What Goes Into A Smile Makeover?

smile makeover

We have a number of treatments to address individual issues with a smile’s appearance, such as discoloration, or possibly minor damage. However, when we combine multiple cosmetic treatments in a single plan, this is a smile makeover. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist looks at what goes into a custom smile makeover.

Your Cosmetic Consultation

First, we want to talk to you about your smile. We’re interested in hearing your goals, and finding out what issues concern you the most. Next, we examine your smile with advanced technology to gain a detailed picture of your current oral health, and the factors behind these esthetic issues. With this information, we craft a personalized treatment plan to address these concerns and improve the overall beauty of your smile!

Erasing Teeth Stains

We often start with teeth whitening. Obviously, this removes teeth stains, but it also brightens the teeth so when we place veneers or perform dental bonding, we can match the materials to blend with your brightest possible smile. The process starts with an initial in-office visit, in which we perform the first stage of your whitening., We then create a set of trays and send you home with them, as well as a bleaching gel. At home, you wear the gel-filled trays for about 30 to 45 minutes a day, with optimal results taking about a week to obtain.

Single-Visit Repair

With dental bonding and contouring, we address a wide array of esthetic concerns in one visit. Bonding uses the same lifelike composite resin we employ in our tooth-colored fillings. We fix minor chips and cracks, lengthen worn down teeth, close gaps between teeth, and mask permanent teeth stains. Contouring involves sanding and buffing the tooth to remove pits, grooves, and rough patches in the surfaces. We also address minor chips, dull pointed teeth, and reshape malformed or overly large teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is a thin restoration created from lifelike porcelain, the same material we use in our natural-looking crowns. Veneers instantly mask stains, reshape malformed teeth, and repair minor damage. We also lengthen worn down teeth, correct the appearance of minor misalignment, and close unsightly gaps. For many, veneers offer a smile makeover all by themselves in just two visits.

Clear Invisalign® Aligners

Finally, for people with misalignment we can use a series of clear aligners to provide an alternative to metal braces! They’re practically invisible, fit comfortably, and can even be removed before meals.


A custom makeover is designed to address your smile specifically, and improve overall beauty. To learn more about improving the beauty and function of your smile, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.