A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic
dentistry procedures, such as composite fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges,
dental implants and teeth whitening.
Essentially, a smile makeover is something that you choose to have performed, while a full mouth
reconstruction is something that you need to have performed.
Smile Makeover Considerations
A smile makeover takes into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color,
teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips to develop your ideal
smile. 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 with a smile makeover include the following:
Silver 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 and preparation for various procedures, including
porcelain white composite fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, and dental implants.
When considering the color of 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.
Dr. Kaur selects the shade for teeth whitening and veneers after doing through evaluation with special
consideration given to the tone and color of your face and hair. Dentist at Gainesville Dental Arts in
Gainesville is skilled at finding the right balance between providing you with a brighter, whiter smile
and maintaining a natural tooth appearance.
Alignment and Spacing:
Teeth that are crooked, overlapping or have gaps between them can be
straightened and aligned when necessary through orthodontics (Invisalign) and improved with veneers.
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 integral 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.
Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks: An unshapely or aging face can be improved or rejuvenated with
certain procedures in the smile makeover category, including orthodontics and/or oral maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Kaur will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan designed to achieve exactly what you want
from your makeover. This treatment plan may consist of many cosmetic and functionally restorative procedures,
potentially including teeth whitening, composite bonding, veneers, dental crowns, orthodontics (braces),
oral maxillofacial surgery and gummy smile reduction.
Esthetic Components of a Smile Makeover
In addition to the color, alignment and balance of your teeth in the esthetic 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 Dr. Kaur will evaluate with you when planning your smile makeover. These include:
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 smile makeover
treatment for shorter teeth may include reshaping and lengthening the two front central teeth with
composite bonding or porcelain veneers. If you have a gummy smile, we may provide treatment to modify
the gum line and lengthen the appearance of the teeth using laser dentistry procedures. You may also be
referred to a periodontist for crown lengthening if necessary.
Teeth lengthening may also impact your overall facial appearance. For example, shapely, long, square
teeth on a round-faced individual can provide a slimming effect.
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 for smile makeovers may be used to help determine how long your new
teeth should be.
Dr. Kaur 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 esthetic zone so that the smile line appears balanced.
Tooth Texture and Characterization:
Cosmetic dentists performing smile makeovers like us,
are adept at blending functionality and esthetics. An artistic dentist can characterize your crowns or
veneers to create a more feminine or a more masculine appearance, in addition to matching the look and feel
of natural teeth or those you've seen in photographs.
The Life of Your Smile Makeover
Cosmetic dentistry procedures require regular oral hygiene care and may require maintenance over time.
For example, teeth whitening must be repeated on occasion in order to maintain brightness. Porcelain
veneers may chip or break off and need replacement. Permanent composite bonding may stain and require
enhancement or replacement. Dental crowns typically require replacement after 10 to 15 years. Gummy smile
improvements may also require enhancement over time.
Your ceramist, lab technician and the materials chosen by Dr. Kaur also impact the longevity of your
smile makeover. To achieve the best results, inquire about your material options with Dr. Kaur at Gainesville
Your oral health must be evaluated before the plan is developed for your smile makeover. We will conduct
a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, gums, underlying support structure and bite (occlusion) to determine
candidacy for a smile makeover. If your evaluation reveals that you have an oral health problem – such as a
misaligned bite (malocclusion) or gum disease – you will need to undergo treatment prior to your smile makeover.
Since treatment for a bad bite often involves most or all of the teeth, it is called a full mouth
reconstruction. Although full mouth reconstruction may take more time, patients are usually very pleased
with the resulting transformation, since aspects of the smile makeover (such as improving the appearance
of your smile) can be part of the process.
Once your smile makeover can be treatment planned, other dental professionals may be involved in process.
These professionals may include a dental laboratory technician, prosthodontist, endodontist, periodontist,
orthodontist or an oral maxillofacial surgeon.
Smile Makeover Preview
An integral part of a Smile Makeover process is the preview of potential results you evaluate before
treatment begins. We at Gainesville Dental Arts, incorporate a variety of dental technologies to show
you the changes that you can expect to see in your smile.
For example, during your oral health evaluation for veneers and crowns, we may create a wax model
mockup of temporary teeth to accurately communicate the requirements of your procedure to the dental
lab technician. Temporaries and wax mockups also offer you a preview of the expected outcome to ensure
that you are comfortable with the proposed treatment plan.
Other methods available for you to preview your smile makeover include the following:
Dental Imaging Software:
Imaging technologies offer a preview of your smile makeover
results. Dr. Kaur may use imaging technology to communicate the specifications for your procedure
to the dental lab technician or any other dental professionals involved in your treatment plan. However,
a digital image only gives you an idea of what you might look like when the makeover is complete; it may
not fully match your final results.
Before and After Photos:
Before and after photos of other patients who have had smile makeovers
offer examples of the results you may expect to see. The photos may also give you an idea of the quality
of work performed.
Dental Study Models:
We will take an impression of your teeth and fill it with plaster to form an
exact model of your teeth. The plaster can then be reshaped by trimming away excess areas or enlarging areas
that require more volume. We use study models to show you every aspect of the changes you can expect to see
with your makeover. Dental lab technicians also use study models as guides for fabricating makeover materials
like crowns or veneers.
Dental Composite Bonding Mockup:
Dental composite bonding may serve as a mockup of your smile makeover.
We can temporarily bond composite resin material to your teeth so you can fully visualize the impact of the
procedure before treatment begins. In the case of veneers, dental composite bonding allows you to identify
how comfortable you are with their look, feel and fit. Adjustments may be made until you are comfortable with
the function and appearance of your new smile. Temporary mockups have no lasting impact on your teeth once
they are removed.
Cost of Your Smile Makeover
The duration of treatment and cost of your smile makeover will vary depending on the state of your oral
health and the extent of your customized makeover plan.
A smile makeover may take significantly longer if we identify any underlying oral health issues before
beginning treatment. If you think you need a smile makeover please contact us at Gainesville Dental Arts
in Gainesville. You deserve the best. To make an appointment, call us at 703-743-2324.