The prevalence of extreme makeovers in popular culture, especially on television, has led us to believe that a smile makeover should involve several rather intensive procedures that dramatically alter the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and lips. In reality, smile makeovers refer to a cosmetic dental treatment plan that can incorporate any number of procedures, both minor and intensive. Dr. James R. Stewart discusses a few conservative treatment options that, when performed as part of a cohesive cosmetic strategy, can significantly enhance the vibrancy of your smile.
Whitening Systems for Brighter Teeth
The single trendiest cosmetic solution around, teeth whitening can improve the appearance of your teeth by removing years of built up stains and discolorations. Dr. Stewart offers two types of whitening treatments at his Livonia dentist office. For patients interested in quick results, in-office whitening can brighten your teeth by several shades in about an hour. During this procedure, Dr. Stewart treats your teeth with a special, light-activated gel that whitens while you wait. For patients interested in a more traditional treatment, Dr. Stewart also offers a take-home whitening system. Using custom-fitted trays filled with a gentle bleaching agent, you can whiten your teeth from the convenience of home. In as little as a few days, your teeth can look several shades brighter.
Smooth Rough Edges with Tooth Contouring
Tooth contouring refers to a very simple, conservative procedure meant to reshape the edges of your teeth. Perfect for smoothing rough or jagged edges, minor chips, and overlaps, contouring creates subtle changes that can offer dramatic results, especially in conjunction with teeth whitening or gum contouring. Contouring can even correct overlapping teeth, helping some patients avoid the need for orthodontics.
Mend a Gummy Smile with Gum Contouring
Large, long, or uneven gums can make your teeth look short and give your smile an awkward appearance. Dr. Stewart offers gum contouring, popularly known as a gum lift, a relatively conservative procedure that evens out the gum line and reveals just the perfect amount of enamel. Since this procedure does involve the soft tissue of the mouth, you can expect some healing time. Paired with a whitening treatment and tooth contouring, a gum lift can dramatically improve the evenness and symmetry of your smile.
A beautiful smile does more than simply make you look great. It makes you feel great! When you feel confident about the appearance of your mouth, you are more likely to show off your grin. All that smiling has a positive effect on your self-esteem and your overall well-being.
Interested in seeing how simple cosmetic procedures can add up to a gorgeous smile? Call us today at (734) 425-4400 to schedule your appointment with Dr. James R. Stewart. Our Livonia dentist office proudly serves patients from the surrounding areas of Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Novi, Dearborn, Redford, and other nearby communities.