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Smile Design

Bethel Dental Smile DesignModern dentistry has a lot more to offer than just fillings and exams. It is now possible to completely reconstruct your smile.

Whether for cosmetic or restorative reasons, there are a variety of procedures that can transform how your mouth looks and feels.

Smile Design

If you’ve ever wished you could smile as confidently as the models you see in magazines, then smile design may be just the thing for you. Smile design is the process of identifying the perfect smile for you and working with your dentist to achieve it. This process will result in a plan to remedy issues such as:

  • Undesirable or inconsistent tooth color
  • Missing, cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Alignment and spacing issues
  • Uneven or crooked teeth
  • Unshapely or aging lips and cheeks

All of these imperfections, and more,  will be analyzed by your dentist, who will then work with you to identify the correct procedures and timeline to achieve your goal. Some of the restorative and cosmetic procedures you may need include teeth whitening, dental bonding, orthodontics, crowns, veneers, and gum contouring. In the end, it is possible to have the gorgeous smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Sometimes a smile makeover is more than just a cosmetic procedure. Full-mouth reconstruction is called for when a patient’s teeth or bite has been compromised by injury, disease, excessive decay, or a grinding condition such as TMJ-TMD. This process will restore and repair all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws as well as your proper bite.

After a thorough examination of teeth, gums, and jaws, using x-rays and surgical microscopes, your dentist will prepare a comprehensive treatment plan just for you. Some of the treatments that may be necessary for a full-mouth reconstruction include:

  • Fillings, inlays, and onlays
  • Bonding and re-contouring
  • Endodontic surgery (root canal)
  • Crowns, bridges, or veneers
  • Gum contouring or grafting
  • Orthodontics
  • Orthognathic surgery for jaw repositioning
  • Implant placement

Although this treatment process may seem daunting, a full-mouth reconstruction can offer a lifetime of improved dental health as well as a more beautiful smile.

Gum Contouring

One very effective method of improving your smile is gum contouring. This simple procedure is fast, but the results are striking. An unattractive gumline can severely affect the appearance of a smile. Often, having a gummy smile, or too much gums, makes teeth look smaller and shorter. Uneven and unusually shaped gums can also be unsightly. Gum contouring can solve all of these issues.

Often completed in a single visit, this procedure will only require the application of a topical anesthetic. Then, a soft-tissue laser will be used to trim, shape, and seal the gums in a more desirable shape. Once completed, your teeth will appear more natural and healthy in size and form.

To get started, fill out our online Smile Evaluation form.

Dr. Van Strait of Bethel Dental Associates is your CT provider for quality dental care. Call 203-730-9011 to find out more.