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How We Combine Dental Procedures for a Custom Smile Makeover

May 03, 2023
How We Combine Dental Procedures for a Custom Smile Makeover
Trying to decide between two cosmetic dental procedures can be tough, but with smile makeovers, you don’t necessarily have to choose. Combining dental procedures can be an option to create the smile of your dreams.

A beautiful smile is something we all strive for, but unfortunately, not everyone is born with perfect teeth. Dental issues like discoloration, crookedness, gaps, and missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious and hesitant to smile in social situations. Thankfully, there are a variety of dental procedures that can help address these issues and give you the beautiful smile we deserve. 

At the heart of any smile makeover is customization. No two smiles are exactly alike, and that’s why our team of providers takes a personalized approach to treatment and combines dental procedures to help you reach your goals.  

Here at Urbandale Smiles, we approach all of our custom smile makeovers with the same holistic dental principles we apply in our general dentistry procedures.

Read on to learn more about our custom smile makeovers and how we combine dental procedures for the ultimate transformation.

Consultations, assessments, and planning

Before beginning any dental work, we first perform a thorough assessment of your oral health and aesthetic concerns. This may involve:

  • Taking X-rays and impressions of your teeth 
  • Discussing current dental concerns, such as toothaches or malocclusion 
  • Discussing aesthetic concerns, such as misshapen teeth, discolored teeth, and more

From there, we work with you to create a customized treatment plan that addresses all of your specific dental issues and aesthetic goals. Our mission is to ensure your new smile is both beautiful and healthy!

Combing procedures for a custom smile

Because smile makeovers can address multiple concerns, it makes sense to combine multiple procedures to achieve the desired results. 

Here are some of the most common procedures used in smile makeovers:

Teeth whitening

This is one of the easiest and effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening procedures can remove stains and discoloration caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, wine, tomato sauces, berries, curry, and other substances. 

Chia Wu, DMD, Jeremy Flinkman, DMD, and Jessica Sanborn, DDS, are happy to offer complimentary professional teeth whitening for all first-time patients. 

Dental bonding

To perform this procedure, we apply a tooth-colored composite resin to the surface of your tooth (or teeth) to improve its shape, size, and color. Bonding can be used to fill gaps, repair chips, and correct minor misalignments.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that securely attach to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can be used to cover stains, correct chips, and hide minor gaps. Veneers can also correct the shape and size of the teeth.

Invisalign® clear aligners 

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that can be used to straighten crooked teeth without the need for traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are custom-made, using digital scans of your mouth, and they’re virtually invisible when worn. They can correct crowding, gaps, bite issues, and general crookedness.

Dental implants

If you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants replace them. Implants are surgically placed into your jawbone and topped with a crown that looks and functions like a natural tooth. 

Tooth contouring

At Urbandale Smiles, our dental professionals offer tooth contouring services to enhance the appearance of damaged or misshapen teeth by reshaping them. This procedure is designed to perfect the look of your teeth, giving you a more confident and beautiful smile.

White fillings

In addition, we also provide white fillings that can repair minor tooth damage or decay. These fillings are tooth-colored, which helps them blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. By treating damaged teeth with white fillings, we can protect them from further problems while also improving the overall appearance of your smile. Because white fillings are metal-free, you won’t have to worry about mercury or amalgam. 

Not everyone needs all of these procedures. For example, you may want to straighten out your teeth with Invisalign and replace an old silver filling with a white one. Or, you may want to replace a missing tooth with an implant and use tooth contouring to fix a damaged tooth. 

Regardless of what combination you choose, you can create a customized smile makeover that addresses your unique concerns. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that boosts confidence and improves overall oral health.

Get started with your smile makeover in Urbandale, Iowa

If you're considering a smile makeover, be sure to schedule a consultation to discuss your options and create a personalized treatment plan. You can call our office at 515-276-7800 or reach us via our online form.