When dental imperfections cause embarrassment or make you want to hide your smile, it may be time to consider a cosmetic smile makeover. A smile makeover can enhance the overall appearance of the smile through a combination of dental treatments. The treatments used in a smile makeover tend to be primarily cosmetic but may also include restorative treatments, depending on the unique needs and goals of each patient. Today, we'll take a closer look at some common treatments in a smile makeover. To discuss which treatments are right for you, contact the Memphis, TN, office of cosmetic dentist Timothy S. Messer to schedule a consultation.
Minor imperfections can be easily addressed with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that are custom-crafted to the desired shade, size, and shape to create a smile that looks symmetrical, straight, and flawless. Porcelain veneers treatment can be completed in as little as two weeks, making it possible to enjoy a beautifully enhanced smile in nearly no time at all.
Teeth whitening is an effective way to transform the smile in as little as one visit by brightening the teeth up to ten shades. Teeth whitening may even be combined with a variety of dental treatments, including porcelain veneers and dental crowns, for a complete smile makeover.
Creating a straighter smile is a common concern for many people considering a smile makeover. Invisalign® is a popular service option to include in a treatment plan as it allows patients to achieve a straighter smile without the use of traditional metal braces. Instead, the Invisalign® system uses a series of clear aligners to gradually shift the teeth into the desired alignment. Not only is the Invisalign® system discreet, it's comfortable enough to wear throughout the day and night, and may even be removed while eating and practicing dental hygiene.
Old metal fillings can make the smile look less than perfect, which is why tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment choice for many smile makeovers. Tooth-colored fillings are customized to match the shade of the surrounding teeth, creating a seamless blend between the restoration and the natural tooth. Tooth-colored fillings may be used to replace old metal fillings or to fill untreated cavities.
The appearance of teeth that are misshaped, broken, or otherwise flawed may be enhanced with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that encase individual teeth, effectively restoring dental health and improving the smile's appearance.
Those who have lost one or more teeth may benefit from including dental implants in their smile makeover. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone and is used to anchor different types of restorations. These restorations include dental crowns for individual tooth replacement, implant-supported bridges to replace multiple teeth, and implant-supported dentures to replace a full arch of teeth.
If you would like to enhance the health and appearance of your smile, a smile makeover may be right for you. To find out more about smile makeovers, or to discover which treatments are right for your needs, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Messer.
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