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Your smile says a lot about you, and the health and look of your teeth significantly impact your self-esteem. We want all of our patients to smile confidently, knowing that their teeth are as healthy as they are beautiful.
While a smile makeover is often chosen for cosmetic purposes, it isn’t purely aesthetic. Many of these procedures play a vital role in the health of your smile.
Patients considering a smile makeover to enhance the look and health of their teeth have several options to choose from at Chicago Dental Arts. The great thing about a smile makeover is that it’s entirely customizable based on your concerns and overall smile goals.
So, what can a smile makeover do for you?
What Are the Most Common Treatments Chosen With a Smile Makeover?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shells that adhere to the front of the teeth.
Veneers are applied in a two-step process:
- First, Dr. Fedin will remove a small amount of your natural enamel to ensure proper attachment of the shells.
- Once your veneers have been custom created to fit your smile, they are attached using a strong adhesive during a second visit.
Porcelain veneers are a great option if you have deep (intrinsic) stains, chipped teeth, or decayed teeth that are otherwise healthy. They are a permanent solution since part of the enamel must be removed for application.
When maintained, veneers help you achieve perfect, straight teeth for life!
Another treatment to consider for your smile makeover is cosmetic bonding (composite veneers).
While porcelain veneers require enamel removal, bonding does not. This option directly applies resin and porcelain to your natural teeth, creating a more cohesive, shapely appearance.
In this process:
- Your teeth are roughened to ensure the resin adheres properly to the surface of your teeth.
- Dr. Fedin applies the composite resin and then reshapes the teeth to create a streamlined, even smile.
Bonding is an excellent option for patients who want to correct misshapen or chipped it. It can also be used to improve intrinsic staining.
While many patients choose composite veneers over porcelain veneers due to the cost variation, bonding is more likely to chip than porcelain veneers. You can discuss your options with Dr. Fedin during your consultation.
Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth, providing the best for both aesthetics and health.
While bonding and veneers improve the look of your natural teeth, implants are necessitated by missing or unsavable teeth.
In this surgical procedure, titanium implants are placed in the jawbone. After a few months, the implant fuses to the bone through a process known as osseointegration. Once this process has finished, Dr. Fedin attaches an artificial tooth (crown) to the implant abutment, giving you a permanent and healthy solution to missing teeth.
Dental implants can be a fantastic solution to the anxiety that comes with a less-than-perfect smile. Whether you need dental implants for one, some, or all of your teeth, Chicago Dental Arts has you covered.
Dr. Fedin specializes in dental implants and has performed over 9,000 implant procedures.
Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the easiest ways to achieve a remarkable smile is through professional teeth whitening. White teeth convey a healthy, radiant smile and can greatly boost confidence.
While many people opt for at-home whitening strips, getting your teeth whitened by your dentist is actually a much faster, more effective option.
At Chicago Dental Arts, there are two options for professional teeth whitening: Zoom! Teeth Whitening and BIOLASE Laser System.
Which Smile Makeover Treatments Can Be Combined?
While many smile makeovers require a staged approach, especially when dental implants or veneers are included, these techniques can work together to create a full, healthy smile that you won’t want to wait to show off.
When planning a smile makeover that includes two or more of the above treatments, remember that there is a recommended order.
Before improving the look of your smile, you must address any underlying health issues with your teeth. Health ALWAYS comes first.
Once you have addressed any concerns and started the dental implant process (when applicable), it is smart to undergo professional teeth whitening. This is because you will want to color-match your bonding, veneers, or pontics (artificial teeth) to the newly whitened shade of your remaining teeth.
Teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding can be done in just one session so that you can leave the office with a complete, white smile.
Want to Learn More About Smile Makeovers in Chicago, IL?
Dr. Fedin and our team at Chicago Dental Arts offer expert skill and care for all your cosmetic dentistry needs. Call us today at (312) 642-6631.