What Can a Smile Makeover Remedy?
A smile makeover can help you improve your appearance and the function of your mouth, teeth, and gums. It’s a combination of different cosmetic services that will give you your dream smile. We will discuss the following aspects to formulate a plan for your unique needs:
- Tooth Color – Discolored teeth are a common problem many Americans will experience at some point in their lives.
- Alignment – Misaligned teeth are often a reason for a bad bite or unattractive smile.
- Spacing – Teeth that have unsightly gaps or crowding.
- Missing Teeth – Missing teeth significantly affect the appearance of your smile by leaving dark holes.
- Chipped, Cracked, or Uneven Teeth – Not only do chips, cracks, and unevenness look unsightly, it’s painful, too!
- Tooth Length – You may have short teeth from genetics or wear. Either way, we can correct it.
- Tooth Proportions – A balanced smile will give the appearance of proper proportion and good oral health.
We plan a smile makeover to suit your appearance and unique style. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Hodges will explain your options and show you (with a computer image, before-and-after photos, or a wax model) the potential results of the proposed treatment plan. Your input will help us determine how to give you the smile you want. Your smile makeover will be directly determined by the procedures you decide upon.
Dental Procedures For Your Perfect Smile
One of the great things about a smile makeover is you can design your smile with an experienced and skilled cosmetic dentist. You don’t have to figure it out alone. Dr. Hodges is here to help you decide which procedures are needed to make your dreams come true.
Orthodontics such as Invisalign clear aligners can straighten your teeth, correct crowding and gapping, and improve the function of your teeth. And they aren’t just for kids and teens either. Many adults in Tulsa choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium rod surgically inserted into your jaw to act as a tooth root. A crown sits on top of the implant. They can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth and are the best tooth-replacement option on the market. They’ll look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
Do you have some teeth that need protection and a little love in the appearance department? Crowns, inlays, and onlays might work for you. Talk to Dr. Hodges about which option is best for your teeth. They’ll provide protection, cover some discoloration, and can reshape your tooth.
Remember that old metal filling in your mouth that can be seen when you talk and laugh? We can replace that with a tooth-colored filling that looks just like your natural tooth.
Porcelain veneers are sometimes considered a one-treatment smile makeover because of the range of issues they can correct. You can correct discoloration, crookedness, gapping, crowding, misshapen teeth, and short teeth with porcelain veneers. They’re thin sheets of ceramic material that fit over the front of your teeth. Along with looking great, they can also provide a level of protection.
Do you have cracked, chipped, or broken teeth? Or maybe misshapen teeth? Dental bonding can help. We use a workable material to shape your tooth, so it looks good as new again.
Sometimes, your smile can look crooked because of a crooked gumline. Other times, your teeth only look short because of excess gum tissue. We can give you a gum lift that shows off your beautiful smile.
Teeth Whitening and Bleaching
Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching will lift discoloration. However, your teeth can only whiten within the constraints of your natural enamel shade, so you may need to try porcelain veneers instead if you have naturally dark enamel. Dr. Hodges can help you decide which is best.
Benefits of a Smile Makeover
Many of our patients feel renewed self-confidence after getting a smile makeover in Tulsa. We are in the business of transforming lives through dentistry, and one of the most remarkable ways we can do that is by boosting your confidence. With teeth and a smile that you love, you’ll feel good about attending social events, smiling and laughing with abandon, and smiling for photos. We’ve also heard from patients that getting their smile makeover gave them the confidence boost they needed to try for a new job or new position in their careers. The possibilities that confidence provides are endless.
Increased Tooth Function
Another benefit of a smile makeover is that while the primary goal may have been to improve the appearance of your smile, it also improves the function of your teeth and jaw. A beautiful smile means healthy teeth, gums, and jaw, so it’s no wonder that a smile makeover provides easier chewing, easier speech, and can eliminate pain if you have TMJ.
Decreased Likelihood of TMJ and Sleep Apnea
Getting a smile makeover can decrease your risk of TMJ and sleep apnea. During a smile makeover, we look at more than just your teeth. We look at your entire mouth system to ensure that everything is performing optimally. If we notice that your teeth are worn down, but you don’t necessarily have TMJ, we’ll correct your worn teeth anyway to improve their appearance and head off jaw misalignment. Similarly, if we notice that you have a severe underbite, we’ll fix it for a more attractive facial structure and give you more room in your airway.