Dental Implants: Pros and Cons

Find out if a smile makeover procedure is the right option for you

by Brett Clark

If you are considering having cosmetic dentistry performed, you might have a hard time choosing between the different procedures, as there might be more than one option that is applicable to your situation. Veneers, dental fillings, and teeth bleaching are all options that can apply to many different patients with different complaints. One option for you could be to make a substantial effort for the aesthetic properties of your mouth and have a smile makeover done. If this is an option you are thinking about, you should know what a smile makeover entails to know if it's an appropriate procedure for your mouth.

Scrub and whitening

The simplest procedures that are part of a smile makeover are surface scrub and teeth whitening. The scrub cleans your teeth thoroughly and gets rid of all plaque and dirt that might have accumulated on your teeth. This is not purely aesthetic as well, as it also helps keeping your teeth clean and thus keeps them healthier. Teeth whitening is done to remove stains and discolouration on your teeth. You should exclude this procedure from your smile makeover if you have extra sensitive teeth, as it might cause even further problems with sensitivity.

Gum correction

A more comprehensive treatment that can be done during a smile makeover is gum correction. This is a procedure where the cosmetic dentist pushes the gums back from the teeth in cases where the patient feels self conscious about how much of the gum they are showing when smiling or talking. It's not an extensive procedure, which means you won't have to be sedated, even though anaesthetics are given to prevent any discomfort caused by the correction. In a smile makeover, this procedure might also be paired with touch up whitening to prevent the exposed surface of the tooth having a different colour than the rest of the tooth. This might be the case even if you've had your teeth bleached after the gum correction procedure as well.


To hide chipped or damaged teeth away, veneers are also something that are commonly given to patients during a smile makeover. They are applied to the teeth to create a porcelain facade, hiding the imperfect teeth away. Veneers are usually semi transparent, which makes them easy to match with the colour of your teeth to make them blend in. If you have extensive problems with your teeth, however, you might have to get dental fillings instead.