Who doesn’t want a perfect smile? It’s no surprise to know that few people are born with a flawless set of teeth. Yet the quest for ‘perfect’ and attractive looking teeth continues in our increasingly looks-oriented society. Modern dentistry has responded to this global demand with an emerging treatment that cosmetic dentists commonly refer to as the Smile Makeover.
What is a Smile Makeover? Broadly speaking, it refer to any cosmetic dental treatment or combination of treatment procedures that can be used to produce the net effect of giving you the smile you desire. It usually encapsulates all the treatments that fall under the banner of cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, white fillings, teeth straightening, porcelain veneers, and facial injectables. A smile makeover in this broad sense is a smile that is customised to your unique preferences, based on specific design and treatment choices determined as by you, in consultation with your cosmetic dentist.
Here are three common – and perhaps the most sought after – methods of achieving that ideal smile that you’ve always dreamt of:
There’s a reason why teeth whitening is a billion-dollar industry: It works! Teeth discolouration is one of the biggest culprits in making someone look older than they really are. Stained teeth can not only add years to your age, they can make you look like you have neglected your oral hygiene. That’s because white and shiny teeth are strongly associated with good health and proper hygiene. Using the latest teeth whitening procedures and products, a cosmetic dentist can almost instantly transform your yellowish teeth into whiter versions – giving you a rejuvenated and more attractive smile overnight! Whether in-chair whitening at the dentist’s office or dentist-prescribed take-home whitening kits, they have been proven to produce highly noticeable whitening results!
Have chipped, crooked, misshapen, stained or gappy teeth, dental veneers are designed to hide all these unsightly dental flaws. Commonly made form porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers make an exception choice for instant makeover results. They are basically thin shells that are placed over your existing teeth to act as a protective covering. Thanks to modern dental technology and materials, these shells may be customised to mimic the shape, size and colour of your natural teeth while creating the appearance of aligned teeth in perfect symmetry with your individual smile line. Porcelain veneers are often cited as the ‘quintessential dental secret’ of Hollywood movie-stars and celebrities. Although porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers, they are more durable, lasting up to 10 years or longer.
If you’re worried that an orthodontic treatment may require you wear clunky wires and brackets during the procedure, there are modern alternatives that skip the “metal teeth” phases. Indeed, today’s teeth straightening systems allow you to straighten your teeth using Invisalign clear plastic braces that are basically undetected in a wearer’s mouth, even when you’re taking to someone at close range. Such dramatic cosmetic dental improvements to the orthodontic process have endeared the Invisalign system to many adult orthodontic patients who may have missed out on treatment when they were younger. Not only do the adults get to play catch up, they don’t have to go through the awkward stage of wearing wires and brackets!
If you desire a smile makeover but are not sure what treatments will best suit your oral health, visit Dr Luke Cronin at Quality Dental in North Sydney.