In this day and age, it’s tempting to want and to expect everything to be completed almost instantly, but sometimes you still need to take your time, and cosmetic dentistry is often a good example. Some treatments simply cannot be rushed, and it’s worth spending a little extra time now, so you can reap the benefits hopefully for years to come.
It’s one of the reasons why if you are thinking of having a smile makeover, it’s better to allow as much time as possible. There are specific procedures that can be completed relatively quickly, sometimes in a matter of days or weeks. However, some of the more complicated treatments can provide excellent results but require more patience.
These procedures can take months or even longer to complete but may provide you with benefits that help to improve your dental health as well as your smile. It all depends on whether you want only to spend a short time enhancing your smile or are prepared to wait to get the very best results. Of course, some people will only require moderate changes to the appearance of their teeth and might be satisfied with treatments that can be completed very quickly.
What Are the Quick Smile Makeover Treatments?
Several excellent smile makeover treatments can be completed quickly and quite inexpensively. These procedures can be ideal if your teeth are generally in great shape and are already strong and healthy, but perhaps don’t look quite as pretty as you’d like.
The quicker types of smile makeover treatments tend to be more cosmetically oriented and are less likely to improve your dental health. However, this isn’t always the case! Possible treatments to think about include cosmetic tooth-colored fillings, crowns and bridges, dental bonding and contouring, dental veneers, and of course, teeth whitening.
Straightforward Cosmetic Dental Treatments That Can Help Dental Health
Cosmetic tooth-colored fillings, crowns, and bridges are all good examples of treatments that can improve the overall appearance of your teeth while potentially improving your dental health. Lots of people already have some fillings, and even if these are tooth-colored, they can become stained and dingy.
Renewing them can brighten your smile in just a single appointment. Also, if you have some older style amalgam fillings (silver-colored fillings), removing these helps to get rid of any dark areas in your mouth. Modern tooth-colored fillings are also healthier for your teeth because the material used is biomimetic, meaning it mimics natural tooth structure far more effectively than amalgam.
A tooth-colored filling material is also used during dental bonding, a process where the colored composite resin is applied to the front surface of the tooth to change or restore its shape. It’s a treatment that is often used in conjunction with recontouring, a process that removes a tiny amount of tooth enamel to gently reshape a tooth, for example, if you have a corner that protrudes slightly or is overlapping or a tooth that is just a little too long.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded onto the front surfaces of teeth, and this is a treatment that is often used to create a cosmetically perfect smile. Treatment is generally completed in two or three visits to your dentist.
Crowns and bridges will also protect or restore teeth that are damaged or missing entirely. If you already have some older style restorations, renewing them with the very latest all-ceramic crowns and bridges could make a considerable difference because the newest materials look amazing! All these types of treatments are often complemented with a teeth whitening procedure, designed to safely and effectively lift stains from your teeth leaving looking beautiful, healthy and white.
What Are the More Complicated Smile Makeover Treatments?
These quicker treatments are fantastic, but if you are missing teeth or have teeth that are significantly out of alignment, dental implants and adult braces could be for you.
Dental implants are the treatment of choice for missing teeth and are suitable for most people with reasonable dental and general health. Treatment artificially replaces a natural tooth root with a small titanium alloy or zirconia ceramic post, and which is strong enough to support a brand-new dental implant crown.
Where multiple teeth are missing, dental implants can support a dental bridge that is permanently fixed in place or even a removable implant-supported denture that is firmly held in the mouth. Sometimes treatment can be completed relatively quickly, but often it takes several months to plan and place dental implants and to restore them permanently.
This might seem a long time, but your implant dentist will always make sure you have temporary teeth to wear during this time. Also, bear in mind that dental implants can last for years or even for life, so a few months is well worth the effort. Implant-supported teeth are the closest thing to having your natural teeth and are strong and durable, making it easy to eat while giving you a beautiful and functional smile.
Adult braces are another treatment that can take a while to complete, but often it’s possible to wear extremely discreet and removable braces consisting of thin plastic aligners. One of the most popular systems is called Invisalign, and it can significantly improve the appearance and overall health of your teeth.
With adult braces, the overall shape of your teeth is preserved, but as they become straighter and more evenly aligned, they should be easier to keep clean and healthier too. Most people need a year to complete treatment, but it can take longer, or treatment times may be shorter.
Teeth that are only a little crooked maybe straightened in a matter of just a few months using cosmetically oriented braces. Once your teeth are straightened, they could stay that way for life, provided you wear retainers until they settle down.
Lots of people consider having a smile makeover in preparation for a special vacation or another life event that will take place quite a while in the future. If this applies to you, it’s never too early to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist and to discover how these treatments could help you.