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When you look into a mirror, what is the first thing you notice about yourself? Chances are it’s your smile and how your teeth and gums measure up to your idea of what beauty looks like. Your smile is also the first thing others notice about you as well, and this impression can impact your self-confidence.

At Gentle Dental Arts in Orem, Utah, Dr. Alexander Larsen and our team understand how valuable a healthy, attractive smile is to a person’s self-image, and we have helped many patients create the smile of their dreams with the help of a smile makeover. Whether you are looking to improve your smile overall or you are wanting to boost your self-esteem for a particular milestone in your life, such as a wedding, graduation, or another big day where there will be lots of photo-taking. A smile makeover can give you the boost you need to feel your best, and in the process, even transform your quality of life.

One of the things people don’t often talk about is that if your smile looks bad, people might make assumptions about you as a person. For example, if your teeth are speckled with stains, you may appear older than you are, and if your teeth are in bad shape, people might assume you lack attention to care and hygiene which might also translate into other areas of your life. People with bad teeth might also be seen as being poor, affecting how people view you. When you are self-conscious about your smile you may tend to hide your personality and come across as unfriendly. These little things can all add up to make you feel bad about your smile.

With the help of a smile makeover, you can overcome these issues and let your personality shine! Of course, a makeover will take into account your general oral health and take care of that first. You want to build your smile on a healthy foundation. This means working on the teeth and gums to make sure there aren’t cavities or gum inflammation lurking in your mouth.

3 Common Issues a Smile Makeover Can Address

Missing Teeth
Do you have gaps in your smile because of missing teeth? Did you know that this can cause problems with your oral health? When teeth are lost, the incidence of decay increases. Missing teeth also present a space allowing nearby teeth to shift into. If this issue isn’t addressed, your tooth alignment can suffer. To help solve this issue, Dr. Larsen may recommend a dental implant, bridge, or implant-supported denture to restore your smile.

Tooth Discoloration
Since the teeth are the first thing people notice about your smile, their color can have a huge impact on how they appear. Consistently whiter teeth look cleaner, while stains stand out and detract from your appearance. Dr. Larsen can whiten your teeth to complement your complexion and make your teeth look their best.

Misaligned or Crowded Teeth
Beautifully shaped and whitened teeth can still be marred by misalignment of the bite, or teeth that overlap. Dr. Larsen might recommend wearing dental veneers or wearing clear braces to give you an aligned, attractive smile.

One of the things to consider when getting a smile makeover before a special occasion is to begin the process with plenty of time to adjust to the new changes and to make sure everything looks and feels great. When we design your treatment plan for your smile makeover, we will make sure that each treatment is as comfortable and positive as possible. A smile makeover might involve performing several different treatments to achieve an overall look. Dr. Larsen might recommend having one or more of the following treatments to transform your smile.

Options We Offer to Make Over Your Smile

Bridges – these restorations can fill in the gap left behind by missing teeth. They also help you speak and chew properly while also maintaining the shape of your face.

Clear braces – braces can align your teeth discreetly and can even help fix asymmetrical jaw problems. They can also lessen tooth crowding and fill in spaces.

Composite fillings – tooth colored fillings offer durability and help protect the tooth from fracturing all while offering discreet coverage by blending in with the rest of the tooth.

Crowns – these “caps” are often used to repair a tooth if veneers won’t work. They are fitted over a tooth that you can see (above the gumline) to fix a tooth’s shape and size and to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

Dental implants – these restorations are a complete tooth replacement using a post, abutment, and restoration to replace missing teeth. They also preserve your jaw bone and maintain your facial appearance.

Dentures – today’s dentures look more natural than ever and function like having your own teeth again. They can be fixed or removable. Whether you need full or partial dentures, we custom craft them for a perfect fit that blends into your smile.

Porcelain veneers – these wafer-thin shells are crafted from porcelain to cover the front of the teeth. They are great options for closing spaces between teeth or cover teeth with chips, severe stains, or are unevenly shaped. They can even help if a tooth is slightly crooked.

As you can see, there is a lot that can be done to overcome a less than stellar smile. If you are weary of feeling self-conscious about your smile or want to look your best for an upcoming event of a lifetime, our Gentle Dental Arts team in Orem, Utah can help, If Dr. Larsen approves a smile makeover to transform your smile, you can rest assured you will be in the best of hands. Please give us a call at 801-788-4922 and find out if a smile makeover is right for you. We look forward to helping you with all aspects of your smile!