Smile Design Treatments in Chelsea, Victoria
What is a Smile Makeover?
Our smile makeover treatments in Victoria improves the appearance of one’s smile through cosmetic dentistry. If you don’t have confidence or you are worried about your teeth ruining the appearance of your smile, there are various procedures that can help improve not only your smile but your oral health as well.
This process includes the following procedures:
- Porcelain veneers or Invisalign braces or traditional braces such as Fastbraces
- Dental implants, bridge or a denture
- Teeth whitening
- Composite bonding
- Laser gum contouring
- Botox or a dermal filler
- The replacement of metal fillings with natural, ‘white’ tooth coloured restorations
A smile makeover and smile design treatments are seen as a good way of treating teeth that are stained or uneven. Teeth can become stained or discoloured over the years, often as a result of drinking large amounts of tea and coffee. If you smoke then this can cause the teeth to take on a ‘yellowed’ appearance.
Veneers, teeth whitening or implants can all help towards a happier smile and a healthier mouth. Public appearance is important and your smile is often the first thing people will see when meeting you. Using sophisticated dental techniques, cosmetic dentistry experts can really make a difference and give you the confidence you need to show off your smile.
Over 55% of people don’t feel confident to smile in a photograph. A simile makeover not only fixes the colouring of your teeth but also the shape and size of your teeth and produces a balanced smile with harmonious proportions.
Misaligned, chipped or missing teeth are another factor for a smile makeover. Some people have missing teeth due to an accident or injury and are left with unsightly gaps. Others have teeth that have become worn down or overlap one another.
It may be the case that you show too much of your gums when you smile – called a ‘gummy’ smile or are conscious about your metal fillings. And for some people, having a ‘celebrity smile’ is all important and so desire to have a smile makeover to mimic this.
What Does it Include?
This is usually performed in two stages, although it depends on the amount of work to be done.
The first stage consists of the initial consultation. This includes a detailed discussion with the dentist about your needs and wishes, as well as an assessment of your oral health.
This also includes the diagnostic stage: your dentist will use digital imaging or an ‘IntraOral’ camera to enable him/her to decide which teeth to treat and with what method. The advantage of digital imaging is that it allows you to use computer technology to ‘design’ your ideal smile. This is where you get the chance to edit your smile into the one you particularly want.
Another part of the consultation involves the dentist taking an ‘impression’ or mould of your teeth. This impression takes the form of a model at dental laboratory where it is casted and a mock up is done of the new smile to be created by the lab technician.
This model can be used as a template for temporary crowns or veneers. This enables you to experience your smile makeover on a trial basis to see what you think. If there are any aspects that you are not happy with then these can be changed before the final fitting.
So What Does Each Treatment Involve?
Dental Implants: these are small, thin, metal titanium rods which are designed to act as a replacement for a tooth root. If you have lost one or many teeth or have badly damaged teeth then implants are a good choice as a permanent fixed restoration.
If you need several teeth replacing then your dentist may fit a bridge or a denture. Both of these look and behave in exactly the same way as your natural teeth.
Invisalign Braces: a brace is a corrective device, used to straighten crooked teeth. The difference between these and traditional metal braces is that Invisalign are transparent which means they are practically invisible. Often referred to as ‘invisible braces’. This can be combined with porcelain veneers although it will take longer, mainly due to the fact that your teeth have to be prepared for veneers.
To learn more visit our Invisalign or Fastbraces section.
Porcelain Veneers: often referred to as ‘laminates’, these are paper thin shells which fit over the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can be made from porcelain (the most popular), ceramic or ‘composite bonding’. These can be used to treat damaged, chipped, broken or crooked teeth.
To learn more visit our Dental Veneers section.
Laser Gum Contouring: if you feel that you show too much gum when smiling then your dentist can use a laser to trim any excess gum (too much gum on show). This laser minimises any bleeding and is both safe and effective. If you have a large amount of gum to be removed then your dentist may also trim the tooth root to prevent further growth and aid with healing.
Discoloured Teeth: this is a problem for a vast number of people. We start off with ‘pearly whites’ but over time, food, drink, smoking and other external factors take their toll and result in stained teeth. Porcelain veneers can help as can teeth whitening. There are home kits available for this purpose but one can also come into the surgery to have the treatment done. There are different ways of doing this which depend on the severity of the staining.
To learn more visit our Tooth Whitening section.
Composite Bonding: this is very similar to the veneers procedure. A dental composite is a flexible material, with a ‘paste like’ quality which can be applied to the tooth to be treated. This is then exposed to a special light source which causes it to set and so harden. This can be applied in a single or several layers. Once this has done so it is polished until it reaches the desired shape and appearance.
There is the option of a ‘composite veneer’ although it is not as strong or stain resistant as a porcelain veneer.
Frown or smile lines: ‘laughter lines’ and furrows on the forehead are all signs of the ageing process. Other visible aspects include thinning lips and sunken cheeks. One answer is to inject Botulinum toxin into these lines which has the effect of smoothing out these lines as well as reducing the amount of facial muscle movement. It’s this movement by your facial muscles which is responsible for your lines and wrinkles.
Another option is that of a dermal filler: this is a form of clear gel which when injected, has the effect of smoothing out lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to add volume to thin lips or sunken cheeks.
Depending on what your needs are, you can opt for a single technique or as many as you want. Your dentist will advise you as to what is required.
Benefits of a Smile Design Treatment
There are health benefits as well as aesthetic ones.
The health benefits include a reduced risk of overloaded or worn down teeth, and teeth that are easier to clean and care for. It is thought that teeth that have been straightened, repaired or replaced mean less risk of decay and infections.
On the aesthetic side of things, your teeth will look and feel so much better. You will have a straight, whiter smile which will improve your confidence and well being.
If you have undergone some form of facial rejuvenation such as Botox or a dermal filler then this can take years off your age. It can restore a youthful, rounded appearance and promote increased well being.
How Does it Work
Depending on the techniques used and your individual needs, a treatment plan will be created specifically for you. During the planning process we take into consideration your whole appearance to create a smile that suits you best and enriches your life. A preview model is used to replicate your final result before you start the treatment. All this careful planning ensures the most predictive result possible.
With our smile design treatments in Chelsea, the whole process can vary in length depending on the treatments you require. These can include having veneers fitted or dental implants to deal with false teeth. Perhaps the problems are purely colouration and in which case our teeth whitening treatment is ideal for giving you that natural clean and white smile you’ve always wanted.
Crowns and Bridges are also used to help decaying or damaged teeth and could resolve that one nagging issue you have always wanted to fix. Porcelain Veneers are especially effective for straightening the appearance of cracked or flawed teeth, providing a healthier looking smile.