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For many parents, fall is the most wonderful time of the year. The heat goes away, the pumpkin spice lattes come back and the kids head back to school. If you’re a parent, chances are this summer, much of your “me time” was devoted to your kids, but with school back in session, it’s time to take a deep breath and maybe even focus on you for a bit. We never realize how important self-care is until we have no time for it!

One way to care for yourself this fall is to take care of your smile. We don’t just mean the routine exam and cleaning – those services are a given. But fall is the perfect time to consider a smile makeover from Dr. Mingus!

What Is a Smile Makeover?

You may have heard the term “smile makeover” and think it just means whitening. But whitening is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Maybe you’re lucky and a little whitening is all you need for a healthy, radiant smile. Or maybe your smile requires more extensive work. Here are some popular smile makeover options, and how they can improve your smile in ways you may not have realized were an option!


Veneers are restorations made of thin sheets of porcelain that are permanently adhered to the front of the tooth. Veneers can cover everything from heavy staining to chips and cracks in the tooth. They can even in some cases smooth out a slightly uneven smile. They can also lengthen shorter teeth and widen narrow teeth, cover gaps in the smile, and resist stains – good news if you’re a coffee or wine drinker! Though veneers last a long time, they may need to be replaced within 10 to 20 years, but with proper care, you can extend their life to the latter range.


Yes, adults can wear braces, and, no, they shouldn’t be embarrassed to do so. In addition to creating a beautiful smile, braces can eliminate a bad bite, help correct temporomandibular joint disorder, and even fill out the face and eliminate the look of sunken cheeks.

Bridges, Implants and Dentures

If you are missing one or more teeth, you should consider replacing those teeth with a bridge, dentures or dental implants. Replacing lost teeth can also fill out the face, making you look younger and less fatigued. But don’t wait too long. The sooner you replace lost teeth, the better the outcome, especially with dental implants. In fact, the longer you go without a dental implant, the lower the risk of that implant taking and the higher the risk of implant failure.

If you are ready to take the leap and start focusing on your smile, give Dr. Mingus a call at 541-382-6565.