Smile Makeover and Smile Design have become buzz phrases with the advent of programmes such as ’10 Years Younger’.
As the name suggests a smile makeover is a new smile that has been designed to look better in many ways. It may involve aligning crowded teeth, closing gaps, tooth whitening, changing the length or shape of teeth, replacing missing teeth or any combination of the above.
A smile makeover usually involves treating the upper visible teeth and sometimes the lower front ones also. The most frequent treatments used in a smile makeover are multiple porcelain veneers because they are often the most conservative restoration and because they are strong and highly aesthetic.
However, porcelain fillings, crowns, bridges, implants and even implant supported dentures can also be part of a smile makeover depending on the individual case.
Smile design follows the same step by step process in our practice for nearly every smile makeover case. It makes our treatments highly predictable, successful and uniquely fine-tuned to the individual.
In the initial design phase your dentist will listen carefully to your smile concerns. Once X-rays, study models and photographs have been taken a treatment planning consultation will be scheduled where all the diagnostic information will be assessed and in conjunction with you a treatment plan will be formulated. Patients are actively encouraged to be closely involved in the design process to help design their own perfect smile.
The next step in a smile makeover is for the dental technician to create a 3d model of the desired final result from the diagnostic information. These models are used to check the aesthetics and function from every angle.
After the teeth have been prepared for the veneers or crowns, temporaries are then placed using a template made from the 3d preview. This gives patients the opportunity to trial their smile makeover before anything is set in stone. Any changes are easy to build into the final design at this stage before the final restorations are fitted at the following appointment.