There are several different dental procedures that may be included in part of your smile makeover, depending on your needs or goals for dental treatment. You will need to schedule an initial consultation to determine your needs and goals before proceeding to treatment.
Some of the procedures involved include:
The dentist may want to start with gum disease treatment because if not addressed, gum disease can become worse under your veneers and other dental restorations. The treatment method used will depend on the severity of your condition and may include:
When your teeth are discolored, it takes away from the overall aesthetic of your smile, and it can have a substantial impact on your smile and your confidence. One of the most basic smile makeover procedures is teeth whitening. A bright, white smile can make all the difference in the world.
This procedure is simple. You'll find a lot of options on the shelf at your local grocery store- but you really should avoid these. First, they don't always work very well and second, most people are not trained how to properly use them and end up using too much of the solution, which can cause issues.
Plus, teeth whitening at the dentist is a lot more effective than those at-home kits that you can get. Meet with the team at Legacy Dental to learn more about the best whitening option for you.
Teeth whitening will generally need to be repeated every year or two.
The most common procedures of a smile makeover include porcelain veneers and crowns- both can be used to improve your smile, but the health of the underlying teeth determines which one is best for you.
If your teeth are severely decayed and require extraction, missing, or otherwise damaged beyond repair, dental implants may be an option for a smile makeover. There are 3 steps to placing a dental implant:
Some patients require additional procedures, such as a bone graft. During the consultation, the dentist will help you understand the process of placing dental implants as well as your other options for a smile makeover.
Dental implants are among the more expensive smile makeover options and insurance doesn't always cover them. You can speak with our office staff about your insurance coverage.
The final procedure involved in a smile makeover is orthodontic aligners.. This is an alternative to metal braces. If your teeth are severely misaligned, the dentist may recommend aligners.
This procedure involved clear aligners that are custom-made based on computer-generated images of your mouth. The aligners are more comfortable than traditional metal braces and will straighten your teeth in less time. Plus, they are like retainers- they are removable so that you can eat and brush your teeth without worry. They are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp edges.
Aligners doesn't just treat crooked teeth, it may also work for other teeth misalignment issues such as underbites and overbites.
If you live in or near Salt Lake City, Utah, and are unhappy with your smile, consider scheduling a consultation with the professional dental staff at Legacy Dental. We are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures and will be happy to work with you to find the best solution to help you meet your needs and goals for your smile.
After all, everyone is different, and your smile makeover needs might not be the same as your partner or even your best friend. Therefore, you need your own evaluation and consultation. It's important to note that dental insurance doesn't always cover smile makeovers- it depends on whether the procedure is purely cosmetic or will have some structural benefits as well. If you want to start with something simple, that won't cost a lot of money, consider teeth whitening.
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