January 24, 2023
A bright, genuine smile not only makes you feel great but adds joy to other people. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that smiling is contagious: it triggers an automatic muscular response which, in turn, causes them to grin! Unfortunately, you may have a cosmetic flaw that can keep you from freely flashing your pearly whites. A smile makeover can bring you the confidence you have always wanted! But you might not know how to begin your journey with cosmetic dentistry. Here are five questions to ask your dentist to get you started.
#1. What Dental Problems Can Be Fixed with A Smile Makeover?
Modern technology and techniques have made it possible for nearly all dental imperfections to be corrected! Whether you have chipped, uneven, stained, or missing teeth, you can receive cosmetic enhancements from a wide range of dental treatments to get the pearly whites you dream of. You can share your goals with your dentist at a consultation and, after a thorough examination, they can recommend the best options for you.
#2. Can I See Before and After Pictures of Other Patients?
Reviews and pictures are a wonderful way to know if a product will be right for you; this includes dental treatments and procedures! You can ask to see examples of patients who have had similar imperfections in their smiles and see the results after a specific treatment. Many dentists have reviews on their websites so you can easily check out their patients’ personal experiences, too.
#3. Will My New Smile Look Natural?
No one wants their teeth to look fake or overdone. Many years ago, this may have been a valid concern. However, current dentistry has the tools and technology to keep your smile looking completely natural. Of course, it also relies heavily on your dentist’s skills and abilities. To ensure you’re getting the results you want, find a dentist that has a significant smile makeover experience.
#4. How Long Will My Smile Makeover Last?
As with any investment of time and money, you will want to make sure your new pearly whites will stand the test of time. While no dental treatment or procedure will last forever, your dentist should have the skills necessary to provide long-lasting results. During your consultation, be sure to ask them what the expected lifespan of your treatment or procedure would be, as well as what can be done to maximize its longevity.
#5. How Long Will It Take to Complete My Smile Makeover?
Depending on the recommended procedures needed to revamp your smile, your cosmetic transformation could possibly be completed in as little as one visit. For more extensive makeovers, the process could span over several visits, depending on where you’re starting and where you want to go. Be sure to discuss the expected time commitment with your dentist.
By keeping these questions in mind, you will be fully prepared to begin the path toward your new dazzling smile!
About the Author
Dr. Mark Stapleton and his team at White Oak Dental are eager to help you achieve your dream smile! He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He provides a full range of dental services, including custom-tailored cosmetic treatments. To schedule a consultation, contact him through his website or call (952) 448-2868.
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