According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one-third of adults in the United States are unhappy with their smile. The good news is there’s hope for all to finally have the smile you never thought possible. Problems big and small can be fixed. In fact, Dr. John Pappas’ favorite part of dentistry is helping people find happiness in their smiles.
What is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is a treatment process that Dr. Pappas designs around your unique cosmetic or reconstructive needs and goals. The process may involve a combination of two or more different techniques aimed at restorating the full function and appearance of your smile. Some cases require both cosmetic and reconstructive treatments, such as teeth whitening and a dental bridge. Some focus completely on the appearance of the smile. Whatever it is that you want to bring out in your smile, Dr. Pappas can help you by listening to your goals and devising a plan around them.
What Problems Can A Smile Makeover Fix?
- Severe staining and discoloration
- Misalignment of the bite
- Spaces and gaps between teeth
- Missing teeth
- Uneven smile line
- Gummy smile
- Short or long teeth
What Procedures Can Be Included In A Smile Makeover?
When your teeth look and feel great, you can spend more time focusing on the things in life that bring you joy and happiness.
You can have the smile of your dreams
The perfect smile means something different to everyone. That’s why at Arcadia Dental Arts no two treatment plans are the same. Some of the treatment options available in a fully customized smile makeover include:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Implants
- Tooth Whitening
- Dental Bonding
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Gum Recontouring
- And more
Dr. Pappas will help you decide exactly what you want your smile to look like. The entire process is planned in great detail and takes into consideration all of your unique characteristics.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for the Procedure?
Many people are good candidates for smile makeover treatment, even if they have a few dental issues to clear up before getting started on their cosmetic transformation. At your initial visit, Dr. Pappas will sit with you to discuss what you like about your smile and what you would like to improve upon. He will conduct a full dental examination to confirm that your gums and teeth are in good health. If needed, restorative treatment may be performed to address problems like gingivitis or gum disease. If you have tooth decay, that will be repaired as a part of your broader treatment plan. With dental problems out of the way, you can then move forward with a rewarding smile makeover!
How Many Treatments Can I Combine in My Smile Makeover?
You can combine as many treatments as needed to address the different concerns that you have regarding your appearance. A full smile makeover can involve treatments that address functional problems as well as cosmetic concerns. Many of the functional treatments that are performed today, such as dental crowns and bridges, include lifelike dental materials that repair damage in a way that is also aesthetically pleasing. In this way, you don't have to undergo additional treatments to achieve satisfying results.
What are the Recovery and Aftercare for a Smile Makeover?
Your recovery and aftercare will depend on the treatment or treatments you have done during a given appointment. Generally, there is very little recovery associated with most dental treatments. At most, you may be instructed to eat softer foods for a few days and take an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage minor soreness or tenderness. Your smile makeover may occur over a series of appointments, after which your care instructions may differ slightly from one visit to another. Our team will communicate with you clearly about each of your treatments, what to expect, and how to care for your teeth and gums along the way.
How Long Will the Results of My Smile Makeover Last?
We expect the results of smile makeover treatment to last for at least a few years. This can depend on a variety of factors. The primary factor that can influence the longevity of your smile makeover results is your daily oral care. To support cosmetic dental work like bonding, a crown, or veneers, it is necessary to strictly avoid biting or chewing on hard objects like ice or pen caps. With any dental work, it is essential that you maintain good brushing and flossing habits. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of bacteria accumulating around the margins of your restorations. With good care and regular dental checkups and cleanings, it is possible to sustain the results of your smile makeover for many years before restorations need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are the perfect remedy for deeply discolored teeth that may have been the result of taking medications such as tetracycline as a child or darkened as a reaction to a root canal or other trauma. Veneers can also correct broken or chipped teeth and can align crooked or irregularly shaped teeth. Plus, they can mask gaps between teeth.
Dental implants are one of the most revolutionary parts of modern dentistry. They replace the tooth or teeth from the root up. A titanium post is placed where the root once was and a crown is secured on the top to replicate a natural-looking tooth. This permanent solution to tooth loss can be used to replace a single tooth, to stabilize a full set of dentures or even to replace an entire mouth of teeth.
Teeth whitening is a safe, non-invasive way to see life-changing results in a short amount of time. In just one visit, years of food, coffee, and wine stains that have dulled your smile can be erased.
A chipped tooth can feel like your worst nightmare. Thanks to dental bonding, it doesn’t have to be. Dental Bonding is a non-invasive way to fix many other cosmetic concerns, as well, such as:
- Filling gaps between teeth
- Improving discolored teeth
- Changing the shape of the teeth
- Lengthening teeth
- Repairing chips and cracks
- Repairing tooth decay damage
Dental crowns are essentially caps that are placed over the entire tooth in order to strengthen it and make the tooth look naturally beautiful again. Many different materials are available for crowns. Dr. Pappas takes into consideration the location, function, position, and color of the tooth when helping you decide on the best material for your unique situation.
A dental bridge is the most traditional way to replace a missing tooth. It can be a great option when the teeth surrounding the gap may need work in the future or have large fillings or the tooth has been missing for a long time which has led to bone loss, creating a less than ideal environment for an implant.
Laser gum recontouring is a less invasive technique also allows for the healing process to begin as soon as the treatment is complete. It’s so advanced that there is usually little to no bleeding or stitches needed.
It’s Not All Cosmetic
When teeth are crooked or the bite is out of alignment it can cause problems and even be the source of pain. When the bite doesn’t line up as it should, it can lead to badly worn teeth and put undue pressure on the jaw. This can even cause symptoms of TMJ disorders that may get worse over time if not corrected.
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At Arcadia Dental Arts a smile makeover is about more than just your teeth. A perfect smile compliments your hair color, skin tone, facial shape, lips, and eyes. Patients walk out the door with more confidence in their appearance than they ever thought possible. It’s a completely life-changing process that until now many didn’t even believe was possible. If you’re ready for life-changing results, contact our office at 602.957.9643 and schedule your smile makeover consultation appointment.