Yes, YOU…The One With The Smile!
Yes, they are talking about You. You’ve just had a Smile MakeOver. If you avoid smiling, cover your mouth so others can’t see your teeth or have stained, broken, crooked or missing teeth, Dr. Westman, cosmetic dentist in Racine, can give do smile makeovers.
It can be you that people are talking about:
“She has the best smile I’ve ever seen!” or“He looks so happy. He’s always smiling.”
What Is A Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is basically a cosmetic overhaul of your smile. It corrects any cosmetic flaws with your smile. These can be alignment issues, missing teeth, discoloration, basically any cosmetic problem. During your consultation with Dr. Westman, you will detail the things you don’t like about your smile and the changes you’d like to see. From there, Dr. Westman will examine your teeth and recommend various treatments to achieve your smile makeover.
One thing that is important to understand about smile makeovers, however, is that they are cosmetic dentistry procedures. Yes, there can be overlap with general dentistry procedures, such as a dental implant, but smile makeovers are aesthetic in nature.
Would I Be A Good Candidate For A Smile Makeover?
No one has a perfect natural smile. There isn’t a threshold to qualify for a smile makeover with Dr. Westman; it depends on your goals. One requirement is that your basic oral health is good. Our smile makeovers involve various cosmetic fixes to your smile. Serious oral health problems such as tooth decay, missing the majority or all of your teeth, and gum disease have to be dealt with before any smile makeover procedures can begin.
Can Teenagers Have Smile Makeovers?
Anyone can have a smile makeover with Dr. Westman. Teens usually won’t have the degree of cosmetic improvement needed as would an adult. For instance, teeth whitening is never necessary with teenage teeth. However, staining from tetracycline given as a child can require some bonding or application of a veneer. Minor alignment issues can be corrected with invisible braces. Bonding can conceal a chipped tooth.
What Dental Issues Can Smile Makeovers Fix?
- Discolored or stained teeth – white and gleaming
- Crooked teeth – straightened with or without wire braces
- Gaps between teeth — closed
- Chipped or worn teeth – repaired
- Missing teeth – replaced
- Uneven gums or gummy smiles – re-contoured painlessly with laser
- Unattractive metal fillings – replaced with natural, tooth-colored restorations
All of these ‘makeovers’ can be completed in Dr. Westman’s office in a few short and comfortable visits. AND within your budget. We work with you to find alternative payment options so your smile makeover fits within your budget.
What Are The Benefits Of A Smile Makeover?
What’s the value of a dazzling, balanced, beautiful smile? A smile makeover can change how easily you smile and how confident you are when you do. We don’t even realize how much we subconsciously hide issues with our teeth, such as tetracycline staining. A smile makeover will make you more confident and proud to show off your new perfect smile.
Are There Any Risks Involved In Having A Smile Makeover?
With the exception of having dental implants placed, these are mainly treatments that deal with the tooth exterior. That makes all of them, from applying porcelain crowns to teeth whitening, very low-risk and easy to take.
What Are The Procedures Included In A Smile Makeover?
Every smile makeover is unique to the patient, a combination of your goals, and Dr. Westman’s expertise. Together, these are the procedures that could be a part of your smile makeover:
Dr. Westman uses the GLO Science Professional Whitening system, which combines an in-office and take-home component for ultimate whitening. This returns the teeth to their natural color, or they can be brightened beyond that. Whitening removes stains from coffee, red wine, and the passage of time.
These thin shells of porcelain are applied to the fronts of the teeth to give your teeth perfect symmetry and a bright white sheen. You’ll be amazed at the ability of veneers to cover issues such as gaps between teeth or deep staining.
Out with the old silver amalgam fillings, in with tooth-colored, invisible composite resin fillings.
If a tooth has a deep crack or maybe has a large filling that needs replacing, the strength of the tooth is compromised. In these cases, we use a porcelain crown to overlay the entire tooth all the way down to the gumline. Crowns return full strength to a tooth and can be used to change the overall shape of the tooth. We have the CEREC system so we can place crowns in a single appointment.
For small chips or subtle changes in one or more teeth, Dr. Westman may use dental bonding. Bonding uses composite resin that is painted on in thin layers and then cured to cover imperfections or change the shape of a tooth. Bonding isn’t a substitute for a full set of porcelain veneers, but it can address smaller issues with a beautiful end-result.
Dental implants are the best method for tooth replacement. Implants feature a titanium implant that is screwed down into the jawbone. The jawbone then grows around the implant, fully incorporating it. A post is attached to the implant with a porcelain false tooth atop that. Implants function exactly like a natural tooth.
While extensive tooth movement is not considered part of a smile makeover, the closing of small gaps and other minor improvements can be a part of these treatments. Dr. Westman offers Invisalign invisible braces for these treatments.
How Is A Smile Makeover Done?
As you would assume, what will be involved with your smile makeover is dependent on your unique needs. Most of these procedures are immediate and may be combined in a single appointment. This is even true of most porcelain crowns and veneers, thanks to our CEREC in-house diagnostic and milling system. If dental implants are a part of your makeover, they take up to six months or so from start to finish. Tooth movement with Invisalign usually takes about eight months. Otherwise, in most cases a smile makeover can usually be accomplished in one or two appointments. Dr. Westman will talk about this with you during your consultation.
Is There Recovery With These Smile Makeover Procedures?
With most of these procedures, there isn’t any recovery. Dental implants are the exception. Placing an implant requires a couple of recovery periods where your gums need to heal, and you’ll eat a soft diet. Otherwise, procedures such as applying veneers or crowns or whitening your teeth have no recovery.
Dr. Westman Can Help You
For some, it’s as simple as teeth-whitening while others may require more extensive procedures. Our cosmetic dentistry office in Racine offers treatments from veneers to bridges to instant orthodontics.
AND before long, you have a bright, new smile. What used to take years of braces and dental appointments can now be done in months or even a few weeks!