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Factors to Consider Before a Smile Makeover
Recently, there has been a surge in the number of people seeking a perfect and attractive smile through a smile makeover. What you need is a dental practice with the skills, expertise and technology to create a beautiful smile.
Things to consider when getting a smile makeover
Getting a smile makeover goes beyond its aesthetic effects; it also affects self-confidence. Patients who get smile makeovers usually say they have more confidence talking in public after the procedure. However, before you invest in getting the smile of your dreams, you need to consider factors to ensure a good result.
The health of your teeth
Before getting a smile makeover, we suggest you get a dental examination to check for the presence of dental decay. X-rays and physical exams are essential to detect the state of the teeth and the best cosmetic restoration for each tooth. Cavities can make teeth whitening painful or cause severe teeth sensitivity.
The teeth’s shape and alignment
Your teeth alignment contributes immensely to the lifetime of the smile makeover. It is much harder to restore crooked teeth, deep bites and edge-to-edge bites. When the teeth are poorly shaped or degraded, the new makeover will suffer the same fate unless the issue is first corrected.
Sometimes, it is better to rearrange the teeth first with braces or Invisalign to form a better bite that will ensure that the restorations last. In other instances, the dentist may recommend a nightguard to protect the new restoration.
The color of the teeth
Dental restorations like veneers, crowns and fillings require the material to match the existing teeth to make the smile look natural. If you are not satisfied with your teeth color or considering teeth whitening, it is preferable to whiten the teeth until you are happy with the color. Sometimes, undergoing teeth whitening before a smile makeover lessens the amount of work needed on the teeth.
Another reason to undergo teeth whitening before smile makeover is that crowns, veneers and fillings do not whiten. Once the dentist has chosen a color for the new restoration, you cannot change it without replacing the restorations on the teeth. We suggest you always match your restorations to your preferred color.
The health of your gums
The jawbone, the gums and the way they fuse to the teeth contribute immensely to the durability of the teeth. Periodontal diseases make the teeth loose, cause sensitivity and dental decay in inaccessible areas and make restoration almost impossible. The gums and jawbone have to be in good shape for a solid smile makeover.
Before undergoing a smile makeover, you need to treat any periodontal disease. In severe situations, damaged or loose teeth may need to be extracted before a new smile can work.
The bottom line
Regardless of the current condition of your mouth, you can still get a beautiful smile makeover. If you are considering improving the way your smile looks, make an appointment with us so we can get you on your way.
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