A smile makeover is the process of correcting one’s smile and enhancing its appearance through a series of cosmetic dental procedures to provide optimum function. Although it is usually termed as a cosmetic procedure, smile makeovers are usually done to improve and maintain the health of the teeth and gums. It is an elaborate treatment that involves thorough diagnosis and proper planning.
Smile makeover procedures can easily correct several situations that may hamper one’s smile. Some of them include:
Your dentist will assess your smile, along with a lot of other parameters to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for smile designing. Note that certain situations with gross discrepancies may require a more complex approach and may not be suitable for smile makeover. For such cases you dentist might recommend braces or orthognathic surgeries. Once the treatment plan is formulated, the teeth and gums are prepared and corrected. Some of the procedures involved in smile makeover are as follows:
It is essential to maintain proper oral hygiene after these procedures. The restorations are to be brushed and cleaned in a similar manner as that of natural teeth. Avoid using highly abrasive toothpastes as they may abrade the restorations and make them appear dull. Flossing between the restorations is also crucial to prevent any future damage.
In terms of diet, limit the consumption of sugary foods and beverages like coffee, tea or wine, as they may stain the teeth or restorations. Although these restorations last for a few years, they are not indestructible. Your dentist may also advise you to refrain from biting onto hard objects like metal caps, pens etc to prevent them from breaking. Lastly, regular follow-ups with your dentist is a must.
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