As the name suggests a smile makeover is a new smile that has been designed to look better in many ways. It may align crowded teeth, close gaps, reduce protrusion, whiten, reduce a gummy smile, widen a narrow smile, change the length or shape of teeth, replace missing teeth or any combination of the above. A smile makeover usually involves at least the top eight or ten teeth and sometimes the lower eight or ten teeth too. The most frequent treatments used in a smile makeover are multiple porcelain veneers because they are the most conservative restoration and because they are strong and highly aesthetic.
However, porcelain crowns, bridges, implants and even implant supported dentures can also be part of a smile makeover depending on the case. Smile makeovers can also involve orthodontics to either prealign teeth prior to multiple porcelain veneers or to align minor crowding of the lower teeth when only the upper teeth are to be veneered. If upper teeth only are being treated with veneers then lower teeth are usually at least whitened.
Porcelain Veneers & Crowns
A veneer is a new front surface for a tooth, custom made from porcelain. Veneers are extremely versatile and can be used to align crowded or protruding teeth, close gaps or lighten tooth colour. Their strength and appearance rivals that of natural teeth and they are used to make long lasting changes to the smile. Crowns are used to restore severely broken down teeth. Most crowns are made of porcelain, like veneers, and look every bit as natural, leaving no black line at the gum level as seen with some traditional crowns.
Healthy teeth that have yellowed with age or stained from coffee, red wine or smoking usually respond well to whitening. Whether you choose the in-chair whitening system, or a home whitening kit, the effect is equally good.
Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like material is applied to a tooth's surface. It can be used to restore minor chips and close small gaps, often completed in one appointment.
Tooth Colored Fillings
If you wish to get rid of your ugly, black amalgam fillings and have a beautiful, natural looking and mercury free set of teeth, they can be replaced with tooth colored fillings.
Root Canal Treatment / Endodontics
An endodontic treatment saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the soft inner tissue inside a tooth's root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess results. Endodontic treatment is also known as a "root canal."
Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.
Missing teeth can be replaced with implants or bridgework. Great results can be achieved by combining the latest advanced materials and gum management techniques to make replacement teeth appear to emerge from the gum like a natural tooth.
Implants are the modern way to replace missing teeth. The implant, which is made of titanium, is fitted in bone where the tooth root would normally be. When fully integrated to the bone, a post (or abutment) is attached to the implant and crown or bridge can be placed over the abutment to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
When you have one or more missing teeth, then a dental bridge may be used to restore the resulting gaps. The dental bridge is basically a false tooth, beautifully created from porcelain that fills the gap and is supported by adjacent teeth or implants.
One of the most crucial skills in the placement of a dental bridge is to create the illusion that the missing tooth emerges from gum just a natural tooth. Our skills in cosmetic dentistry, gum manipulation and our implantology can combine ensure no-one will know that you ever had a missing tooth!
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
When the whole dentition is broken down, there is considerable tooth surface loss and/or multiple missing teeth, then a full mouth reconstruction may be required. This will normally require every tooth to be restored often with a combination of veneers, crowns, implants and/or bridgework.
Many people think that dentures have been left behind in the cosmetic dental revolution, it's not so! In fact, using the latest technology and techniques, cosmetic dentures can create the smile makeover. Forget 10 years younger, the latest in cosmetic dentures can not only restore your smile but take 20 years off your whole face!
Sealants & Fluoride Treatment
The pits and grooves of your teeth are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing sometimes misses some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Enter sealants, which are thin coatings applied on the grooves of the chewing surfaces designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth.
Fluoride treatments commonly are given to children as their teeth are developing. If your child has a history of cavities or is at high risk of decay, he or she should use additional fluoride. This promotes remineralization of the teeth. Many children get fluoride treatments every six months. The treatments provide extra protection against cavities, even if children already drink fluoridated water.