Your smile can play an important role in the impressions you make on others. It can convey warmth and friendliness and help you make a positive impression in social and professional interactions. Even more importantly, your smile can impact the way you see yourself; it can affect your self-image and the confidence you project.
If you are unhappy with multiple aspects of your smile, having a smile makeover in Lone Tree, CO by our team at Meadows Dental Group may be an ideal solution. In a smile makeover, several procedures can be combined to correct both aesthetic and functional issues with your smile.
If you live in Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, or any other neighboring Colorado communities and would like to find out if a smile makeover is right for you, please contact us today online or at 303-790-2323 to schedule a personal consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
A smile makeover is a popular term that refers to a series of cosmetic dentistry procedures designed to enhance the appearance of your smile. Each smile makeover is a fully customized procedure that can include any number of treatments to address a wide range of aesthetic imperfections such as:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Worn teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
The procedures involved in a Smile Makeover
With any smile makeover, our dentists work to achieve balance and harmony with your facial features and dental needs. Since the issues that can be addressed with smile makeovers span such a wide range, the solutions we recommend can involve a number of treatments and procedures, including:
A healthy mouth is the foundation of any smile restoration. Depending on your unique situation, you may require gum treatment or other general dentistry procedures before your smile enhancement.
What is the maximum amount of procedures used in a smile makeover?
There is virtually no restriction on the procedures you might include in your smile makeover. Usually, a handful of treatments is sufficient to achieve outstanding results. Some are designed to correct bite issues or straighten teeth, some are designed to give the illusion of alignment. The benefit of the care our patients receive is that they can have each and every one of their cosmetic or functional concerns met with a high level of expertise and commitment to achieving the best results.
Is sedation involved with Smile Makeovers?
Sedation is not a necessity for every patient receiving a smile makeover, but it can be included as needed to promote a calm, relaxing experience. We are proud to offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Each is clinically proven to reduce dental anxiety and also maximize the effects of local anesthetic. If you are interested in revamping your smile but tend to struggle with dental anxiety, talk to your dentist. The use of sedation could allow you to undergo multiple procedures in a single visit without any stress.
Is a smile makeover painful?
No. It does not hurt to get a smile makeover because the dentist takes care to use local anesthetic when necessary. Not all cosmetic procedures require this. For example, we do not need to numb the mouth for teeth whitening or orthodontic treatments. After certain procedures, patients may feel slightly sore or sensitive to hot and cold. This can happen if teeth are reduced, which they are for crowns and porcelain veneers, or if the nerves of teeth are stimulated, as they can be with teeth whitening. The discomfort that can occur after some dental procedures is generally mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How is a Smile Makeover performed?
Every patient is unique, and so is every smile. The process of designing your new smile at Meadows Dental Group is entirely collaborative.
During the initial consultation for your dental makeover, Dr. O’Leary or Dr. Peppler will work closely with you to understand your specific goals, assess your oral condition and explain all of your treatment options. When determining which procedures are best for you, our smile makeover dentists will consider:
- The color of your teeth
- Missing teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Any spacing or alignment issues
- How uneven your teeth are
- Whether your teeth are proportionally-sized
During each stage of your smile restoration, your input will be valued and respected. You will never feel pressured or rushed into making a decision or undergoing a procedure that you don’t want. Your safety, comfort, and complete satisfaction are our ultimate goals. We will thoroughly explain the advantages and potential drawbacks of every procedure in order to help you choose a solution that aligns with your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
How long Smile Makeovers take
The time it takes to complete a smile makeover is entirely dependent on the treatment plan, and every patient receives treatment that is tailored to their situation. If a treatment plan involves braces or dental implants, the entire process can take months. If the makeover is limited to teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, the process may take a few weeks. During your consultation for a smile makeover, we will discuss the various treatment recommendations we have based on your desired outcome, including how long each may take.
What is recovery like from a Smile Makeover?
Some cosmetic procedures have zero recovery time. Others, like dental implants for tooth replacement, may come with a few restrictions or special care instructions. The dentist will discuss what to expect in terms of post-treatment guidelines before commencing with any procedure. Generally, patients are able to return to most normal activities either the day of their procedure or the day after.
How to maintain your results
The best way to maintain the results of a smile makeover is to practice excellent oral hygiene. We strongly encourage patients to avoid smoking and tobacco use to preserve the appearance and the health of teeth and gums. Daily brushing and flossing are important for aesthetics and oral health, as well. These habits can help reduce the buildup of plaque and debris that can discolor teeth. Routine dental exams and cleanings are also necessary. These visits assess restorations like crowns and veneers to ensure a strong bond, and also clean and polish teeth for more comprehensive brightening. If you are interested in a smile makeover, you'll be happy to know that it won't take much to maintain your gorgeous new smile.
How much does it cost to get a Smile Makeover?
Because there is no one-size-fits-all smile restoration, the cost of a smile makeover varies from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, our smile makeover dentists will discuss all of your options and explain which treatments may be more affordable. A smile makeover involving just teeth whitening and dental bonding will cost less than orthodontic treatment and a full set of porcelain veneers, for example.
While insurance often covers medically necessary dental treatments, it usually won’t cover cosmetic procedures. At Meadows Dental Group, we understand that cost can be a deciding factor when considering smile enhancement, but we believe that cost should never stand in the way of the important treatment and confidence you deserve. In order to help you attain your goals, we proudly offer a variety of payment and financing options. We will discuss all of your options during your initial consultation.
- "Entire has been seeing Dr. Joseph O'Leary for over a decade. Very thorough and honest. Great accommodating staff. Would not go anywhere else." - S.R.
- "All the staff including the doctors are very professional, pleasant, and informative while being a patient. I would highly recommend this practice as I have been nothing short of happy. Thank You Meadows Dental Group!" - K.W.
- "I am new as a patient of Meadows Dental group but was very impressed with their knowledge, patience, and kindness. I very much appreciate all they did for me, and now my husband. Not only are they close to where we live but everyone we have met there is truly great." - I.C.
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You deserve a smile you can be proud of. To learn how our experienced dentists can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, please contact Meadows Dental Group today online or at 303-790-2323. We provide complete smile makeovers to patients throughout Colorado, including but not limited to Lone Tree, Centennial, and Highlands Ranch.