Are you thinking about getting a smile makeover? Cosmetic dentistry and attractive restorative techniques can be combined to give you a healthy, gorgeous smile that looks and feels as good as new. Depending on what your teeth have been through and what it is you’re looking for, here’s what makes a great smile makeover candidate:
You’re Not in Love with Your Smile
Do you refrain from smiling in photographs, laughing around friends, or even talking to new people because of the self-consciousness you feel when it comes to your teeth?
If so, a smile makeover can give you the boost of confidence you need to feel comfortable around other people. This investment alone makes the cost of a smile makeover worth every penny.
When you feel great about the way your teeth look, you’ll be more prone to show them off throughout the day. And it turns out that people who smile more and have attractive teeth tend to be seen as friendlier, do better at job interviews, and happier than people who might not. A smile makeover is the perfect investment in your quality of life.
Your Gums are Healthy
In order to qualify for a smile makeover, you’ll need to have healthy gums. You may wonder why it even matters what your gums look like, if a smile makeover is only related to your teeth. Well, your gums are a crucial part of the foundation that holds your teeth in place. If your tissues — and the underlying bone — are diseased, your teeth can become mobile or fall out. You would lose every penny you invested in your smile makeover if there’s nothing there to hold your teeth.
Signs of gum disease usually include swelling, bleeding, “pockets” under the gum tissues, recession, and spaces between teeth. Heavy tartar buildup and halitosis are also common. If you suspect periodontitis, Dr. Huynh will work with you to get that infection under control before performing any type of cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Your Teeth are Healthy (or Not)
As a general rule, you don’t want to complete cosmetic treatments like whitening or dental veneers on teeth that are unhealthy. They need to be cavity-free, intact, and generally well cared for. But if you do have damaged teeth, that doesn’t mean a smile makeover is off the table. We can actually use restorative treatments like porcelain crowns to repair broken or decaying teeth that require more support than what a superficial cosmetic option would be able to provide.
So, whether you have decay that needs to be addressed, missing teeth that need to be replaced, or you have a full set of healthy teeth that you just want to enhance, Dr. Huynh can help you map out a smile makeover that works each tooth into the overall care plan.
You Have a General Idea of What You Want to Achieve
Is there a specific type of “look” you’re hoping to achieve from your smile makeover experience? It can be helpful to have magazines or screen shots on hand of smiles that you find attractive (or don’t like) so that we can get an idea of the tooth size, contour, and color that you find most appealing.
You Have a Budget and Timeframe in Mind
Smile makeovers come in all shapes and sizes. Some people want an amazing “go big or go home” experience that takes multiple visits to complete and spans across a few months or more. Others need fast results or have to stick to a tight budget, making it more important to treat specific aesthetic irregularities rather than their entire bite as a whole.
Don’t be intimidated. There’s a smile makeover plan for absolutely everyone. For example, we can professionally whiten your teeth and provide same-day dental bonding over a chipped tooth and your entire smile will look whiter and more symmetrical. Plus, your total costs will still be quite conservative. Or on the other hand, you can say the sky is the limit and compare and contrast all of the premium cosmetic options available to pick the one that’s best for you.
Reserve a Consultation
At Eastport Dental we meet with each of our prospective smile makeover clients to discuss their goals and concerns. Dr. Huynh will evaluate each tooth and the overall condition of your mouth to determine what it is you’re hoping to achieve and which types of cosmetic treatments can make your goals a reality.
Contact our Mesa dentist today to reserve your next appointment!