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How Long Does a Smile Makeover Take?


A smile makeover is a transformative process tailored to meet individual aesthetic and dental health goals. At ENVY Dental, Implants & Esthetics in Wichita, KS, we understand that our patients are eager to see their new smiles. However, the duration of a smile makeover can vary significantly depending on several factors. Here, we'll explore what influences the timeline and what you can typically expect when you decide to undergo a smile makeover with us.

Factors Affecting the Timeline of a Smile Makeover

  1. Complexity of Procedures: A smile makeover may include a variety of procedures such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, crowns, implants, and orthodontics. The more complex your dental needs, the longer the overall treatment may take.

  2. Condition of Oral Health: Initial oral health plays a critical role in the timeline. Issues like gum disease or extensive decay must be treated before cosmetic procedures can begin, potentially extending the treatment period.

  3. Healing Times: Certain procedures require a healing period. For example, dental implants need to integrate with the jawbone, a process that can take several months.

  4. Sequential Treatments: Some treatments must be completed in a specific sequence. For instance, if both orthodontic treatment and veneers are needed, braces or aligners typically come first to align the teeth before veneers are applied.

Typical Timeline for a Smile Makeover

  • Initial Consultation and Planning: This involves a detailed discussion with Dr. Vessali, a thorough examination, and possibly some imaging. This stage sets the groundwork for your personalized treatment plan and usually takes 1-2 visits.

  • Preparatory Treatments: If there are any oral health issues, these will be addressed first. Depending on the condition, this could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

  • Cosmetic Procedures: Each cosmetic procedure has its own timeline. For instance:

    • Teeth Whitening: Can be completed in one or two appointments.
    • Dental Veneers: Typically require two to three visits over a few weeks.
    • Dental Implants: The surgical placement might be one day, but the full integration and final restoration can take 3-6 months or more.
  • Final Adjustments and Revisions: After the primary treatments, final adjustments ensure comfort and satisfaction with the results. This can take one or more appointments.

Realistic Expectations

For a comprehensive smile makeover, especially if multiple and complex procedures are involved, the entire process can span several months. However, simpler makeovers might be completed in a much shorter time frame.

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