Your smile greets the world and you want to send the right message.
At Tecumseh Ridge Dental our motto is “I Like Your Smile” not just because we love healthy teeth, but because of what a great smile can do for a person’s confidence. A straight, uniformly-shaped smile. Great alignment. Sparkling white teeth. All these elements factor into a perfect smile. But very few people are born with it.
A smile makeover is designed to simultaneously address multiple cosmetic or structural dental imperfections such as cracks, chips, discoloration, fractures, stains, gaps, and uneven alignment which can put a damper on our smiles. During a smile makeover, we are improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, crowns, Invisalign, dental implants, teeth whitening, and other cosmetic procedures. In some cases, dentists even work with cosmetic surgeons or aesthetician providers to help patients achieve their goals.
What to expect during a Smile Makeover?
At our Norman, OK, dental office, smile makeovers are custom-designed for each of our patients to create a smile that suits their personality and anatomy. Better yet, in most cases, we can perform all procedures in our comfortable and convenient location right here at the West Norman dental practice.
Your smile makeover journey begins with a consultation. During the evaluation, Dr. Wheatley will not only check for esthetic issues but check for functional problems such as bad alignments or malocclusion. Together, you will come up with a treatment plan, timeline, cost estimate for the smile makeover, as well as discuss expectations and limitations.
What’s a Smile Makeover?
As with all things cosmetic, many aspects have to be taken into consideration. One smile does not fit all. These factors may include your facial structure, teeth, gum tissue, and lips. The makeover process can also dramatically change the length, width, color, and shape of your teeth to produce a uniform, vibrant appearance.
A smile makeover can be as simple as a teeth whitening. Yellow or darkened teeth can age you, even if your teeth are perfectly healthy and aligned. That holds true for aged fillings as well. Solutions to replace old filling include crowns, white fillings, and more.
If chips, discolorations, gaps, and other small imperfections in your teeth are detracting from an otherwise amazing smile, veneers may be just the solution for you.
Crooked teeth can be straightened through traditional orthodontics or Invisalign and Dr. Wheatley is an Invisalign-trained provider. The same is true for tooth gaps. There are celebrities that celebrate their gaps including Madonna, Michael Strahan, Elton John, Woody Harrelson, and even Reese Witherspoon. While very common, adjusting a tooth gap is achievable for most patients and can be transformed with innovative cosmetic dentistry.
Missing teeth are bothersome when smiling, talking, laughing, or eating. However, nobody has to live without teeth anymore. From budget-friendly solutions such as dentures to more complex procedures such as dental implants, a smile makeover can address these concerns.
In other cases, we can also address uneven, unsightly gums. Gum contouring or reshaping, as well as scaling and root planing, may be procedures recommended for you.
Good cosmetic dentists are professionals with extensive training. Successful outcomes don’t happen by chance. Experience and an understanding of design principles in smile transformations are vital. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. In addition, dentists should also consider the features of the gums, lips, and face.
How much does a smile makeover cost?
We are really sorry for not being able to just show you a number right here on this page. As a smile makeover can include any range of procedures based on your individual needs, a dentist can only tell you a price after they evaluated your smile’s condition. The cost can be prohibitive for some, but it is an investment in yourself. With proper care and regular dental visits, your smile will look good and your crowns, veneers, and other restorations will last for many years. Your treatment may be more expensive and take longer if your dentist identifies any underlying oral health issues before beginning treatment. Although these restorative procedures may be covered in part by your dental insurance, it is likely that many cosmetic procedures are not covered. However, you could use a flex spending plan or a health savings plan for your procedures. Or you can finance it through financial services such as Care Credit.
The duration of treatment and cost of your smile makeover depends on your goals, dental insurance coverage, and the extent of your customized makeover plan.
Is a Smile Makeover for me?
If you avoid smiling because you feel self-conscious about your teeth, and no matter how many teeth whitening products you try your smile just isn’t bright enough, you’re not alone.
According to a study by the American Association of Orthodontists more than one-third of Americans say they are unsatisfied with their smile and admit that they cover their teeth when they talk. 48% percent of young adults ages 18-24 in that same study admitted to untagging themselves in Facebook photos because of their smiles.
Fortunately, you can do something about that. Unless you have underlying health issues or your anatomy or bone health does not support specific procedures, anybody can be a candidate for a Smile Makeover. Everybody should love their smile. However, your health comes first. Failing to repair missing or badly damaged teeth or diseased gums can have a detrimental impact on your overall health.
Yet, having a great smile can improve your confidence and self-esteem. Stronger self-esteem can lead to better relationships and increased career success. A smile makeover can help you design a brand new smile that will make you look younger, healthier, happier, and more confident. And shouldn’t we all feel that way?
If you want to renew your smile, talk to Dr. Wheatley for an evaluation and treatment plan. Dental implants and restorative dentistry are common procedures in our office. Contact us today! We create smiles to be proud of.