Cosmetic Dentistry |3 min read

What Is Smile Design Dentistry?

Three female smiles with teeth showing

According to Psychology Today… This text opens a new tab to the Psychology Today website…, you constantly analyze the emotion and sincerity of people’s faces you see every day.

With that in mind:

Your smile says a lot about you and offers others an insight into how you feel inside.

So when you don’t have a smile you’re proud of, it shows.

But we have good news for you:

Thanks to modern technology and advanced dental techniques, bringing your dream smile to life is entirely possible.

With smile design dentistry, you’ll bask in confidence and smile bigger than before.

In this quick blog, you’ll learn:

  • What smile design dentistry is
  • How it works
  • How much it costs
  • And more!

Let’s get started.

What is smile design dentistry?

A smile design is essentially a smile makeover that artistically creates straighter, whiter, and aesthetically pleasing smiles. 

It consists of one or more cosmetic dental procedures that:

  • Corrects teeth imperfections (Worn-down, misaligned, or gapped teeth)
  • Restores your oral health
  • Enhances your overall appearance

Your cosmetic dentist will recommend treatment based on your smile goals, budget, timeline, and your current oral health.

Smile Makeover

How does smile design dentistry work?

During your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss your smile goals with you.

Before beginning any treatment, it’s necessary to start on a clean slate. Your dentist will take care of any oral health problems, such as decay or gum disease, before proceeding.

In addition:

Smile design dentistry uses modern technology to produce more natural-looking results, saves time, and for more successful treatments. 

Your smile makeover may include any of the following:

Now, we’ll discuss three popular cosmetic services that can be used in a smile makeover.

Teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening instantly brightens and whitens your smile.

It removes years of stains and discoloration from your teeth that over-the-counter products aren’t able to.


It’s affordable and safe for your teeth and gums.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are custom-made, thin shells of porcelain material bonded to the front of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers can correct a variety of smile flaws, including misalignment, crooked teeth, or mishappen teeth.

Not only do veneers improve your smile’s appearance, but they also help improve your oral health, bite function, and allow you to eat and speak normally.

Laser dentistry

Laser dentistry is typically used for gum disease treatment and root canals.

But it also serves a cosmetic purpose.

Gum contouring or reshaping with a laser is precise and minimizes bleeding and pain.

If you show too much gum when you smile or have an uneven gum line, this is a quick and affordable fix.

How long does smile design dentistry take?

Smile designs vary from patient to patient.

It depends on the type and quantity of treatments you need to achieve your goal smile.

For example:

Treatments like teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding take only one appointment, whereas veneers or implants take longer.

If necessary, your dentist can stagger your treatment(s) timeline to meet your budget and time restraints.

How much does smile design dentistry cost?

Again, smile makeover costs vary from patient to patient, depending on what treatments are needed.

Most dental insurances don’t cover elective cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Check with your dentist to see if they offer third-party financing or payment options.

Where can I get a smile makeover in Prescott, AZ?

At Distinctive Dental Care, we’re proud to offer high-quality smile makeovers for patients like you.

Enjoy a stress-free treatment with Drs. Paul and Aaron Wulff, our dynamic father-and-son team!

Achieve your dream smile now.

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Our office is conveniently located in Prescott, AZ… This text opens a new tab to the Google Maps website…, and we happily welcome patients from all over. This includes Williamson Valley, Skull Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Wilhoit, Chino Valley, Mayer, Paulden, and Spring Valley, AZ.