Your Guide to a Smile Makeover

Posted on: February 5, 2019

What is a smile makeover, and what does it have to do with dentistry? New specialties are emerging in dentistry all the time as we learn more about medicine and health. Each specialty has something important to offer, and they include orthodontics, periodontics and cosmetic dentistry. If you are looking for a smile makeover, this is where you should turn.

Even though your teeth are the first thing people will see, a healthy smile is important for more than just appearance.

Here are benefits of a smile makeover


"Halitosis," or bad breath, is an easy symptom for your dentist to detect and evaluate. When you have neutral or good breath, this is an indication to your dentist that you are taking proper care of your teeth with regular brushing and flossing. This is an indirect sign of a great smile and is just as important as anything else on this list.

By improving the health of your gums and cleaning your teeth regularly, you should see a noticeable decrease in halitosis.

Teeth pain

You should normally be pain free when you bite something. If you are experiencing pain in the jawbone or jaw muscles when you bite, this might be a sign of misalignment, nighttime teeth grinding or another issue your dentist can help you with.

Teeth alignment

If your teeth are aligned with each other and are symmetrical on the upper and lower jaw lines, this is the first sign of a healthy smile

Proper tooth alignment is one of the reasons that orthodontic treatment is not just a cosmetic procedure. Additionally, if you have a misaligned bite, over time, you can experience jawbone atrophy. The bones of the jaw require contact with their respective teeth, and if that contact is lost, the bone tissue starts to deteriorate.


Your tongue can show indirect signs and symptoms if you do not have a healthy bite. A bite that does not align properly may cut the sides of the tongue, which can create open sores that likely to become infected. A happy and healthy tongue is a sure sign of a great smile

How to achieve your smile makeover

Start by telling your dentist your goals and why you have them. Most are happy to work with you to meet these needs. A great aspect of today's medicine is that you, the patient, are gaining a bigger role in the medical care team and so your opinion matters.

What specific steps can I take to kick-start my smile makeover?

See your dentist regularly

See your dentist every six months to create a foundation for your brightest and healthiest smile. They can also give you advice on techniques and products for in-home whitening. Regular cleaning you receive in the office will also help keep your smile bright.

In-office treatments

Your dentist will use a heavy-duty version of the tray, gel and UV treatment you see in stores to get you the fastest results for your smile. This is faster but sometimes more expensive than brightening your smile at home.

Request an appointment here: or call Portola Dental Group at (760) 201-4085 for an appointment in our Palm Desert office.

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