Is it Worth it to Have a Smile Makeover?
When you’re considering any dental procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have a dental procedure (or several procedures) is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having a smile makeover. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like for each of these treatments, please visit Smile Makeover: Procedures and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential dental procedure with your own dentist.
Any procedure has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed.
Some of the procedures that might be involved in a smile makeover are listed below; see each procedure’s page for information about the risks and benefits of that procedure. There will also be X-rays used in diagnosing your problems and planning treatment; these have their own risks, and will be necessary in nearly all cases. This is not an exhaustive list, and several other procedures might also be included (such as root canals, jaw repositioning surgery, and others). The exact set of procedures you’ll have during your smile makeover will be determined by your goals and the condition of your mouth. The entire reconstruction procedure may take months or years, depending on how extensive the work needed is. You get to choose which procedures you want to undergo; you can weigh the risks and benefits of each one separately, and make your choices about which procedures might be worth it.
Braces (Traditional or Clear Braces)
Dentures (full or partial)
Dental work can be anxiety-provoking. And looking at having a whole series of dental procedures for your smile makeover, you might feel even more anxious. Rest assured that you’ll receive adequate pain control throughout any procedure that may cause pain. If you still feel anxious, Sedation Dentistry may be an option for you; you’ll have to weigh its risks and benefits for yourself to decide.
Someone who has many problems with their teeth may feel very bad about their smile. Often, they suffer a loss of confidence, and may avoid smiling or laughing to keep their teeth hidden. The huge benefit of a smile makeover is that it gives you your smile back. No more hiding your teeth, and no more feeling bad. You may also get a big professional benefit out of having a perfect smile, especially if you’re in a job that involves a lot of social contact. Your smile connects you to others, and having it be attractive can benefit you in many ways. Additionally, if any of the problems with your teeth are causing you trouble with chewing (for instance, some teeth are broken, missing, or misaligned), then a smile makeover can restore your mouth to functionality, potentially allowing you to eat anything you want without worry or pain.
The cost of a smile makeover is usually at least a few thousand dollars, and potentially tens of thousands, with part of this cost usually covered by insurance. The cost can vary widely, depending on which procedures you need. The cost also varies between dentists and in different regions, so check with the dentist you’re considering to find out the exact price. For more detail, please visit our Smile Makeover Cost page.