Smile Makeovers

What is a smile makeover? A smile makeover is a complete redesign of your smile, including any cosmetic or restorative dental procedures you need to have a healthy, beautiful smile. A smile makeover may be right for you if you look in the mirror and feel so discouraged about the look of your smile that you think it would be impossible to fix. It is definitely possible to have the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted; it just takes a plan, and Dr. Jessica Hill can help.

A smile makeover begins with a consultation. When you come in to Dr. Hill’s office, she will talk to you about your dental health and get an idea of what you desire for your appearance and oral health. Then she will give you an exam and determine what needs to be done to repair any damage to your teeth and gums, and how several dental treatments can work together to give you your smile makeover.

Many treatments can be combined in a smile makeover, including cosmetic and restorative treatments. Because your gums are the foundation of healthy teeth, they must be taken care of too. Gingivitis, or gum disease, is the cause of bad breath, bleeding gums, swelling and sometimes toothache. If left untreated, it can progress and spread below the gumline. Then it is called periodontitis and it requires a deep cleaning to remove buildup and bacteria from below the gums near the roots of the teeth.

If gum disease is not treated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. This is why gum treatment may be the first order of business in a smile makeover. If you have the minor form, gingivitis, a routine dental cleaning can reverse it.

If you have broken or damaged teeth but the roots are still healthy, the teeth can be restored with dental crowns. If you have cavities, metal fillings are still a reliable option, but white fillings can match the color of your teeth and bond to your teeth more securely than metal fillings.

A smile makeover can also include cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening or veneers. Designing your smile makeover includes deciding what procedures will be performed and setting a schedule. Some procedures can be accomplished in just one visit to the office, while others may take a few appointments.

The goal of a smile makeover is to create a plan that aims to correct all the dental health and cosmetic issues you have, step-by-step over a period of time. You will see improvement after every step, and at the end, you will have the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. And to keep it that way, you will want to take good care of your teeth at home and follow-up with regular visits to Dr. Hill for checkups.

If you would like to learn more about smile makeovers at Dr. Jessica Hill’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, call us now.

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