Smile Makeover FAQs
If your smile is affected by multiple cosmetic issues, a smile makeover provides an excellent way to enhance its appearance. This personalized treatment is entirely customized to your aesthetic goals, personal preferences, and budget. Read through these smile makeover FAQs to learn more about your candidacy for treatment, the treatment process, and maintaining your results.
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover combines at least two cosmetic procedures.
A smile makeover is a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Your dentist can combine any number of cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers.
Am I a candidate for a smile makeover?
Due to the flexibility of a smile makeover, almost any patient is a candidate for treatment. However, if you have underlying oral health issues such as gum disease, you should seek restorative care before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Your dentist can carefully examine your smile to determine whether you qualify.
Is there an age limit for these procedures?
For the most part, there is no age limit for cosmetic dental treatments. As long as you have good oral health and can safely undergo the included procedures, you should be able to receive a smile makeover.
Due to the flexibility of a smile makeover, almost any patient is a candidate for treatment.
Can teenagers have smile makeovers?
Yes, depending on the procedures they wish to include. For example, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends patients wait until age 14 or 15 to whiten their teeth. You can discuss the services you desire with your dentist who can then recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.
What will my treatment involve?
Your treatment plan will depend entirely on your goals for your smile. No two patients have the same cosmetic goals, which is why each makeover is unique.
Which procedures are most commonly included?
A wide range of cosmetic procedures are incorporated into smile makeover treatment plans, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, and gum contouring. Some patients also undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® or traditional braces.
How many treatments can I incorporate into a smile makeover?
There is no limit to how many treatments you can include in your plan. You may find that two or three procedures is enough to meet your needs. However, your dentist can advise you how best to achieve your aesthetic goals. Keep in mind that sometimes, performing treatments in a particular order will produce the most beautiful results.
How long will my smile makeover take?
The duration of your treatment will depend on the number and type of procedures, as well as the extent of the changes you want to make. Some smile makeovers take as little as one office visit, while others may require several weeks of treatment. For patients who add orthodontic treatment to their smile makeover, the timeline will be longer.
Is there a way to preview my results?
Many dentists integrate advanced technologies into treatment. Virtual smile design software allows dentists to provide a preview of your expected results. Talk to your dentist about the tools that can be used during your smile makeover.
How much does a smile makeover cost?
Each smile makeover is unique in scope, meaning the cost of a smile makeover can vary significantly from patient to patient. The overall price of your makeover will depend on the number of procedures included as well as the types of treatments you choose. Other factors can affect your treatment costs, including your geographic location and your dentist’s experience.
Will my dental insurance cover a smile makeover?
In general, insurance does not pay for purely cosmetic work. However, if one or more of your procedures provides a health benefit, your insurance may cover part of your makeover plan.
Do smile makeovers hurt?
Most cosmetic dentistry treatments involve little to no discomfort. Some patients notice a feeling of mild pressure during the placement of porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Most patients find local anesthetic is sufficient to keep them comfortable during treatment. However, if you experience dental anxiety, you can discuss sedation options with your dentist.
How can I maintain my results?
The most effective way to maintain the results of your smile makeover is to exercise good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and attending regular office visits can keep your teeth looking strong and vibrant for years to come. You can also minimize dental staining by avoiding dark-colored foods, such as wine, tea, and coffee.
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