If your teeth are healthy but unsightly, you might want to consider a complete smile makeover. This is a radical way to change your entire appearance, so it is vital to sit down with a trusted cosmetic dentist to design the smile that is right for you. Here are 3 things to consider when planning your smile makeover.
Perfect vs. Natural Smiles
Although you may dream of the “perfect smile,” teeth that are too straight, too white, and too perfect can look fake. If you are absolutely certain that you want this type of smile, you may need to have facial plastic surgery to support it.
Most people actually prefer a “natural smile.” This is the smile that is straighter, whiter, and more perfect than what you currently have, but it fits your face and looks like it belongs to you.
You and your dentist will work closely together to design the size, shape, and color of each tooth. We will look at your skin tone, your face shape and features, the current alignment and spacing of your teeth, and any current issues with your teeth. Please note that if you have any existing dental health problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, we must correct those before we start your smile makeover.
The best smile designs have a starting point. Bring us photos of smiles you admire, as well as your childhood smile. Be prepared to point out exactly what you like and don’t like in each photograph. Also consider whether there are any smile quirks that you might enjoy, such as pointed canine teeth or a slight gap between the front teeth.
Digital Smile Design
If you have a specific smile you desire, we as a team may choose to have a digital smile design created. We will take pictures and digital impressions of your current smile, and then use digital technology to create a 3-D model. We will morph this model into your projected new smile, and keep adjusting it until you are satisfied.
We will then use dental impressions to create a wax mockup of your future smile. This allows us to check the functionality, ensuring that your beautiful new smile will work well for you for a lifetime.
Please note that a complete smile makeover takes time. Depending on the current condition of your teeth and the final results you desire, we may need to perform multiple procedures spaced out over a period of months. If you have been dreaming of a better smile, though, a smile makeover may be just what you need to boost your self confidence. Most patients agree that it is worth the time and cost.