A beautiful smile can be a fantastic asset in both the social and professional worlds. People who smile frequently are seen as more friendly, confident, and approachable than those who don’t, and having a smile you can be proud of makes it much easier to show it off. Unfortunately, many people avoid smiling because they are anxious about the way their teeth look. A smile makeover can address many cosmetic dental issues, but getting one can be quite an undertaking. Here are a few questions to ask your cosmetic dentist to help you make an informed decision.
What can a smile makeover do to address my smile’s cosmetic issues?
There are a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments available, and each one is designed to address specific needs. Depending on your situation, your dentist can fix broken teeth, whiten discolored ones, realign your bite, and even replace missing teeth. Ask your dentists which treatments they recommend for your smile makeover and what kind of preparation and recovery each one entails.
How long will my smile makeover take?
Depending on your needs, a smile makeover can be completed in one visit or may require multiple appointments over a period of months. Whitening treatments can take a single visit while veneers require two or more over several weeks. A mouth may require extensive restorative work or bone grafts before being able to receive dental implants, and this can take months to complete. It’s also important to understand any aftercare your smile makeover will require.
How long will the results last?
The results of different dental treatments have different lifespans, but they all last longer if the patient practices excellent oral hygiene. Cosmetic bonding and teeth whitening last a few years before wearing off, and crowns and veneers can last for more than a decade before needing to be replaced. Dental implants can last for more than three decades with excellent care.
A smile makeover isn’t a decision to take lightly, but it can provide a patient with magnificent results that improve their confidence and quality of life. Consulting with your dentist can determine if any of these treatments are right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Sean Bannan earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. His office in Port Orange, FL offers general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, making it well-equipped for smile makeovers. To schedule a consultation for a smile makeover, contact the office online or dial (386) 761-5883.