A Smile Makeover Is Art
One mistake people make is going to their family dentist or the dentist down the street for this type of work. In reality, only a small percentage of dentists are artistic enough to create a beautiful smile design. You need to understand that dentists tend to be technician-types. They chose dentistry as a profession because they like to fix things. And that is what they’re taught in dental school. You break a tooth—a dentist fixes it.
To do a beautiful smile makeover, a dentist needs a passion for beauty and a personality that loves to create things of beauty. Only 1% or 2% of dentists have this artistic inclination. Those that do will pursue additional training after dental school to learn the skills necessary to create smiles – special bonding techniques, training in color manipulation, an understanding of the special materials that are used in this highly specialized area of dentistry.
And to make things more difficult for the consumer, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a legally separate specialty. The view of the majority of dentists is that a smile makeover isn’t a big deal and doesn’t require special training. But it is and it does.
Smile Makeover Options
Here are different cosmetic dentistry techniques that can be used to give you a smile makeover:
Porcelain veneers, as explained above, is the most common method. A small amount of tooth structure is shaved from the front of your teeth, and then beautiful porcelain veneers are bonded to them, creating the shape, color, and alignment of teeth that you desire.
Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers that are advertised heavily. They are promoted as not requiring any tooth reduction beforehand. However, other brands of porcelain veneers can also be placed without any tooth reduction. Lumineers are a tiny bit thinner than other brands: 0.3 millimeter instead of 0.5, so they do lend themselves more easily to a no-preparation technique. But many Lumineers are also placed on prepared teeth.
Tooth whitening can be used just to lighten the teeth – if you’re happy with their shape and position.
Invisalign is another smile makeover technique. With invisible braces, your teeth can be made straight. Many people combine this treatment with tooth whitening for a complete smile makeover.
There is also dental bonding used to create a new smile. This can be cheaper than porcelain veneers.