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Smile Designing Types, Treatments and Its Cost?

A perfect smile is the most attractive feature of our face. It helps you leave the best impression during social, personal and professional visits.

But not every one of us is lucky enough to have a perfect smile that locks attention.

A recent study revealed that…

  • Over 75% of people don’t feel confident to smile in a photograph.
  • Over 45% of people assess a person by the look of their smile.
  • Over 75% of people think that a beautiful smile helps them grow psychologically.
  • Over 65% of people think that an attractive smile helps in a better wellbeing.

If you are feeling shy and embarrassed to smile…or if you want to change the appearance of your lips or jaws to enhance your smile…. Then it’s time to think about “SMILE MAKEOVER”.

What is Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover also known as a smile rejuvenation is a process of changing your smile appearance in a very short period of time. The process begins with a consultation with the dentist – where the patient expresses their concerns and desires. This enables us and patient to decide together what options can be implemented and the outcomes that can be achieved to give the patient the look they desire. The dentist uses smile designing treatment to modify your smile as per the requirements.

What is Smile Designing?

It is a dental procedure that corrects and creates natural-looking smiles, artistically. Regardless of the state of your existing teeth, smile designs can work miracles to restore the appearance you are dissatisfied with, or that is damaged due to age or accident.

What Can Smile Designing Correct?

There are several attributes of teeth and smile that a cosmetic dentist can correct using smile designing. These issues are actually discussed during your initial visit to the dentist for a smile makeover. Below are some of the common smile complaints…

1. Crooked Teeth

Properly aligned and straight teeth have a major impact on the smile. But this is not the case with everyone. Most of the people have unevenly aligned teeth which can be the reason for embarrassment. Teeth that are twisted, overlapping, and crowded are commonly referred to as crooked teeth. In most of the cases, the lower front teeth are the most affected ones. They are can be aligned properly and can be straightened using braces (invisible or conventional). For quicker results, the dentist may suggest porcelain veneers.

2. Broken or Chipped Teeth

Depending on the extent of damage, they can be repaired using treatment options like porcelain crowns, bonding, porcelain veneers, and others.

3. Missing Teeth

Missing tooth is the worst form of an imperfect smile. It can be caused due to oral health negligence or accidents. The missing spaces in the arch can be corrected using dental implants or bridges.

4. Alignment and Spacing

Some people have more space between the teeth. Apart from being unsightly, these gaps also lead to functional problems. The gaps can be reduced using veneers, composite resin bonding techniques, and invisible braces.

5. Gummy Smile

This can easily be rectified by our laser gum contouring. If you are not satisfied with the shade of your teeth, or if you have stained teeth, they can be treated with oral prophylaxis or professional teeth whitening.

6. Fuller Lips, Cheeks and Smile

Aged or unshapely face can be improved or enhanced using certain procedures like orthodontics and oral maxillofacial surgery.

7. Tooth Texture and Characterization

In order to make the teeth look more feminine or masculine, a dentist may recommend characterizing it with veneers or crowns.

What Does a Dentist Do in Cosmetic Smile Designing?

Some of the options, the dentist will consider are tooth recontouring to even out the smile and create a more symmetrical look. The dentist may replace old crowns where the metal underneath has been exposed due to the change in gums, with new type full porcelain crowns where there is no metal underneath.

In most of the cases, dentists will take impressions of the patient’s teeth and make a set of study models. Later the changes are performed on the models in wax. Once the models are finished, they will be evaluated with the patients and discuss the resultant changes to determine if our goals are met.

In order to change the contour or shade of the teeth, the dentist may suggest porcelain veneers – through this, you can get your desired result. After that, the dentist will look at the gum line and check out if it requires any changes to get a balanced symmetrical appearance.

If any of the teeth have decayed or if they have to be removed then the dentist will suggest implants. Choosing a dental implant procedure is a better choice for future dental health. They last pretty long than other treatment options.

A cosmetic treatment plan consists of several restorative methods. Below is a list of things a dentist will do for shaping, sculpting and making your smile more enhanced and beautiful.

1. Tooth Colored Fillings:

The dentist will use natural-colored materials to fill up space in the teeth caused by cavities. Before applying materials, a dental professional will clean the damaged part of the tooth. Materials used for filling up space include resin, lab-made porcelain inlays and outlays.

2. Tooth Whitening:

Our teeth can get stained for many reasons that include drinking coffee, smoking, taking alcohol and many others. Even aging can lead to discoloration of teeth. Teeth whitening is a process where the color of the teeth are restored to make them shiny and bright. This can be in 2 ways – either in-office bleach or laser treatment. Based on your budget and other factors, the dentist will choose the right treatment for you.

3. Veneers

Veneers are tooth-colored thin shells that are attached to the tooth (front part). They are usually custom made using materials like ceramic, composite resin, or porcelain. They can be used to fill up the spaces in between the teeth, cover the stained teeth, poorly shaped or crooked.

4. Braces

Braces are one of the long lasting and best methods to fix crowded and crooked teeth. Over the years, braces have become much smaller and less noticeable. If you are still worried about the visibility of the braces then you can try transparent aligners – they are much discreet and blend in with tooth color.

5. Enamel Shaping

The dentist will reshape the teeth by contouring tooth enamel (outer layer of the tooth). This option is used when teeth appear a little crowded, uneven or too long. They improve the way your teeth look.

6. Crowns

If your tooth requires more dramatic change then crowns are the best option. This option will be chosen by the dentist when veneers and enamel shaping cannot provide, the desired result. In this process, the outer part of the crown is removed and the custom-made crown is placed over it.

7. Length of the Tooth

Short teeth don’t provide a good appearance when you smile. Treatments for making teeth a bit longer include reshaping, lengthening the two front teeth, composite bonding, porcelain veneers and, others. Lengthening teeth also have an impact on overall facial appearance. For example – a long, square, properly shaped teeth provide slimming effect in individuals with round face.

8. Tooth Proportions

A pleasant smile has a correct proportion of two central teeth are dominant and with a width-to-length ratio (4-to-5). This proportion guides the other teeth in terms of length and width. In an aesthetic view, this smile appears much more balanced and perfect.

9. Gum Depigmentation

Beautiful gums are usually pink in color. However, some people have brown, dark brown and black gums – which look ugly aesthetically. The darkness in the gums is actually caused by melanin pigmentation. With latest technologies and developments, the dark pigmentation can be removed using lasers.

10. Gum Recontouring

Among smile makeover factors, it is very important that the size and shape of the teeth should be in proportionate with gums. Otherwise, the smile doesn’t look great. Especially for people with gums covering too much then, this treatment is the best. This cosmetic dental procedure will even out an uneven gum line.

Benefits of Smile Designing
  • It helps you get back the confidence.
  • No more cracks, missing teeth, and other teeth ailments.
  • Better oral health.
  • No more consciously suppressing your smile.
  • Better chewing and better speech.

Smile Design Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long Does the Smile Designing Process Take?

A. Smile transformations can take three weeks to several months depending on each individual. If your teeth and gums are healthy then it should take about three to four weeks.
If you require a gum lift, then you will have to wait till the gums are healthy and healed. This could take about eight to ten weeks before work on the smile design begins.

If you are getting an implant done then it would take somewhere around 6 months to allow the implants to get integrated into the bone and to allow healing of the gums.

Q. What should I expect while getting a smile makeover?

A. During your smile designing treatment or consultation, it is important to be realistic with the expectations about your new smile look. If your case is a bit complex then it may take more time and several steps. Before trying out the treatment, make sure you and your dentist agree to the expected results.

Q. How much time with my smile makeover take?

A. Some of the procedures can be completed within a week, while some of them may take more than a month. The time period is usually depends on how many changes your smile requires. So, the dentist will the right person to tell you how long the treatment will take.

Q. What is the cost for smile designing or smile makeover in Rama Dental Clinics India?

A. Before the procedure, it is very important to talk about the treatment procedures and cost involved in smile makeover process. Most of the treatments options provide payment plans or packages. Most of the dental clinics accept credit or debit cards and insurance as well.

Usually, in Rama Dental Clinics India, It may range from Rs. 50,000 to more depending on the number of treatments you require, and others. We provide treatments 24×7.

For an appropriate cost estimation, Feel free to talk with Dr. V.Shashikanth.

Q. How will my new smile look?

A. Some dentists have enough equipment like computer imaging software to show you the pictures of a transformed smile. This may help you understand how your new smile look.

Q. How do I know if I need a smile makeover?

A. To help with that, we have arranged a smile checklist below… please look at the mirror while answering these questions…

  • Do like the way you smile?
  • Do you have the discoloration on your teeth?
  • Are there spaces between the teeth?
  • Are your teeth crooked, chipped, or cracked?
  • Do you have any missing teeth?
  • Do you think that your teeth are too long or too short?
  • Are you pleased with the shape, size and positioning of your teeth?
  • Are your gums looking healthy? Are they pink in color?

If your answers show that, your smile requires some changes then it’s time to consult a dental clinic.

Q. How long does cosmetic dentistry last?

A. This is one of the very important questions to think before opting for smile designing. When it comes to longevity of the procedure, it depends on two main things.

  • Quality – Delivering high quality with best possible outcome required meticulous experience, skill set and attention to detail. For example, while performing any procedure, if all the steps are performed and rushed to completion then the solution may not last long enough.
  • Habits – It is recommended to use custom fitted guards to protect the teeth from wear and tear. If you have the habit of grinding your teeth then it is very important. Apart from that, it is better to avoid eating rough crunchy foods and biting on hard objects. Attention to oral hygiene is very important to maintain the beautiful smile you got after the makeover.
Q. I have a gap between my two front teeth. How can it be closed?

A. There are different types of procedures to correct that. Some of them include orthodontics, bonding, crowns, and porcelain veneers. Talk to your dentist for the right treatment for you.

Q. Do you have to cut the teeth to prepare for veneers?

A. Unlike crowns, porcelain veneering doesn’t require tooth preparation. Just a thin layer (from .5 – .8mm) is removed so that there is enough space for veneers. This small tooth enamel removal will help to craft a natural smile without making the teeth look bulky.

Q. Can I still have a beautiful smile without having braces placed?

A. If you are not a fan of braces there are options to choose from. Previously we had no other option but now-a-days we have transparent braces (invisaligners) and veneers to replace them.

Q. Can smokers undergo smile designing treatment?

A. Generally, this may not be an issue. However, this depends on the type of cosmetic dental procedure. Usually, smokers are more at a risk of periodontal disease or gum disease. Smoking can also cause or worsen discoloration of teeth. And moreover, the rate of implant failure is also high. So, if you have a smoking habit then it is better to avoid it after getting the smile makeover. As it can decrease the longevity of the results.

Q. Who is not eligible for the treatment?

A. People dealing with different oral problems that include chipped, broken, cracked teeth, gum bleeding, dark patches, stains usually undergo smile design treatment. However, not everyone is appropriate for getting the treatment. If you are experiencing oral health issues like weak bones then you may not be eligible for the treatment. It is better to consult your dentist to know if your health is suitable enough for smile designing.

Q. Are there any side effects for smile design?

A. There are no specific side effects for getting a smile makeover. However, make sure to get it done by a certified medical professional and make sure he/she uses high quality materials for longevity.

Q. Are the smile makeover results permanent?

A. Everything has some certain expiry time. The smile makeover usually lasts very long if oral health is properly maintained. If you want the results to be permanent then you have to visit the dentist for a regular checkup and maintain proper oral health.

Q. How long does it take to recover?

A. Usually, the estimated time for recovery is 2 – 4 weeks. However, some of them may take a few months depending on a number of treatments they are undergoing.

Q. How to care and maintain smile makeover?

A. Caring and maintaining the results is very important as they help the makeover to last long. Here are a few things you should do…

  • Brush twice a day and don’t forget to floss daily. Use only soft bristled tooth brush.
  • Visit your dentist regularly (once in a few months) for maintenance and cleanups.
  • Avoid biting hard and sticky foods.
  • Avoid smoking and reduce alcohol intake.
  • Avoid habits like biting nails, opening bottle caps with teeth and others.
About the Rama Dental Clinics:

Rama Dental Clinics is a standout amongst the all the famous dental hospitals in Hyderabad, owing to the world class infrastructure it has, and the utility of leading edge technology at the clinic. Besides its unique infrastructure and highly qualified specialists, Rama Dental clinic in Hyderabad believes in delivering services at par with global standards.

Our Team

Dr. V. Shashi Kanth
MDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Implantologist, Professor
Dr. V. Srilatha
Cosmetic Dental Surgeon
Dr. Dinesh
Cosmetic Surgeon and Root Canal Specialist