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4 Ideas for a Smile Makeover in the New Year

Okemos, Lansing, East Lansing MI

The new year marks a significant milestone in almost everyone’s lives. Most people set out to achieve new goals and dreams whether you aspire to get a new job, improve your health, or learn a new hobby, now is the best time for something new. If you feel self-conscious about your smile or wish that your teeth were bright white and straight, the good news is that a smile makeover can help you achieve the goal of a confident smile. So, with the holidays behind you and a fresh start on the horizon, we’re sharing four ideas for a smile makeover in the new year.

Teeth Whitening

If you’re happy with the alignment and shape of your teeth, but feel like you need to brighten your smile, then teeth whitening may be the best option for you. Tenaglia Smiles offers GLO teeth whitening system, which uses Guided Light Optics technology of warming heat, a blue LED light, and proprietary whitening gel to accelerate teeth whitening results from home, without having to step foot in the dentist’s office for repeat whitening treatments. Using GLO takes only about half an hour, and most people find that using the Bluetooth-connected whitening device is convenient and easy. If you prefer an in-office teeth whitening treatment with similar results, opt for ZOOM! teeth whitening in Okemos. The procedure lasts about an hour and a half, and the solution removes tough stains and discolorations.

Porcelain Veneers

For most individuals, they want to change more than just the color of their teeth. If you experience slightly crooked, uneven, and discolored teeth but aren’t keen on the idea of orthodontic treatment, ask about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are custom-made coverings that are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth. You can opt for one veneer to fix one tooth or cover all the teeth in your smile line to glow-up your entire smile. Veneers do require permanently altering your tooth structure by removing a tiny bit of enamel, so if you’d rather opt for a treatment that doesn’t require altering your tooth structure, Lumineers may be right for you. Lumineers are like veneers, but they are made thinner and do not require any drilling on your teeth. Schedule a consultation with one of Okemos’ favorite cosmetic dentists, Dr. Christine Tenaglia, to discuss which option is best for you.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can not only hinder your smile confidence, but it makes chewing certain foods difficult and sometimes uncomfortable. It’s not uncommon for individuals to desire a tooth replacement option that is permanent and helps preserve the jawbone. Therefore, dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option whether you need to replace one tooth or all of the teeth in your mouth. Depending on the type of dental implants you choose, results may be immediate or could take a year or longer to achieve. A consultation with Dr. Tenaglia, Okemos’ premier dental implant specialist, can help you determine the best type of dental implants for your case.


Adults with crooked or overlapping teeth may benefit from Invisalign orthodontics, which uses clear aligners to shift teeth slowly and gently in a similar manner as traditional braces, but without all the metal. Most individuals achieve results between 12-18 months, although the length of your treatment varies and depends on how consistent you are with wearing your aligners most every single day. The best part about Invisalign is that it’s comfortable and discreet. Others will hardly notice that you’re wearing your aligners.

Smile Makeover in Okemos, Lansing, and East Lansing, Michigan

A smile makeover can help build your confidence and improve your oral health because you’re more likely to want to care for your teeth when they look excellent. If you’re unsure of which treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenaglia by calling (517) 347-6733.

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