasses more than just your teeth. Fuller lips and cheeks can enhance and beautify not just your face but your smile.
5. Dental Implants and Dental Implant Supported Dentures (including All on 4 Dental Implants)
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants Including All On 4 Dental Implants (“Teeth in a Day”) have become one of the most popular, and predictable procedures for replacement of missing teeth offered in dentistry. Dental Implants have been proven to be safe and successful for long term replacement of a single missing tooth or multiple teeth.
Implants are an artificial tooth root (usually made of titanium) that is placed into your jaw to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth.
What can dental implants do? Implants can replace a single tooth, be support for a dental bridge, or in a dental implant supported denture (making it more comfortable and secure). Implants are a major part of cosmetic dentistry today.
Only you and your dentist should know you have dental implants.
Implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss, whether it’s one tooth or multiple teeth. Modern dental implants and implant-supported dentures are extremely comfortable, natural in appearance, and can easily last a lifetime with proper care. Best of all, caring for them is just like caring for your natural teeth.
Dental Implants have over a 98% success rate for long term success. Implants are an artificial tooth root that a dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon inserts into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or teeth(bridge).
Implants are the perfect option for people with good oral health maintenance who are missing one tooth or multiple teeth due to gum disease, via trauma, or some other reason.
What is an Implant Supported Denture?
A denture that is supported by dental implants is called an overdenture. A traditional removable denture rests directly on the gums, and is not supported by implants. This is because the denture sits over the dental implants.
The dental implants give support and stability to the denture.
A dental implant supported denture is recommended when a person is missing all the teeth in the jaw. The patient needs to have enough bone in the jaw to support the dental implants.
The denture is able to stay in place using special attachments that allow the denture to “snap” into place over the implants.
What is the All on 4 Dental Implants System?
We are also proud to offer the All On 4 Dental Implants system. A revolutionary, new dental procedure for restoring teeth in a day. The All on 4 Dental Implants procedure uses four implants per arch (upper or lower).
The dental implants in the back are placed on an angle to take maximum advantage of the existing bone structure. Special implants were developed that could support the immediate fitting of replacement teeth.
This treatment is attractive to those with loose dentures or those in need of full upper and/or lower restorations.
With the All-on-4 dental implants procedure, qualified patients receive just four dental implants and a full set of new upper or lower replacement teeth in just one appointment. This usually able to be done without dental bone grafts.
The real attraction to the all on 4 dental implants procedure is how quickly permanent dental implants can be placed. This allows patients the ability to leave the same day with a denture that is fixed in place and stabilized by the dental implants.
6. Teeth Whitening
What is Teeth Whitening?
Whiter teeth has been a hallmark of youth, vitality, and health for many years. Over the last 15-20 years, many different teeth whitening methods and products have been developed to allow everyone to achieve the goal of a whiter smile if they so choose.
There are so many different methods it is not always easy to choose the one that is right for you. Below you will find a detailed description of each type of teeth whitening to help make your choice easier.
Custom Whitening Tray Option – This method is done through your dentist‘s office. The trays are made to custom fit your mouth comfortably. They allow for an even distribution of the teeth whitening gel across all teeth or only applied to specific discolored teeth.
The trays can be worn day or night (even while sleeping) over a period of one to 4 weeks. This schedule can be very convenient for busy schedules.
In Office Teeth Whitening – This is the fastest and generally most effective Teeth Whitening option. This procedure is performed by the dentist using a special light and optimized teeth whitening gel. This type of teeth whitening can deliver fantastic results in as little as 1/2 to one hour.
This technique utilizes a highly concentrated teeth whitening agent. This agent is accelerated by heat and light to speed up the Teeth Whitening process.
Maintaining Your Smile Makeover Results
All dentistry procedures require regular dental hygiene care and may require some maintenance over time. For example, teeth whitening must be repeated on occasion in order to maintain the shade you desire. Porcelain veneers may chip or break off and need replacement. Permanent composite bonding may stain over time and require enhancement or replacement. Dental crowns typically require replacement after approximately 10 to 15 years. Even gummy smile enhancements may also require touch ups over time.
The dental materials selected by your dentist also impact the longevity of your new smile makeover. To achieve the optimum cosmetic results, invest time in selecting your cosmetic dentist and asking about your dental material options.
Your oral health must be completely evaluated before a cosmetic dentist develops a plan for your smile makeover. Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums (for possible gum disease), underlying support structure and bite (occlusion). This will determine if you are a good candidate for a smile makeover. If your evaluation reveals that you have an existing oral health problem. This can include a misaligned bite (malocclusion) or gum disease. You will need to have that taken care of prior to any more advanced work.
Smile Makeover Cost
Cost will vary from patient to patient based on your customized smile makeover plan. Speak to your dentist about all of your treatment and financial options.