Do you often find yourself shying away from flashing your smile to the world? If so, you’re not alone. Many people avoid smiling or getting their photo taken, choosing to instead sink into the background of events or gatherings in a bid to hide their face and smile. The truth is, we’re all self-conscious about something, but a smile doesn’t have to be it. With the latest advanced technology in cosmetic dentistry there are so many incredible benefits of pursuing a smile makeover.
FIRSTLY, WHAT IS A SMILE MAKEOVER?
A smile makeover is exactly that! A makeover that includes one or more cosmetic dental treatments to improve the appearance and overall health of your smile. A smile makeover typically includes treatments such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, implants or bridges, and dental crowns. There’s no one size fits all and your cosmetic dentist will assess your teeth, gums and supporting mouth structures to determine the best individual procedures to get the best out of your smile.
Your dentist will also check if there are any oral health issues such as gum disease which must be treated before you undergo your transformation.
WHAT WILL A SMILE MAKEOVER CORRECT?
When people think of the benefits of a smile makeover, the first thing that comes to mind is improved aesthetics, but it also helps with many oral health issues too. The combination of both can address things such as:
If your teeth have become stained or discoloured, a smile makeover can involve teeth whitening. In more extreme cases, porcelain veneers may be used.
Crooked or misaligned teeth
Invisalign or clear braces can be used to fix the alignment of crooked or misaligned teeth helping them become straight again.
Gaps in your teeth can be a breeding ground for plaque which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If your teeth have uneven spaces between them, dental bonding and veneers can be used to close the gaps.
Tooth loss not only affects the look of your smile, but it also causes oral health issues. Dental implants or dental bridges are used to disguise a lost tooth.
Teeth that are chipped or fractured can be uncomfortable and can lead to cavities. Veneers can hide cracked teeth.
Different shaped teeth
Some people have teeth that may be smaller or larger than their other teeth or the length of certain teeth may vary. To fix this, composite bonding or veneers can correct their appearance.
Face shape and gummy smiles
Dentists can use cosmetic fillers and dental fillers to create fuller lips and cheeks to enhance your smile.
But there are other aspects that a smile makeover can impact. We’ve listed our top 5 benefits below:
- BRIGHTER, WHITER, STRAIGHTER TEETH
Ok, we kind of covered this above but it’s worth reiterating. When we think of a gorgeous smile, pearly whites and straight teeth come to mind. For most people seeking a smile makeover, this is the goal they’re looking to achieve.
- MORE CONFIDENCE
Can a smile makeover give you the confidence to completely transform your life? At My Family Dental we’ve been privileged to witness many smile makeovers that have positively changed the lives of our patients.
In a study connecting oral health and confidence, 93% of participants who were satisfied with their smile rated their self-confidence as excellent or very good.
If your smile has imperfections such as discoloured teeth, missing teeth, or they’re not as straight as you’d like, you may avoid smiling which can affect your confidence and leave you feeling withdrawn and less likely to be yourself.
If you’ve spent years hiding your smile from the world, getting a smile makeover can really enhance your confidence.
- BETTER CHEWING
Having a full set of healthy teeth is essential for eating a nutritious diet. If you’re missing teeth, you have damaged teeth, or your teeth are worn, misshaped, or crooked, you’ll likely have difficulty chewing. When you have a smile makeover, your dentist will repair these issues allowing you to chew easily and eat more foods with greater ease which leads to better digestion and easier eating.
- IMPROVED OVERALL HEALTH
While the aesthetics of your smile are important to you, oral health should always be a priority. For example, if you have crowded teeth, you can be more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. If you have tooth decay, it can also make it harder to eat nutritious foods as mentioned above. During a smile makeover, your dentist will aim to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and in tip top shape throughout the transformation process.
- SPEECH IMPROVEMENT
Our tongues need room to move to allow us to form words and control how fast we talk. Jaw structure can restrict the tongue’s movement, increasing the chances of stuttering and slurred speech. Crowded teeth or missing teeth can also affect your speech resulting in slurred words or whistling when you talk. A smile makeover can correct these issues making it easier to speak clearly.
SO, ARE THE BENEFITS OF A SMILE MAKEOVER WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
As you can see, there are many benefits to having a smile makeover that can completely transform your life and overall health. While the cost of your makeover will vary, a smile makeover comes down to you looking and feeling your best which is always an investment to prioritise.
The great news is at My Family Dental we have many payment options and payment plans available so there are no limitations when it comes to creating your dream smile.
The even better news is we offer FREE smile makeover consultations so you can get a real feel for the possibilities, timeline and budget that we offer when it comes to professional cosmetic dentistry.
This article on gum disease early warning signs, causes and how to prevent it, is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics and to help begin the conversation with your dentist. It should not be used as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care professional prior to applying this information to your own personal circumstances.