A smile makeover can be used for a number of reasons, it can be to instantly give the appearance of straight, white teeth or it can be used to cover gaps between teeth. In fact there is a wide range of situations in which a smile makeover can be beneficial.
What treatments are used?
The most common treatment used during a smile makeover is the addition of porcelain veneers. Veneers are wafer thin sections of porcelain that are attached to the front of the existing tooth, or teeth. They will be carefully made so that they blend in with the natural teeth. In addition to having veneers fitted it is common for the natural teeth to be whitened in order to create a healthier, whiter smile.
What problems can veneers be used to cover?
Veneers can be used to cover a wide range of complaints such as chipped or broken teeth and can be used on heavily stained teeth. They can also be used on worn or crooked teeth as well as being able to hide gaps between teeth.
How long does the smile makeover take?
On average a smile makeover will require two visits to the dentist. This will usually be a week or so apart. During the first visit the dentist will prepare the teeth and take an impression of the mouth in order to create the veneers. In some cases temporary veneers will be fitted at the first visit to protect the teeth, however it is not always required. The second visit will be when the permanent veneers are fitted.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers just like normal teeth can chip or break however in most cases they are expected to last for 5 to 7 years.