Smile Makeovers with Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry

The primary concern of dentistry is keeping your teeth and the rest of your mouth healthy throughout your lifetime. But clean and healthy teeth is only a part of it. As dentists, we also want you to be confident in your smile, ready to share it with the world.

If you find that you’re not as confident with your smile because of the shape of your teeth, the color, the positioning, or something else, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry. And if you find that your smile’s needs may be a bit more extensive, what you may benefit from is known in some circles as a “Smile Makeover.”

Dr Chen and Dr. Skelton of Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom are here to help you love your smile again. If you are in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, or anywhere nearby, give us a call today at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051 and let’s schedule you in for a smile makeover consultation.

What is a Smile Makeover?

The term “smile makeover” is used to describe an approach to dental care that is focused on addressing the appearance of your smile.

Smile makeovers involve a personalized series of general and cosmetic dental procedures designed to improve the appearance – and often the health – of your teeth.

There is no specific procedure used with a smile makeover. Rather, the types of procedures and how many are involved in your smile makeover depend on your teeth and what your ideal smile looks like. That is where Dr Chen and Dr Skelton really take time to sit down and have a conversation with their patients to discuss what their wants and needs are with their smile. Some of the cosmetic dental procedures we offer for smile makeovers include, in part:

  • Teeth Whitening – Custom fitted trays are made of your teeth so that professional grade bleaching agent can be effectively applied for a short session per day over several weeks. We also offer Zoom Whitening for immediate results in one in office appointment.
  • Porcelain Veneers – Ceramic layers that are placed over the front of teeth to hide imperfections and can also brighten the entire smile line, made to blend in and natural as possible, sealed to your teeth long-term.
  • Invisalign – Clear, removable “braces” that make it easier for you to straighten your teeth without worrying about the discomfort of traditional metal braces. Often times people are unable to detect you are even wearing them.
  • Dental Crowns and Caps – A high-grade ceramic cover is placed on the top of the tooth to remove pain and restore function to back teeth that may be chipped or cracked.
  • Tooth Implants – False teeth are implanted into the gum. They’re fully functional and even look just like real teeth.

Of course, our priority is always your oral health, which involves general dentistry procedures such as fillings and root canals, as these can affect the appearance of your teeth as well and also having them present for a lifetime. We take the utmost care to ensure that your results look exactly like healthy, perfect teeth. We even offer tooth-colored fillings so that the appearance of your treated tooth is completely natural.

Why Get A Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover restores your teeth to their ideal form: not artificial-looking, but realistic, pleasing, and tailored to your mouth. The procedures you decide to undergo all have the end goal of helping you feel confident in your smile again.

Dr. Chen is also one of the few Sacramento and Folsom experts in what’s known as “Complex Cases,” which are more comprehensive dental needs that are especially common during your middle age and senior years, especially if your teeth struggled with dental issues throughout your lifetime.

The feedback from patients who undergo smile makeovers is overwhelmingly life changing, with reports of feeling much happier and more confident in themselves and how they look. They also felt less stressed about their oral care overall, from the hygiene habits they practice on their own like routine flossing and brushing to regular dental appointments for professional cleanings and other procedures.

Best of all, the results you have after completing your smile makeover last for many years, especially if you’re consistent about maintaining them according to the dentist’s instructions. These treatments aren’t like whitening strips or other over-the-counter remedies: they’re administered by experienced and knowledgeable dental professionals, and so are formulated and performed in such a way that the results are highly effective.

Candidates For Smile Makeovers

In the broadest terms, an ideal candidate for a smile makeover is someone who is in good health both generally and orally and is unhappy in some way with how their teeth look and are constantly battling being self conscious about their smile.

If you don’t have any gum disease and your jaw and permanent teeth have finished growing, you can probably receive a smile makeover. If you do have some oral health issues, Dr. Chen and Dr. Skelton may choose to address those issues first, and then we can move forward towards discussing your cosmetic needs.

Some specific issues that people seek smile makeovers to address include teeth that are:

  • Discolored or Stained
  • Chipped or Cracked
  • Gapped
  • Crooked
  • Irregularly Shaped
  • Missing
  • Worn Down
  • Excessive Gum Display

Often it is a combination of these factors, which is what draws them into the idea of a “makeover” for your teeth.

Any concern you have about your teeth can be treated and resolved with the many different cosmetic procedures we offer. If in addition to any of these tooth concerns you have gum line problems, such as receding or overly prominent gums, there are procedures that can address them too.

Why Get A Smile Makeover From Esthetic Reflections In Dentistry

Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry has helped many people not only showcase a beautiful smile, but also achieve and maintain healthy gums and teeth. Our superior dental care results in smile makeovers that are both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, improving the way our patients are able to use their teeth.

This dual attention to function and appearance is thanks to Dr. Chen being both a cosmetic and general dentist. This is a distinction that sets him apart in the Folsom area where many dentists are either one or the other. When following his treatment plan for your smile, you can be confident that no matter what kind of procedures are necessary, he can simplify your process and carry it all out at his practice.

If you’re interested about receiving a smile makeover from Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom, you can call us at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051 or click the button on this page to request an appointment. We’d be happy to consult with you about whether you’re an ideal candidate and estimate what your makeover would like look.

FAQs About Smile Makeovers

Q: Why travel to Folsom for a smile makeover?
A: Quality of dental care is always critical, but especially so when you trust someone to provide a complete smile makeover. Dr. Chen is well known in the region, having one the Style Magazine “Reader’s Choice Award for Best Dentist” 10 years in a row. He sees patients not only in El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, and Placerville, but also Ione, Rancho Murrieta, Camino, Auburn, and all around the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer regions. You see a dentist only a few times a year. It makes sense to trade a bit of an extra drive for outstanding quality dental care.

Q: How much does a smile makeover cost?
A: Since smile makeovers can involve a number of different procedures, tailored to each of our patients depending on the condition of their teeth and what their aesthetic goal is, it’s difficult to give an exact price that applies to everyone. If you are interested in setting up a consultation to learn what your makeover would involve and what your price estimate might be, please contact us at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051.

Q: How long will it take to complete my smile makeover?
A: Like the final cost, this depends on how many procedures are necessary for your individual makeover. If you only need two or three procedures, it’s possible to schedule and complete them within a few weeks. If you need more or if those procedures are more complex, it could take longer.

Q: How many procedures are usually involved in a smile makeover?
A: Because “Smile Makeover” is more of a marketing term, there isn’t a set number of procedures. Usually it is 2 or more. The difference is that these procedures are personalized to your mouth with the goal of giving you confidence in your smile for the rest of your life, so in our consultations we’ll look at what options are available and determine a cost.

Q: I already have a dentist. Can I still get a smile makeover from Esthetic Reflections?
A: Yes. However, we do require a comprehensive new patient exam before we treat your teeth, because we need to make sure that we have a thorough understanding of your oral health.

Q: Do I have to get traditional metal braces to straighten my teeth?
A: No. We offer “invisible” braces like Invisalign instead so that the appearance of your teeth is as natural as possible during your makeover. Instead of the rigid restrictions that come with metal braces, Invisalign treatment consists of wearing series of clear, removable molds that gradually align your teeth.

Q: Are there any side effects involved with smile makeovers?
A: In general, no. Different people of course can react differently to various procedures, but most of the procedures we offer have little to no negative side effects. In fact, the results of the vast majority of smile makeovers are very positive, with patients reporting lower levels of stress when it comes to caring for their teeth and higher amounts of self-confidence.

Q: Are there any age limits on who can receive a smile makeover?
A: As long as all of your permanent teeth have grown in and your jawbone is finished growing, you’re not disqualified as a candidate due to age. Younger children still need to undergo further oral development, but adults are always eligible for consideration.

Q: Does dental insurance pay for a smile makeover?
A: Most dental insurance plans don’t cover procedures that are purely for cosmetic purposes. However, if any of the procedures that are part of your makeover plan also provide a health benefit they may be covered, depending on the details of your insurance.

Q: Are smile makeovers painful?
A: No. Most of the procedures involved in smile makeovers are completely pain-free, such as Invisalign and tooth whitening. For any that might involve a slight level of discomfort, we can talk with you about it beforehand and determine the best way to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. The most common reported pain is short term tooth sensitivity, and it can usually be treated with over the counter medications.

Q: How long do the results of a smile makeover last?
A: As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, your results should last for many years, and often the rest of your life depending on which procedures are involved. Daily brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings, and avoiding foods that can cause staining like coffee and red wine are some of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy and looking great.

For more information about Smile Makeover or to schedule a consultation, please call our Folsom office at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051. We'd love to hear from you!
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