Are you dissatisfied with discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth? Perhaps
you routinely cover your mouth with your hand or try to avoid smiling
altogether. You deserve the confidence that comes from having a beautiful,
healthy smile and a
smile makeover can accomplish this. Smile makeovers are customized to meet your specific
dental health needs and aesthetic preferences; they can be as simple or
as extensive as a patient requires. But before you transform the appearance
of your smile, your dentist may recommend correcting some oral health issues.
Having a Dental Check-Up
Your first step is to schedule a dental check-up with your cosmetic dentist.
He or she will perform a thorough examination and an analysis of your
dental X-rays. You’ll discuss all of the problems you’ve been
having with your teeth and explain which imperfections you would like
to correct. Depending on your particular situation, your cosmetic dentist
may recommend having certain dental treatments before undergoing aesthetic
improvements such as teeth whitening, dental implant placement, or crown
Undergoing Gum Disease Treatment
If you have gingivitis, periodontal disease, or advanced periodontitis,
you can expect to receive gum disease treatment before your smile makeover.
These three stages of gum disease can be
diagnosed with a periodontal exam, which includes measurements of the pockets between the teeth and the
gums. If you have early stage gum disease-gingivitis-then a thorough cleaning
and careful at-home dental care may be all that’s needed. Patients
with more severe forms of gum disease may need a deep cleaning treatment
called scaling and root planing or laser gum surgery. Some patients may
be referred to a periodontist for specialized treatments.
Getting Help for TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can be an intensely painful condition
of the jaws. It’s often associated with bruxism, which refers to
teeth grinding that often occurs during sleep. If you have TMJ disorder,
your dentist can recommend effective treatment options. Otherwise, you
might risk chipping your new crowns or veneers.
Every day at the comfortable office of Dr. Michael J. Wei, our trusted
team helps patients achieve healthy,
brilliant smiles with customized smile makeovers, gum disease treatments, and TMJ disorder
therapy. If you’re ready to smile with confidence, give us a call
at (212) 982-4080. Your smile makeover consultation in Manhattan includes
extensive patient education and guidance.