Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is a custom-tailored treatment plan designed to address a number of your structural and cosmetic concerns simultaneously. Some individuals come to Austin Dental Spa and have a multitude of small dental imperfections – such as chips, stains, or a “gummy” smile – and prefer to correct them all in a short period of time for a faster, more dramatic transformation. By giving your teeth and gums a full makeover, our cosmetic dentists can help you achieve a smile that looks beautiful and healthy.

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What Are the Benefits of a Smile Makeover?

With a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques available, a smile makeover can offer you a wide range of benefits. A smile makeover is commonly used to:

  • Whiten teeth
  • Conceal chips and cracks
  • Restore worn or disproportionate teeth
  • Eliminate gaps between teeth
  • Address minor problems with misalignment
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Reshape the gums

By carefully listening to your unique aesthetic goals, Dr. Mark Sweeney and Dr. Jordan Slagter can design a treatment plan to help improve the appearance of your teeth and gums for a beautiful smile.

What Are My Smile Makeover Options?

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During the consultation process, you and your dentist will review the benefits of the restorative and cosmetic treatments that can give you your dream smile. Treatment options for a smile makeover may include:

Teeth Whitening

Our advanced methods of teeth whitening include use of Zoom!® Advanced Power, one of the most cutting-edge tooth whitening technologies available. With a light source that allows more effective penetration of the treatment’s state-of-the-art bleaching gel, patients can lighten their teeth by several shades during a single appointment. For patients with severely stained teeth that require stronger treatment, our professional dentists alternatively offer the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System – a revolutionary process with the ability to address even the deepest of stains.

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Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are one of the most common restorations used in dentistry. This solution entails placing a durable, ceramic “cap” over the entire visible portion of a tooth. Not only does this help strengthen a weak or damaged tooth, crowns are carefully designed to restore the form of your tooth for an aesthetic outcome. Our team utilized the advanced CEREC® system to craft natural-looking crowns within a single visit, making your tooth restoration an efficient and convenient process.

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Gum Reshaping

Many patients struggle with smiles that reveal an excessive amount of gum tissue, causing teeth to appear “short” or dominated by a prominent gumline. Our gum reshaping and recontouring procedures often utilize advanced laser technology to remove excess gum tissue with unparalleled precision. This one-time procedure typically involves little to no recovery time. After treatment, many patients feel more confident that their new smile no longer has to be obscured by a disproportionate gumline.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be a superior way to mask gaps, chips, misalignments, stains, and other aesthetic imperfections in teeth. Porcelain typically offers durability beyond compare, blends into your surrounding teeth, and remains resistant to coffee, wine, and tobacco stains. Your veneers will be custom-designed for a precise, comfortable fit, and affixed to your natural teeth in a minimally-invasive procedure. In as short as two office visits, you can enjoy a renewed smile with results that last for decades.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants can be a highly effective tooth restoration technique that addresses many of the limitations that traditional dentures present. Missing or severely damaged teeth not only present an aesthetic insecurity, but can also have consequential effects on oral function and overall health. Commonly, dentures have been utilized as a solution; however, for some patients, eating, speaking, and drinking can displace ill-fitting dentures or cause them to shift uncomfortably against gums. Dental implants are designed to be permanently secured into your jawbone, mimicking the function of a natural tooth root. Topped off with a customized dental crown, a dental implant can help you restore both form and function in your teeth with natural-looking results that feel as though you never lost a tooth in the first place!

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What Does the Smile Makeover Procedure Involve?

Since each smile makeover is custom-tailored to meet the individual needs and expectations of each person, the details of the procedure will vary from patient to patient. You and your dentist will discuss the timeline of your smile makeover in the preoperative planning stages. Some smile makeover treatments may require several appointments to complete. For patients who experience dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry to make you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process. Depending upon the number and type of procedures performed, the nature of your recovery will vary. After your smile makeover, you can take pride in a smile that is straighter, proportionate, and more vibrant.

How Long Does a Smile Makeover Last?

The longevity of your smile makeover will depend on the specific treatments included in your plan. In general, you can expect your results to last 10 years or longer, with the exception of treatments like teeth whitening that require routine touch-ups. If you get restorations like porcelain crowns or veneers, these are known to last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. Even better, dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

Ideal candidates for smile makeovers will have multiple concerns within their smile that they wish to improve. These can include misalignment, crooked teeth, bite irregularities, discoloration, stains, missing teeth, cracked or chipped, and uneven teeth, among other concerns. Candidates will also have relatively good oral health which can allow for multiple procedures to be successfully completed. 

Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Some may confuse smile makeovers with full mouth rehabilitation as they address a wide  variety of dental conditions in one extensive procedure. Smile makeovers are mostly aimed at improving the aesthetics of your smile, while full mouth rehabilitations or reconstructions are designed primarily to enhance functionality. Depending on your needs, our team will likely recommend one or the other, but that’s not to say you can’t receive a full mouth rehabilitation as well as other cosmetic treatments later. 

Will My Smile Makeover Results Look Natural?

All of the treatments and services included in the smile makeover procedure are designed and implemented in order to provide the most natural-looking results. For example, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental implants are all crafted with discretion in mind. These treatments are often color-corrected to match the tone of the rest of your teeth. The goal of a smile makeover is to enhance the appearance of your smile without being obvious or sticking out. 

How to Choose a Smile Makeover Dentist

Vetting dentists ahead of any treatment is extremely important for the success of your results. When selecting a cosmetic dentist for a smile makeover, it becomes even more crucial. Ensuring that your dentist is a cosmetic dentist who has performed many smile makeovers before will be key. You are encouraged to ask to see before-and-after photos in order to compare your expectations with their past work. Looking online for patient testimonials and reviews can also be beneficial. Another major component of getting the best smile makeover results is to develop a rapport with your cosmetic dentist so they understand your needs and expectations, which can lend itself to a more customized treatment plan and successful outcome. 

How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?

The smile makeover procedure is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and as a result, your cost will greatly vary from what it might be for another patient. The treatments included in your smile makeover will determine your cost, as well as how many dental appointments are needed to complete them. In addition, factors that may influence your total cost include the expertise of your cosmetic dentist, the geographic area of their practice, and whether you receive sedation dentistry as part of your procedure.

To get the best possible outcome from your smile makeover, it is important that you seek an experienced cosmetic dentist with a track record of successful outcomes. Choosing a dentist based on lower costs may indicate their lack of experience or use of shortcuts like low-quality materials. For the most natural-looking and longest-lasting smile makeover results, do your research and choose a dentist who can help turn your dream smile into a reality. Should you want to break your total cost into smaller, more manageable payments, our team accepts financing options and can help you get started.

Contact Austin Dental Spa

For more information about how a smile makeover can improve the function and form of your teeth and gums, please contact Austin Dental Spa today to schedule your appointment.