What do you want to change about your smile? For many people, there's no single answer. Complete smile makeovers give you the chance to make a number of changes all at once for a revitalised appearance, but the cost of those treatments can quickly add up.
If you're considering a smile makeover for yourself or as a gift for someone special, it's important to find out what's included and what the costs are so you can design the makeover package that suits you.
What's included in a smile makeover?
A smile makeover can be as simple or as complex as you desire, depending on how many treatments you choose to include. A skilled cosmetic dentist knows how to use multiple treatments in harmony to help you achieve the look you want, and digital imaging technology means they can often show you the predicted results in advance.
Some of the treatments that may be added to a smile makeover are:
- Teeth whitening to cover up stains and discolouration
- Tooth contouring to reshape long, bulky or misshapen teeth
- Dental bonding to fix minor chips and cracks
- Dental veneers to cover up crooked or gapped teeth
- Dental crowns to repair, reshape or lengthen teeth
- Dental implants or bridges to replace missing teeth
- Orthodontic treatment to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth
- Gum lift to reshape the gum line
- Cosmetic injections for the lips and face
Your dentist will explain what these treatments involve and will make sure you understand the costs and possible risks before you proceed.
What do you want to change?
The cost of your smile makeover will depend on how many changes you want to make, and how extensive. Among other things, a makeover can address:
- Whitening teeth
- Replacing missing teeth
- Restoring worn or damaged teeth
- Resizing or reshaping teeth
- Straightening crooked or overlapping teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Improving the symmetry of your smile
- Reshaping the gums
- Enhancing the pout of the lips
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
- Restoring lost volume to the face
You need to have healthy teeth and gums before most cosmetic dental treatments can be completed. If you need a restorative treatment to improve your oral health, this will add to the overall cost.
Can I claim a smile makeover on my health insurance?
Health funds don't normally cover cosmetic treatments that are not related to improving your oral health. However, some restorative treatments such as dental bonding and crowns may be covered by some plans. You should check the terms of your health fund and talk to your dentist to find out what's included.
Treatments that aren't covered by insurance may be made more manageable by payment plans that divide the cost into more affordable payments.
Book a free cosmetic consultation in Brisbane
If you want to know more about our cosmetic treatments, Swish Dental offers a complimentary initial consultation to discuss smile makeovers with a dentist in Brisbane CBD.