Beyond Whitening: Other Elements Of A Smile Makeover

15 May 2019
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Brightening your teeth is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. In some cases, however, whitening may not be enough to give you a smile you deserve.  You may need a smile makeover if you have multiple cosmetic problems with your teeth. Here are some of the treatments that a smile makeover may include.

Gum Contouring

Gum contouring gets rid of high or low gum lines. Excessively high gum lines hide most of your teeth and make the teeth appear unusually short. Excessively low gum lines make your teeth appear longer than they are and also expose teeth roots. In gum contouring, the cosmetic dentist trims some of your gum tissues if your gum line is too high or grafts your gum to build up an unusually low gum line.

Dental Contouring

Dental contouring is a bit like gum contouring, but in this case, it is the teeth (and not the gums) that need reshaping. Dental contouring can change the shape, length, and texture of your teeth. Maybe you don't like your smile because your teeth are sharp. Dental contouring can remove some of the teeth enamel to give your teeth a more rounded look.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding involves the use of composite materials to build up the teeth or sections of the teeth. Below are a few cosmetic improvements you can achieve with dental bonding:

  • You can build up unusually small teeth to make them appear bigger.
  • You can build up chipped sections of teeth to make them wholesome.
  • You can build up teeth to close unusually large spaces between them.
  • You can improve the shapes of oddly-shaped teeth.

In short, dental bonding is useful for any treatment that involves building up a tooth or a section of a tooth.

Dental Alignment

If you don't like to smile with misaligned teeth, you can get orthodontic treatments to align your teeth and enjoy smiling again. Your teeth may be overcrowded or crooked, or you may have an overbite. Apart from dental braces (of which there are various types), you may also need other treatments, such as palatial expanders and headgear. A consultation with your dentist will reveal the exact treatments your case demands.

Teeth Replacement

You may also need to replace missing teeth if you want to improve your smile. This is particularly true if you are missing the front teeth because they are the ones that show most when you smile. Teeth replacement options include dental bridges, implants, and dentures. Your treatment will depend on your budget, the number of missing teeth, and the condition of the existing teeth, among other factors.