When a patient is looking to undergo more than one dental cosmetic procedure, a new smile design can help articulate what needs to be done in order to achieve the smile they want. A smile design is meant to customize procedures and treatment plans for your specific needs according to the makeover you want for your smile. From reshaping, resizing, recoloring, repairing issues and more, a smile makeover can give you the stunning results you want for the confidence boost you need.
Depending on which procedures and how many procedures you will undergo during this smile makeover, your timeline can vary. Some smile transformations can take only a few appointments and a few weeks in recovery, or a few months with lots of visits to the dentist. Each individual situation is different according to their needs. If the teeth and gums are generally healthy, then a transformation can be much quicker. The healing time is shorter and no preparation needs to be done before the procedures commence. If a patient has healthy gums and teeth with no cavities or decay, then the overall process becomes shorter and easier to heal.
If a patient has periodontal disease (gum disease) the dentist must first correct this issue and allow time for proper gum tissue healing. This is typically done with an extensive cleaning and scraping off all the tartar and plaque build up. When gum disease is present, teeth will start to detach themselves from the gum line, and the tooth root can be exposed. There are irreversible kinds of gum disease cases; in these extreme cases, teeth may need to be extracted and replaced in order to move forward. No aesthetic changes can be made if there is any sort of infection or disease present in the mouth. If this is the case, the overall timeline of the procedures will take months.
In addition to the healing timeline, there are also scheduling an appointment that could take time as well. Plus, a dental lab could take longer than expected when creating dental veneers or dental implants. Be sure to talk to your dentist about your timeline questions. He or she can answer extensively about how long each process can take. Some procedures may only be one day in office and a few days of healing, while others can be much more extensive.
Smokers can undergo a smile design as well. There is no issue with smokers undergoing these procedures as well. However, smokers can have higher risks and delays with healing and infections. A smoker is at ultimate high risk of periodontal disease as the toxins from the cigarettes can negatively affect the gums. Smokers also are known for having yellower teeth (from the toxins, again), and sometimes this discoloration cannot be reversed or removed with professional whitening procedures.
Many smokers end up getting dental veneers to cover up the discoloration of their teeth. Smokers also end up needing to extract more teeth as the teeth become infected inside the tooth’s pulp and sometimes becomes far beyond saving.
When a major oral surgical procedure is done, it is highly recommended for a smoker to stop smoking during the healing process. If a smoker smokes during the healing time after a tooth extraction, for example, they risk affecting the healing time by not allowing the stitches to do their job and could pull them out accidentally. A smoker can also suck out any blood clots that may be forming around the surgical site. These blood clots are needed to ensure healing, but if they are removed accidentally, it will slow down the healing time.