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3 Popular Smile Makeover Options
A smile makeover can transform your smile into what you have always wanted it to be. The process usually combines a variety of treatments to tackle all the issues that can take away from your smile. Thanks to innovations in dentistry over the past few decades, there is no such thing as a smile that is too hard to fix with a smile makeover.
3 Popular treatments a dentist might recommend during a smile makeover
Here are some of the treatments that are often performed during smile makeovers:
1. Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening treatments are one of the fastest ways to transform the way a person's teeth look. The whitening products used by dentists are significantly more concentrated than products sold over the counter, and the difference becomes obvious after a single session. A professional whitening treatment performed by a dentist improves the whiteness of a person's teeth by over eight shades.
The types of stains and discoloration that can be eliminated with teeth whitening treatments include:
- Stains caused by foods and beverages
- Stains caused by using tobacco products
- Stains caused by aging
Teeth whitening treatments are not effective on stains caused by fluorosis, tetracycline antibiotics and the greyish discoloration caused by tooth decay. Most people need multiple treatments to reach their desired shade of white.
2. Dental crowns
A dental crown can be used to fix a variety of issues such as broken, chipped, fractured, short, decayed, discolored and deformed teeth. A crown serves cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. It restores the appearance and function of teeth.
Installing a crown requires the dentist to remove portions of enamel from all four sides of the tooth. Removing enamel leads to a better fit for the crown. The process is irreversible, so the tooth will always need to be covered up with a crown.
The process of getting a dental crown often requires multiple trips to the dentist's office. The patient's tooth is prepared for the crown during the first visit and the dentist takes an impression of the existing teeth. The impression is sent to a lab that makes crowns. The patient gets a temporary crown to protect their teeth until their custom crown is ready in about two weeks.
3. Dental implants
Implants are another popular option used during smile makeovers when the patient has lost some teeth. These restorations are rods that are put in the patient's jaw. The implant fuses with surrounding bone tissue in a process called osseointegration, becoming as stable as a real tooth's root. The procedure is completed by attaching a crown to the implant to replace the missing tooth.
The installation of crowns requires minor oral surgery, so those who have health issues that hinder their ability to heal might have to explore other options.
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