Your smile is one of the first things noticed by those meeting your for the first time, and it says so much about your health, personality and disposition. With a great smile, you look good and feel good at any age. Our teeth have such an important role to play in our lives. They help us chew and digest food, they help us to talk and speak clearly and they also give our face its shape. A healthy smile can be a great asset. A smile also has other day-to-day benefits. It can give us greater confidence, as well as influence our social lives, careers and relationships. Because of this, it only makes sense to give our oral health the best care possible.
Life happens and it’s not always possible to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted on your own. Even through brushing and other good oral habits do make a difference it isn’t as drastic as you might want. That’s where we come in. We offer patients complete smile makeovers in Boston. Our complete smile makeovers will make certain you are never self conscious to smile or freely laugh because of the way your teeth look. It will help you to gain confidence and allow you to be comfortable with your smile.
A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as:
Some of the components taken into consideration include your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.
What is it that you like or dislike about your smile or your teeth? Some aspects of your smile that we will review with you and that could be improved include the following:
Tooth Color: Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-colored composite restorations, while teeth whitening can improve the color of stained or dulled teeth. Tooth color and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of an preparation for various procedures, including porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, composite bonding and dental implants.
When considering the color or your teeth, keep in mind that dark or discolored teeth may suggest an aged mouth. A well-shaped smile comprised of bright, white teeth lends to a youthful appearance. The shade we select for teeth whitening and veneers is carefully evaluated with special consideration give to the tone and color of your face and hair. We are skilled at finding the right balance between providing your with a brighter, whiter smile and maintaining a natural tooth color.
Alignment and Spacing: Teeth that are crooked, overlapping or have gaps between them can be straightened and aligned when necessary through orthodontics or Invisalign and improved with veneers.
Missing Teeth: One or more missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile as well as affect your bite and increase your risk for tooth decay, making replacement an important part of oral health and facial esthetics. Missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants, bridges or partial dentures.
Harmony and Balance: Uneven, chipped and cracked teeth can be cosmetically bonded for an improved appearance, and a gummy smile can be re-contoured to help improve the overall look of the smile.
Our cosmetic dentists will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan designed to achieve exactly what you want from your complete smile makeover. This treatment plan may consist of may cosmetic and functionally restorative procedure, potentially including teeth whitening, composite bonding, veneers, dental crowns, orthodontics (braces or Invisalign), oral maxillofacial surgery and gummy smile reduction.
In additions to the color, alignment and balance of your teeth in the aesthetic zone of your smile (the section of upper and lower teeth that show when you smile), there are several attributes of your teeth and smile that we will evaluate with your when planning your makeover. These can include:
Tooth Length: Long teeth lend a youthful appearance. Aging produces wear and tear that often results in shorter teeth, and a gummy smile also can make teeth appear shorter. A treatment for shorter teeth may include reshaping and lengthening the two front central teeth with porcelain veneers. Teeth lengthening may also impact your overall facial appearance.
Smile Line: The smile line is an imaginary line that follows the edges of your upper teeth from side to side, which ideally should be the same as the curve of your lower lip when you smile. This standard point of reference may be used to help determine how long your new teeth should be.
Tooth Proportions: We will examine your teeth to determine if they are in correct proportion with each other. Most people recognize a pleasing smile as one in which the two central front teeth are dominant and have a width-to-length ratio of 4-to-5. This proportion guides the length and width of other teeth in the aesthetic zone so that the smile line appears balanced.
Tooth Texture and Characterization: We can characterize your crowns or veneers to create a more feminine or more masculine appearance, in addition to matching the look and feel of natural teeth.
Knowing how to modify your oral hygiene habits to best care of your restorations will help you maintain your new smile for years to come.
Highly abrasive toothpastes and tooth brushing habits can scratch the surface of restorations, dulling their polish and luster. Non-abrasive fluoride toothpastes are recommended. Brush two to three times each day for maximum effectiveness.
Flossing is a key factor in removing debris and plaque from the teeth, and actually increases the lifespan of restorations and helps prevent tooth decay. Flossing is important for everyone but especially important for people with veneers, since gum tissue health is so important. Avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol. Over time the alcohol can degrade the bond between your restorations and your teeth.
Avoid foods high in sugar and limit between-meal snacks to prevent cavities. Limit consumption of coffee, soda, tea, etc to keep your smile stain free. Do not drink alcoholic beverages excessively. Too much alcohol can ruin your dental work.
Other precautions can include:
By following our instructions and taking good care to maintain good oral hygiene you will increase the longevity of you smile makeover. Although these restorations or not indestructible, the life of your new smile depends as much on how well you take care of it as on the skill we use to give your the smile makeover.
Your oral health must be evaluated before we will develop a plan for your smile makeover. We will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, underlying support structure and bite to determine if you can be a candidate for a complete smile makeover.
Whatever the reason you want or need a complete smile makeover, we proudly offer multiple solutions to help you to regain functionality of your teeth and drastically improve your smile. We are committed to you and will exceed your expectations. We have experience with the most up-to-date science to design your individual smile makeover plan. Let the Dental Partners of Boston cosmetic dentistry team design a complete smile makeover to suit you and your preferences. Our team offers cosmetic dentistry services that have changed lives. Let us change yours! Schedule an appointment with us today!
Maria E. Cardenas
Michael G. O’Toole