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Does your smile lack brilliance? Do you feel the need to create an unforgettable first impression — whether at job interviews, business meetings or social interactions — it's time you considered a smile makeover. Dr Ashish Kakar writes.

fashion and trends Updated: Jul 31, 2010 23:41 IST
Dr Ashish Kakar

Does your smile lack brilliance? Do you feel the need to create an unforgettable first impression — whether at job interviews, business meetings or social interactions — it's time you considered a smile makeover.

A smile makeover is a dental, facial or cosmetic treatment to improve the feature that mars your smile, be it the condition, shape, plane or colour of your teeth, the alignment of your jaw, your tooth structure or the condition of your gums and teeth as a unit.

All these can be treated using teeth whitening methods to brighten stained teeth; using braces to straighten crooked teeth; or fixing porcelain veneers to give your teeth their natural white shape and to repair damaged teeth. Cosmetic bonding or porcelain crowns can restore chipped and broken teeth, dental implants or bridges can replace missing ones, and laminate veneers can treat discoloured teeth or gaps or orthodontic alignment of crooked teeth.

Teeth apart, laser gum contouring can remove excess gum that make your teeth look small and give you a gummy smile. And derma fillers and botox can be used to reduce wrinkles around your lips from aging or injury.

What you need can only be decided after a dentist examines you. You must ask for procedures needed specifically to uplift and enhance your smile and give you a confident appearance.

The procedures are no more painful than a regular visit to a dentist. For some procedures, a local anaesthetic is needed to numb the tooth and gum. People anxious at the thought of getting a dental procedure done can always request for relaxation options.

The cost of a smile varies depending on what needs to be done for you specifically. A minimal case would be whitening and contouring. The most extensive case would require porcelain restorations on every tooth, which can cost a lot.

So the cost could vary between Rs 2,000 for a simple gum-contouring to Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 for laminate veneers per tooth.

Dr Kakar is a senior consultant Apollo Hospitals and runs a private practice in Masjid Moth