Cosmetically Improve Each Tooth in Your Smile Line

As the word “makeover” implies, a smile makeover goes beyond patching up a smile problem, such as chipped, worn down or discoloured teeth and provides a total transformation of your smile.  A smile makeover means that each tooth in the smile line is cosmetically improved leaving nothing but your ideal smile for all to see.

The goal of a smile makeover at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group is to create your ideal smile by taking into consideration the shape of your face, your skin tone, hair colour and lips. A smile makeover by our team, customized according to your unique considerations, will include one or more of the following cosmetic dentistry procedures: teeth whitening, veneers, white fillings, crowns, or bridges. This will all be discussed in depth during the smile makeover consultation.

What Can a Smile Makeover Remedy?

To give you a sense of what type of issues a smile makeover can address and how this is normally done, please consider the following smile challenges you may be experiencing.

If you suffer from discoloured teeth as a result of aging, your food or drink diet, or various other yellowing factors, a smile makeover can restore your teeth’s appearance. Teeth whitening can improve the colour of stained teeth or if more specialized treatments are needed you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers or crowns.

Teeth that are misaligned can be straightened and properly aligned through orthodontics or may be improved with veneers.

Teeth that have gaps between them may be aligned properly through a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants or bridges.

Chipped, Cracked, or Uneven Teeth

  • Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or uneven can be cosmetically bonded with veneers to vastly improve the appearance of your smile.
  • Matching Your Smile to the Shape of Your Face
  • Teeth don’t always match the shape of your face.  During a smile makeover, the shape of your face is a major consideration in the design of your ideal smile.

Tooth Length
The effects of aging and everyday wear and tear can detract from a youthful appearance. A smile makeover treatment for shorter teeth may include the reshaping and lengthening of the two front central teeth with composite bonding or porcelain veneers.

Tooth Proportions
A balanced smile gives the appearance of proper proportion and good oral health. Your dentist will work with you to design a treatment plan that enhances your teeth’s aesthetics and gives you a beautifully balanced smile line.

What Makes an Ideal Smile Makeover Candidate?

Expressed Need

Often an ideal smile makeover candidate has failing restorations or teeth that are in poor condition before considering a smile makeover.  At Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group we always consider the overall health and wellness of the individual.  We only recommend procedures that provide reasonable health benefits in combination with cosmetic benefits.

Values & Financial Means

Since a smile makeover is an involved process with a relatively high financial obligation, it is not a decision to enter into unless you place a high value on your smile.  If either a strong value on having a wonderful smile or the financial means to afford it are not present, we may offer alternative solutions, like teeth whitening or bonding, which will still have dramatic effects, but with less time commitment and cost.  We also have an attractive financing option that may be considered to help spread out the cost over time.


A smile makeover is something you should research in great depth, including making sure that the cosmetic dentist you’ve chosen is the right person for the job.  Don’t be afraid to ask about your dentist’s cosmetic training and for before and after pictures of some of their previous smile makeover patients.  You can even ask for references from previous patients.  In short, your cosmetic dentist’s skill is very important to achieving the results you desire.  Make sure that all of your questions and needs are answered to during the smile makeover consultation process.  Knowing clearly what to expect always makes for a more positive experience.  At Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group, Vancouver Island, our team will be more than happy to tell you about his extensive cosmetic dental training and share previous smile makeover success stories.

The Smile Makeover Treatment Plan

The first thing your Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group dentist will look at is the health of your bite.  In some cases, teeth have become worn or damaged in the first place due to a bad bite.  If your bite is not correct, new veneers or crowns used in a smile makeover will get worn out long before they should. Our team may suggest procedures to fix back teeth before completing the smile makeover.  If this is the case for you, trust that this is an essential part of the investment in your health and your new smile.

When your bite is correct, the smile makeover begins with a smile analysis.  At his Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group office, our team completes an analysis of your gum line and the length and width of your smile.  His goal for you is a smile where the tip of the front teeth follows the curve of the lower lip in an upward ascending crescent form, this creates what’s known in the art world as a golden proportion.  It gives a look of symmetry and … well perfection! Read about having a same-day smile makeover in our blog!

The Smile Makeover Prep Session

During the prep session in our Nanaimo dentist’s office, an impression will be taken of your teeth which will later be used to create the veneers or crowns for your smile makeover.

The teeth are then prepped for the new crowns or veneers.  A veneer is preferred if the tooth is in good condition since it requires less prepping to the surface of the tooth.  In other words, more of your original tooth is conserved with veneer prepping.

Since your veneers or crowns will take about 2 weeks to build, temporary veneers or crowns are needed.  Normally these would be very temporary –and look and feel the part.  However, using the wax models, our Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group dentist makes temporaries out of a resin that hardens quickly and has the appearance of a genuine tooth surface.

Get ready for an instant extreme smile makeover with these temporary crowns or veneers.

In fact, unlike the old days of bad temporaries, our Nanaimo dentist at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group will apply LVI techniques to craft your temporaries to look and feel as good as the real crowns or veneers.  Not only that, but your personality and style are taken into consideration with the look of your temporary veneers or crowns and of course, with the finished product.

Behind the scenes, you should also know that your Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group dentist is not the only dental professional critical to the success of your smile makeover – and our Nanaimo dentist is taking no chances with the quality of your smile makeover.  A dental lab technician is going to take the waxed-up models of your teeth and construct your veneers or crowns.  The dental lab technician’s accuracy and artistry are essential to the success of your smile makeover.  At Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group, we use only the highest qualified dental lab technicians, those who are certified LVI-trained Master technicians.

To ensure that your smile makeover is right for you, we also allow you to give us feedback about the look of your temporary veneers or crowns.  We encourage you to ask your friends and family and we’ll incorporate this feedback into the final veneers or crowns.

Smile Makeover Final Session

The feedback from you and your friends and family regarding the temporary crowns or veneers will be incorporated to make the permanent veneers or crowns.  These are made within two weeks by our LVI-certified master lab technician.  At this time your temporary veneers or crowns will be removed and the real veneers or crowns are bonded to your prepped teeth at our Nanaimo dental office.

Each of our Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group dentists will take the time to ensure that you understand the whole process and will encourage you to ask questions.

While researching whether a smile makeover is right for you, we encourage you to contact us to book a free smile makeover consultation.

Smile Makeover Testimonials

“I am truly delighted with the smile Dr. Mahara designed for me. Numerous people have complimented me on my teeth, and I now have a lot of confidence in my smile.  This smile makeover goes beyond what I expected.  I wanted to fix my smile, but Dr. Mahara went far beyond this by designing a smile that suits me perfectly.

Dr. Mahara is very precise and worked hard to get a perfect result.  He is never satisfied with just good results.  It was clear from the beginning that Dr. Mahara was interested in designing the perfect smile makeover –and he did it.   I really appreciated that Dr. Mahara took the time to listen and explain the smile makeover procedures and I always felt very comfortable with the next step.

It’s important in my profession as an esthetician to make clients feel welcome and comfortable and the first thing they see is my smile.  In the past, I always worried about my smile and tried to hide it, but now I feel great just letting it go.  Thank you, Dr. Mahara and your wonderful Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group staff!

If  you’re thinking about having a smile makeover done, I highly recommend Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group.”

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