What is Smile Design and How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help You Achieve a Fresh Start on YOUR Smile?

As we take on a brand new year our thoughts turn to fresh starts. We take stock of our lives and resolve to make improvements that will make us healthier, happier, more productive, and ready to take on the world. For many people, that means finally taking the step toward getting the smile they have always wanted.

Once you have decided that improving your dental health and appearance is a top priority, your dentist will work with you to create a Smile Design protocol that is customized just for you. Smile Design takes advantage of the latest dental techniques to create a smile that is balanced with the shape, color, and contour of your teeth along with the natural proportions of your face. Your program will depend on your unique needs but the principles remain the same regardless of the state of your existing teeth.

Your Smile Design plan will include an assessment of measures that may need to be taken to take care of any oral health-related issues, a schedule for your procedures, and the cosmetic steps that will help you get the smile you deserve.

In designing your Smile Design plan, our dentists will pull from our entire toolbox. Among the elements that may be included in your plan are:

  • Dental implants: If you have missing teeth or require extractions, your dentist may recommend a dental implant be installed to provide support for a crown. In extreme cases, dental implants may be used with a complete denture.
  • Dental bridges: A prosthetic appliance may be recommended to fill a space where a tooth is missing.
  • Crowns: For some damaged teeth, the best solution is to cover the tooth completely with a custom-made crown that matches the coloring of your natural teeth.
  • Orthodontics: Your dentist may recommend tooth straightening with a system such as Invisalign or traditional braces.
  • Porcelain veneers: Veneers are a popular choice for improving chipped, stained, or discolored teeth. Veneers can also be used to close gaps or make mildly crooked teeth straight.
  • Bonding: With tooth bonding, a high-grade composite material is applied to the front of the teeth. Like veneers, bonding can be a good choice for restoring chipped, stained, or discolored teeth.
  • Teeth whitening: Today’s whitening technologies can greatly improve your smile—often in one treatment. Your dentist may also recommend in-home whitening.
  • Gum contouring: If necessary, your gum line can be reshaped to improve symmetry and esthetic appearance.
  • Crown lengthening: In some cases, excess gum tissue can make teeth appear smaller than they are. With lengthening, excess tissue is removed to reveal additional tooth length.
  • Composite fillings: Rather than using unnatural looking materials, composite fillings match the color of your tooth for a natural look that also strengthens the tooth surface.

The restorative and cosmetic techniques that will be part of your Smile Design will depend on your particular situation. We will work with you to make sure that your plan gives you everything you need to give you the smile you want and the fresh new mouth that you are looking for.