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Smile Makeover

Smile Makeover St Albans

A smile makeover is when cosmetic procedures (in dentistry) are used to improve the appearance of a person's smile. These procedures include dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants, and teeth whitening.

It usually considers your facial appearance, teeth colours and dimensions, skin tone, hair colour, gum tissues, and lips. This procedure is carried out for many reasons and is usually customised to suit your unique considerations.

What problems does smile makeover solve?

There are different aspects of the smile that can be improved with a smile makeover. Some of them include:

Tooth colour

Dental fillings like silver or amalgam, tooth coloured composite restorations, and teeth whitening can be used to remove stains from your teeth and even improve their colour. Your dentist will give special considerations to your age, previously done procedures, and your teeth' shape to provide you with the best treatment.

Spacing and alignment

Misaligned teeth or gaps will be straightened, and the gaps closed with orthodontic treatments like Invisalign or veneers.

Missing teeth

Having a missing tooth negatively influences your smile, so your dentist will create a replacement to cover the gap created by the missing tooth. This can be implants, dentures, or bridges.

  • Harmony and balance: if you have chipped or cracked teeth, they will be bonded, a gummy smile will be recontoured to make your smile more pleasing to behold.
  • Fuller lips, smile and cheeks: special therapies like orthodontic and/or maxillofacial surgery may be carried out on an un-shapely or ageing face.

Your dentist will consider your options and create a suitable treatment plan for you and design the exact thing you need from your smile makeover.


You will find us at:

54 The Quadrant, St Albans, AL4 9RD

The aesthetic components of a smile makeover

Besides the colour, balance, and alignment of your aesthetic zone (the part of your upper and lower teeth that shows when you smile), your dentist will also evaluate the following attributes when planning your treatment.

  • The length of your tooth: longer teeth give a more youthful appearance, and shorter teeth usually signify an ageing effect on the teeth. Your dentist may need to shape and increase the length of your two front teeth and shape a gummy smile to make your teeth look longer.
  • Smile line: the smile line is the imaginary line that forms under the edge of your upper. It should have a uniform curve from one side to the other. This will be used as a standard point of reference for the new length of your teeth.
  • Tooth proportions: your dentist will evaluate your smile to see if your teeth are in the right proportion to each other. For many people, the width to length ratio should be 4:5. This will guide how your dentist will manage the teeth in your aesthetic zone.
  • Tooth texture and characterisation: your dentist can make your veneers or crowns look more feminine or masculine. Also, they need to produce restorations that match the look and feel of your natural teeth or those you have seen in pictures.

How will you maintain your result?

Good oral care and hygiene are very important for the maintenance of cosmetic dentistry. So, before your cosmetic dentist develops your smile makeover plan, they will consider your general health and how well you will maintain your new smile.

If problems could hinder good oral hygiene like a misaligned bite or gum disease, they will be treated before the makeover proper.


Your cosmetic dentist will provide you with a preview of your final result before the treatment starts. This can be a wax mock-up of temporary teeth for treatment with veneers and crowns or other preview methods like:

  • Dental imaging software
  • Before and after photos
  • Dental study models
  • Dental composite bonding mock-up


You will find us at:

54 The Quadrant, St Albans, AL4 9RD

Cost of a smile makeover

The duration and cost of your smile makeover treatment will vary depending on your location, dentist, the state of your oral health, your level of dental insurance, and the extent of your customised makeover plan.

You will pay more if there is an underlying issue to be treated before commencing the smile makeover. Though you may have some of this cost covered by your dental insurance, you will still pay more than a person with better oral health.

How to maintain your results

The lifespan of your dental restoration and new smile depends on how much you will modify your oral hygiene to suit the treatment you have received.

  • You must avoid highly abrasive toothpaste and brushing habits as they can scratch the surface of your restoration and dull their lustre and polish. Using fluoride toothpaste is highly recommended.
  • You need to floss consistently to keep the plaques off your teeth. This will lengthen the lifespan of your restoration and prevent tooth decay.
  • Using alcoholic mouthwashes will impact your composite filling negatively. Also, rinsing your mouth with alcoholic mouth rinses for some time will weaken the bond between your teeth and the restoration (crowns and veneers). Instead, go for alcohol-free mouthwashes.

What are the foods and drinks to limit or avoid?

You must avoid high sugar foods and limit the number of in-between meal snacks you take to prevent tooth decay. Also, reduce your intake of coffee, tea, soda, etc., to avoid your new smile from staining.

You can ruin your dental work by drinking an excessive amount of alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol in the mouth degrades your new restoration.

Other precautions to consider

Try not to bite or chew hard on substances like a staple, bottle caps, pens, metals, etc. Grinding your teeth, your dentist will give you a mouthguard to wear at night. Teeth grinding will damage your new restoration.

You need to follow the recommendations of your dentist to keep your new smile lasting for a long. Getting a smile makeover is expensive, and you should strive to make that result last.

Cosmetic restorations do not last forever. Composite bonding will be replaced between 5 and 7 years, and porcelain veneers can go as long as 10 to 15 years. But the exact duration depends on the skill of your dentist and how much you care for your new smile.

Replacing a chipped or broken veneer or crown entails getting impressions, matching the shade, using a temporary solution until the permanent one is ready. All these have cost implications, and you will be responsible for all of them. You can visit our dentist St Albans today for more information and professional advice on a smile makeover.