Smile Makeover Q & A
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover is a combination of dental treatments that improve the appearance of your smile. Your process is unlike that of anyone else and is customized to suit your specific dental needs and aesthetic goals.
A smile makeover is an advanced, complicated dental procedure that involves multiple specialties. These should be completed by a specialist. It can include all or some of these specialties below:
Can a smile makeover address issues with tooth shape and size?
Absolutely! Some size and shape issues are present from birth, while others are the result of excessive wear or damage. Regardless of how the issues arise, Dr. Steier has the expertise necessary to correct them.
Shorter teeth suggest aging and are a common complaint. If your teeth are too short, Dr. Steier can use porcelain veneers or composite bonding to lengthen them. It’s also possible to reshape your gum line to help your teeth appear longer.
Dental crowns and veneers are great tools to adjust the shape of your teeth. Both options can correct chipped teeth or those that have a less-than-optimal shape.
Is a smile makeover painful?
Dr. Steier uses a gentle touch during all procedures and makes every effort to ensure that you remain comfortable and calm from start to finish. A smile makeover is not a painful experience.
Your experience depends on your specific needs as well as your overall dental health. For example, if you have areas of decay, those needs are addressed early in the process. Once your teeth are healthy and strong, cosmetic treatments follow.
Treatments that require the removal of tooth tissue are done using either local or general anesthesia. Dr. Steier works with you to determine which approach is best.
How long will my smile makeover last?
The answer is different for everyone, but you can make the most of your smile makeover by engaging in excellent dental hygiene. Dr. Steier provides thorough instructions for caring for your new smile, and embracing those practices can make your cosmetic dentistry last longer.
Preventive care is key to keeping your new smile looking its best. Be sure to schedule routine dental exams and cleanings, and create a thorough dental hygiene program that you can follow at home. It’s also important to avoid bad dental habits, like chewing ice or using your teeth as tools to pry or cut non-food items.
If you’ve been thinking about how to improve your smile, schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Steier, and explore how a smile makeover can help you meet your goals.