Think about how many times a day you smile or show your teeth when making an expression. Imagine if you were constantly hiding your smile or teeth with your hands or lips or felt self-conscious if they were exposed. Is your smile helping or hurting your confidence? If you’re hiding your smile because of flaws like discoloration, missing teeth or crooked teeth, a smile makeover may be the perfect solution to boost your confidence and appearance. At Weller Dental in Chicago and Hinsdale, IL, we offer smile makeovers that will make you want to smile proudly from ear to ear. A smile makeover may include dental bonding and contouring, laser gum contouring, porcelain veneers, ICON white spot treatments, ZOOM laser teeth whitening, Invisalign, or restorative dentistry to replace missing teeth. Whatever your needs and goals are, our cosmetic dentists are trained in a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments so they will develop the right smile makeover plan for you.
What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix
Modern cosmetic dentistry treatments can be used to improve most aesthetic concerns that men and women in Chicago and Hinsdale have about the appearance of their smiles. It helps to understand what the most common issues are and how they can be improved:
Stains and Discoloration
Every glass of red wine, cup of coffee, and delicious berry you enjoy can leave a lasting impression on your smile. If you're not brushing your teeth right after every time you eat and drink (who has time for that?), then your enamel is absorbing stains. Over time, this can make your smile look dull and yellow. In addition, if you have used tobacco over the years, this can also greatly impact your tooth color. You may have tried or considered over-the-counter teeth whitening products, but these produce limited results. For fast, safe, and effective results, add professional teeth whitening to your smile makeover. Most cosmetic dentists offer both in-office laser whitening and custom home whitening kits.
A "Gummy" Smile
Sometimes the gum tissue is overgrown, which skews the ratio of gum to visible enamel. This leads to what is commonly known as a "gummy" smile. While it is typically not a serious problem or periodontal issue, it can make your teeth look short and affect the appearance of your smile. Laser gum sculpting (also known as crown lengthening or gum contouring) removes the excess soft tissue for a higher, even gumline. A skilled cosmetic dentist will sculpt your best gumline for a beautiful smile.
Teeth that are crooked have a large impact on the appearance of your smile. If your teeth are crooked or out of alignment, you may be a good candidate for an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign. Even adults who had braces as teen return to a teeth straightening treatment later in life to correct teeth that have shifted over the years. Great for older teens and adults who want straighter teeth without the drawbacks of traditional metal braces, Invisalign is practically invisible and can be taken out so you can easily brush and floss your teeth. Straight teeth in correct alignment not only make your smile look better, but will improve your overall oral health.
Some people embrace the quirkiness of a gap between their teeth, but if you're not a fan of yours, there are several cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help. Depending on the size of the space between your teeth, you may consider custom porcelain veneers to cover the gap. A thin shell made of durable porcelain, veneers are adhered to the front of your teeth. A good cosmetic dentist will make sure your veneers are natural-looking and fit comfortably. If you have gaps between several teeth, you may want an Invisalign treatment to fix the spacing. A series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign gently moves your teeth into the correct position to eliminate gaps.
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, this is impacting the appearance of your smile. No matter how you lost the tooth, your cosmetic makeover plan can help restore your smile. A missing tooth can be concealed with porcelain veneers or replaced with a restoration. Dental implants can help replace one tooth or several in your smile for a long-lasting and low-maintenance restoration. A custom crown or bridge supported by a dental implant(s) will be shaded and shaped to match your natural teeth for a seamless result.
After metal braces come off, you may notice white spots on your teeth. This discoloration (which can also be caused by trauma, fluorosis, and demineralization) makes your smile look uneven. To repair the appearance and health of your enamel, Weller Dental offers ICON resin infiltration to address white spots. A quick procedure done in our Chicago and Hinsdale, IL office, ICON white spot treatment improves this visible flaw so your smile looks gorgeous.
A little chip in your tooth can make your smile look jagged and uneven. In some cases, dental bonding and contouring can correct this problem. However, if you have multiple chipped teeth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend veneers. These help mask any visible chips to make your smile appear whole and even. Veneers can be customized to cover your visible top teeth, bottom teeth, or both depending on your needs and goals.
Teeth that are small or misshapen may benefit from porcelain veneers. Underdeveloped teeth (microdontia) can make you look too young. While this typically does not affect your dental health, it does make your smile look immature and less attractive. A set of high-quality porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your smile by masking small or misshapen teeth.
Schedule Your Smile Makeover Consultation
Whether your smile needs just a few tweaks or a full restoration, a smile makeover will be personalized to include the cosmetic treatments that match your aesthetic goals. If you are interested in a smile makeover, schedule a consultation at Weller Dental in either our Chicago or Hinsdale offices. With years of experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and modern techniques, cosmetic dentist Dr. Weller and his team will work with you to craft your smile makeover plan. Come in with a list of your concerns and get ready to walk out with a smile ready to stun the streets of Chicago!