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Smile Makeovers: How Smiling Impacts Our Health

When you’re self-conscious about how your teeth look, it can be hard to smile. However, some evidence shows that even just forcing a smile can boost your mood and make you happier. Smile makeovers in Boynton Beach, FL, allows you to have the smile you’ve always dreamt of while improving your self-esteem at the same time. Dr. Ty Eriks, DMD, will examine your teeth and gums during an initial dental exam to determine if you’re a good candidate for a smile makeover. Please understand that before a smile makeover can begin, any existing dental issues must be resolved. This is what makes this first visit so important.

What is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover is a makeover for your teeth. It can include one or many different dental procedures that help improve both the appearance and function of your teeth. A smile makeover at Eriks Dental Group can correct cracked, crooked, chipped, dull, or an aging smile. Every patient has different needs, so a smile makeover will look different for everyone. It can successfully resolve many different oral health issues, including:

  • Broken, chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps in a smile
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Stained, discolored, or yellow teeth

Why a Smile Makeover Can Improve Your Overall Health

When you have uneven, chipped, or cracked teeth, it makes it harder to keep them clean, which can cause tooth decay. Receding gums are generally a sign of periodontal disease, a gum infection that can lead to tooth loss and severe damage to the jaw bone. When teeth are repaired during a smile makeover, it can significantly improve someone’s overall health.

When left untreated, gum disease increases your risk of kidney, blood, or pancreatic disease. Also, bacteria in the mouth can move to the lungs and lead to pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses. To improve how your smile looks and your overall health, learn more about smile makeovers at Eriks Dental Group.

What Are Some Procedures Used During a Smile Makeover?

Dr. Eriks uses a variety of different dental procedures to help patients change their smiles, including:

Teeth whitening

Choose between in-office professional teeth whitening or teeth whitening at home. Dr. Eriks uses Zoom® or GLO®. Both use a liquid gel that is applied to your teeth and a UV light is applied to your teeth to speed up the process. At-home whitening trays are custom-made to fit your teeth. While this method works, an in-office tooth whitening procedure whitens the teeth much faster.


Invisalign is a tooth straightening procedure that uses custom aligners that are changed periodically for a period of six to eighteen months. This orthodontic treatment gradually shifts teeth to their desired positions.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are dental restorations that cover the visible part of a tooth. It can be used to restore both function and appearance of a tooth. We offer three different types of crowns, all used for different reasons: including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. Dr. Eriks uses a crown if a filling breaks, if a tooth chips, a tooth is poorly shaped, or if a cavity is too large to warrant a filling.

Dental implants

Dental implants are great for patients who want to replace missing teeth in their smile whether because of tooth decay, periodontal disease, trauma, an extraction, or merely aging. To be eligible for dental implants, you must be able to withstand the healing period called osseointegration where the bone must fuse with the implant to become a strong foundation.

Cosmetic dentistry

At Eriks Dental Group, we offer many different cosmetic dentistry procedures that all aim to improve how a smile looks. Veneers are thin porcelain pieces that are bonded to the front of the teeth and are custom made to create the color, contour, and shape of teeth you want. They can help treat discoloration, gaps, chipped teeth, small teeth, or gummy smiles.

Tooth-colored fillings or dental bonding are used to improve how a tooth looks. A bonding material is applied and shaped and polished to blend with your other natural teeth.

Learn How to Improve Your Teeth With a Smile Makeover

When you want to improve your oral and overall health while improving how your smile looks, schedule a consultation at Eriks Dental Group to discuss smile makeovers. Dr. Eriks can listen to your goals for your smile and create a custom treatment plan that helps you achieve your dream smile. To schedule this appointment to discuss smile makeovers, call our Boynton Beach, FL, office at 561-733-4004 today.