What Is a Smile Design and How Can It Help Transform My Confidence?
If you feel embarrassed when you smile, it can be hard to be confident when you’re at your best. There are a lot of reasons that people dislike their smiles, like misaligned or missing teeth, chips, cracks, discoloration, and more. The good thing is that there are plenty of options available to address your concerns with the help of your dentist.
A smile design is a comprehensive, customized set of cosmetic treatments designed to transform the natural beauty of your smile and improve your dental health. It usually involves one or more restorative treatments designed to improve many different aspects of your smile over time. Effective smile design takes into account both your smile’s cosmetic appearance and its healthy function.
At New York General Dentistry, our smile design services are a collaborative effort between you and Dr. Chern. Together, we’ll create a treatment plan that transforms your smile and makes sure you feel comfortable in your best moments. We’ll also ensure you’re comfortable, relaxed, and excited about the new you.
Types of Smile Design Treatments
Veneers are a quick restoration solution for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Veneers are made from natural, tooth-colored ceramic materials like porcelain. They are attached to the front of your teeth to improve the shape, color, and overall appearance, and are virtually undetectable to other people. They usually last for many years with the right care.
Many people experience tooth staining over time which affects their confidence when smiling. These stains come from many different factors like foods, beverages, lifestyle choices, and aging. Professional whitening treatments are one of the best options for getting rid of stains and yellowness that come with regular wear on your teeth. This can be completed in our office in as little as 40-60 minutes.
White Spot Removal
White spots are a common occurrence on teeth, and some of the causes include dental fluorosis, enamel hypoplasia, and poor dental hygiene. They can form during normal tooth development or after certain orthodontic treatments. They often require some professional help since bleaching or whitening treatments can make them stand out even more. White spots can be removed at our office with non-invasive, safe, and painless techniques that preserve healthy tooth structure for a clear and uniform smile.
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces and can gradually straighten your teeth over the course of six months using specially-designed trays fabricated for your mouth. You’ll change out your trays every few weeks to shift your teeth into position without the discomfort or embarrassment of traditional braces. The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that you can remove them for eating and brushing, but they’re otherwise undetectable.
The Smile Design Treatment Process and What to Expect
Your First Appointment (60-90 minutes)
- Dr. Chern will get to know you and your smile improvement goals. We encourage patients to bring pictures of their ideal tooth design and color. We will discuss your dental health history and take some photographs to better visualize your smile and how your teeth relate to your face. This also helps you compare your before and after!
- Dr. Chern will perform a comprehensive exam and check your TMJ, teeth, and gums for optimal health and function.
- Dr. Chern will discuss your treatment options for your specific goals at length and take any necessary impressions for lab collaboration.
Your Second Appointment (30-45 minutes)
- You and Dr. Chern will inspect any models and photographs together and discuss what you’re hoping to achieve in more detail.
- Based on the discussion you have with Dr. Chern, the model will be approved or adjusted to your goals and your treatment options will be completed. A trial smile for more complex work is used to visualize the final product.
Your Final Appointment (30-45 minutes)
It’s now time to get started on your specific treatments. The process will be customized to fit your health, comfort levels, budget, and schedule. Smile design outcomes vary in duration but we are here to help at every step along the journey. Most importantly, our goal is to help you smile confidently again— we want you to love showing your smile to the world!
Caring For Your New Smile
Now that the journey is over, it’s extremely important to maintain your beautiful new smile! Depending on the types of treatments, your maintenance may be different. However, it’s important to follow a few core steps to make sure your teeth stay beautiful and functional for the long term:
- Eat a healthy diet (with a moderate amount of sweets and soft drinks)
- See your dentist regularly (every 4-6 months) for a hygiene appointment
- Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush
- Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)
- Always clean between the teeth and around the dental work
What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?
We’ll create a treatment plan for you and your dental needs using our best laser technologies. Dr. Chern can ensure your dental health lasts for the long term with the best laser surgery options for you.
Laser dentistry offers a relaxed and comfortable alternative to surgery, meaning there’s no need to worry. Our calm and bright office offers all the amenities you need to feel at ease before, during, and after your procedure.
Your lifelong oral health is our priority. New York General Dentistry uses modern techniques and technologies to ensure your SOL treatment is a success.