Are you unhappy with your smile? Your unhappiness may lie in the colour, shape and size of your teeth as well as their alignment so much so that smiling, grinning and laughing become embarrassing even in the company of close family and friends. Then, you can benefit from a smile makeover!
A partial or total smile designing program involves the performance of one or several dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. Keep in mind that these procedures are designed for aesthetic purposes only, thus, dental health issues like gum disease will largely be referred to appropriate dentists. The result: A more beautiful smile to be proud of no matter the company present.
But like all cosmetic procedures, the success of the makeover depends on several factors most of which are in the control of the patient – you, of course. Here are tips in this regard.
– Set Realistic Expectations
A smile makeover will not make your physical and mental health issues go away never to return for good. As previously mentioned, it is a single procedure or collection of procedures designed to improve the appearance of your smile particularly your teeth and gums. It is then not a solution for dental health issues like cavities, cysts, and tumours, among others, far from it.
The first step toward smile designing success is to set realistic expectations of the final results for the procedure. Keep in mind these general results for the most common makeover procedures:
• Braces like Invisalign can straighten crooked teeth while fixed orthodontics can move your teeth closer between gaps
• Cosmetic bonding, porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers can repair chipped and broken teeth as well as gaps between teeth
• Dental implants, dentures and dental bridges can replace missing teeth
• Laser gum contouring can remedy a gummy smile
• Professional teeth whitening will obviously whiten teeth discoloured by surface stains
Again, a smile makeover can only do so much for the appearance of your lips, teeth and gums.
– Choose the Best Cosmetic Dentist
The next important aspect is to choose the best cosmetic dentist in your area. Keep in mind that cosmetic dentistry is a specialisation in itself and, thus, not all dentists will be able to perform the required procedures with satisfactory results. Dentists with general practices may be able to deliver on a few services like professional teeth whitening, installation of dental bridges, and placement of braces but for most smile designing procedures, a qualified cosmetic dentist is your best choice.
– Get Appropriate Financing
Like most cosmetic procedures, a smile makeover is usually not covered by insurance, either from the government or from private insurers. This is because the procedure is not considered an integral part of the maintenance of good health except where the individual-cum-patient deems it essential for his/her good health.
As such, you have to find appropriate financing for the procedure so that it can go as smoothly as planned. Your cosmetic dentist will appreciate full payment when it is over and done with to your mutual satisfaction.
– Choose a Customised Plan
Each smile makeover is different although the procedures used are the same for all patients. Your cosmetic dentist will design a customized makeover plan according to the condition of your teeth and gums, your needs in a beautiful smile, and your dental health goals, among other factors.
From your customised plan, you and your cosmetic dentist will discuss important aspects of the procedure – what are expected before, during and after your treatment. For example, you may have to take a break from work in case of dental implants.
– Follow Your After-care Plan
Your cosmetic dentist will also require strict compliance with your after-care plan. Most dentists will require avoidance of cigarette products, alcohol and hard food after certain procedures to lessen, if not eliminate, the risks for infections, among other post-procedure complications.
Most important, you have to take care of your teeth, gums and mouth after your smile makeover! You will then be able to extend the lifespan of your veneers, implants and braces, for example.