Smile Makeovers

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Smile Makeovers have become one of the most popular procedures for celebrities and non-celebrities alike. A highly requested procedure by patients of Dr. Griffin, a Smile Makeover is the means of perfecting your smile and appearance as a whole using one or more cosmetic dental procedures.  These include, but are not limited to the use of porcelain dental veneers and crowns, orthodontics, dental implants, composite bonding and teeth whitening.

A Smile Makeover is something that you CHOOSE to have performed mainly for esthetic reasons! This is in contrast to procedures you NEED to have performed for health reasons like a full mouth reconstruction, a root canal or a dental filling.

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Smile Makeover Considerations

Smile Makeovers are performed after a full analysis of each patient’s teeth in comparison to his/her facial features.  Several features are evaluated such as:

  • Facial complexion
  • Patient’s true age versus his/her “desired age”
  • Tooth size, shape and color
  • Shape and fullness of lips
  • – Gum tissue color and amount displayed at rest and in smile
  • Facial symmetry

Of course, a balanced and harmonious smile is a team effort between Dr. Griffin and the patient. As always, all decisions are solely left to the patient to fulfill his/her desire and own ideal perception of a perfect smile.

Based on the patient’s individual concerns, Dr. Griffin will consult with the patient in regards to different Smile Makeover options available to accomplish his/her ideal smile. To choose the right Smile Makeover procedures, the following aspects of a patient’s smile are taken into consideration: Spacing and Alignment: The correct spacing and alignment of a patient’s teeth define the class of his/her smile. In order to achieve a symmetrical and straightened appearance, teeth that are not aligned correctly, include spaces or overlaps, can be corrected through porcelain dental veneers, crowns and/or orthodontics. Missing Teeth: Missing teeth not only esthetically imbalances your smile but can affect your bite and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. This makes procedures to correct missing teeth not only a cosmetic necessity but also an oral health necessity for a healthy smile. These procedures to replace missing teeth include dental implants, partial dentures or bridges. Tooth Color: Tooth color is an important aspect when considering a Smile Makeover. Stained or discolored teeth can be caused by smoking, drinking dark colored liquids like coffee and tea or even your family genetics.  These can all create an unattractive and unhealthy looking smile. If other procedures are necessary and chosen by the patient for his/her Smile Makeover, it is always best to perform the teeth whitening procedure prior to other dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, composite bonding, implants, crowns and bridges.  This is performed first to obtain the brilliant new color of your natural teeth and then match the color of any dental work to these like-new natural teeth.

Silver or amalgam dental fillings used by dentists in the past have been proposed to be toxic to patients and can be replaced with a safe, strong, and effective composite resin which is the same color as your whitened teeth.

The shade Dr. Griffin selects for teeth whitening and veneers is carefully evaluated with special consideration given to the tone and color of your face and hair. Cosmetic dentists like Dr. Griffin are skilled at finding the right balance between providing you with a brighter, whiter smile and maintaining a natural tooth color. Chipped and Cracked Teeth: Teeth that are chipped and cracked can negatively affect a patient’s smile. With a simple procedure of dental bonding which comprises the use of dental resin materials, chips and minor cracks can be restored to perfection usually within only one office visit. Gum Contour: Many smiles seen by Dr. Griffin include excessive gum tissue (a “gummy smile”) which reduces their natural beautiful appearance. Cosmetic dentistry can reshape gum tissues to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of the patient’s smile as a whole.

The Life of Your Smile Makeover

Certain dental procedures, such as teeth whitening, may need to be repeated in order to maintain a bright and beautiful smile. Additionally, cosmetic dentistry requires a patient to care for their own teeth with good oral hygiene and frequent dental visits. Composite bonding and gummy smiles may require periodic maintenance. Dental crowns may need to be replaced in ten to fifteen years depending on how well the patient takes care of his/her own teeth. As a general rule, porcelain veneers and crowns maintain their color longer than natural teeth and dental bonding.