If you are among the millions of people in this world that find aspects of their smile that leave something to be desired, you are a candidate for a smile makeover. Making over your smile is not a single procedure in and of itself, but rather it is a series of procedures that can be combined to create the smile of your dreams.
For some, it is possible that only one minor treatment may be required to provide the enhanced beauty desired, such as having a set of porcelain veneers affixed to the front of the teeth to cover up imperfections. For others, however, a series of procedures is typically required to truly transform a smile. Depending on the health and aesthetic appearance of both teeth and gums, a makeover may include restorative treatments, as well as cosmetic techniques. In some cases, oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists or prosthodontists may be involved in a complete smile transformation in addition to general and cosmetic dentists.
The key to a successful smile makeover is to consult with a cosmetic dentist you can trust to determine what options you have for obtaining the results you desire. There is not always just one choice to consider, so you should discuss and evaluate all of your options before you decide which path is the right one for you to take so you can reap the results of a more beautiful smile.
In addition to discussing the pros and cons of various dental treatments to decide which is right for you, you will also have to determine with your dentist what order each procedure should be performed in so that you do not undo any results already achieved in subsequent procedures. This will also provide you with a roadmap for showing you how you get from where you are now to where you want to be.
Laying out your options and the order in which any treatments should occur is important to achieve the best results and also to allow you to determine what fits in your budget. While some portions of a smile makeover may be covered by dental insurance, such as if you require restorative work or oral surgery to improve the health of your teeth and gums, procedures that are cosmetic in nature are typically not covered. By knowing what you will do when, you can plan your budget accordingly and can also better determine how far apart you want to space out procedures.
Speaking of spacing out procedures, determining the proper order of treatments will also involve addressing how long you may need to wait between each step. For example, if dental implants are part of the plan to transform your smile, you will have to allow time for the implanted titanium posts to fully heal before your dentist can then attach a crown, bridge or denture to the post. If you don’t allow adequate time for healing, you can run into complications or may not get the results you desire.
The most effective way to truly transform a smile is to have a consultation with a trusted dentist and discuss your goals and desires. Then together you can create a plan that helps you achieve the smile you’ve always hoped for. Taking the time to do this upfront will provide you with the best results, will allow you to budget for the procedures you wish to undergo and will also provide you with a guide that will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you are on your way, no matter how long it may take, towards achieving the smile of your dreams.