Our smile is an important part of our appearance. When you’re talking with others, they notice your teeth. Is your smile in need of a makeover? At Implant Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Brown and our entire team use the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry to give our patients a perfect smile with a smile makeover.
What Is A Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover, sometimes known as full-mouth reconstruction, involves a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures — everything from placing composite fillings to dental implants to porcelain veneers — to truly “makeover” a person’s smile. Each patient’s situation is unique, at Implant Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Brown plans your makeover around your particular needs.
What To Expect For Your Smile Makeover With Dr. Brown
How we handle your smile makeover is dependent on your unique needs. Most of these procedures are immediate and may be combined in a single appointment. Thanks to our CEREC system, we are able to place crowns in a single office visit. Porcelain veneers require a second appointment, as we have a dental lab fabricate the porcelain shells. If dental implants are a part of your makeover, they take up to six months or so from start to finish. Other than implants, in most cases, a smile makeover can usually be accomplished in two appointments. Dr. Brown will discuss your possible timeframe during your consultation.
Goals Of A Smile Makeover
Our smile makeovers aren’t a stock set of treatments. A big part of every smile makeover with Dr. Brown is first finding what you like and don’t like about your smile. These are areas we will address with your smile makeover planning:
- Alignment and spacing — A smile makeover doesn’t address serious alignment issues that would require orthodontic treatment. But we do target problems such as slightly crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers can do an amazing job masking these problems.
- Missing teeth — Replacing missing teeth doesn’t qualify as truly “cosmetic,” but this is surely a part of a cosmetic upgrade for your smile. If you’re missing a tooth or two, Dr. Brown believes dental implants are far and away the best replacement option. Just look at the name of our practice! If you are missing a series of teeth a bridge, or even a partial denture, can be used.
- Tooth color — Every smile makeover at Implant Dentistry of Florida includes teeth whitening. It’s usually our first procedure because whitening returns your teeth to their natural whiteness. From there we can match other pieces of the puzzle, such as porcelain veneers, to your natural, whitened tooth color. If your teeth are stained beneath the enamel, possibly from a reaction to tetracycline as a child, we can cover the stained fronts with porcelain veneers.
- Balance — A balanced smile is a good-looking smile. If you have an overly gummy smile, it can be the only thing a person talking with you notices. Gum contouring can lengthen the portion of the visible teeth showing. He also can use the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation method to bring down receding gums. Otherwise, we’ll fix or cover chips and cracks in your teeth with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns.
Would I be a Good Candidate for a Smile Makeover?
No one has a perfectly natural smile; that means most patients could benefit from a smile makeover. There isn’t a threshold to qualify for a smile makeover with Dr. Brown; it depends on your goals. One requirement is that your basic oral health is good. Our smile makeovers involve various cosmetic fixes to your smile. Serious oral health problems such as tooth decay, missing the majority or all of your teeth, and gum disease have to be dealt with before any smile makeover procedures can begin.
Procedures Included In A Smile Makeover
Every smile makeover is unique to the patient, a combination of your goals and Dr. Brown’s cosmetic dentistry expertise. These procedures could be a part of your smile makeover:
- Teeth whitening — Using our hydrogen peroxide whitening gels, we return your teeth to their natural color, removing stains from coffee, red wine, and the passage of time.
- Porcelain veneers — These thin shells of porcelain are applied to the fronts of the teeth to give your teeth perfect symmetry and a bright white sheen. You’ll be amazed at the ability of veneers to cover issues such as gaps between teeth or deep staining.
- Tooth-colored fillings — Out with the old silver amalgam fillings, in with tooth-colored, basically invisible composite resin fillings.
- Gum contouring — Gums can be contoured to lengthen the exposed natural tooth structure. Or, receding gums can be brought down.
- Porcelain crowns — If a tooth has a deep crack or maybe has a large filling that needs replacing, the strength of the tooth is compromised. In these cases, we use a porcelain crown to overlay the entire tooth all the way down to the gumline. Crowns return full strength to a tooth and can be used to change the overall shape of the tooth.
- Dental bonding — For small chips or subtle changes in one or more teeth, we may use dental bonding. For bonding, composite resin is painted on in thin layers and then cured to cover imperfections or change the shape of a tooth. Bonding isn’t a substitute for a full set of porcelain veneers, but it can address smaller issues with a beautiful end result.
- Dental implants — As our practice name implies, Dr. Brown is a big fan of dental implants as the best method for tooth replacement. Implants feature a titanium implant that is screwed down into the jawbone. The jawbone then grows around the implant, fully incorporating it. A post is attached to the implant with a porcelain false tooth atop that. Implants function exactly like a natural tooth.
How is it Decided Which Procedures to Include in My Smile Makeover?
Every smile makeover we perform at Implant Dentistry of Florida is unique to the patient. When we’re planning your smile makeover, it’s a give and take process between you and Dr. Brown and our team. There isn’t a set “menu” of what we put into a smile makeover. For instance, one patient may need pinhole gum rejuvenation due to recession, but another does not. One patient may have deep staining caused by a reaction to tetracycline as a child, so he or she needs porcelain veneers to cover those teeth. Another patient doesn’t have those deep stains, so whitening will be done with our Zoom! teeth whitening.
The bottom line, we address exactly what you want to see in your new smile, and that’s what we include in the process.
How Many Appointments Will I Need for My Smile Makeover?
Not to be vague, but it depends. If your makeover involves replacing a couple silver amalgam fillings with composite resin, placing a porcelain crown on a misshapen tooth, or placing veneers, that can all be done in a single appointment. As mentioned above, treatments such as dental implants or Invisalign require more appointments.
How Long Does the Smile Makeover Procedure Take?
Most of these procedures can be done immediately and may be combined into a single appointment. This even applies to placing porcelain veneers or crowns, thanks to the use of our state-of-the-art CEREC system. Two areas that can require more time are dental implants and moving your teeth with Invisalign. Traditional placement of a single dental implant or two requires a period of time for the jawbone to accept and grow around the implant base. Implants usually require about 4-6 months start to finish. Invisalign can usually accomplish the tooth movement we want within one year.
So, depending on what your smile makeover needs, your timeframe can be as short as an appointment or two, or it can take up to one year.
Are Smile Makeovers Painful?
For the most part, these are painless procedures. Things like bonding, teeth whitening, and placing a crown or veneers don’t involve any pain. Replacing a filling with tooth-colored resin involves a small amount of drilling to prepare the tooth, but our local anesthetic keeps you fully comfortable. Gum contouring can have some residual soreness, but it’s manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.
Is There Recovery After Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
With most of these procedures, there isn’t any recovery. Dental implants and gum contouring are exceptions. Placing an implant requires a couple of recovery periods where your gums need to heal and you’ll eat a soft diet. Gum contouring will require a short recovery. Otherwise, procedures such as applying veneers or crowns or whitening your teeth have no recovery.
How Long Will My Smile Makeover Last?
Dental implants can last for the remainder of the patient’s life. Gum contouring is permanent. Most of the other procedures have a lifespan. Porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years, while dental bonding usually lasts around a decade. Composite fillings can last 10-20 years. Teeth whitening? How long your teeth will stay white depends on how much you like coffee, red wine, and blueberries, and how diligent your home hygiene regimen.
How can I Maintain My Smile Makeover Results?
A good home hygiene routine is key to excellent oral health in any case, and it is the key to enjoying your smile makeover results. Diligent daily brushing for two minutes and flossing once every day are really all you need to do. If you’re a haphazard brusher, an Oral B electric toothbrush is a good change. The American Dental Association has approved Oral B electric toothbrushes. They tend to do a more thorough, consistent cleaning job, plus you can avoid future gum recession caused by pressing too hard with a regular toothbrush.
If we placed an implant or two, let’s not do that again. If you take better care of your teeth moving forward, you can keep them in good shape.
A key to the maintenance of a smile makeover and your general oral health is to come see us at Implant Dentistry of Florida for your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams. That is when we can spot issues with your teeth and gums. Plus, six months is about the time it takes tartar to build up in your typical spots. After more than six months this tartar starts to move under your gumline, and that’s the start of gum disease.
What Our Patients Have to Say
“I recently visited Dr. Browns office and the entire staff there is a pleasure to work with. They are very empathic to your needs and follow up with you. Dr. Brown was outstanding in dealing with my dental needs. I highly recommend him and his staff.” -Doug M.
Will my dental insurance cover a smile makeover?
Dental insurance won’t cover procedures deemed strictly cosmetic, things such as teeth whitening and applying porcelain veneers. Dental implants to replace missing teeth are usually covered. At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we work with your insurance company to attain the most coverage possible.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in a Smile Makeover with Dr. Brown at implant Dentistry of Florida, contact us today! Call us at 321.372-7700 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Melbourne, Florida and surrounding areas.