Until recently, the word “makeover” was applied to anything that required a complete change or a complete overhaul, particularly of the mechanical kind. In the old days, changing your appearance drastically wasn’t referred to as a makeover and it only happened in extreme cases such as when you’ve been in a fire or vehicular accident that somehow altered your physical appearances more than usual.
Thankfully though, makeovers these days don’t involve anything drastic although a complete change is still in order. There are specialists you go when you want a makeover, depending on what aspect of your appearance you want to change. You might turn to a hair stylist to change your hairstyle or to a cosmetic surgeon to alter your facial features prepare for a smile makeover. But for those who want a smile makeover, they can turn to a cosmetic dentist, rather than a regular dentist to help them change things the way no one else can.
While not really recognized as an official branch of dentistry, it cannot be denied that cosmetic dentists can improve your smile a whole lot better and in more ways than a regular dentist can. Getting a smile makeover or a smile design, goes beyond having your choppers scraped for plaque or just going for your biannual check-up. This can also include checking how your teeth are framed by your lips or how much of your gum can be lifted to show more teeth. It can also be a simple teeth whitening depending on your case.
To properly define what a smile design is, you need to know exactly whether or not you need one. A smile design is looking at the position of your teeth and how it is framed by your lips. If you happen to show more gum than teeth when you smile, you can go to the dentist for a gum lift, or what is technically known as crown lengthening. This involves surgery where the gums are pushed up so that more of the teeth show and it is a fairly easy procedure that can be done in the dentist’s office. A smile design also means you can have your teeth shaped in any way you want. Lengthening and rounding off the edges of your front teeth for example, can make you look younger, especially if you have it done after you have a facelift.
Teeth whitening can just be the start but it can also go beyond that when you need to have your teeth capped with porcelain veneers which is something most Hollywood celebrities have done because it gives them even, white teeth that they flash at the cameras and dazzle their fans with. Porcelain is the most preferable because it is able to closely mimic the natural light-reflecting properties of real teeth, plus it resists stains better so you can always be sure you have a white and bright smile.
Part of a smile design also means getting pouty lips. If you want fuller-looking lips but don’t want to have collagen injections or any of those new lip-plumping techniques, dentists can simply make bulkier veneers so that the lips are pushed outward, giving them a fuller appearance.
If you want to know whether or not a smile makeover is for you, you will need careful planning. You need to get a full evaluation of your mouth, teeth and bite to make sure you get the best results once the procedure is done. You may need to determine whether your teeth need to be realigned before the veneers can be applied or make sure that you don’t need jaw surgery.