Maintaining good oral health after smile makeover treatment

Are you looking to boost your confidence, enhance your appearance and leave a lasting impression?

At our state-of-the-art Leeds practice, our clinicians understand the power of a smile makeover. We take the time to listen to each of our patients, recommending a completely bespoke treatment plan that considers their oral health history and smile ambitions.

However, a breathtaking smile isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about maintaining it for years to come. Alongside your smile makeover journey, our clinicians may emphasise the importance of improving your oral health to help you preserve your brand new smile for years to come.

Let us talk you through what a smile makeover is, alongside valuable tips for maintaining good oral health after your treatment.

What is a smile makeover?

So, what exactly is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a comprehensive, hands-on approach to enhancing your smile’s aesthetics. It is usually a combination of cosmetic dental treatments, all tailored to address your individual needs. A smile makeover isn’t just a subtle enhancement. Our goal is to create a striking smile that leaves you looking and feeling your best.

Smile makeovers can correct a wide range of cosmetic and sometimes functional issues related to the appearance of your smile, including:

  • Stains or discolouration
  • Chips and cracks
  • Misalignment issues
  • Gaps
  • Missing teeth

What treatments are included in a smile makeover?

Although smile makeovers can encompass a wide range of dental treatments, the exact procedures we recommend can vary based on your unique needs. Our professional clinicians in Leeds understand that every mouth is different and will require individualised care. We will take the time to discuss with you exactly what you’d like to achieve from your smile makeover and how we can make it happen.

Common smile makeover treatments include:

Porcelain veneers — These ultra-thin shells of porcelain are custom-made to cover the front surface of your teeth. They can address various dental issues, such as stains, chips and gaps. Veneers can create a uniform, white and attractive smile.

Composite bonding — Composite bonding is able to repair a number of oral health issues. This non-invasive solution involves the application of composite resin to your teeth, creating a brand new surface layer. Bonding can fill gaps in the teeth and generally improve the appearance of the smile.

Teeth whitening — Teeth whitening can remove stubborn stains and discolouration, resulting in a brighter and more youthful smile. Our teeth whitening treatments are safe and effective, guaranteed to achieve professional results.

Invisalign or braces — Both Invisalign and traditional braces can correct misaligned teeth. Orthodontic treatments can enhance both your appearance and oral health, making it easier to brush and floss.

Dental crowns — Dental crowns can restore the function and appearance of a tooth that has been significantly damaged due to decay, trauma or wear.

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Am I suitable for a smile makeover?

Whether you are suitable for a smile makeover depends on your individual oral health and cosmetic goals.

Your overall dental health is a crucial factor. Our clinicians will assess the condition of your teeth and gums to ensure that any underlying oral health issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay, are addressed before pursuing cosmetic procedures.

Why should I consider a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is an excellent way to enhance your confidence and overall appearance. If there are things that you don’t like about your smile and you find yourself shying away from the camera or avoiding eye contact, an appointment at our Leeds practice can change everything.

What is the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry primarily focuses on improving the aesthetics of your smile. It includes procedures like teeth whitening and veneers.

General dentistry, on the other hand, is concerned with the overall health of your teeth and gums. It includes regular check-ups, cleanings and other treatments for dental issues. While general dentistry is necessary for oral health, cosmetic dentistry is optional and focuses on enhancing your smile's appearance.

Although some cosmetic dental treatments can positively impact your oral health, the main focus of a smile makeover is to achieve an aesthetically pleasing smile.

After your smile makeover treatment, you should continue to maintain good oral health through regular check-ups and an at-home dental routine.

Does a smile makeover improve my oral health?

While a smile makeover primarily focuses on the aesthetic aspects of your smile, it can indirectly improve your oral health.

Procedures like dental implants can replace missing teeth, making it easier to chew food and maintain a balanced diet. Plus, a beautiful smile can motivate you to take better care of your teeth and gums.

Maintaining good oral health after your smile makeover treatment

After your smile makeover treatment, there are steps you can take to preserve your beautiful new smile for years to come.

To maintain good oral health at home, you should:

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, using a soft-bristle brush
  • Floss daily to remove debris from between your teeth and along the gumline
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months

Lifestyle changes you can make to keep your smile healthy include:

  • Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night

To maintain your dream smile after your smile makeover, you will need to visit our Leeds practice twice a year for a routine check-up. Our experienced clinicians will be able to spot any oral health issues before they become too severe. Treatments like dental crowns may need replacing every 10 to 15 years, which is why regular appointments are so crucial.

Achieve your dream smile with The Dental Architect

Are you ready to transform your smile and improve your oral health?

A smile makeover can change your life. At The Dental Architect, we work hard to ensure that all of our patients leave our Leeds practice with a smile they’re proud to show off.

If you’d like to learn more about what a smile makeover is and how you can maintain good oral health after your treatment, please get in touch. Call our warm and welcoming team on 0113 868 4324 now to book your consultation.

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