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Smile Makeover Q & A 
by Kate Brayman, DDS

NYC Smile Makeover Q & A by Kate Brayman, DDS

Dr. Kate Brayman is a comprehensive cosmetic dentist that offers patients the option to have multiple procedures at once. A perfect smile with pearly white teeth is often the first thing someone notices about you. Let us help with our smile makeover option.

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What is a smile makeover?

full mouth reconstruction, sometimes also known as a smile makeover, is a series of procedures aimed to improve the function, ability and aesthetic of the patient. At its simplest, a smile makeover is a dental procedure or process that helps to improve someone’s smile.

This overarching process is accomplished through a number of procedures including but not limited to:

Which procedure works for you will depend on several factors, such as the condition of your teeth, the appearance of your face, skin tone, gum condition, lips, and hair color.

A smile makeover is a personal choice, and can be customized in many ways to what the patient wants. If there is something you dislike about your smile, then talk to your dentist about it so they can help you with a smile makeover. 

There are several things that can be changed about your teeth to get your smile to look how you want it to.

The Color of Your Teeth: Many patients choose to change the color of their teeth or replace their silver or amalgam fillings. Teeth whitening is another way that the color of teeth can be improved if they are stained, miscolored, or dull. The dentist can evaluate the condition of your teeth to determine which procedure would work best for you. They will carefully try to match the shade of your teeth with the tone of your hair and face to make sure that your smile seamlessly fits with the rest of your appearance. Crowns and veneers can also provide the look of a new color for your teeth. 

Your Spacing and Alignment: Some people have crooked teeth, gaps in their teeth, or teeth that overlap. Through various orthodontic procedures your teeth can be aligned and straightened through invisalign or with veneers. 

You Have Missing Teeth: Missing teeth can be seriously detrimental to your smile. Not only that, but missing teeth can leave you open to gum disease and tooth decay. Replacing your teeth can improve your smile and the appearance of your face. Dental implants, dentures, and bridges can all replace your missing teeth and make your smile whole again. 

Balance: If your teeth are cracked or chipped then you may need them to be bonded. If your smile is gummy, then a dentist can contour your smile to make it more balanced. 

Fuller Facial Features: Sometimes the cause of certain unwanted facial features is the teeth. If your cheeks are hollow, or your skin looks like it is aging, there are orthodontic procedures that can help. There is also the option of maxillofacial surgery to fill out the cheeks, lips and smile. 

No matter what your smile makeover desires are, your dentist can work with you to develop a plan for both the procedure and the treatment.

What procedures are involved in a smile makeover?

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When you get a smile makeover in Manhattan, Dr. Kate Brayman and our friendly staff strive to make your experience and comfortable and pain free as possible. By using high-tech dental equipment such as the Magic Wand, which offers a computer operated and painless anesthesia, we create the most relaxing and safe environment possible. A smile makeover may include:

ProcedureDescription
Dental ImplantPermanent solution to missing teeth that mimic the structure, color and shape of natural teeth.
Dental BridgesCreated a natural feeling bridge in the mouth that feels the same as natural feel.
Dental CrownsProtect or fix broken, cracked or discolored teeth by cementing a crown on top of the tooth.
Partial or Full DenturesUsed to fill in multiple missing teeth and to create a strong framework to hold the dentures in.
Dental VeneersUsed to cover broken, chipped or stained teeth

Is there a difference between smile makeover and full mouth reconstruction?

There is a major difference between a smile makeover and a full mouth reconstruction. That difference is that while a smile makeover is elective, in that your mouth health will not suffer without one, a full mouth reconstruction is a necessary dental procedure. 

Full mouth reconstruction may be necessary if you have an unusually high number of missing or damaged teeth, or if gum disease is particularly advanced. This can include having several chipped teeth, several failing fillings, or teeth that have been worn down from grinding. There are also some people who have genetic dental conditions that can affect the teeth, such as ectodermal dysplasia, dentinogenesis imperfecta, and amelogenesis.

Reconstruction will absolutely help with the appearance of your smile, but the main function is that it will restore the use of your teeth to improve the health of your mouth and your quality of life, as well. 

Just like with a smile makeover, a full mouth reconstruction could involve crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures, implants, or onlays, to name just a few treatment options. They can also provide an aesthetic improvement while also helping to support and improve dental health.

How long does a smile makeover take?

How long your smile makeover takes depends almost entirely on what type of dental procedures are needed to complete the makeover. Some take more time than others, this might be a consideration for you when choosing which treatment option you prefer. Here are some general time estimates for some of the more popular procedures. 

Porcelain Veneers: To have porcelain veneers properly installed, it requires anywhere from two to three visits to the dentist. You will have to wait in between these visits so that after your mouth is examined there is time for the veneers to be manufactured in the lab. 

Braces: How long you need braces will depend on how fast your teeth move. Having braces for one year is generally a good rule of thumb for adults. How well you adhere to your dentist’s advice will also dictate how long it will take to see your final results. 

Dental Implants: Getting dental implants requires an invasive surgery to place the implant. Once the implant is properly in place, then the prosthetic tooth can be installed. However, your mouth needs to heal from the initial implantation before the prosthetic can be put in place. This could take several weeks and visits to your dentists to check on your progress. 

Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening might be the simplest and least invasive smile makeover option. Your teeth will look brighter and whiter after about an hour of treatment in the dentist’s office.

Tooth Bonding: Tooth bonding might seem complicated because it involves the three steps of applying a resin, sculpting it, and then polishing it, but it is pretty simple This process can be completed in a single visit to your dentist. 

Porcelain Tooth Crowns: Getting porcelain tooth crowns placed in your mouth takes two visits to your dentist’s office. At the first visit, your mouth will be measured and you will be given a temporary crown. Then at your second visit the permanent crown will be installed.

How much does a smile makeover cost?

Much like the timing, the cost of your smile makeover will mostly depend on the procedure that you have. Often with a smile makeover you will undergo several procedures, all of which come with their own cost.

You may also require other treatments to prepare your mouth for the final procedures, which will also have an effect on the final cost.

During your first appointment and consultation, you and your cosmetic dentist can talk about your options and develop a plan that will work for your smile and for your budget.

Essentially, depending on the condition of your teeth and how much you are able to pay, the cost for a smile makeover can vary quite widely.

Veneers can cost over $2000 for each tooth, and crowns are slightly less than that, for example. A good rule of thumb is that if you are wanting an extensive smile makeover, you can expect to pay anywhere from $10,000 to as much as $100,000. You can work out a payment or financing plan with your cosmetic dentist, however, to make your makeover affordable.

Do I qualify for a smile makeover?

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In order to find out if you qualify for the smile makeover, the first step is to make an appointment with the dentist. Smile makeover not only has cosmetic and restorative benefits, but also leads to better physiological health. After Dr. Brayman confirms the treatments, we make sure the treatment plan fits to your exact medical needs.

How can I learn more about the smile over?

For more information on getting a smile makeover in Manhattan or to know if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, please call our cosmetic dentist office at 212-505-0295 or schedule an appointment online. Dr. Kate Brayman and our friendly office staff invite any and all questions.

Does dental insurance cover a smile makeover?

Unfortunately, most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic dental procedures, or they do not cover very much. However, in some cases these procedures may be necessary for the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. This can affect the cost to you since they may be eligible for coverage.

Talk to your dental provider and to your insurance provider to see what you are covered for and what you are not.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Kate Brayman DDS, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.

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