As the name suggests a smile makeover is a new smile that has been designed to look better in many ways. It may align crowded teeth, close gaps, reduce protrusion, whiten, reduce a gummy smile, widen a narrow smile, change the length or shape of teeth, replace missing teeth or any combination of the above. A smile makeover usually involves at least the top eight or ten teeth and sometimes the lower eight or ten teeth too. The most frequent treatments used in a smile makeover are multiple porcelain veneers because they are the most conservative restoration and because they are strong and highly aesthetic.
However, porcelain crowns, bridges, implants and even implant supported dentures can also be part of a smile makeover depending on the case. Smile makeovers can also involve rapid orthodontics using Inman aligners to either prealign teeth prior to multiple porcelain veneers or to align minor crowding of the lower teeth when only the upper teeth are to be veneered. If upper teeth only are being treated with veneers then lower teeth are usually at least whitened.
Consultation with Computer aided smile design
At the London smile clinic, our Smile makeovers all involve a design stage using computer aided smile design. This is a process in which a photo of a patients teeth are redesigned using powerful graphics software. Patients can help design their own perfect smile.
The next step in a smile makeover is to take impressions and for the master ceramist to create a 3d model from the smile design. These models are used to check the aesthetics and function from every angle.
Trial smile and final smile makeover
When the teeth are prepared for the veneers or crowns, temporaries are then placed using a template made from the 3d preview. This gives patients the opportunity to trial their smile makeover before anything is set in stone. Any changes are easy to build into the final veneers which are fitted at the following appointment.
This step by step process is routinely used at the London smile clinic for every smile makeover case. It makes our smile makeovers highly predictable and uniquely fine-tuned to the individual.