When a person doesn’t smile much for photos or in person, we often make an assumption about the individual’s personality. What we often don’t consider is that a lot of people who resist smiling simply don’t like the way their smiles look and don’t feel confident sharing them with the world.
You might have had a perfect smile when you were a teen, but maybe things have changed since then. Has the coffee you’ve started the day with for years left stains? Do you think you show too much gum when you smile? Did that grinding habit you developed render some teeth crooked or out of alignment? Do you have missing or damaged teeth from tooth decay, gum disease, or injuries?
Whether these cosmetic flaws are minor or major, and whether they’re numerous or there’s just one thing that keeps bugging you, a smile makeover might be just what you need. With cosmetic dentistry, you can restore your beautiful smile and start feeling happier and more confident. Before you commit to it, though, there are some important things to understand.
Multiple Services and Options
A smile makeover is much more than a glorified cleaning. There are many different ways we can improve the look and function of your teeth and gums, and they include the following:
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Explain the heading above
- Porcelain veneers to repairing or conceal cracks, chips, and stains
- Restoration of worn and broken teeth
- Fixing minor cases of misaligned teeth
- Close gaps between your teeth
- Teeth whitening
- Reshaping of gums
A Customized Plan Just for Your Smile Makeover
Every patient’s smile and situation are unique. When you consult with your cosmetic dentist, you’ll go over your needs and goals in detail. Working together, you’ll craft a plan tailored to achieve the desired results. Some cosmetic dentists can use imaging to create a digital rendering of what the final results should look like. This allows you to get a clear understanding of your options and make adjustments to your plan before things begin.
The entire process focuses on keeping you involved and informed, and on providing maximum comfort to you both mentally and physically. You can discard the outdated visions of scary visits and painful procedures!
Addressing Existing Conditions
Before your treatment begins, it may be necessary to address and correct any dental health problems that already exist. In some cases, this may require seeing an oral surgeon.
Think of this as a little like priming before you paint. Just as you wouldn’t want to apply paint and then have it not stick, you don’t want to go through a smile makeover if existing problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, or major misalignments are just going to mar the results.
A Long-Term Commitment and Investment
The costs of a smile makeover are going to vary based on types of treatment and how many procedures will be necessary. While everyone has a different budget and wants to keep an eye on costs, a smile makeover is not something for which someone should just seek the lowest price.
This is because a smile makeover is about your most visible feature and is going to last well into the future. Because of that, it’s important to ensure you select a cosmetic dentist you feel comfortable with, who is highly skilled, and who comes widely recognized and recommended. Sometimes the best costs more, and although you have to operate within your means, it’s smart not to make cost the sole determinant of whom you choose.
It’s also important to understand that because a smile makeover has long-term results, it often means a long-term commitment. Most of the time, a smile makeover is anything but a quick fix, and you should expect to make multiple visits before the makeover is complete. Additionally, it will probably be necessary for follow-ups over the years to do touch-ups or restorations. This further underscores the need to only go with a cosmetic dentist who has your full confidence, as you’re going to see this person numerous times.
You’ll Look and Feel Better
Once you’ve restored that dazzling smile, you’re not just going to look better; you’re going to feel better as well. When you’re no longer self-conscious about your smile, you’re free to be more confident around colleagues and peers, more comfortable in social situations, and all-around happier flashing your pearly whites. Best of all, you’ll enjoy these benefits for years to come.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today!
Dr. Carrie Muzny and Associates offer the highest-quality dental services for patients in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. Our highly acclaimed dentists are not only exceptionally trained but also have attained academic honors and continue to refine their craft. With our state-of-the-art technology and range of smile-perfecting procedures, we stay atop the field and deliver smiles as sunny as Texas!
To let us help you get that perfect smile, contact us today. You can even request a virtual appointment!