01/25/2011  |  
Posted in Smile Makeover
Brighten Up Your Mouth With A Complete Smile Makeover

If you have always felt self-conscious about your smile due to misaligned, missing or yellow teeth don't despair, just seek repair! Advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry have made it possible to transform any smile using state-of-the art technology to mend both the structural and aesthetic problems that are causing you concern or possibly even physical and emotional pain.

The smile makeover process begins with a smile analysis, which will determine the overall health of your mouth and teeth and establish your facial balance by noting the shape of your face and lips, your skin tone and your eye color, to name a few parameters. A detailed periodontal examination will provide insight into the state of your bone and gum tissue, and a carefully plotted blueprint will be designed to map out the types of changes that are possible.

Different cosmetic techniques might include teeth whitening, enamel shaping, gum contouring, covering teeth with porcelain veneers, or a combination of several of these procedures. In some cases, orthodontic treatment, using clear aligners rather than traditional metal braces, may be a necessary part of the plan. The amount of time required to completely transform your mouth will depend on several factors, but the end result will be a smile that you are comfortable sharing with the world for a long time to come.

For more information about the various cosmetic treatments that are available, please read the following Dear Doctor magazine articles:

  • Age One Dental Visit
  • Breaking the Cycle of Decay
  • Promoting the Entire Family's Health
  • Oral Sedation Dentistry
  • What to Let Your Dentist Know Before Oral Sedation Dentistry
  • Which Oral Sedation Medication is Right for You?
  • Great Expectations — Perceptions in Smile Design
  • Smile Design Blueprints for Success
  • Smile Design From The Doctor's Perspective
  • Communicating with the Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Nutrition - Its Role in General and Oral Health
  • What is a Healthy Diet?
  • Oral Health and Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
  • Some Misconceptions about Nutrition
  • Periodontal Surgery
  • Periodontal Surgery Risks, Benefits and Alternatives
  • Current Periodontal Surgery Techniques
  • Innovations in Bone Regeneration
  • Tooth Decay
  • How to Assess Your Tooth Decay Risk
  • Strategies for Prevention of Tooth Decay
  • Dental Implant Options
  • Keys to Dental Implant Success
  • Consequences of Tooth Loss
  • Comparing the Cost of Implants to Fixed Bridgework
  • Lasers Shine a Light on Dentistry
  • Lasers in Dental Diagnosis
  • Laser Dentistry Training
  • Evaluating Your Professional Options for Dental Implant Care
  • Dental Implant Placement and Positioning
  • Teeth In A Day
  • Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Bonding
  • Direct, Semi-Direct or Indirect Restorations
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures and Options
  • Fluoride and Fluoridation in Dentistry
  • Is Fluoride Really Safe?
  • Fluoride — Rinses, Gels, Varnishes And More
  • Recommendations For Fluoride Use
  • Pregnancy and Oral Health
  • Healthy Body and Nutrition for Two
  • Pregnancy, Hormones and Periodontal (Gum) Disease
  • Dental Treatment During Pregnancy
  • Diabetes and Periodontal Disease
  • Periodontal Disease — More Than A Mouth-Full
  • Your General and Oral Health
  • Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw
  • A Closer Look at the Implant Overdenture
  • Questions About Lower Implant Overdentures
  • Porcelain Crowns and Veneers
  • Diagnostic Mockup
  • What Crowns and Veneers Can't Do
  • Ceramic Materials
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