Complete Smile Makeover

3 Considerations for a Complete Smile Makeover

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If you have healthy but unattractive teeth, you may be a candidate for a complete smile makeover. It can completely change your entire appearance, so you must sit down with your dentist to design a smile that truly works for you. Here are 3 considerations for a complete smile makeover.

“Perfect” vs. “Natural”

Many people dream of having a “perfect smile,” but teeth that are too white, too straight, and too perfect can make you look like a game show host. If you are committed to this type of smile, plan to have work done on your lips and cheeks as well to support it.

In most cases, a “natural smile” is a far better solution. This type of smile fits your face and your existing features, and it enhances your overall look. It is far whiter, straighter, and more even than your current smile, but it looks like it belongs to you.

You will work with your dentist to choose the color, size, and shape of each tooth, keeping in mind your face shape, skin tone, and features. Your dentist will look at the existing alignment and spacing of your teeth, as well as any teeth that have problems such as staining, to choose the treatments that will transform your smile into the one you have designed. Any existing dental health issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay, will be treated before work begins on your smile makeover.

Photographic Inspiration

It is tough to design a smile without a place to start. Bring in plenty of photos, from the smile you had in childhood to smiles you admire. Be ready to talk about exactly what you like and don’t like about each smile. Think through any smile quirks that you particularly like, such as a slight gap or pointed canines.

Digital Smile Design

When you and your dentist are happy with the initial design, your dentist will take a picture of your current smile, and then use digital technology to transform it into your new smile. At this point, you and your dentist will take a critical look at the digital results and refine the design until you are completely satisfied.

Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and use them to create a wax mockup of your new smile. This ensures that the teeth fit together as they should, and that the new smile is as functional as it is aesthetic. No work will begin on your teeth until the wax model is exactly as it should be.

If you have been dreaming of a more beautiful smile, consider a smile makeover. Most patients agree that it is well worth the investment!

Drs. Clabaugh and Trentalancia proudly provide a full line of dental services, with a special interest in cosmetic dentistry. Regardless of the procedure being performed, both are always careful to balance functionality, health, and aesthetics. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call our office today at 203-327-2540 or visit our website at