Making over your smile can do amazing things for your self-confidence. Even a simple Zoom whitening procedure in your cosmetic dentistry office will send you on your way wanting to share your brighter smile. Choosing your cosmetic dentist carefully makes a real difference in the results you get. He or she should see you as the unique individual you are and not try to give every client the same general look. A smile makeover can be a terrific investment in yourself. Here’s what you’ll need to do to attain that knockout smile you have always wanted.
Make an Appointment for a Consultation
Research cosmetic dental practices in your area and ask friends for referrals. A word-of-mouth referral can be very valuable because you can ask what their experience was like and go into it more informed. If you’re visiting a dentist you haven’t visited before, you will set up a consultation appointment so that the dentist and technicians can get to know you, learn what you want, assess the current state of your teeth and gums, and help you develop a smile makeover plan.
Decide on the Procedures You Want
Improving your look may be a simple as an in-office Zoom whitening procedure with follow-ups as needed. Or it may involve veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, or gum contouring. Depending on the particular combination of procedures you want, you may be able to have more than one performed during the same visit. If you tend to suffer from dental anxiety, you and your dentist can work out a plan for sedation to ensure you’re comfortable during procedures. One advantage of sedation dentistry is that it allows multiple procedures to be done in one visit rather than multiple visits.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Once you have set up your appointments for the procedures you choose, arrange for time off work if necessary, and also arrange for transportation to and from the office if your dentist says it’s necessary. If you’re given instructions for the time leading up to your procedure (for instance, if you are told to stop eating a certain number of hours before a dental implant procedure) make sure you follow these instructions carefully to ensure the most comfortable experience and best results.
Keep All Follow-Up Appointments
Many cosmetic dental procedures require follow-ups, so you should be sure that you go to all these appointments. Your dentist can assess results, do any minor touch-ups if necessary, and check that you are healing properly or that you’re following instructions (if, for instance, you have been fitted with Invisalign braces).
Care for Your New Smile Properly
Your cosmetic dental staff will instruct you on how to care for your beautiful smile, and following these instructions is the key to having the best results that last the longest. Some procedures, like bonding and veneers, require special attention to hygiene and avoidance of activities (like crunching on ice) that can damage your teeth. Chances are, when you see how great your new smile is, you’ll want to do everything possible to keep it looking great for the long term.