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The Impact of a Smile Makeover

What does it really mean?

By Dr. Nancy Summer Lerch


Wendy's smile makeover before. Wendy's smile makeover after.
Wendy's Makeover: Her beautiful smile was created using of a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns, as well as subtle changes in tooth size and position.
Photos provided by Dr. Nancy Summer Lerch

The Proof is in the Results

Take for example Wendy (pictured to the right). She had just suffered through the premature death of her husband and was getting back on her feet. She had always hated her short, small, mismatched teeth. She wanted a new look as she began to date again. After whitening, and the placement of upper porcelain crowns and lower porcelain veneers she immediately began to express more confidence and contentment in her interactions with men. This extended to all other areas of her life too.

“My smile makeover made a tremendous difference to me — I now have a beautiful smile. I love the way I look! I feel brighter, whiter and younger!!! I find myself laughing and smiling with ease and grace. I should have done this a long time ago!”

The makeover also re-ignited her professional confidence. “I've always been good at dealing with the public, but I noticed a definite boost in the harmony I now enjoy in my personal and professional relationships.” says Wendy. “I feel my current success is linked to the dental work I received. Even my kids are noticing the change in my self-expression. They say I am happier. I am!”

Wendy's example underscores the true importance of a smile makeover: while cosmetic dentistry rarely corrects life-threatening conditions, its impact on emotional and social health can be exponential. A smile makeover truly can change your life for the better.

Amy's smile makeover before. Amy's smile makeover after.
Amy's smile makeover before profile view. Amy's smile makeover after profile view.
Amy's* Makeover: A subtle smile makeover changed the tooth position through the use of four porcelain veneers which eliminated her protruding front teeth (featured above). She also had tooth whitening which has brightened her beautiful smile.
Photos provided by Dr. Nancy Summer Lerch
* not her real name

Amy* (pictured to the right) was soon to be married. All her life she had hated her crowded, protruding front teeth. She could not imagine that on this day, the most important day of her life, she would have to hide her smile. In a very short period (3 weeks) she whitened her teeth and then had just four porcelain veneers placed on her front upper teeth. Amy could smile fully and happily for the first time in her life!

“I had the best wedding ever — I was beaming! You can see it in all my pictures. I felt like I was on top of the world. I wasn't holding anything back! That full enjoyment was exactly what I was looking for and it was all so easy to obtain.”

Amy's treatment was simple and easy to do. It only involved four teeth and four office visits. The first visit was for records, models and photographs. The second visit was for the treatment plan discussion and whitening. The third and fourth were for preparation and then cementation of the veneers.

An additional benefit of her smile makeover was the increased self-assurance Amy felt at work. In her profession as a psychologist, she was able to be a better therapist because she was not holding her self-expression back from her clients.

“My smile makeover was the best thing I ever did for myself. I noticed how much more fun I was having with my clients and what better results I was helping them gain. This gave me the confidence to start my own practice in a new city with my husband.”

You Have the Ability to Smile

We are not all born with a beautiful smile. Yet, we are all born with the ability to smile. If you are not projecting radiant health, contentment and cheerfulness through your smile, perhaps you should consider an enhancement, if not a makeover. Cosmetic and restorative dental procedures can do that for you. After all, smiling and laughing are contagious and this is a good way to infect someone!

Do You Need a Smile Makeover?

Use the following self-test to see whether you can benefit and improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it may be right for you.

  1. Do you avoid smiling in photos?
  2. Are you conscious about spaces and gaps in your teeth?
  3. Are your teeth making you look older than you feel?
  4. Have you held back a smile?
  5. Do you feel that your teeth are stained or too yellow?
  6. Do you hold your hand up in front of your mouth when speaking or laughing?
  7. Do you notice areas of excessive tooth wear that make your smile look older?
  8. Do you have little teeth and a gummy smile?
  9. Are your teeth crooked, chipped or crowded?
  10. Do you wish you had someone else's smile?

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