If you are like the many American adults that are less than satisfied with the look of their smiles then you may want to consider undergoing a smile makeover. This is not actually a single procedure, but rather a series of well thought out and properly planned procedures that are designed to transform your smile from what it currently looks like to what you always hoped it would be.
The first step in planning for a smile makeover is to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist that you feel comfortable with and can trust. During this initial appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss what you like or don’t like about your smile and what you hope to achieve. Based on your goals, the dentist can then provide you with options to consider that will help to transform your smile.
One reason it is so important to have this initial consultation so you can map out a plan of attack is that smile makeovers typically involve more than one procedure, and in some cases, numerous procedures. Many of these procedures are cosmetic in nature and are likely not covered under any dental insurance you may have so you may be laying out quite a bit of money from your own pocket. Therefore, you want to make sure that you don’t have any work performed that may be unnecessary or undone during subsequent procedures.
A well thought out plan will provide you with a road map of the most logical and effective way to achieve the smile of your dreams, without requiring you to undergo unnecessary work or to spend wasted money. For example, you wouldn’t want to invest money in a laser teeth whitening treatment only to decide shortly down the road that you are going to cover your front teeth with porcelain veneers. On a similar note, if your teeth are in need of some repositioning but you will also need to undergo some tooth restoration work with either a dental implant or a bridge, you don’t want to first wear Invisalign braces and then have the alignment change once the space in your mouth is filled by a suitable tooth replacement.
In addition to determining the proper order for any dental treatments you may wish to undergo, you’ll also want to discuss any alternative options that you may have to achieve the results you desire. For example, if you need to replace a missing tooth or teeth, you should discuss the benefits and drawbacks of implants as opposed to another tooth restoration option such as a dental bridge or even dentures. If you don’t like the look of the old silver amalgam fillings in your teeth from long ago, you will have to decide if it is worth replacing them with porcelain fillings or if your teeth have experienced additional decay and may require a dental crown instead.
The key to not only achieving the smile of your dreams but being happy with the path to get there, as well as the corresponding expense, is to properly plan for your smile makeover from the outset in conjunction with a cosmetic dentist that will be your partner along the way.
For more information about smile makeovers, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.