Want to Save Time? Spend Time on a Smile Makeover

smile makeover time cosmetic dentistry dr michael j weiAre you self-conscious about your teeth? Do you spend hours every day overcompensating for the state of your smile? If you actively work to avoid showing your teeth, or make sure you wear bright lipstick, bold earrings, or other accessories that steal the show over the focal point of your face, it’s time to put one big smile makeover effort into your teeth and save time, energy, and embarrassment for good.

Don’t Talk Yourself Out of a Smile Makeover

The word “makeover” is daunting. When you see a makeover program on television it often ends up being a major undertaking. You may not necessarily be in that category. Just one cosmetic dentistry procedure like teeth whitening may be all you need to transform your smile. Other patients may need multiple procedures that take place over time.

The bottom line is this: Don’t talk yourself out of a smile makeover. The transformation occurs faster than you think.

How Long Does a Smile Makeover Take?

Everyone’s smile makeover is unique and customized. Let your NYC cosmetic dentist know what you dislike about your teeth, and he will recommend the best treatments for upgrading your smile. The goal is to minimize the number of procedures needed by investing in the most effective, versatile treatments from the start:

Depending on the condition of your teeth, the procedures you need to undergo, and in what order, here are general estimates of time spent tending to your smile makeover:

  • About 2 weeks: Minimal prep veneers take two to three visits to your dentist. Each porcelain shield is customized in size, shape, color, length, and width and crafted by a dental lab. After the initial appointment and prep work, you wait for the veneers to be ready. At the second appointment, they will be bonded in place permanently.
  • About 1 hour: In about one hour, you can undergo professional teeth-whitening using powerful bleaching agents that break apart the stains and discoloration lodged in enamel. Even if your teeth aren’t perfect otherwise, a white smile looks like a nearly flawless smile.
  • Up to 3 weeks: Porcelain crowns are tough and tend to all sorts of dental complaints, from deteriorating teeth to severely discolored teeth. The crown is personalized in shape, size, and color and bonded over the affected tooth.
  • 1 to 2 hours: Self-conscious about excess gum tissue? A laser gum lift takes only an hour or two to permanently reshape your gums with a powerful laser. Some patients combine this treatment with veneers for a major smile makeover. Other patients enjoy a broader, bigger smile, achieved in one of the easiest and minimally invasive ways possible.

The Bottom Line About Time

A smile makeover does take time to achieve – but once it’s done, it’s done. Cosmetic dentistry lasts for decades when it’s properly taken care of and when you visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Your teeth will always look amazing if you take care of them and work together with Dr. Michael J. Wei to develop the healthiest, strongest smile possible. Never feel embarrassed about your teeth again. Contact us to discuss your smile.