Boost your confidence with a smile makeover

Written by: Dr Shravan Chawla
Edited by: Sophie Kennedy

A combination of treatments which aim to improve the appearance of your smile and correct any existing dental issues can help to boost your smile confidence and overall self-esteem. In this informative guide for patients, revered aesthetic, biomimetic and restorative dentist Dr Shravan Chawla shares his expert insight on the types of treatments involved in smile makeovers and explains which factors make a good candidate for treatment of this type.

What is a smile makeover treatment?


A smile makeover is a treatment modality used to describe a combination of techniques used to help improve the overall appearance of the smile.


Depending on the requirements of each individual, a dentist can prescribe one or a combination of treatments to help achieve a more harmonious smile which suits the face and personality of the patient. These treatments include teeth whitening, Invisalign, composite bonding, white spot treatment, ceramic crowns, veneers and non-prep laminates. These treatments can be prescribed individually or as a combination to help deliver ideal results non-invasively depending on the patient’s needs and expectations keeping in mind long term oral health and ease of maintenance.



Who is a good candidate for a smile makeover treatment?


Anyone who is unhappy with the overall appearance of their smile. The dentist, after a thorough clinical evaluation and frank discussion with the patient, can take a few photographs and explain to the patient what is required based on the patient’s needs. The effect on overall appearance, confidence and self-esteem after such treatment cannot be understated.


Ideally the dentist will go over a range of options from the most affordable or least invasive to something that can give drastic changes in appearance. This treatment is ideal for anyone with existing ageing dentistry, dentistry that is failing, having old composite bonding, or someone who just wants to improve the overall appearance of their smile and hence get a confidence boost.



What are the most popular techniques used in a smile makeover treatment?


The simplest and most widely used techniques nowadays are solutions such as Invisalign followed by teeth whitening. This is the least invasive and sometimes most affordable yet practical solution. An ethical cosmetic dentist will always employ solutions that are least invasive and preserve as much of healthy tooth structure as possible.


Once the teeth are straightened, and whitened, we can refine and harmonise any appearances of asymmetry by adding composite bonding onto the existing teeth to give a beautiful smile. Patients with existing composite bonding wishing to upgrade, choose ceramic veneers that allow us to give a higher level of aesthetics with high quality ceramics.



How long does a smile makeover treatment take?


Depending on the choice of treatment that is ideal for you, the treatment time will differ. Simple teeth straightening with Invisalign followed by teeth whitening can take anything between four to eight months. Chairside composite bonding can be done in one to two hours. A full-fledged smile makeover with ceramic veneers requires detailed planning and execution with lab work that takes three to four sessions spread out over three to four weeks.



Are there any risks associated with a smile makeover treatment?


Like any medical treatment, there are always potential risks and side effects associated, which if informed in advance and managed early can be negligible. With Invisalign, the main risk is due to improper wear and seating of the aligners, which leads to the teeth not moving the way they are supposed to. To avoid this, your dentist will advise you to drop in for periodic reviews to check the seating of your aligners and progress of your treatment. Invisalign is based on patient compliance, so it will only work and give you the desired results if you wear the aligners for the prescribed time.


Teeth whitening is safe if done under proper professional guidance and supervision, some patients can have mild transient sensitivity which usually settles down. Composite bonding is prone to normal wear and tear and staining. Ceramic veneers require regular reviews and hygiene appointments to ensure the health of the gums around the veneers is good.


All treatments require regular care, recall, reviews and hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth, to ensure long term success and health.




If you are interested in a smile makeover and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr Chawla, you can do so by visiting his Top Doctors profile.

By Dr Shravan Chawla

Dr Shravan Chawla is a leading aesthetic, biomimetic and restorative dentist based in Marylebone, London, who specialises in cosmetic smile makeovers, full mouth rehabilitation and bonded restorative dentistry alongside cosmetic dentistry, composite bonding and veneers. He privately practices at the esteemed Wimpole Street Dental Clinic

Dr Chawla has over 15 years of international clinical experience and he is established as an all-rounder within his specialist fields. He is highly qualified, with a BDS from SSR Medical College in Mauritius and is fully licensed to practise in India and the UK.

Dr Chawla takes a holistic approach when treating his patients, truly focusing on individual needs, and his attention detail to detail is second to none. He takes pride in creating awareness and promoting ethical and minimally-invasive procedures for his patients.

His approach reflects his passion for dental photography, where he provides the opportunity to showcase complex treatments in a simplified manner. He visually introduces and guides patients through the different stages of a smile makeover and the options available. Furthermore, Dr Chawla utilises his expertise in Digital Smile Simulation and Smile Design software to provide a personalised visual before treatment. This empowers patients to make an informed decision when considering their treatment with him. 

Dr Chawla remains at the forefront of research, techniques and protocols, regularly attending events as part of his commitment to continuous professional development. He strives to provide a painless, hassle-free and comfortable experience, and works closely with master ceramists where the world of art and dentistry combine for world-class results. 

His research has been published online and Bay Dental Institute, which he is the founding director of, was named as one of the 10 best dental institutes in India. He is also the member of various professional organisations including Indian Dental Association (IDA), the Indian Association of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry (IAACD) and Restorative and Implant Practice Excellence (RIPE), as well as EDU Hub's Study Club at New York University (NYU) and Impart Training and Study Club at IMPART EDU, NYU.  

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