A smile makeover is a collection of cosmetic procedures tailored to your needs. Whether you have an overly gummy smile, are planning to get veneers or crowns, or need to restore missing and damaged teeth, treatment can give you a well-balanced and attractive appearance.
Dr. Clagett performs smile makeover procedures for Kentucky patients to give them natural-looking and aesthetically appealing improvement. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Clagett has advanced training and extensive expertise in procedures that affect the gums, teeth, and supporting bone.
A smile makeover typically starts with a consultation at our practice. During your appointment, Dr. Clagett will learn about your goals with treatment and design a plan based on what you want to accomplish. Regardless of the specific treatment you receive, you can expect expert care in a supportive and friendly environment. Learn more about your options with a smile makeover below, or get in touch to schedule an appointment
Recontouring a Gummy Smile
Prominent gums can create an imbalanced or underdeveloped appearance. If your gums have overgrown the enamel of your teeth, Dr. Clagett can conduct a smile makeover to reshape the gum line. If you have class photos, a wedding, or another event coming up, treatment can make an incredible difference in a short amount of time and at less than the cost of dental veneers.
During the procedure, Dr. Clagett will elevate the tissue to bring your teeth into proportion with your gums. He will use advanced laser surgery to sculpt a gum line that flows naturally with the shape of your teeth.
With this type of smile makeover:
- Most Kentucky patients can have a full arch of teeth re-sculpted in less than one hour.
- A numbing treatment will help you stay comfortable throughout the appointment. In general, patients find the procedure to be very manageable.
- You won’t have any downtime after your visit. There won’t be any stitches or incisions, and you won’t face any restrictions on the food that you can eat.
Patients may take over the counter medication for comfort as needed. About one week after a smile makeover, the gum line should appear completely healed and natural.
Veneer and Crown Enhancement
Dentists place veneers and crowns to give patients the appearance of a strong, even, and complete arch of teeth. However, the aesthetic improvement that veneers and crowns offer depends on balancing these changes with your other features.
Dr. Clagett can perform a smile makeover to adjust your gum line so that your smile appears natural and attractive after treatment with veneers or crowns. He has worked with many dentists throughout Kentucky to bring their patients’ gums into balance with their teeth.
If you are planning to have treatment with veneers or crowns, Dr. Clagett encourages you to get in touch with his practice to discuss your options with a smile makeover. In collaboration with you and your dentist, he can recommend an approach and a timeline so that your procedures coordinate well with one another.
Smile Makeover with Implants
By replacing missing or damaged teeth, Dr. Clagett can improve both the function and aesthetics of your smile. During your initial consultation at our office, Dr. Clagett will learn what you want to achieve with a smile makeover; assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and underlying bone; and talk with you about different options for repairing your smile.
Kentucky patients frequently benefit from treatment with dental implants, which can restore missing and damaged teeth in a way that returns full function, a natural appearance, and an even, attractive smile. For example, Dr. Clagett can:
- Extract one or more damaged teeth and work with a dentist to restore them to near-original condition.
- Replace missing teeth with dental implants, helping to preserve the underlying bone and structure of your smile.
- Perform a full-arch restoration to give you back an entire set of teeth.
In addition to his extensive training and years of experience, Dr. Clagett has brought guided 3D imaging to his practice and uses this technique in every procedure that he performs with implants. With this approach, he can provide a smile makeover treatment within one-tenth of a millimeter and one-tenth of a degree in accuracy.
Dr. Clagett can also use X-Guide™ technology during surgery. This system gives him a detailed view of the features of the mouth, letting him position dental implants precisely for more durable and attractive outcomes. Clagett Periodontics was the first practice in Kentucky and among the first 200 practices in the world to use X-Guide in its procedures.
If you have teeth that are crooked or uneven, Dr. Clagett can provide a range of treatment options to bring your smile back into alignment.
In some cases, patients will come to Dr. Clagett with the general goal of having a straighter, more symmetrical smile. As part of a comprehensive smile makeover, he can advise patients about steps that he can take in-office to give them the improvement that they want.
Dr. Clagett has also worked with many Kentucky orthodontists whose patients need additional care. As an example, it’s not uncommon for people with braces to develop swollen, tender, red gums or an overgrowth of gum tissues. These tissues do not always return to their normal condition even after the orthodontist removes the patient’s braces. As a periodontist, Dr. Clagett can perform a procedure that reshapes the tissue to a more natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Other Cosmetic Treatments
As an expert in issues affecting the gums, teeth, and supporting bone, Dr. Clagett can assist you with a variety of cosmetic concerns. If there’s something that’s bothering you — even if it’s a feature that you’ve been living with for years — we encourage you to get in touch. A consultation with our practice can help you learn about the treatments that are available and can make all the difference in how you feel about your smile.
Learn about your options with a smile makeover. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Clagett at our local Kentucky office by contacting us online or by phone at (270) 982-7377.