How Many Restorations Will You Need in Your Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is a customized treatment for your smile. Everyone is different, so it’s impossible to say before a consultation how many restorations you will need in your smile makeover, but there are some issues you should consider to start getting an idea of how many restorations you will want.
How Many Teeth Are Damaged?
When we do your smile makeover, we will want to make sure that we’re taking care of all the teeth that are damaged. Likely, the number of damaged teeth is related to the cause of tooth damage. If your teeth are damaged from decay, you might have just one tooth that needs repair, although that tooth might need root canal therapy as well as a crown.
If your smile was damaged in an accident, the damage could range from just one or two teeth to your entire smile.
If your smile is damaged by bruxism or other causes of excessive wear, you might need restorations on most or all of your teeth.
How Many Teeth Show?
A smile makeover isn’t done properly if it doesn’t make your smile look attractive. So we have to consider how many teeth show when you smile, and make sure those teeth all look great.
The minimum number of teeth people show when they smile is the six upper teeth. Other people will show more. Sometimes people only show the upper arch when they smile, while some people show both the upper and the lower arches.
We don’t always have to put restorations on all the teeth that show. We can match your restorations to your natural teeth, but that’s not a good solution if you’re not happy with the appearance of your natural teeth.
And don’t forget–smiling isn’t the only time you show your teeth. In fact, it’s likely that talking is the time when your teeth will be most visible, so take into account any unattractive fillings you may want to replace.
How Stained Are Your Teeth?
Stained teeth are a natural consequence of getting older, but maybe you’re not happy with the color of your teeth. If that’s the case, then try simple teeth whitening before you get a smile makeover. Then you’ll know how white your teeth can get.
If you’re unhappy with the shade of your teeth even after whitening–or if your teeth tend to stain quickly–then maybe it’s a good idea to get all your visible teeth covered with restorations like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Is Your Bite Healthy?
If you have bite problems like TMJ, then maybe the teeth taking the damage aren’t actually the source of the problem. When your bite is imbalanced, just restoring the damaged teeth won’t work–those restorations will get damaged just like your natural teeth.
Instead, we need to find the source of the bite imbalance before placing restorations. Once we’ve identified the source of your bad bite, we might use a bite splint temporarily to help us find the best position for your bite. Then we can design a smile makeover that addresses both the cosmetic and functional problems so your new smile will be healthy, functional, comfortable, and durable.
Your New Smile Is Waiting
If you are unhappy with the appearance or function of your teeth, a smile makeover can help. We’re ready to design the perfect smile makeover just for you. To get started on your new, beautiful smile, please call (303) 759-5652 today for an appointment with a Centennial cosmetic dentist at Park Meadows Dental Care.