What is a Smile Makeover? | Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, VA

What is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a name given to a series of different dental procedures that are primarily cosmetic in nature and are designed to improve and enhance aspects of your teeth in order to give you the smile that you have been dreaming of.

What procedures are usually included in a smile makeover?

There is a wide variety of different dental treatments that can potentially be combined into a smile makeover treatment plan. Some of the most common include the following:


Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is, without a doubt, the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world and countless procedures are performed across the U.S. every year. There are many reasons why our teeth become discolored and stained, from colorings in the food that we eat to habits like smoking. While there are many products that claim to be able to whiten your teeth, only professional whitening performed by a cosmetic dentist can produce effective and long-lasting results.


The procedure is simple and doesn’t require anesthetic. Once settled in position, special guards will be placed into your mouth to protect your gums, lips, and tongue from the bleaching agent which is then applied to your teeth. A special light is then directed at your teeth to trigger the chemical reaction that will break down discolored molecules and lighten your teeth. Exactly how many treatments you will need will depend on the starting color of your teeth and the shade that you hope to achieve.


Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a popular alternative to whitening and work by hiding imperfections with a thin, fingernail-type covering that is designed specifically for each individual tooth and manufactured from porcelain. They may look thin, but they are very durable and resistant to staining. They are attached to the outer face of the teeth by filing down a little of the natural enamel and placing the correct covering over the top, securing it with adhesive.


Porcelain veneers can be used to cover stains, chips, cracks and other superficial damage. They can also hide small gaps between the teeth and add height and thickness to teeth to make them appear more uniform.

Dental Crowns

Crowns aren’t just used for restorative purposes. They are also extremely effective at covering unsightly teeth. Since they are custom, they can be made in the perfect shape, size, and color to cover your bad tooth and replace it with a natural and discreet alternative.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a very simple treatment that many people also use as an alternative to teeth whitening and veneers. During dental bonding, a special resin is placed onto the outer enamel of the teeth and molded to cover imperfections and create an attractive and uniform appearance. It is then hardened using a special light and polished to complete the treatment.



If your teeth are crooked, gapped, twisted or overlapping, or if your teeth don’t come together properly when you close your mouth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend that you consider orthodontic treatment. This focuses on the alignment of your teeth and bite, giving you a healthier and more attractive smile. You may be able to choose between conventional braces and a clear aligner solution such as Invisalign. Your dentist will recommend which is most suitable to address your issues.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment used to replace missing teeth. They feature a titanium post that is secured into the jawbone, and a crown, which forms the visible part of the tooth. Dental implants are the most secure, durable and natural of any type of dental restoration. However, they are also extremely discreet and a perfect cosmetic solution for teeth that have fallen out or require extraction.


If you are interested in a smile makeover, our expert dentistry team will be pleased to assess your teeth and put together a comprehensive smile makeover treatment plan based on your individual requirements. To schedule your appointment, please contact our office.

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