We all strive to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but years of consuming staining agents combined with the natural effects of the aging process can often keep patients from attaining the beautiful, gleaming smile they desire. Fortunately, a wide range of dental flaws can be easily resolved with minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry techniques—what’s more, multiple cosmetic dental concerns can be corrected at the same time in a comprehensive smile makeover! If you have several aesthetic imperfections in your teeth that you would like to improve, cosmetic dentist Jeff T. Blackburn can perform an all-encompassing smile transformation to help you achieve the flawless smile you deserve.
- What is a Smile Makeover?
- Smile Makeover Benefits
- Smile Makeover Options
- Smile Makeover Process
- Smile Makeover Cost
What is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is a personalized treatment plan designed to address multiple cosmetic flaws in your teeth at once, such as crooked teeth, gaps, discoloration, and misalignments, among many other concerns. Using the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures, including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening, this combination treatment can allow patients to address a number of dental imperfections simultaneously to achieve their dream smile faster and more efficiently than ever. Unlike full mouth rehabilitation, a smile makeover focuses on aesthetic dental issues rather than missing teeth or extensive oral health concerns. In many cases, a smile transformation can be completed in as little as two office visits.
What Concerns Can a Smile Makeover Treat?
Dr. Blackburn personally develops smile makeovers to treat an array of cosmetic issues that patients commonly experience in their teeth and gums, including:
- Yellowed teeth and discolored enamel
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- A crooked or misaligned smile
- Gaps between teeth
- Short, worn, or aged teeth
In some cases, preliminary treatment to restore the full integrity of your oral health may be necessary before your smile makeover can begin. This may be necessary if you exhibit signs of gum disease and require periodontal care, or if you have an untreated cavity.
What are My Smile Makeover Options?
There are a number of ways to transform your smile while sacrificing very little of the original tooth structure. Dr. Blackburn can help you decide the best combination of treatments to produce your desired results. If you would like to explore the beautiful smile makeovers achieved with previous patients, the outcomes are showcased in our smile gallery.
Porcelain veneers can be a brilliant and enduring solution to several cosmetic faults, including chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps. Often praised for their ability to conceal multiple imperfections with conservative techniques, porcelain veneers are thin shells bonded over the fronts of teeth to achieve the appearance of a full, healthy tooth. They can improve both the form and function of a flawed tooth, typically lasting decades with good care.
Whether your teeth have lost their white sheen due to coffee, wine, or the natural effects of age, professional teeth whitening is considered a simple and powerful treatment to drastically improve your smile. With in-office and at-home options that can whiten your enamel by several shades in as fast as one hour, teeth whitening is often the perfect addition to a smile makeover treatment plan.
Invisalign® is an acclaimed clear braces system that can straighten teeth and misalignments using comfortable, transparent aligners. Patients usually prefer Invisalign® over other orthodontic treatments due to the removable nature of the aligners, allowing individuals to enjoy an unrestricted diet and clean their teeth with ease. Furthermore, Invisalign® can often correct biting irregularities as well as crooked positioning faster than treatment with metal wires and brackets.
If structural damage—such as cracks, fissures, and chips in the enamel—is holding your smile back, cosmetic bonding can be a simple treatment to repair and reshape the affected tooth for an immaculate result. This technique is designed to layer the damaged area with a composite (tooth-colored) material in several coats, after which the tooth is shade-matched to the color of the rest of your smile. Cosmetic bonding doesn’t require impressions or dental molds, and generally serves as an effective solution for minor cosmetic fixes.
What is the Smile Makeover Process Like?
The smile transformation process begins with an in-depth consultation, in which Dr. Blackburn will listen to your concerns and formulate the most ideal treatment plan to achieve your goals. He will consider the shape, size, and color of your teeth to determine the best way to enhance your smile according to your facial shape. Depending on which treatments are agreed upon, a smile makeover may take place during a single visit or in several stages. In most situations, the final outcome can be achieved in two appointments. While the cosmetic procedures in a smile makeover generally don’t cause discomfort, our practice can complement your treatment with sedation dentistry options that are tailored to your needs and personal anxiety levels.
How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?
Since a smile makeover is customized according to your unique concerns, the cost similarly varies from patient to patient. The price of your smile transformation will be determined according to the procedures incorporated into your treatment plan, the location of the affected teeth, and your unique needs. If any laboratory expenses are necessary, this will also affect the total cost. A member of our dental team will be able to provide you with a personalized quote after your consultation with Dr. Blackburn. For patients who prefer to pay for their treatment in smaller installments, South River Dentistry accepts dental financing from CareCredit®—a highly reputable and widely used healthcare lending company that can make the cost of a smile makeover more affordable. After approval through the easy application process, qualified patients can choose from a variety of low- to no-interest plans and select the best arrangement for their unique budget. If you have any other questions about the cost of a smile makeover, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by contacting our practice today.