Napa Cosmetic Dentist Smile Makeover: Cosmetic and Restorative Treatment Order

February 4, 2024
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Used for a Smile Makeover

Smile Makeovers require advanced, specialty training and may include a combination of techniques and procedures that will contribute to the long-term health of a person's teeth, gums, and bite, including restorative, cosmetic, orthodontic, or surgical procedures. These procedures should be performed in a selectively sequenced order to ensure the best outcomes. Ultimately, the treatments performed will be based on the person's needs, goals, budget, and timeline.

Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa utilizes our advanced Smile Makeover Process to transform and deliver dream smiles. The following dental procedures (most common) are listed in the order they should be performed:

1. Orthodontic Treatment

Traditional braces or Invisalign can improve the alignment and straighten teeth with the following issues:

  • Crooked, Crowded, or Gapped Teeth
  • Overbites, Underbites, Cross bites

If you have any of these concerns, orthodontic treatment is the first step to a better smile. Orthodontic treatment will result in improved positioning of your teeth and will serve as a better foundation for the following cosmetic and restorative treatments. For the best outcomes, proper tooth alignment is often recommended.

2. Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comprehensive tooth replacement method, replacing both the tooth root in your gum and the visible portion of the teeth. Neglecting to replace tooth roots can lead to bone loss and changes to your facial shape, while not replacing the actual tooth can lead to compensatory shifting and movement of your remaining teeth. If left untreated, missing teeth may result in significant oral health issues. Dental implants are one method to treat missing teeth.

  • Missing teeth should be replaced before proceeding with other cosmetic and restorative dental work because it affects the positioning and planning of the other teeth and restorations, including matching the shape, color, size, and positioning.
3. Professional Teeth Whitening

Having your teeth professionally whitened can dramatically affect your smile by removing stains and improving discoloration.

  • Professional teeth whitening should be performed before receiving your restorations. The restorations can then be properly color-matched to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
4. Porcelain Restorations

Now that the teeth are properly aligned, all missing teeth are replaced, and the existing teeth are color-matched with stains removed, porcelain crowns and veneers can be treated to help repair and improve the esthetics of your smile.

  • Crowns repair and protect teeth that cannot be corrected by fillings due to the severity of the decay, chips, or cracks. Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa crowns are custom-made and color-matched to your natural teeth to restore proper function and provide more natural-looking results.
  • Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells that are positioned over the front surface of teeth. Veneers can be used to improve symmetry, minor misalignment, gaps, shape, color, and the size of teeth.
5. Dental Bonding (Composite Veneers)

Dental bonding is a versatile cosmetic procedure that uses tooth-colored composite resin to repair structurally damaged teeth and enhance smiles. Dr. Sasha color-matches, sculpts, and shapes the resin, resulting in a seamless integration with the rest of your smile.

  • Dental bonding can be an effective alternative to porcelain veneers. It addresses issues such as chipped teeth, gaps, and discoloration. Dental bonding offers natural-looking results, requires minimal tooth alterations, can be performed in a single visit, and is a cost-effective alternative to veneers.

For best outcomes, it's important to choose a highly skilled cosmetic dentist who is experienced with Smile Makeovers. Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa specializes in cosmetic and restorative dental care, and provide the most effective and customized care from start to finish.

Contact us to schedule your consultation by calling 707-257-7771 or conveniently fill out our online contact form.

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