Smile makeovers are short series of procedures which improve your smile through one or more cosmetic dental procedures; serving as the cornerstone of restorative and advanced cosmetic dentistry. Your smile is one of your defining characteristics and it is important for you to be happy with its appearance. While they are restorative in nature, smile makeovers are generally less extensive and more cosmetic in nature than a full mouth reconstruction.
While both procedure families overlap, smile makeovers generally have a more aesthetic than reconstructive end result in mind. However, the terms are frequently used interchangeably in the common vernacular, but there is a very important distinction. Smile makeovers generally do not include bone or gum grafts or extensive replacement of teeth.
Once grafts and major tooth replacements become a part of your treatment plan, your makeover becomes a full mouth restoration. When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Zadeh will take a whole mouth approach and looks at every aspect of your smile to determine the extent of treatment needed to give you the smile of your dreams.
During your treatment, Dr. Zadeh can fit you with Lumineers or porcelain veneers if your teeth are severely worn, misshapen, badly stained, or poorly spaced. Dental bonding can be used cover stains or worn enamel and restore your teeth to their natural luster. If you have oddly shaped teeth that can be corrected without the use of veneers, the Doctor may opt to do a minor tooth recontouring to level out your appearance. This is generally a mild sanding to smooth out jagged or rough teeth in a simple and short outpatient visit. Laser tooth whitening can remove years of stains from your teeth, leaving them much whiter.
Invisalign aligners can help move your crooked teeth into their proper positions. This is one of the longer-term steps in the procedure process, and will likely be applied after most of your other work is already done. Patients who do not want to wait or only have minor misalignment and crowding can opt for instant orthodontics. Porcelain crowns, inlays, or onlays can cover and protect damaged teeth. If a tooth or two are missing or broken beyond repair and you are otherwise healthy, dental implants or small bridges may also be used to fully restore your smile.
You will generally be able to have your smile makeover finished in as few as two or three visits, not counting consultation or followups.
How Does A Smile Makeover Work?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Zadeh can help determine which procedures you need and design a customized treatment plan made just for you. Dr. Zadeh will take your whole face into account as well and answer any questions about what procedures are right for your case. Often times, patients find out they need far less work than they originally believed. We’ve had patients come in convinced that they need a whole mouth full of veneers and crowns, when whitening and a veneer or two for irregularly shaped teeth was all they needed. We will tell you exactly what you need, no more, no less. If you want more, we are happy to do so, but will always give you the most conservative treatment necessary to save you time and money.
What Are The Benefits?
Many people come in for smile makeovers because they haven’t been to the dentist for awhile. Or, as is so common in this economy, are only recently able to go beyond the basic upkeep of their teeth. With improved insurance or cash flow, many patients are ready to get the medical and cosmetic procedures they have put off for several years.
A smile makeover will rejuvenate your appearance, improve your confidence, and restore functionality that may have been lost. Imagine living your life unhappy with your smile, and compare that to cost of having it fixed. If you are ashamed or feel there are extensive problems with your smile, a smile makeover can definitely improve your outlook on life. The social and emotional costs of having a smile you are not proud of, far outweigh those of getting the smile of your dreams.
No matter who you are, Dr. Zadeh would be honored to perform your smile makeover. Many of his patients have seen life-changing benefits from his work, because their refreshed, restored smiles give them back their confidence. Patients of all ages come in to our office for smile makeovers and leave with astounding results.
When you get your smile makeover, it will be custom tailored to your teeth and facial features. You will never leave with mismatched teeth or a smile that does not fit your face. Dr. Zadeh starts with your foundations to create a natural looking, beautiful smile that will be the envy of everyone. With advanced imaging software and extensive CT scans and X-rays, Dr. Zadeh will improve your smile in a way that not only takes advantage of your natural appearance and enhances it without looking like you had any work done at all.
Oral surgery is minimal with smile makeovers. It is only required with the placement of dental implants or gum contouring to even out the appearance of a gummy smile. Most makeover patients only require one or two of these procedures to get their Hollywood perfect smile. Other patients only require what is known as oral rejuvenation. This is a scaled down form of smile makeover used to restore and take years off your appearance. Sometimes oral rejuvenation is called anti-aging dentistry.
If you are interested in consulting with Dr. Zadeh about making over your smile, call us at (310) 273-2020 or email our appointment coordinator. Dr. Zadeh and his helpful staff will be glad to answer all of your questions.