What is a smile makeover?

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When thinking about different types of makeover, most people’s immediate thoughts will be drawn to things that can affect or potentially improve the appearance of the face. You may have already thought of a few things such as foundation, blusher, or other things that typically have the effect of changing your skin’s appearance somehow. However there also exists a smile makeover, which is a makeover for your teeth that is delivered in the form of dental treatment. If you are at all worried about the appearance of your teeth, then you may wish to consider inquiring  about the possibility of having a smile makeover at Spa Dental Sydney CBD. However you may still be wondering what exactly a smile makeover is, and what it can do to benefit you.

A ‘smile makeover’ is actually a term used to encompass a few different dental treatments that work in tandem with one another, to improve the strength, look and feel of your teeth, particularly after teeth have been worn down or broken. This wearing down of teeth can happen for many different reasons, and the specific reason in question will often determine the exact type of smile makeover that will be the best option for you.

A smile makeover for acid erosion

Acid erosion happens when your teeth are worn away and lose structure as a result of being exposed to acids. Your teeth will usually be exposed to these acids from food and drink. For example, wine, vinegar and citrus fruits all have high acidity content that can erode your teeth over time. These acids will attack the enamel first, before making their way to the dentine, which causes the wearing away, as well as discolouration of the teeth.

Because of this, one of the first steps in a smile makeover for acid erosion is a restoration on the lower and upper teeth. This is often done through the use of veneers. Veneers are custom made to suit the contours of your teeth and gums, as they are thin strips, usually made out of porcelain or a resin material, that recreate the look and feel of natural teeth. A smile makeover for acid erosion may also involve some preventive dentistry at the end of treatment, such as the application of an occlusal splint, an acrylic device that can prevent further wear on the surfaces of teeth, and can help to mitigate some of the damage from grinding teeth as well.

A smile makeover for missing teeth or dental trauma

Dental trauma is something that can occur very suddenly and accidentally, say through an incident at work or an injury while playing sport, and it can often lead to parts or even a whole tooth becoming broken or missing. In some ways, a smile makeover treatment for dental trauma can be quite similar to that of acid erosion, as both will usually begin with restoration treatment to the teeth. However, for dental trauma, a more thorough examination of the mouth will need to be done in order to assess the damage, as well as an examination of the temporo-mandibular joint (abbreviated to TMJ, effectively the joint which keeps the jaw and head together). Furthermore if a tooth is missing or sufficiently damaged, then another step of the smile makeover could involve the placing of an implant in the area that the original tooth used to be in.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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