What Is a Smile Makeover?

Smiling is more than just putting on a happy face for a camera. There are actually health benefits to smiling — it’s been shown to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and boost our immune systems, among other benefits.

Health aside, smiling has cultural roots, too. People who smile often are seen as more attractive, successful, and younger. Add in the fact that the act of smiling makes you happier and more positive, and you’ve got a lot of reasons to show off your pearly whites.

Despite all of the benefits, it can be hard to smile if you don’t like the way your smile looks. Discolored, crooked, missing, and uneven teeth can all make smiling a chore. Thankfully, you don’t have to accept teeth problems forever. With a smile makeover, you’ll be ready to smile at any time.

If you’re prepared to take the leap and overhaul your smile, check out Willow Glen Dentistry and John M Pisacane, DMD. Dr. Pisacane and our team can build a custom plan to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

What is a smile makeover?

The heyday of makeover shows may be in the past, but their legacy lives on. Anyone who’s ever watched a makeover show knows that it’s more than just a new hairstyle or some new clothes. A makeover combines many small things to create a big difference. From head to toe, a makeover changes everything to be just a bit more stylish and sophisticated.

A smile makeover works the same way. While doing any part of a smile makeover would likely be an improvement, a makeover looks to transform your mouth both aesthetically and structurally.

Choosing a provider

A smile makeover is no small chore. While it would be great to get everything done in one sitting, this is a process that takes multiple appointments. Look for a dentist who offers smile makeovers — a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Pisacane has the combination of skills needed to make both superficial and anatomical changes.

Before ever sitting in a dentist chair, make sure you discuss what you wish to alter during a consultation. A smile makeover is a custom procedure that should be tailored precisely to your needs.

Aesthetic improvements

In this application, aesthetic improvements refer to everything about the look of the mouth.

For most patients, this starts with teeth whitening. Depending on your budget, this can be done in two ways. You can choose to do a professional whitening at the dentist’s office, or have a custom tray constructed for at-home treatments. Professional whitening is more expensive but less time-intensive, while at-home whitening is cheaper but must be done over multiple days for weeks.

Alignment and spacing issues are treated in two ways. Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign® can straighten crooked teeth or separate teeth that may be overlapped and jumbled. Misshapen teeth can be resurfaced with veneers or recontoured to fit in with the rest of your smile.

Finally, cracked or uneven teeth can be bonded to ensure that your teeth have a continuous edge.

Structural improvements

This area of the makeover is reserved for enhancements that change the structure of the mouth or jaw.

Dental implants are the most common device used here, and with good reason. Implants are essential to the overall health of your mouth. They strengthen the teeth around them by providing the structure a normal tooth would. They also keep your jawbone healthy and full.

Additionally, implants may make your smile more youthful. Implants anchor your gums and keep them healthy while their presence also keeps your cheeks full and prevents them from falling.

The picture-perfect smile is a combination of teeth and gums. Those who feel their gums make up too much of their smile may elect to make their smile more of a 50/50 equation. Gums can be shortened, and teeth elongated through veneers. This can be especially helpful for patients whose teeth have worn down over time.

To get started on your smile makeover, call or book an appointment online at Willow Glen Dentistry today!

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