Getting aesthetic work done on your teeth can be the best or worst investment of your life, depending on how you approach it. If you've always felt iffy about your smile, the first thing you should do is consult your cosmetic dentist, and then allow him/her to suggest improvements that will work best for you. If you go in with a picture of Angelina Jolie wanting to look "like her," however, you may get what you want and still end up disappointed. This article highlights some things you should know before walking into a cosmetic dentist's office so that you get actual value for your money.
1. The initial assessment visit is more important than you think
No dentist will perform any work on your without comprehensive initial assessment. This exercise helps the dentist to understand your psychological state, what you feel is wrong, and how best they should approach dental work so that you achieve the best results. Most practices have questionnaires created to gauge your image aspirations. For example, work to make you look young and sexy is different from work to make you look mature, bold and warm. It is important to be patient through these assessments, and fill these forms as honestly as possible so that you get the result you want after dental work. Take time to think about the qualities you admire/fell you like and convey how important they are to you. These qualities will inform your dentist's approach to smile design and finally the procedures.
2. Pristine white teeth aren't for everybody
Celebrities on TV have made pristine white teeth the thing to be desired, which means many patients think this is the best for them. Truthfully, pristine white teeth aren't for everyone. Usually, your dentist has shade guides from pristine to natural white which they use to determine what shade works best depending on your complexion and state of your teeth. Another important consideration when choosing tooth shades is the staining of your teeth. Grey or dark stains are usually harder to remove and must be done carefully. Yellow and brown staining is easier to get rid of. In addition, treatments like fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers do not automatically translate to whiter teeth; your dentist will work on the teeth underneath to get them to the desired colour beforehand so that you have the perfect result.
3. Smile design is everything
The point of the initial assessment process is to come up with the smile design, which is important when you have extensive cosmetic work, particularly on the front teeth. Smile design is important because if you end up dissatisfied with work done, then all the effort and investment is in vain. There are three main smile categories patients choose from: sexy, sophisticated and sporty, and not all of them are suitable for everybody. The right design will be selected based on the shape of your face, your image aspirations, and your age. These are brought together to create the perfect smile for you, according to you.