The Smile Makeover Process
As a custom procedure, it’s impossible to lay out the smile makeover process in too much detail. However, there are some common steps that everyone will go through to get their smile makeover.
Choose Your Dentist
Nothing will make more of a difference in your smile makeover than choosing a cosmetic dentist. Take time to find the right dentist for you.
Since you’re considering a smile makeover, looking at a dentist’s smile gallery is a great place to start. See what results a dentist has achieved for previous patients.
Of course, past results don’t guarantee your smile makeover will look great. Evaluate potential dentists’ training to see if they have learned enough to deal with complicated and diverse cases. Schedule introductory consultations with a few dentists to help you find one that is an excellent match for your personality. Some smile makeovers can take months–pick someone you won’t mind seeing regularly over that period. Also, talk to each dentist about any concerns you might have. Our patient, Roseanne, for example, had high levels of dental anxiety, so she needed to work with a dental office that could calm her fears and give her confidence in her dental care.
Smile Makeover Consultation
Once you’ve chosen your dentist, you will schedule an in-depth consultation to start planning your smile makeover. You’ll talk to your dentist about your goals for your smile. Often, people have difficulty expressing exactly what they’re looking for. Feel free to bring in pictures, such as from a time when you were happy with your smile, or celebrity smiles that you find attractive.
It’s not uncommon for people to come in thinking they need one type of procedure but realize during a consultation that they need additional or different procedures. Sometimes, an obvious problem keeps you from noticing some subtler problems. Other times, the procedure you think you need won’t help your problem. In her smile makeover journey, Lejla, for example, thought she needed teeth whitening, but she was actually experiencing tooth chipping and wear, which wouldn’t be fixed with whitening. We helped her see that a smile makeover with dental veneers would give her the results she wanted–and she was so happy with her veneers in the end.
Smile Makeover Procedures
So, what procedures might you get in your smile makeover? It depends on your needs, but some of the procedures we commonly use include:
- Dental veneers
- Teeth whitening
- Dental bonding
- Orthodontics like Invisalign and Six Month Smiles
- Dental crowns
- Dental implants and implant bridges
Sometimes, you might have multiple ways to achieve the results you want. Other times, there might be just one way to achieve your goals. Whenever possible, we’ll give you options.