How Does Smile Design Work?

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A woman on phone after smile design treatment at The Dental Market in Raleigh, NC

The quick answer:

Smile design works to improve the look of a smile with a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures.

This means that your smile makeover is completely unique to your needs and smile goals and will probably differ from the next person who reads this.

While we can’t tell you what your exact smile design entails (that is, until we meet you!), the good news is:

We can tell you which procedures might be used to create your perfect smile.

At The Dental Market, we’ve transformed the smiles and lives of many patients with smile design and will help you understand what some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures entail.

Keep reading to get a better idea of the treatments that may be best for you. (Spoiler alert: Only an experienced cosmetic dentist can help you decide, but you can dream of the possibilities in the meantime).

How does smile design work overall?

The initial steps to creating a custom smile makeover are simple:

  1. You meet with the cosmetic dentist.
  2. An exam and scan are completed, and you discuss your smile goals with the dentist.
  3. The dentist walks you through the recommended design process and lets you know what to expect including a preview of results.

Easy enough, right?

We agree, now onto the actual treatment:

Smile design consists of one or a combination of the following procedures, depending on your needs:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Invisalign clear aligners
  • Instant orthodontics
  • Snap-On-Smiles
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dental implants

When creating your custom smile design, the dentist takes into consideration your entire appearance, age, personality, goals, and budget.

Essentially, you work with your dentist to create your perfect smile.

Because, after all, it’s your smile, and the goal is to make you feel your best!

So what does each treatment entail?

Common smile design procedures:

Below, we’ll quickly explain some of the most popular procedures used in creating a smile design plan plus their benefits.

Teeth whitening – An in-office teeth whitening treatment creates a whiter smile by several shades in just one visit. This is great for special events or when you need a quick smile boost.

Tooth-colored fillings – Dark fillings are so last year! We’re kidding, but metal-colored fillings stick out like a sore thumb, unlike tooth-colored fillings, which protect the tooth while looking natural.

Invisalign clear aligners – For those who want a straighter smile without metal braces, Invisalign is perfect. The clear aligners slowly guide teeth to their position, and nobody will even notice you’re wearing them.

Instant orthodontics – Braces or clear aligners are great, but if you don’t have the time (several months or even years), then instant orthodontics use porcelain veneers to create a straighter smile and better bite.

Porcelain veneers – Veneers are thin, custom-crafted porcelain shells bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance. This procedure fixes many imperfections all at once, including misshapen teeth, crooked teeth, gapped teeth, broken teeth, and more.

Dental bonding – Dental bonding is a less invasive procedure than veneers, requiring less prep work. It can fix minor flaws on teeth using a tooth-colored composite resin that’s bonded and shaped directly onto the tooth.

Crowns and bridges – Crowns restore broken or damaged teeth with a tooth cover that goes on top of the damaged tooth, while bridges help restore gaps between teeth from tooth loss. They look natural and feel natural but also give the mouth the necessary structure and support.

Dental implants – Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. A metal post is inserted in place of the missing root, and a crown is placed on top to replace the tooth. They’re made to look beautiful and function beautifully (like your natural teeth).

At the end of the day, it’s all about you and your goals.

Your dentist will work closely with you to recommend the procedures that are right for you.

Get a smile makeover in Raleigh, NC.

Goodbye crooked, misaligned, misshapen teeth, and other unwanted dental imperfections.

Hello improved smile with cosmetic dentistry!

Dr. James Sarant and The Dental Market team are here to help you get the perfect smile you deserve! Click here to view our smile gallery with real patient results.

Schedule your complimentary smile design consultation today:

Our dental office is located in Raleigh, NC… opens in a new window to Google Maps…, and we happily welcome patients from our neighboring communities, including Cary, Wake Forest, Garner, Knightdale, Durham, Apex, and Holly Springs.