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Marvette Thomas, DDS
Do You Need a Smile Makeover?
The Dental Spa
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Do You Need a Smile Makeover?

Do You Need a Smile Makeover?

The practice of dentistry encompasses an amazing array of services and procedures, all with a common goal: to help you to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, ensure your oral health, and keep you looking and feeling great throughout life.

There’s so much that can be done these days to improve the appearance of a person’s smile – at any age. From powerful, professional whitening treatments to amazingly realistic porcelain veneers to state-of-the-art dental implants, there’s a wide range of exciting possibilities.

The first step in any smile makeover is a thorough dental examination to make sure that your cosmetic problems really are just that, and not a sign of underlying dental disease. Once your health has been established, your smile can be cosmetically enhanced in a variety of ways.

Cosmetic and General Dentistry Procedures

Modern dentistry offers a wide range of services to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great. These procedures include:

  • Cosmetic Bonding – to repair small chips or cracks
  • Crowns and Bridgework – to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth
  • Dental Implants  for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today
  • Fillings – to restore decayed teeth
  • Inlays and Onlays – to fill teeth with larger cavities
  • Invisalign Clear Aligners – for highly discreet orthodontic treatment
  • Orthodontic Treatment – to move teeth into the right position
  • Porcelain Veneers – for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth
  • Removable Dentures  to help you smile again
  • Teeth Whitening – to brighten a faded or discolored smile
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings – for a completely natural, healthy look
  • Tooth Decay Prevention – so you keep your natural teeth as long as possible

Your Smile Makeover

The most important job you have as a member of your own smile makeover team is to communicate exactly what you don’t like about your smile and how you’d like it to be different. Before the first consultation, give some thought to the following questions:

What do you like or dislike about the color, size, shape and spacing of your teeth?

Are you pleased with how much your teeth show, both when you smile and when your lips are relaxed?

Do you want teeth that are perfectly aligned and a bright “Hollywood White,” or would you prefer a more natural look with slight color, shape and shade variations?

Would you like more or less of your gums to show when you smile?

It is extremely helpful for you to bring in pictures you have collected – of smiles you like, smiles you don’t like, and/or photos of the way your own smile used to look, if that’s the result you’re aiming for. Now is the time to get started on creating a smile that will make you feel as good as you look.

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