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You will find answers to the following questions in this article:

  1. What is smile design and how does it work?
  2. How much does smile design cost in the UK?
  3. What are the different aspects of smile design?
  4. Can smile design improve the appearance of crooked teeth?
  5. How long does the smile design process take?

What is Smile Design?

Smile Design is the method a dentist uses to plan and picture a patient’s ideal. Sometimes all it takes to feel better about your teeth is to simply fix a few minor flaws. Your teeth may be chipping as you age or you may have noticed that they are beginning to darken. Regardless of your circumstance or the initial condition of your teeth, smile design is a process that can completely restore your oral health and look.

Even if you practice all the preventative dental care techniques required for a healthy mouth, sometimes it is simply insufficient. A person’s self-confidence and quality of life may suffer if they don’t smile as much as they would like to.

Smile design is a cosmetic dental procedure that improves the appearance and health of your teeth by repairing minor flaws and teeth imperfections. For a straighter, whiter, and more realistic-looking smile, it incorporates a tailored treatment and long-lasting results.

A smile makeover uses the most recent dental technologies to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted with the least amount of discomfort. It can assist you with everything from teeth whitening to dental bonding to porcelain veneers.

What is mini smile design (makeover)?

This simple, quick little makeover takes less than an hour to execute and has amazing results. Any persistent stains or blemishes will be promptly removed by the dentist using technology, leaving the teeth brilliant white. For even more brilliant results, the patient can combine the procedure with teeth-whitening therapy.

To completely remove some of the previous stains, apply another coat of whitening solution. It makes sense to combine it with a whitening procedure for this reason. Additionally, the process is painless and entails quickly correcting any conditions like uneven or crooked teeth.

To obtain a symmetrical appearance, the dentist will typically only fill the tips of the teeth. Not to mention that having excellent teeth will increase confidence and cause the patient to smile naturally.

Patients who choose a Mini Smile Makeover don’t have to put up with teeth that are jagged, chipped, or pointed because the procedure can make their teeth straight and natural-looking. No one can also tell the difference.

Is Smile Design painful?

No, not at all. It doesn’t interfere with soft gums and surrounding tissues. Well, everyone is different and related to that outcome may vary. It means some can feel some little pain or discomfort but mostly this procedure is painless. Beside that minimal discomfort can occur when local anesthetic is used. Once the anaesthetic kicks in, the operation is painless and you shouldn’t experience any discomfort while it’s being done. Typically, smile makeovers don’t have any harmful side effects. Mild side effects include things like elevated tooth sensitivity, gum sensitivity, etc.

A smile design is regarded as a minor cosmetic operation. The majority of cosmetic dentistry procedures are relatively painless. When receiving porcelain veneers or dental crowns, some patients report feeling a slight pressure. The majority of patients discover that a local anesthetic is enough to keep them comfortable throughout treatment.

Who is eligible for smile design?

Almost every patient can receive a smile makeover because the procedures are so versatile. In general, there is no upper age limit for cosmetic dental procedures. You should be able to have a smile makeover as long as your oral health is good and you can safely undergo the included procedures.

Prior to having any cosmetic operation, you should seek restorative therapy if you have underlying oral health problems such gum disease. Please schedule a consultation with Smile Centre India to find out if you’d make a good candidate for a smile makeover. If you meet the requirements, we will thoroughly analyze your smile. We are delighted to answer any questions you may have and look forward to assisting you in realizing the smile of your dreams.

Who is not eligible for smile design?

People who have a variety of oral issues, such as protruding or misaligned teeth, cracked or broken teeth, bleeding gums, black patches on the gums, stained or discolored teeth, etc., frequently receive treatment for smile design. A treatment for larger, fuller lips is another option for people who want to improve their smile. Designing your smile not only aids in high quality restoration but also makes your lips appear thicker and fuller.

How long does it take to fix your smile?

Smile transformations can take three weeks to several months depending on each individual.

The operation, which involves reshaping the teeth by removing enamel, creating a mold of the teeth, and placing the lab-made veneers, is normally completed over the course of two to three office visits. It takes roughly two weeks to complete the process.

The needs and goals of each patient will determine how long the procedure takes. A straightforward dental bonding process that only requires one session may be all that patients who desire a basic smile makeover require. Others may desire teeth whitening to get rid of stains, although this procedure could take several visits and take two to three months.

In some cases, patients desire a smile makeover due to significant alterations, such tooth replacement or teeth straightening. In such a situation, the complete procedure may take anywhere between six months and a year. Osseointegration, prosthetic development, and installation can take up to 6 months when replacing a tooth with dental implants. Additionally, patients should expect to spend around a year if teeth straightening is being done.

What does a Smile Makeover Procedure Involves?

1)    Reshaping Gums

Many people have “gummy smiles,” which are gums that are visible when smiling or appear red, indicating the beginning of gum disease. The contaminated tissue is removed during gum reshaping, and grafting is carried out.

2)    Teeth Whitening

The only way to whiten teeth and modify their color is through tooth whitening.

3)    Restore Missing or Damaged Teeth

If a cavity-ridden, cracked, or chipped tooth results from an accident or traumatic injury, porcelain or resin veneers are utilized to restore a natural-looking smile.

4)    Braces

It is an orthodontic procedure that uses braces to treat crowded teeth or spaces between teeth.

5)    Enamel Shaping

It takes only a few minutes and causes no pain to fix minor issues like crowded or uneven teeth.

6)    Using composite or tooth-colored bonding

Cleaning the teeth, administering a gentle bonding solution, adding composite resin, and shaping the tooth are all steps in this short procedure.

7)    Dental crowns

Might be used to a broken or chipped tooth or to extend the tooth.

8)    Tooth Length

For shorter teeth, composite bonding or porcelain veneers may be used to reshape the two central front teeth. Periodontists may occasionally refer patients for crown lengthening.

9)    Teeth’s dimensions

A pleasing grin has the ideal width-to-length proportion and two center teeth that are dominant (4-to-5). The other teeth are guided by this ratio in terms of length and width. This smile appears considerably more balanced and flawless from an aesthetic standpoint.

The simile makeover procedure has no set restrictions. Additionally, the treatments would improve the smile line, dental proportions, tooth texture, etc. as necessary.

Is Smile Design Permanent?

Smile design last for years and/or decades. Because it is a combination of several cosmetic dentistry methods, the longevity of it depends on the dental procedure took place. We know that taking care of your oral health makes those treatments last longer up to 20 years.

There are many various treatment methods available, some of which produce benefits that stay longer than others. For instance, porcelain veneers or crowns can last up to 15 years or longer, whereas teeth whitening can last for one to three years. Adopting good oral hygiene practices is the best method to keep your new smile looking great. Your teeth can look strong and vibrant for many years by receiving regular dental care, including daily brushing and flossing.

How Does A Healthy Smile Look Like?

Your doctor’s evaluation will take into account:


When smiling, the four upper teeth should ideally be visible.


The midline of the teeth should be in line with the midline of the face, and teeth should follow rules for size and proportion to one another.

Seeing your gums

Smiling should reveal no more than 2 mm of the upper gums, and the gumline should be symmetrical with the midline of the face.


Teeth should be a uniform shade of white with minor shading variation.

Istanbul Dental Statement

It is best to speak with a general dentist before deciding on any operation to improve your smile. It is possible to do an evaluation to learn which procedures are available and how long each one will take. In order to participate in the decision-making process, the patient might also raise questions or concerns. Contact us right away to learn more, arrange a consultation or to get a quote for a smile makeover.

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