If you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and feel embarrassed or unhappy with your smile, this article is for you. Today we’re talking all about smile makeovers — what they are, why you might need one, and how to know if it’s the right time to invest in one.
We encourage you to reach out and speak to our friendly team to learn more!
What is a smile makeover?
For example, a smile makeover can help correct cosmetic issues like…
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Gaps, chips, and cracks
- Missing teeth
- Long teeth
- Uneven tooth proportions or texture
Like all dental treatments, a smile makeover is a collaborative effort between you and your dentist. Based on what you’re hoping to achieve and the current state of your teeth, some cosmetic and restorative treatments might include a combination of…
- Veneers or Lumineers
- Teeth whitening
- Invisalign or 6 Month Smiles®
Your health comes first
If badly damaged, diseased, or missing teeth are the guiding force behind your desire for a new smile, then the answer is a resounding YES. Fixing these problematic teeth isn’t a “nice-to-have”. This is so much more than a cosmetic issue.
Failing to repair missing or badly damaged teeth or diseased gums can have catastrophic effects on your overall health and wellness.
Just consider how a missing tooth can disrupt your health…
- Your jaw bone surrounding tooth cavity will begin to dissolve
- Neighboring teeth will slowly shift and reposition
- Eating and speaking normally may become uncomfortable
- Properly cleaning your surrounding teeth can become more difficult, leading to decay and gum disease
Even a cavity or a chip in your tooth is problematic to your health…
- Your teeth may be weaker, leading to unexpected fractures and splits
- Your mouth will be more susceptible to advanced decay and gum disease
Your health comes first. Even if you can’t invest in a full smile makeover right now, your dentist can help you correct the most problematic teeth and get your health back on the right track.
Investing in a smile makeover to improve self image
You deserve to love your smile. Everyone does.
If you aren’t happy with the way your smile looks, then investing in a new smile is worth it. Plain and simple.
Having a great smile can improve your confidence and self esteem. Better self-esteem can lead to better relationships and better success in the workplace. Most importantly, a better smile will inherently encourage a healthier mouth and body.
That’s what a smile makeover is all about. Your dentist will help you design a brand new smile that will make you look younger, healthier, happier, and more confident.
How to afford a smile makeover
Many people are worried about the cost of a smile makeover. This is completely normal.
A smile makeover is a major financial investment, but it’s an investment in your well being and future, too.
Since a smile makeover involves a combination of cosmetic dental treatments, the ultimate cost will vary from patient to patient. Some factors that can impact the total cost are…
- The combination of procedures you and your dentist choose for your treatment plan
- The location of the affected teeth
- Any associated laboratory costs
- Any sedation dentistry techniques
You and your dentist will review your smile makeover options in detail, create a customized treatment plan, and develop an overall estimate. This allows you to make an educated decision about whether or not a smile makeover is within your budget.
Here at The Winning Smile Dental Group, we always include payment and financing as part of our conversation. We’ll help you understand payment options, savings plans, and insurance benefits so you know exactly how much you will be spending.
If you feel like a smile makeover is out of reach, let us know. We often work with patients on creating a long-term smile makeover plan. This approach spaces treatments out over months or even years to help the individual make progress towards their goals at a price they can afford.
What to expect from a smile makeover
There are 3 main parts to your smile makeover:
This initial consultation is a chance for you and your dentist to get to know each other. You’ll discuss what you’re hoping to accomplish, review your dental health, and receive answers to all your questions.
This is also a time to get a clear picture of what the process will involve and what exactly you can expect along the way.
2. Creating your plan
The next step in the smile makeover process is creating your customized treatment plan and helping you visualize the results. Here’s where you and your dentist will decide the exact treatments you need to get the results you’re looking for. Your dentist will even create a 3D model of your current smile and transform it to show you what the end result will look like.
Now it’s time to get to work! Depending on the type of treatments in your plan, this may involve multiple visits over several months. Your dentist will ensure you’re completely comfortable and that you know exactly what to expect. Each visit or treatment will get you one step closer to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted!
Maintaining your smile makeover results
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for — you finally have the beautiful, perfect smile of your dreams. Now it’s time for you to go out in the world and share it with others!
Based on the treatments you received, your dentist will have some great tips and advice for how to maintain your beautiful smile for years to come. Make sure you listen to these instructions and take excellent care of your teeth and gums!
Practice good dental hygiene habits. Brush and floss every day and use a dentist-recommended toothpaste and mouthwash. Other precautions to take include…
- Avoiding too many foods high in sugar to prevent cavities
- Limit excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages
- Don’t bite of chew on hard objects like pens, nails, or bottle caps
- If you grind your teeth at night, get fitted for a mouthguard to prevent damage
Lastly, don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups so your dentist can make sure your mouth remains in tip-top shape!
Talk to us about reinventing your smile
The Winning Smile Dental Group is here to help you rejuvenate your smile through a customized, comprehensive smile makeover.
Even if you think your smile is beyond repair, there are options. Our experienced cosmetic dentists are miracle workers who can transform any smile. Schedule a smile makeover consultation today and see what’s possible.
Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. She’s a member of the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Lewis is known for providing high-quality, comfortable care, while giving you a smile you’ll be proud to share with the world!