What is a Smile Makeover?


A smile makeover can be anything from correcting a single tooth that is bothering you to a full smile that you are too embarrassed to show.

 

At The Lytham Dental Clinic we have a special interest in transforming your smile using the latest technology in cosmetic dentistry today.  Most people have a good idea of what they don’t like about their own smile, whether it is crooked teeth, gaps, missing teeth, old unrealistic looking crowns or just discolouration. 

Dr Williams is a member of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and one of only a small number in the UK of full members of The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), and he has a special interest in smile design and cosmetic restorative dentistry.  This means that Dr Williams is not just concerned with the appearance of your smile, but also your overall dental health.

Dr Williams employs many different techniques, procedures and technologies to provide his patients with dazzling new smiles.  If you are unsatisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry can give you a beautiful, white, straight smile.

No matter what your problem may be, there is a cosmetic, general or restorative dentistry solution that we can offer you.


Why would a smile makeover be suitable for me?

Do any of the following problems sound familiar?

  • Gaps in Smile – having gaps in your smile can cause a number of different problems.  You might be concerned with your appearance, but gaps can also allow adjacent teeth to tilt and migrate, thereby causing bite problems, leading to painful teeth or jaw muscles, and food trapping between teeth.  The Lytham Dental Clinic can correct gaps in your smile with treatments like Cfast or In-Line Orthodontic clear aligners, smile makeover solutions like porcelain veneers or composite bonding, or restorative solutions like dentures, bridges or implants.
  • Missing teeth – whilst bridges and dentures still have a big part to play in dentistry, life-changing implants are now the gold standard to replace missing teeth. For more information, click here.
  • Problem gums – if your gums are red and inflamed it could be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.  Also, having a “gummy smile” might be a source of self-consciousness or embarrassment. Here at The Lytham Dental Clinic we can correct your smile if you are unhappy about the amount of gum tissue that shows, or if your gums are suffering from periodontal disease, using specialist gum therapy. Too much gum, uneven gum levels or gum recession can detract from an otherwise great looking smile. For more information, click here.
  • Yellow or grey teeth – whitening the colour of your smile can give you a huge boost in self-confidence because you can be proud of the shade of your teeth.  Teeth can become darker or stained over time from foods, drinks, tobacco products or other staining agents. The Lytham Dental Clinic can whiten your smile with a variety of different options. For more information, click here.

    NB: Please be very wary of unregistered “providers” or so-called “tooth whitening specialists” who purport to offer professional tooth whitening. They are completely unlicensed, have little or no knowledge of teeth, are highly likely to do you more harm than good and are practicing dentistry illegally.
 
  • Broken Teeth – teeth can be chipped, cracked or broken by any number of elements.  Broken, chipped or cracked teeth can alter your bite and prevent you from chewing properly.  If you have a broken tooth, The Lytham Dental Clinic can restore your smile so that it looks and functions properly with composite bonding, dental crowns or porcelain veneers. In addition, we have even achieved amazing and ground breaking results by bonding back fractured natural enamel, so if you are unfortunate enough to break a front tooth in an accident, try to make sure that the broken piece is carefully saved for the possibility of immediate rebonding.
  • Crooked Teeth – having crooked teeth can be a huge burden.  Not only will crooked teeth affect your bite, they can also make you feel ashamed of your smile.  The Lytham Dental Clinic use the very latest Cfast (Cosmetically focused, adult straight teeth) orthodontic system, In-Line Orthodontic clear aligners, porcelain veneers or composite bonding to correct your crooked teeth so that you can be proud of your smile.
  • Mis-shapen Teeth – mis-shaped teeth can cause you to be self-conscious about your smile, as well as disrupt your bite.  If you have misshapen teeth, contact The Lytham Dental Clinic to have them fixed.  We can use dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or composite bonding to correct your tooth problems.
  • Decay in Teeth – If your teeth hurt when you eat or drink, it may be sign that you have decaying teeth.  Having decayed teeth is dangerous because it can lead to severe toothache and abscesses, and ultimately tooth loss.  If you are suffering from decaying teeth, schedule an appointment with The Lytham Dental Clinic. You can have your teeth repaired with white fillings, composite bonding or dental crowns, or replaced with dentures, bridgework or dental implants.
 

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FAQs:

Q. What is Smile Analysis and Design?

A. Dr Williams takes extreme care when analyzing your features to design a smile that best compliments you. This includes looking at your teeth, face shape and size, bite alignment and how you swallow, speak and eat. All of this allows him to make sure you have a healthy oral environment without disease and decay. Smile analysis is not just our way of helping you address that common question of “what can I do to look better?” but so much more!

Q. How long does it take to achieve a gorgeous new smile?

A. Every case is different, but as a guide, the usual cases (as shown in the gallery) took as little as two to three appointments over a seven to fourteen day period after the initial consultation. Some larger or more complex cases, however, can take from one month, up to a year to complete, and this allows you to budget over the course of treatment.

Q. What is the process involved in a full smile makeover?

A. At The Lytham Dental Clinic we have a special interest and particular skill in planning your new smile. We use predictable techniques and do not, like some dentists, just ‘hope for the best’. We follow a set predictability protocol as detailed below:

  • Thorough examination and diagnosis, followed by photographs and sometimes digital imaging, will enable us to produce a full pre-operative 3-D interpretation of your intended cosmetic and functional outcome. This is called a diagnostic wax-up: you will now be on the first step to creating your new smile.
  • In many cases we can transfer the diagnostic wax-up into your mouth, without any preparation of the teeth at all, to produce a 3-D smile prototype. This gives you another, more detailed opportunity to assess what you can expect in your new smile, prior to any preparation of your teeth.
  • Your teeth will then be precisely prepared and shaped to exact predetermined proportions, using custom made preparation guides and your prototype (provisional) temporary teeth will be fitted immediately.  This “trial run” will allow you to assess if you would like any changes, and ask the opinion of your friends and family.
  • And finally the “trial smile” is transformed into the highest quality porcelain veneers, crowns or bridgework. The final restorations are handcrafted by our world renowned master technicians and will have the shape, detail and texture of natural teeth, to your desired colour.

Q. Is cosmetic dental treatment painful?

A. Absolutely not! Modern techniques mean that even if you need a local anaesthetic this can be done painlessly. Our highly trained staff, in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, will ensure that your visit is stress-free.

Q. Who has cosmetic dental treatment?

A. People from all walks of life. In the past cosmetic treatment has been associated with models and movie stars. Now anyone can have it. Quite simply, if you're unhappy with your smile, you can now change it to one you're proud of.

Q. How can I get an idea of how I would look with an improved smile?

A. By listening to what you want and taking notes we are able to mentally form a picture of what your smile can look like. To show you what we are seeing in our mind, we take a digital photograph of your face. We can then use cosmetic imaging software to generate a computerised image showing you with various smile enhancements, such as whitening, shape and length changes. Another way we can give you an idea of what you would look like with an improved smile is to fabricate a “diagnostic wax-up” of your new smile. This is when we do the porcelain crowns, veneers or bridgework on a model of your teeth in order to see three dimensionally the changes in your smile. You can actually ‘hold’ your new smile in your hands! This is the ultimate blueprint which is lifelike.

Q. How long does cosmetic dental treatment last?

A. That's up to you and how well you look after it. Our highly trained team is always on hand to give you advice and provide you with a post treatment programme of brushing and flossing to help you maintain your new smile.

As a guide, with normal brushing and flossing plus regular six monthly visits to the hygienist and dentist, we would expect veneers and crowns to last between 5 and 25 years. After this time the veneers may start to look a little worn and may start to chip. When this occurs you may wish to replace them, which is easily done.

Tooth whitening treatments vary in their longevity depending on the original shade of the teeth but on average will last a minimum of eighteen months. This is life-style dependent, however, so we advise occasional ‘top-ups’ to maintain your dazzling look.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. There are many factors and variables when creating an individual treatment plan, so it is difficult to offer an answer to this. However, rest assured that after your initial consultation, which currently costs only £89 for an hour of Dr Williams’ time, you will be presented with a full and comprehensive written breakdown of your investment. Whilst our fees reflect the quality and value of our work, we are extremely competitive and indeed our charges are considerably below comparable quality dentistry provided in larger cities. We will also provide you with payment plan options that can make cosmetic dental improvements affordable for you.

External links:

British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) - FAQ page on Cosmetic Dentistry

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