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What is a Smile Makeover?

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A smile makeover is a process intended to give a person a straighter, more attractive smile. Many people are self-conscious about their smiles because they feel their teeth aren't white enough or adequately straight. Others may feel embarrassed about missing teeth or obvious fillings. These issues cause some people to feel so self-conscious that they do not want to smile or laugh in front of others. Some people even avoid being photographed because they are so unhappy with this part of their appearance.

To achieve an improved smile, a person may undergo one or more procedures that treat the teeth and/or gums. The number of procedures a person needs depends on the dental issues he has, and each case is unique. Often, part of a smile makeover involves straightening teeth that are crooked, and teeth that overlap each other may be moved into better positions. Unsightly gaps can cause a person to feel hesitant to smile, so these issues are usually tackled as well. If a person has missing teeth, they can also be replaced as part of the smile makeover process.

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Discoloration can be a major problem. Stains left over from eating and drinking can cause the teeth to look dull and discolored. Those who drink a lot of tea and coffee or who smoke may have the hardest time keeping their smiles white. Whitening treatments may be used to tackle this problem as part of the smile makeover process. Smiles that show too much gum may also be corrected through gum contouring. Even metal fillings can be replaced with more natural-looking options.

Getting a smile makeover typically begins with an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. The dentist will usually evaluate the patient’s overall dental health and discuss options for improving his smile. The patient usually has the opportunity to tell the dentist what his hopes are for his improved smile. Together, they then make a plan for giving the patient the smile he desires.

While getting a smile makeover offers many benefits in terms of improved appearance, increased self-confidence, and even an easier time eating, there are some disadvantages to consider. For example, a smile makeover can be costly. This is especially true for those with insurance that does not cover all of the treatments and for those lacking dental insurance entirely. Additionally, some smile makeovers can be time-consuming, requiring many trips to the dentist, especially for those who require a high level of dental reconstruction.

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