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A smile makeover: a great life-changing option


o you have a smile that you would like to improve? Are you hoping for a more esthetically-pleasing smile and at the same time restore optimal function in your mouth?

In this column, I address a solution to a common and often frustrating problem – a smile makeover which has become one of the most requested procedures at dental offices today. A smile makeover combines a variety of cosmetic dental procedures to provide patients with a life-changing experience. A smile makeover can correct the following:

• Misaligned or crooked teeth.

• Missing teeth.

• Stained, yellowed or unattractive teeth.

• Misshapen teeth.

• Decayed teeth.

• Damaged teeth (chipped or fractured).

• Old or unattractive fillings.

• Smile enhancement.

Several procedures can be done to create a beautiful smile. Some of the procedures include teeth whitening, veneers, white fillings, Fast Braces or Invisalign, crowns and dental implants.

Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening improves smiles by removing discoloration and yellowing from the surface of teeth. The treatment works safely, quickly and painlessly to make smiles up to six shades whiter.

Veneers: These are thin, shell-like layers of porcelain that are natural looking and placed over existing teeth that have flaws such as chips, fractures or discolored spots. Veneers are like fake fingernails glued onto the surface of your natural fingernail. Also, veneers are minimally invasive.

White fillings/bonding: White fillings are tooth-colored fillings and bonding that are cosmetically pleasing. If the back of your mouth is filled with the silver fillings, they may be replaced with white fillings.

Braces or Invisalign: Fast Braces can be used to correct misaligned teeth and close spaces. Treatment can be as short as three to six months. Invisalign or clear aligners are close-to-invisible devices that move your teeth. Treatment times are usually six to 18 months.

Crowns: Sometimes referred to as “caps”, which are constructed and used to cover and protect teeth that have large fillings or can fracture.

Dental implants: Dental implants are regarded as the best solution to replace missing teeth. They are natural looking and are expected to last a lifetime. Implants go a long way to help you feel confident about your smile and your bite.

You are a candidate for a smile makeover if you are unhappy with your smile; wonder if your smile concerns can be addressed with cosmetic dentistry; and you are ready to enjoy smiling without hesitation. A life-changing smile makeover may be a great option for you.

• Dr. Kendal V.O. Major is the founder and CEO of the Center for Specialized Dentistry, which is a comprehensive family dental practice operating in New Providence and Grand Bahama. He is the first Bahamian specialist in gum diseases and dental implants since 1989. He is also a certified fast braces provider. His practice is located at 89 Collins Avenue, New Providence. He can be contacted at (242) 325-5165 or

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