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Smile Makeover

The smile design technology available at our office makes it possible for you to reveal the true beauty of your smile. At Scripps Center for Dental Care, our team of cosmetic dentists will work with you to ensure that your new, vibrant smile is as healthy and attractive as possible. By combining cosmetic dentistry procedures into a comprehensive Smile Makeover plan, our dentists can produce durable, natural-looking results that will complement your surrounding facial features and enhance your overall appearance.

If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from a fully customized smile design plan, please contact Scripps Center for Dental Care today.

What Is a Smile Makeover?

A Smile Makeover is a customized cosmetic procedure intended to enhance the appearance of your smile using a specialist’s eye for aesthetics and the latest  dental techniques. The treatments used are selected based on your individual needs and goals and performed to preserve your oral health. The process is enhanced by utilizing state-of-the-art digital smile design technology, which makes it possible for you to “try on” your smile before beginning treatment and make adjustments until the ideal outcome is achieved.

What Can a Smile Makeover Do?

So much more than a single enhancement, Smile Makeovers can modify your smile so it achieves greater harmony with your facial features. By combining treatments, patients can see a dramatic improvement in a wide range of areas, and our approach can deliver results that look and feel completely natural. Our in-house team of leading dental professionals is dedicated to providing excellence in specialty dental care. Long-lasting oral health and enduring beauty are our top priorities.

“Try On” Your New Smile

We’ve always believed incorporating advanced technology into our practice not only makes your treatment more efficient, but also enhances your comfort while in the dentist’s chair. At Scripps, you can “try on” your new smile and see a 3D virtual preview of what can be achieved with a Smile Makeover before ever starting any treatment! Using Digital Smile Design (DSD) software, our team can actually show you how a given treatment will affect your smile and appearance as a whole. This imaging technology offers an invaluable way for our dentists to better understand your smile goals while adjusting your treatment plan accordingly. With open communication and the latest DSD technology, we’ve been able to achieve high levels of satisfaction for previous Smile Makeover patients.

Is a Smile Makeover Right for Me?

If you purposefully hide your smile or feel insecure about the way your teeth look, a Smile Makeover may be able to restore your confidence. Many treatments utilized in a Smile Makeover are non-invasive or minimally invasive, so patients can rest assured that their dental plan will be tailored according to their preferences. In general, a Smile Makeover can benefit individuals who:

  • Have multiple dental concerns they want to improve
  • Do not show signs of bacteria buildup, cavities, or gum disease
  • Are interested in combining cosmetic dentistry treatments
  • Maintain realistic expectations for their smile transformation

If the issues you’d like to address involve pain, swelling, missing teeth, or more severe concerns, our team may talk to you about full mouth rehabilitation — a similar treatment plan to a Smile Makeover, only the process is more tailored to repair functional damage.

Scripps Center for Dental Care is the place to go if you want to receive the highest standard in professionalism & expertise for all your dental needs. Within 3 months, Dr. John Weston performed full-mouth cosmetic dentistry with the final appearance of normal, natural, healthy looking teeth that complement my smile. Dr. Weston & the laboratory are experts & the very best. Thank you!

raul villarreal

February 03, 2019


Treatable Concerns

There are many issues that may be holding your smile back, from the dominance of your gumline to the shape and size of your individual teeth. Concerns that are seemingly cosmetic in nature may even be negatively impacting your oral health without your knowledge. Based on a discussion of your desired results, our multispecialty team can create the perfect treatment plan to transform your smile.   

Missing Teeth

It’s no secret that lost or missing teeth are not only aesthetically unfavorable, but also damaging to your oral wellness. The longer a missing tooth remains unfilled, the more bone recession patients can experience over time. This can change your facial shape, as well as shift nearby teeth out of place. Fortunately, tooth replacement solutions like dental implants or bridges can be incorporated into your Smile Makeover to renew the appearance and function of absent teeth. 

Spacing and Alignment 

Spacing issues and misalignments can have a domino effect on surrounding teeth as well as the accuracy of your bite. During a Smile Makeover, imperfections like gaps, crowded teeth, and asymmetry can be corrected with solutions that range from cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers to Invisalign® orthodontic treatment. For minor spacing problems, our team can often restore an even smile within the span of one appointment.  

Aesthetic Balance 

The proportions of the teeth in relation to the gums is an aspect of dentistry that greatly affects the appearance of your smile. Consequently, a dominating gumline can reduce the amount of “tooth-show” and cause your teeth to look short or aged. Laser gum recontouring is a cutting-edge technique designed to improve the balance between your teeth and gums, thereby enhancing your entire smile. On the other hand, porcelain veneers can be placed to lengthen the enamel and restore the proportions of a youthful, healthy tooth. 

Shade and Color

Stains and discoloration that penetrate the inside of a tooth often linger no matter how many over-the-counter whitening products are utilized to lighten your tooth shade. Professional teeth whitening is perhaps the most simple, yet effective addition to a Smile Makeover that can erase deep stains and restore a bright, luminous sheen. Severe discoloration on a tooth can also be concealed using a porcelain veneer, which is shaded to match the exact color of the rest of your smile.  

What Smile Makeover Treatments Are Available?

The exact components of your treatment plan will depend solely on your unique needs and goals. Typically, smile design plans include porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening. Patients who are missing some or all of their natural teeth may be fitted with dental bridges or restorations supported by dental implants. Each treatment will be tailored to your specific case to ensure the most natural-looking results possible. Some of the most common Smile Makeover options include:

Some patients also aim to restore their missing teeth and address damage or decay. We will customize your program to suit your desired outcome and healthcare needs.

What is the Smile Design Process Like?

During your visit to our office for a smile design, your dentist will create a preview of your new smile using our advanced digital imaging technology. This digitally-designed preview is an invaluable step that will allow you to view the proposed changes, and weigh your various options before committing to a treatment plan. Impressions of the design will also act as guides for the fabrication of your provisional restorations and serve as precise communication tools for the master lab ceramist, who will construct your restorations.

Once all of the components of your new smile are all ready, you will return to our office to have them placed. Because we use the latest in sedation dentistry technology, you will have the option of relaxing in complete comfort while we perform multiple procedures in just one office visit. The result is that your smile design could be complete in just a few sessions!

In order to achieve the best possible results, your smile design treatment plan should be as unique as you are. Our dental specialists have the experience, skill, and keen aesthetic sensibilities to give you a smile perfectly suited to your features.

Is There Recovery After a Smile Makeover?

Whether you require downtime after a Smile Makeover depends on the nature of the treatments chosen. Cosmetic services, such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and aesthetic bonding, don’t usually require a recovery period and patients are able to resume their normal routine after their appointment. That said, some degree of tenderness is common.

On the other hand, more invasive procedures like dental implant surgery will require a brief period of downtime. Our dentists will provide you with comprehensive post-operative instructions so you’ll know what to expect during the recovery process. In general, patients usually stick to a liquid diet immediately after surgery and slowly progress to soft-food meals until the gums are fully healed. While it takes a few months for implants to completely fuse with the mouth, patients typically feel well enough to return to work one to two weeks after their procedure.

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How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?

The price of a Smile Makeover will depend on which treatment you choose, the complexity of your cosmetic program, and other factors we discover during your evaluation. We will review the full cost of your treatment plan with you during your initial consultation, so that you are always well-informed about your procedure. If you would like to consider dental financing, we work with reputable lenders that can help you bring the cost of your plan into your budget. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions at your consultation or at any time during your Smile Makeover process.

At Scripps Center for Dental Care, patients can undergo a smile design transformation quickly and comfortably. In just a few visits to our multispecialty office, you can have a beautiful smile that you will be proud to show off every chance you get! If you would like to learn more about how you could improve your appearance and overall quality of life through a customized smile design plan, contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.

How Long Do Results From a Smile Makeover Last?

While a Smile Makeover is designed to revitalize your smile for decades into the future, the lifespan of certain restorations may vary. The longevity of dental crowns, implants, and porcelain veneers can surpass many years as long as patients take good care of their teeth and keep up with their semi-annual dental appointments. Results from teeth whitening may require touch-up treatments every now and then depending on how frequently you expose your teeth to staining agents, such as wine, tea, and coffee. We will fully explain what you can expect for the long-term outcome of your Smile Makeover based on the unique details of your treatment plan. In any case, our dental professionals approach each Smile Makeover with the intention of creating lifetime improvements.