Sometimes, the path to improving your smile through cosmetic dentistry is straightforward. If you’re concerned about discoloration, you’ll likely look into teeth whitening. If you have a mild chip or crack, dental bonding may be the answer. However, if you want to improve several aspects of your smile, you might not know where to begin or how to accomplish all of your goals.
That’s where a smile makeover comes in. A smile makeover is more than a single cosmetic treatment. It’s a completely customized combination of procedures tailored to address all your needs. When planning your treatment, Dr. Michael Chung’s goal is to create a stunning smile that will help you look and feel your best.
Call 703-319-6990 to schedule your consultation at Softouch Dental Care. As an experienced, LVI-trained dentist, Dr. Chung happily welcomes patients from Oakton, Vienna, McLean and the surrounding areas of Northern Virginia.
What is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is a combination of treatments to enhance the health and beauty of your smile. During this process, Dr. Chung works to ensure that your smile looks attractive and compliments your facial structure.
The nature of your smile makeover depends on your unique situation. It may involve several simple cosmetic services, or it may be more extensive.
People pursue smile makeovers to address concerns such as:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Worn teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Missing teeth
- Gummy smiles
- Unsightly metal fillings
Smile makeovers have numerous benefits. Patients often report boosted self-confidence, enhanced comfort in social situations, and even career success. Discover what a smile makeover can do for you.
Planning Your Customized Smile Makeover
A smile makeover is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Everything about you is unique, from your smile to your aesthetic goals. For that reason, your smile makeover is entirely customized.
Creating your dream smile is a collaborative process between you and Dr. Chung. If you are interested, you can look at before and after smile makeover photos while Dr. Chung explains how each one was done.
At your initial visit, Dr. Chung will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and bite. He will spend time listening to your concerns and goals and answering all of your questions. During this time, you will also discuss the timeframe for your smile makeover and the order of your procedures.
Your individualized smile makeover may include:
- Porcelain veneers to give new shape, color and front surface to front teeth
- Tooth whitening to brighten the entire smile
- Dental bonding to make any small repairs like gaps, chips or stains
- Tooth-colored fillings to replace old gray metal fillings
- Gum recontouring to reveal more of your pearly-white smile and even out your gum line
- Dental implants to support a crown or bridge and replace missing teeth
- Porcelain crowns to protect damaged or decayed teeth and improve their appearance
How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?
Since a smile makeover is a unique combination of procedures, the cost varies by patient. You can receive an estimated cost during your consultation.
Your smile makeover can include many procedures, so we will work with you to fit it all into your budget. We offer financing options because cost should never interfere with the beauty of your smile. For those who qualify, there are no-interest or low-interest loans, no down payment, and long loan periods.
Frequently Asked Questions About Smile Makeovers
Can I Get My Teeth Straightened During a Smile Makeover?
Yes. Dr. Chung offers Invisalign® as a convenient way for adults to straighten their teeth. With this innovative treatment, you do not need to wear metal or wire in your mouth.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners. These apply the gentle, selective pressure needed to gradually move your teeth into better alignment. Best of all, they can be removed as needed to eat or attend social events.
How Does a Smile Makeover Differ From a Full Mouth Rejuvenation?
It is less extensive and focuses more on cosmetic enhancement. A full mouth rejuvenation could include many of the same procedures, such as porcelain crowns or inlays and onlays. But the rejuvenation procedure could also include treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which is a disorder of the bite.
Dr. Chung is a graduate of Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) where he received intensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD. When the jaw joint is out of alignment, the teeth are often out of alignment too.
I Have Metal Fillings. Can I Have Them Replaced During a Smile Makeover?
Absolutely. They could be replaced with white fillings or with porcelain inlays or onlays. Removing the old, gray fillings which mar the brightness of your smile will make an enormous improvement in your smile. The new white fillings would not be visible as fillings at all; they would look like your natural teeth.
Schedule Your Smile Makeover Consultation in Oakton
We like to give each of our patients our full attention, so we see only two or three patients per day. If you would like to schedule an unhurried cosmetic dentistry consultation to discuss a possible smile makeover, please contact Softouch Dental Care today by calling 703-319-6990. Dr. Chung proudly serves Oakton, Vienna, McLean and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.