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Smile Makeover FAQS

How long does it take to get a smile makeover?

That depends on what combination of treatments you have. It might be all done in one visit, or could take several weeks.

What are the possible treatments I could choose from?

Teeth whitening, dental implants, white fillings, bridgework, and instant orthodontics (porcelain veneers, tooth bonding, and crowns). Another option for a smile makeover, depending on your unique dental status, might be clear braces, which would extend the overall treatment time into months.

Does teeth whitening last a lifetime?

How long it will last depends on how well you brush and floss your teeth, how often you ingest substances which cause staining (e.g., coffee, tea, nicotine, red wine), and whether you have regular check-ups and professional cleaning done. But eventually, just because it comes with increased age, some discoloration may return, and the best thing for preserving your smile makeover is to care for your teeth extremely well.

Does bleaching teeth hurt their enamel?

No. Whitening teeth by using peroxides is commonly done. It’s true that hydrogen peroxide will damage your hair if used too often. However, the structure of hair and that of tooth enamel are very different. And if any demineralization is caused by wearing trays for bleaching, it is very quickly counteracted by your saliva. So these bleaching treatments are quite safe and your smile makeover will remain intact.

I’m afraid of dental visits. Can you help me with that?

Yes. Depending on the extent and cause(s) of your fear, you can be calmed by several things. First, a comfortable and friendly office atmosphere is essential. Second, ask all your questions! Don’t be shy about taking up our time. The more you know, the less fear you’ll probably feel. Third, we can provide headphones with soothing music or other sounds such as rippling water or bird calls, and some people find this to be distracting enough to relax them. Fourth, nitrous oxide can be administered and this will relax you without putting you to sleep. In extreme cases, a sedative can be given which will make you relaxed and sleepy, but not completely unconscious. One way or another, we can help you feel calm and positive throughout your smile makeover.

How long will the dental work last?

The materials used today for smile makeovers are stronger than natural teeth. They hold up better against decay and wear and tear. Depending on the care you take of your teeth, the dental work should last many years, possibly a lifetime.

Does tooth whitening make teeth brittle in the long term?

No. Teeth whitening has been done now for about 80 years and no such results have been reported. And further, the materials used have been steadily improving over the years, so you can be confident about your smile makeover.

Will a whitening treatment also whiten my crowns?

No. Veneers and crowns don’t respond to the teeth whitening process. So if the existing crowns are visible when you smile, there are two alternatives. First, you could have them redone to match, after your teeth have been whitened. Or second, you could have veneers placed on your front teeth, instead of having a teeth whitening treatment, such that your smile makeover will show a consistent shade of white.

My teeth are discolored by the antibiotic tetracycline. Can a smile makeover whiten them?

It’s true that such stains can be persistent. But they can be bleached out to some extent. You might want to consider having veneers instead of teeth whitening.

Are there some people who are not good candidates for a smile makeover?

No. Everyone can potentially improve their smile if they so desire. It’s a matter of customizing the treatment selections for you.

What are porcelain veneers good for?

They’re an effective way to fill small gaps between teeth, to resurface and enlarge worn-down teeth, to cover teeth which have irremovable stains, to repair the appearance of crooked or badly aligned teeth, and to cover small breaks or chips in teeth. They’re a frequent element of a smile makeover.

Does insurance cover a smile makeover?

That depends on your reasons for having the makeover. Insurance doesn’t pay for purely cosmetic dental work. But you may need a smile makeover for reasons that would qualify you for coverage, such as crooked teeth which are interfering with bite alignment and causing migraines, or teeth missing or broken because of injury, or crowded teeth which are hard to keep clean and therefore may gradually decay and die.

Do you have more questions about how a smile makeover can improve your smile? Contact us today!