A Peek into the Process of Smile Designing

In our modern competitive society, a pleasing appearance often means the difference between success and failure in both our personal and professional lives. And because the mouth is one of the focal points of the face, it should come as no surprise that the smile plays a major role in how we perceive ourselves, as well as in the impressions we make on the people around us.
If you feel good about your smile, you are much more likely to flash it to others in a pleasing and disarming manner. A charming smile can open doors and knock down the barriers that stand between you and a fuller, richer life.

If you are not completely happy with your smile, perhaps it’s time to get a new one!

Cosmetic Dental Options
There are many elements that go into smile designing. The bare essentials include scaling and polishing, the general cleaning that happens at the typical dental exam, as well as bleaching and contouring. In addition to basic elements, you’ll also may need corrective procedures. These can include orthodontics, laminates, or full crowning. Lastly, some people consider diamond inserts to add the perfect amount of sparkle to their smile. Let’s take a look at each of these so you better understand what goes into designing a smile.

Scaling and Polishing
Removal of tartar (calculus) from your teeth surface and polishing with a micro abrasive paste. This eliminates many food stains and leaves your teeth cleaner and smoother.

This relatively conservative procedure utilizes a strong oxidizing agent to lighten the teeth. Often, it’s a highly effective way to brighten the smile.
Cosmetic Contouring
By reshaping and polishing malpositioned teeth, we can give the illusion of uniformity and alignment. This is a relatively inexpensive way to have a more even and youthful smile.

Orthodontic Treatment
Repositioning the misaligned teeth may or may not require extraction. Although, it requires regular checkups, it has the advantage of leaving the natural teeth intact and being closest to a permanent solution.

Metallic/Ceramic Braces
Straightening teeth, closing gaps, and improving smiles with steel wires & brackets can contribute to the creation of a wonderful, friendly smile. Tooth colored wired can be used if you’d prefer they were less noticeable.

Direct Laminates
This procedure involves use of composite, a plastic material which can be directly bonded to the front teeth in order to lighten them as well as close spaces between teeth.

Indirect Laminates
Laminating with either laboratory made composite resin or porcelain provides proportional accuracy to close gaps. Can also be used to conceal more resistant stains that do not go away with bleaching and direct laminates.

Full Crowning
Full Porcelain Crowns can be used as a substitute to orthodontic treatment for closing gaps between front teeth, aligning protruded teeth and capping big fractures that are not corrected with direct veneers and bonding.

Adding Sparkle to your Smile
Your dentist can become your personal jeweler of your mouth. Costume diamonds can be placed on a tooth without cutting the natural tooth, and it’s not a permanent procedure. The finished product lasts 2-4 years.

Worth the Work
It may seem like a long process to get your perfect smile, but it can do wonders for your confidence and career. Feel free to give our Arlington office a call to schedule a consultation. As Actress and supermodel Christie Brinkley said, “Share your smile with the world.” We can help you do it!

About Mark C. Marchbanks, D.D.S.

Dr. Mark Marchbanks has practiced dentistry in Arlington Texas since 1983. He enjoys caring for patients young and old. You can find Dr. Marchbanks on
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