A smile ‘makeover’ requires careful assessment and planning to get the look you are happy with while ensuring that your teeth continue to withstand the forces of everyday life. Treatment options vary depending upon previous work or modifications to each tooth. Assessment will include x-rays and if necessary, making models of your upper and lower arches.
Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of a poorly shaped tooth or one that is discoloured. Veneers are a type of crown that ‘re-face’ a tooth and require minimal removal of healthy tooth tissue.
If there are missing teeth, bridgework may be an option. For example, teeth either side of a gap can be crowned and joined by a bridge holding a prosthetic (false) tooth. A bridge can involve a number of materials and, being designed not to come out, is cemented in place.
Implants are an increasingly popular way to replace a missing tooth and redesign a smile. A titanium screw is placed during a surgical procedure under local anaesthetic. Careful prior assessment and planning is required to ensure, among other things, there is adequate bone support.