What Happens During A Smile Makeover?

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When you have multiple esthetic issues with your teeth, far more than just stained teeth, you may need more than one cosmetic treatment. To help transform your smile, your Des Moines, IA, dentist could recommend a complete smile makeover! But what does a makeover involve, and what should you expect from this process?

The First Consultation and Exam

To begin, we need to know the current state of your smile. To do this, we will perform a detailed exam employing the latest in digital imaging technology. With these detailed images, we take a close look at teeth, gums, roots, and even your jaw and oral structures. From there, we identify your esthetic issues, and the factors behind them. Our team will walk you through this process so you understand what’s happening with your smile, and also so we can better understand your hopes for your smile. Finally, we will create a personalized treatment plan that combines general, cosmetic, and even restorative treatments to restore the beauty of your smile!

Addressing the Color of Your Smile

If you have stained teeth, we can use professional teeth whitening to remove stains and brighten the smile by several shades. If you have permanent discoloration, which forms beneath the enamel and could be difficult to remove with whitening, we could mask them with dental bonding and porcelain veneers, helping you obtain a brighter smile!

Reshaping Teeth

We mentioned bonding and veneers above. Well, dental bonding means using a composite resin material, the same employed in our lifelike fillings, to repair damage and reshape malformed teeth. We also mask stains and fill gaps between the teeth. Placement only takes one visit! With veneers, we use thin shells of porcelain to instantly cover and later the front and sides of the teeth. Alone with repairing damage, masking stains, and respacing teeth, we also fill gaps and correct the appearance of minor misalignment, all within just two office visits!

Replacing Lost Teeth

If you have tooth loss, then gaps have appeared in your smile that could lead to major problems for your smile. To fill these gaps and preserve the stability and health of your smile, you need a prosthetic. For minor tooth loss, we could place an individual dental implant or secure a bridge. For more advanced cases of tooth loss, we could provide removable or implant-supported dentures, all of which will be designed to fit comfortably and offer a natural appearance!

Correcting Misalignment

If you have uneven teeth, we could correct the issue with Invisalign®, offering a nearly invisible alternative to braces!


Our team would like to help you obtain the smile you’ve always dreamed of. To find out more about our smile transformation options, please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.