All the things you need to know about SMILE MAKEOVER PROCEDURES AND TREATMENT
What does Smile Makeover mean?
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A smile makeover refers to any combination of cosmetic dental procedures that enhances the beauty and appearance of the smile, correcting almost any problem:
-Crooked teeth can be straightened
-Chipped, broken teeth can be repaired
-Missing teeth can be replaced
-Gaps beten teeth can be closed
-Gummy smiles can be recontoured
-Stained, discolored teeth can be whitened
The result? A smile that is straight, white and even.
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Smile makeovers are typically created with the use of porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns and/or porcelain onlays. Veneers are thin shells of fired porcelain that are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth. Offering a natural look and feel, veneers allow the cosmetic dentist to dramatically change the length, width, color and shape of a tooth. Restoring teeth to their natural beauty, veneers also resist staining, creating an enduring white, bright straight smile. Porcelain crowns and onlays offer the same advantages.
Smile Makeover Procedures Quick Guide
Dental Veneers are ultra thin layers of Ceramic Materials that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth for your most beautiful smile transformations. They are done either as Traditional or NoPrep technique
SMILE MAKEOVERS WITH COSMETIC DENTISTRY
A wide selections of procedures and treatment to get your best smile. Our Dentist combine her artistic, technical excellence and passion with superior communication skills and a level of compassion for all our Cosmetic patients
DENTAL BONDING & RECONTOURING
From Subtle changes to extreme Smile makeovers, this is an Cosmetic alternative options that help patient achieve their ideal smile at an affordable cost
FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION
Full mouth restoration is a set of General, Cosmetic or reconstructive dentistry procedures performed together to completely transform the smile including replacing missing teeth, repairing damaged teeth
ANTI-AGING DENTAL FACELIFT
A dental facelift is a nonsurgical aesthetic solution that brings a youthful radiance back to the smile and rejuvenates the overall appearance of the face. These treatments may include porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, gum recontouring, and other dental techniques.
DENTAL CROWNS & BRIDGES
Wide array of options for the replacement of missing teeth, including comfortable, natural-looking bridges and crowns to help patients improve their appearance and feel more confident in the way they look.
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LASER TEETH WHITENING
Laser teeth whitening can deliver whiter teeth. Laser is the most advanced whitening treatment available
SNAP ON SMILE
Snap-On Smile is an affordable, non-invasive and completely reversible, cosmetic removable arch that can easily and painlessly give you a beautiful smile.
Am I a Candidate for Smile Makeover?
If you answer yes to any of the following statements, you are a candidate for a smile makeover:
-I dislike the appearance of my smile.
-My teeth are crooked.
-My teeth are uneven.
-My teeth are chipped or broken.
-I have missing teeth.
-I have unsightly gaps between my teeth.
-I’m embarrassed to smile.
-My smile is keeping me from fulfilling my personal and professional life.
-My teeth are stained and discolored.
-I have grown a mustache or beard to cover my smile.
What is Extreme Smile Makeover?
If you could change anything about your smile, what would it be? With an extreme smile makeover, you can improve the appearance of your teeth and gums in dozens of ways and finally have the smile of your dreams. An extreme smile makeover combines several cosmetic dentistry techniques and procedures aimed at improving the appearance of your smile.
Most dentists can restore your teeth and bite to function properly, but it takes real artistic skill to blend a combination of restorations – cosmetic bonding, crowns, whitening, veneers, implants and gum treatments – into a natural-looking smile that complements your facial features. Dr. Castro will consider your facial structure as part of the design process she uses to shape your beautiful new smile. She has undergone extensive training in the many cosmetic dental procedures you will need for your smile makeover.
Have a look at our smile makeover gallery page. This will give you a better idea of the kind of results that can be achieved. In addition to correcting tooth proportions, your smile line and other aesthetic elements of your smile, we look at the following when deciding on the combination of treatments for your smile makeover:
Missing teeth – In addition to detracting from the overall appearance of your smile, missing teeth are an oral health hazard. They increase the chances of tooth decay and allow adjacent teeth to shift, which ruins the alignment of your teeth over time. Dr. Castro may suggest a dental implant, dental bridge or partial denture to properly complete and correct your bite.
Tooth color – Stains and discoloration can be distracting, even if you have perfectly aligned teeth. Dr. Castro will select the right color for your complexion and perform in-office teeth whitening. She also considers tooth color, shade and shape with smile makeover procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns and cosmetic bonding.
Tooth alignment – Severely misaligned smiles may need to undergo full mouth reconstruction or orthodontic (teeth straightening) treatment prior to your smile makeover. Dr. Castro can improve slightly misaligned or overlapping teeth with cosmetic options such as porcelain veneers, clear braces or Invisalign clear aligners.
Tooth shape – Even small details such as tooth shape and size must be considered. Dr. Castro can lengthen or shorten teeth to a more attractive size using gum reduction or porcelain veneers. She can also alter tooth shape with cosmetic bonding and veneers.
Facial structure – As your teeth age, wear down or fall out, your face shape can also change and make your face look sunken and older. Dr. Castro may recommend teeth straightening or oral maxillofacial surgery to fill out your cheeks and face for a more youthful look.
An extreme smile makeover can include dental implants and restorations and everything else described above for the smile of your dreams.
Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction
Whenever patients have multiple dental concerns, we can combine two or more procedures into one comprehensive treatment. This allows us to prioritize and streamline treatment for a more conservative approach.
Both full mouth reconstruction and smile makeovers involve combining multiple procedures, and often, these two terms are used interchangeably. However, there are distinct differences between the two
Defining a Smile Makeover
In simple terms, a smile makeover focuses on cosmetics. This treatment is designed for those with healthy teeth and gums who desire a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Because every patient is unique, no two treatment plans will be the same. Each plan is customized to the specific needs of the individual. While some may want to whiten and straighten their smile, others may wish to alter the shape, size, or uniformity of their teeth.
Types of Procedures Involved in a Smile Makeover
Patients interested in a smile makeover at our practice can choose from several different procedures. Some of the most popular include:
- Dental bonding: This treatment conceals chips, cracks, and other minor cosmetic imperfections.
- Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening can brighten your smile by several shades in a single office visit.
- Porcelain veneers: For more moderate cosmetic concerns, porcelain veneers can be considered. Veneers can change the size or shape of the teeth for a more uniform appearance.
- Invisalign™: Many patients avoid orthodontics because they do not want to wear metal braces. Clear Aligners straightens the teeth using clear aligner trays, so other will not even notice you are undergoing treatment.
Defining Full Mouth Reconstruction
In the same way that a smile makeover addresses cosmetic concerns, full mouth reconstruction focuses on restoring oral health. This treatment is often recommended for patients with several dental issues.
Full mouth reconstruction is tailored to the needs of each patient; therefore, no two plans are the same. For those who need to replace, repair, or restore their teeth, full mouth reconstruction could be an option.
Types of Procedures Involved in Full Mouth Reconstruction
There is a wide range of procedures that can be included in full mouth reconstruction. Some of these include:
- Dental fillings: Small cavities or minor breaks can be repaired with dental fillings. At our practice, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings for a natural-looking appearance.
- Crowns: If a tooth has a large cavity or defect, a dental crown can reinforce it. These restorations are available in a wide range of materials, including metal, porcelain, and zirconia.
- Bridges: Patients who are missing one to three teeth in a row can benefit from a dental bridge. This restoration is attached to the adjacent teeth to “bridge the gap” in your smile.
- Dentures: Removable partial or full dentures are available for those missing several or all of their teeth.
- Dental implants: These small titanium posts replace the roots of missing teeth, and can be restored with crowns, bridges, and dentures.
How Can I Know Which Option Is Right for Me?
First and foremost, the only way to determine your candidacy for either type of treatment is to attend a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Castro. It is important to note that all restorative work should be performed before pursuing aesthetic procedures, as you must have a healthy, solid foundation before completing cosmetic dentistry treatments.
What is the Smile Makeover Process Like?
The smile design process begins with your consultation and a thorough dental and OPG radiograph evaluation. Dr Castro will explain any dental concerns she detects and discuss various treatment approaches so our patients can better understand the status of their dental health and make well-informed decisions about any future cosmetic treatment.
Once you and Dr. Castro have decided on the treatments you’d like to have, she can explain how your treatment plan will be accomplished. Depending on the amount of dental work you require, your smile makeover may take a single appointment or several appointments that are spaced apart while healing occurs or restorations are fabricated. Dr. Castro can inform you of any preparation or procedure on your teeth that will will require and explain the placement process for the restorations involved in your treatment plan.
We Listen to the patient
It seems simple, but it’s an extremely important step in the process: listen to what the patient wants and don’t assume you know what they prefer. We ask about what our patients wanted in their cosmetic smile makeover. Any request or input is seriously considered. If it is doable, we do it. Bottomline, you are the one wearing those smiles and we make sure you are happy.
We work until 100% satisfaction is reached
We never stop working with our patients until they are 100% satisfied. We have different ways to do this. We can offer a Trial or Mockup smiles to allow our patients run test the smile design. Other options for patient who opted not to have the trial smile, is the opportunity to have a previews appointment for them to see what is the final restorations look like from the Ceramist, if there is something that they wanted it done or refine, we can return it back to the lab. We never complete the case without showing it to our patients and getting their approval.
How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?
The price for a smile makeover can vary greatly from patient to patient based on the unique details of his or her custom treatment plan. At Melbourne, the average cost ranges for these treatments and high-quality restorations are as follows:
- Porcelain Veneers – $700 to $3500 per tooth
- Porcelain Crowns – $1000 to $3000 per crown
- Dental Crowns & Bridges– $2000 to $5000 per tooth
- Teeth Whitening -$150 to $900 plus gst
- Dental Bonding -$350 to $700 per tooth
It is important to note that the itemized pricing for your smile makeover may be higher or lower than these listed averages.
The total cost of your smile makeover will be determined by a variety of factors:
- Any dental work needed to improve your oral health
- The cosmetic treatments that are included in your smile makeover treatment plan
- Any custom restorations that you require
- The type of material your restorations will be crafted from
- The complexity of your case
- Anesthesia or sedation expenses
At the end of your consultation, you will be presented with a full price quotation for your smile enhancement plan. We can help you review each line item so that you understand how your total was calculated. If desired, we can also explain the various payment options we accept to help cover the cost of your care.
Does my Insurance Cover Smile Makeover?
Understanding private health fund coverage is a complex process and often not easy. At Vogue Smiles Melbourne, our patients often want to know what part of our services can be claimed through private health cover.
Each health fund pays a different rebate amount, depending on their rules for each level of cover. For an approximate rebate amount, ask your health fund what the maximum rebate amount for your “major dental” category is.