Few people are born with a perfect smile. Crooked teeth, stains, chips, and gaps can take a lot out of your smile’s appearance. Thankfully there is the smile makeover, which can rejuvenate the appearance of your teeth and gums. Yet our Knoxville, TN practice offers another kind of smile makeover that is far faster.
Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. and his team would like to go over some of the basics of the instant smile makeover and why it may be right for you. First, let’s go over the traditional smile makeover for the sake of comparison.
A traditional smile makeover is a combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures that can enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Most smile makeovers involve a mix of dental bonding, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored dental crowns, and gum contouring treatment.
A traditional smile makeover can take several visits to complete, especially when patients need substantial rehabilitation of their smile. Three or more sessions of teeth whitening may be required, with sessions spaced a few weeks apart. Once the is done, additional cosmetic procedures can be performed to address the needs of the patient.
This is why instant smile makeovers have become popular to many patients. These instant smile makeovers involve just one procedure: porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are adhered to the fronts of your teeth. When in place, they mask cosmetic flaws from view and blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.
Placing porcelain veneers takes two visits to our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice. The visits are roughly 10-14 days apart. That is a virtual “instant” compared to the weeks and months required for a traditional smile makeover.
At the first visit, a patient’s teeth are prepped. An impression is then taken of the patient’s prepped teeth. From this impression, technicians at a dental lab can craft custom dental veneers.
Patients return to the practice to have the veneers placed. We will check for proper fit before the veneers are set in place. This ensures full comfort and snugness around the prepped tooth.
We use porcelain veneers at our practice to treat:
In addition to being an instant smile makeover, some people refer to porcelain veneers as “instant orthodontics” because of how dramatic the results can be.
Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from cosmetic flaws affect their front teeth. They should be in otherwise good dental health and understand proper aftercare of their veneers.
An instant smile makeover may be ideal for you if you have aesthetic issues predominantly affecting your front teeth. During a consultation at our practice, we can determine if an instant smile makeover with porcelain veneers is right for your situation, or if a traditional smile makeover may be more ideal.
For more information about smile makeover treatment and how we can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. in Knoxville by calling (865) 693-7631.