A smile makeover refers to a personalized combination of aesthetic and/or restorative dentistry treatments used to enhance the appearance of one’s smile. Depending on your unique needs, this procedure can comprehensively treat stains, chips, gaps, misalignments, missing teeth, and various other cosmetic concerns.
At Innovative Dental, our skilled cosmetic dentists have helped numerous patients achieve their dream smiles with custom smile makeovers—often in as little as one day! Our doctors are trained in the utilization of CEREC® technology, which is a state-of-the-art system that allows them to create high-quality dental restorations in a single office visit. In fact, Dr. Grant Olson is one of only 300 CEREC® Doctors Mentors in the world who has completed the core CEREC® curriculum and is qualified to train other practitioners in this innovative technology, distinguishing our practice as a top provider of same-day dental restorations.
By tailoring treatment to meet your needs and goals, our dentists can help you attain an attractive, natural-looking smile that you’ll be proud and confident to put on display!
What Are My Treatment Options for a Smile Makeover?
While the exact combination of treatments used to perform your smile makeover will depend on the specific aesthetic issues you wish to address, some of the most common dental services employed include:
- Porcelain Veneers – Used for concealing minor structural tooth imperfections and deep stains
- Dental Crowns and Bridges – Used for reinforcing and/or replacing badly damaged or decayed teeth
- Invisalign® – Used for closing gaps, straightening misaligned teeth, and correcting bite problems
- Teeth Whitening – Used for brightening teeth affected by yellowing and/or discoloration
- Dental Implants – Used for replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth
What Is the Smile Makeover Process Like?
To start the smile makeover process, your doctor will perform a full smile analysis using our Galileos™ 3D imaging system—a powerful diagnostic technology that digitally captures and displays all aspects of your oral anatomy on a chairside monitor. Once all cosmetic concerns have been identified, your dentist will recommend various treatment options that can effectively address your needs and achieve your smile goals, as well as provide a detailed explanation of what each option entails. You will also be able to view a simulation of what your new smile can potentially look like with various restorations via our state-of-the-art SmileMe® software, allowing you to make the most informed decisions about your care.
Once you and your doctor have agreed upon a smile makeover plan, it may be possible for your treatment to be completed in a matter of hours. Using advanced CEREC® technology, your dentist can design and mill porcelain veneers, crowns, and/or bridges with exceptional precision right here in our office while you read, watch television, or simply relax. Following their creation, your restorations can be secured in place and polished for an optimal look, enabling you to leave our office the same day with your new smile.
In the event your custom plan includes more complex treatments like Invisalign® and/or dental implants, the smile makeover process will need to be completed over the course of multiple visits. The exact number of appointments will depend on the extent of dental work needed, all of which will be discussed with you during treatment planning.
Regardless of how many appointments are required for your smile makeover, you can expect to receive top-level care and beautiful final results.
How Long Does a Smile Makeover Take?
The precise amount of time it will take to transform your smile will depend on the particular treatments performed, but many smile makeovers at Innovative Dental can be completed in just one visit!
Thanks to our CEREC® technology, our doctors can custom-design and create porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bridges in a matter of hours (as opposed to days or weeks), allowing patients whose smile makeover exclusively involves one or more of these options to walk away with a brand new smile on the same day as their appointment. Of course, teeth whitening can also be completed in a single visit, whether performed on its own or in combination with the aforementioned procedures.
Smile makeovers that involve dental implants or Invisalign® will require a bit more time to complete, as multiple months are generally necessary for implants to fuse to the jawbone (osseointegration) and teeth to shift into their proper position via Invisalign® trays. For dental implants in particular, however, temporary restorations placed the same day as surgery can be worn until osseointegration is complete, ensuring you never go without a beautiful smile throughout the treatment process.
How Long Will My Smile Makeover Results Last?
The longevity of your smile makeover results will be dependent upon the treatment(s) your plan involves, as well as how well you take care of your teeth following your smile enhancement. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers, bridges, and crowns can last many years (even decades!) when properly cared for. While dental implant posts typically become a permanent part of the mouth, the crown, bridge, or denture placed on top may require replacement eventually—though these, too, can last decades with optimal care. On average, teeth whitening results last about six to twelve months, at which time a touch-up treatment might be desired.
The best ways to ensure your smile makeover lasts as long as possible are to avoid habits that place undue pressure on the teeth (such as nail biting, chewing ice, crunching hard candy, etc.) and maintaining an optimal oral hygiene routine post-treatment. This includes twice daily brushing and flossing, as well as returning to our practice as recommended for professional dental cleanings. If your smile makeover involves teeth whitening—or if you have any natural teeth that will be left alone—be aware that high-staining foods and beverages like berries, coffee, and wine can speed the process of tooth discoloration when consumed on a regular basis. This is not to say you can’t eat or drink these substances; just be cognizant of their effects on your teeth!
How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?
The cost of a smile makeover at Innovative Dental varies widely from patient to patient based on the specific procedure(s) performed, the complexity of the treatment plan, whether or not any preliminary oral wellness care is needed, and various other factors unique to each particular case. Furthermore, some dental options may be fully or partially covered by dental insurance (depending on one’s plan), which can also impact the total expense of treatment.
When considering a smile makeover, it is critical you understand that pricing is often a good indicator of the quality of materials and technologies utilized at a practice, as well as the overall skill and experience of the dentist who will be performing treatment. Consequently, selecting a provider solely based on a low price point can put you at risk of receiving suboptimal care and results. It is always best to look at the big picture rather than cost alone.
Financing for Smile Makeovers
We believe that pricing should never stand in the way of our patients achieving their dream smiles, which is why we partner with several respected healthcare lenders to offer dental financing that can make smile makeovers affordable for virtually any budget. If the expense of treatment is a concern for you, we will happily introduce you to numerous payment plan options and help you begin the quick application process right here in our office. Once approval is received—which often takes only a matter of minutes—we can schedule your treatment as soon as you’d like!
Contact Innovative Dental
If you have additional questions about smile makeovers, or if you are interested in treatment and would like to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists, please feel free to reach out to us online or by phone today. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you desire!