Smile makeovers are becoming more common and can address common concerns like discoloured or misaligned teeth and teeth that are badly broken down, decayed, or missing entirely. A smile makeover is a customised treatment using one or more procedures to enhance the appearance of teeth and gums and ultimately to create a more aesthetically pleasing, fully functional and healthy smile.
Whenever we see anybody considering a smile makeover, we first assess their dental health, identifying any problems that require correction, like tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues. Ensuring your mouth is healthy is an extremely important part of any smile makeover and will help ensure the results last longer. At the same time, there is a well-established link between oral health and general health.
Which Treatments Are Used during Smile Makeovers?
Treatments commonly used during smile makeovers encompass a range of restorative and cosmetic procedures. These include teeth whitening, tooth-coloured fillings and dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns and bridges. More advanced treatments can also be used during a smile makeover, including dental implants, orthodontics, and gum recontouring, which can help correct a gummy smile. Combining these treatments can help correct a range of dental problems, enhancing the appearance of teeth and improving oral health when necessary.
Combining treatments can also be a more conservative approach; for example, using teeth whitening and porcelain veneers can create a more aesthetically perfect smile. It may be unnecessary to veneer every tooth visible when you smile, so whitening them first and then selectively veneering only those teeth that need to be covered can create the desired outcome more cost-effectively.
What Are the Potential Health Benefits of Having a Smile Makeover?
Most people choose to have a smile makeover because they are concerned about the appearance of their teeth, but the potential health benefits can be significant and are well worth considering. These can make a smile makeover a worthwhile investment in oral and overall health.
Better Oral Health
One of the biggest benefits is potentially better oral health. Restorative treatments like crowns can protect severely decayed or broken teeth, preventing tooth loss. Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration and protect and support the remaining teeth, reducing the risk of losing other teeth.
Improved Oral Hygiene
A smile makeover can improve oral hygiene, especially if you have overlapping or crowded teeth that are tricky to keep clean. Straightening these teeth makes it easier to clean them thoroughly, so the risk of gum disease and tooth decay is reduced.
Improved Oral Function
Teeth that are misaligned or which do not bite together, or where teeth are missing, can make it tricky to eat properly or speak clearly. Addressing these problems with cosmetic dentistry and restorative dental procedures can improve oral function.
Improved Overall Health
When your mouth is healthy, it helps protect your overall health, reducing the risk of developing problems like diabetes and heart disease. At the same time, it is easier to eat healthily, and the ability to chew food thoroughly improves digestion. When your body is properly nourished, it can fight disease more easily.