Virtual smile makeovers (dental work simulations) -
Welcome to our database of before-and-after picture sets custom made (for free) for website visitors, showing the types of changes that their own dentist should be able to make toward giving them a more perfect smile.
[Why not submit your own picture for a digital makeover? - It's free!]
What kinds of cases have we simulated?
- Ever wonder what you'd look like with straight teeth? - We have a whole category of makeovers that illustrate the "braces simulator" thing (view cases).
- How can porcelain veneers (view cases) or dental crowns (view cases) be used to create a more perfect smile? - We have plenty of virtual makeovers that showcase this type of transformation.
Look for a smile like yours in our makeover cases ...
(Click the "before" picture below to view the case.)
Learn from similar cases.
While every person's cosmetic needs are unique, dentists only use a couple of different techniques (bonding, veneers, crowns, orthodontic treatment and teeth whitening) to resolve them.
That means if you see one of our makeovers where the person has a similar problem as yours, the options and choices that we explain for them will probably apply to you as well. So, click on the case and read through its discussion, so you can discuss your situation with your dentist more intelligently.
Here are the different ways you can search through our database of virtual makeovers.
- By dental condition. - So many of our cases are so similar, either by way of their initial situation or the methods used to treat them, that we've organized them into about 20 groups.
- By procedure used. - These pages feature selected cases that illustrate how different types of dental procedures (crowns, veneers, etc...) are used to correct various types of cosmetic dilemmas.
- You can also search through our collection of digital smile makeovers by case title.
- Recently viewed cases. - This is actually our display of makeovers above. These are the cases that other recent website visitors have found interesting and spent time viewing.
- Recently completed cases. - This group is self explanatory. (Note: If you're considering submitting your own picture for a simulation, looking at our most recent cases can give you an idea of the quality of image we require.)
Recently completed cases.
Improving a smile that has a mesiodens (supernumerary tooth).
This digital smile makeover features case where the person has an extra upper tooth.
Supernumerary tooth management - This case features a smile that has an extra tooth (a mesiodens). We illustrate how tooth extraction and then orthodontic treatment can be used to correct the situation.
Improving the apparent alignment of teeth with dental crowns.
If a person wants to make an improvement with their misaligned teeth, they really only have two...
Straightening teeth with dental crowns - This case shows what type of changes can be possible. And explains why perfection might not be possible.
Straightening teeth with crowns vs. orthodontic treatment.
Here's a case submitted for a digital smile makeover where the treating dentist seems to have two...
Straightening teeth by placing dental crowns. - This case illustrates the degree to which crowns can be used to make alignment changes for a smile. And explains some of the challenges and aesthetic deficiencies that must be dealt with when doing so.
Using partial orthodontic treatment and over-sized crowns to establish smile uniformity.
When this person submitted photos for consideration for a smile makeover...
Tooth crowding and missing teeth. - The fact that this smile suffers from both having crooked teeth and some missing ones make getting a normal-looking result difficult. Using dental crowns to mask the fact of missing teeth. - The solution this person wanted us to illustrate was: 1) The use of partial orthodontic treatment to some what idealize the positioning of the teeth. 2) The placement of oversized dental crowns to fill in and mask locations where teeth are missing.
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Smile makeover categories - by dental procedure and condition.
Our most-viewed categories:
Dental procedure pages.
These pages feature groupings of cases where their cosmetic transformation was made using the same kind of procedure.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. These veneers can be an excellent way to make a cosmetic change for a tooth. As compared to dental bonding, they usually look more natural and resist staining better.
As a disadvantage, porcelain veneers are usually more expensive and, if used in the wrong application, can be prone to breaking. Unlike dental bonding, if a porcelain veneer does break, typically the whole veneer must be replaced. They usually cannot be patched or repaired.
View virtual makeover cases that feature porcelain veneers:
Dental crowns can be used to make the same type of cosmetic changes for teeth that porcelain veneers can. However, unlike veneers which only cover over the front side of teeth, crowns cup over and encase the entire tooth.
In comparison to porcelain veneers, dental crowns are stronger and more durable. But because making a crown involves trimming away a significant amount of tooth structure, they usually aren't the best choice for making a cosmetic change unless the tooth also requires the non-cosmetic benefits that a crown can provide. Like porcelain veneers, there is typically a fair amount of cost involved when dental crowns are placed.
View smile makeovers that feature dental crowns:
The term "dental bonding" can refer to a number of different, yet related, dental techniques. In general, after a tooth's surface has been properly prepared, dental bonding can refer to any process where a dentist attaches white-colored dental filling material to a tooth.
Dental bonding might be used to improve the appearance of an isolated defect on the surface of a tooth, to replace tooth structure that has chipped or broken off, or to repair damage caused by tooth decay. This technique can also be used to resurface the entire front side of a tooth, strictly for cosmetic purposes.
When compared with other cosmetic procedures, dental bonding can be relatively inexpensive. And placing it is completed in a single visit. One disadvantage of dental bonding is that it has a tendency to stain over time and, in general, isn't as lasting or durable as other types of restorations. However, if dental bonding does chip or break it can usually be easily patched or repaired.
View digital makeover cases that feature dental bonding:
d) Teeth whitening.
Using a teeth-whitening process can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to make a substantial cosmetic improvement with a person's smile. There are a number of different whitening techniques that might be employed, including:
While most tooth-whitening techniques can usually be counted on to produce at least some color change for a person's natural teeth, they will not (with a few exceptions) produce a lightening effect for existing dental work. Additionally, any tooth whitening that is achieved will have a tendency to fade over time.
View smile makeover cases that feature whitening teeth: