If your teeth are healthy but unattractive, a complete smile makeover can boost your self-confidence. It is an enormous, dynamic change, though, so your first step is to sit down with a trusted cosmetic dentist to carefully plan and design every detail of your new smile. Here are 3 considerations for a complete smile makeover.
Perfect or Natural?
You may be fantasizing about a “perfect smile,” but teeth that are too straight, too white, and too perfect tend to look fake. If you are certain that you want this smile, be aware that you might need facial plastic surgery to support it.
Most people actually want the “natural smile” that is perfect for them. This smile will be straighter, whiter, and more perfect than your current smile, but it is tailored to your unique facial features. It is beautiful, but it looks like it belongs to you.
We will work closely with you to design the exact size, shape, and color of each tooth. We will take into consideration your features, the shape of your face, your skin tone, the existing spacing and alignment of your teeth, and the problems you want to fix. Please note that we must correct any oral health problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, before we start your smile makeover.
It is always best to begin with some inspiration. Bring in photos of your childhood smile, along with various smiles that catch your eye, and be ready to talk about what you like and don’t like about each photo. Also think about various smile quirks that you might want to incorporate, such as slightly pointy canine teeth or a small gap between the front teeth.
Digital Smile Design
Once we have a clear idea of what you are looking for, we will take digital photos and impressions of your existing smile. Using those, we will create a 3-D digital smile model and then morph it into your projected new smile. We will adjust it digitally until you are fully satisfied.
Next, we will create a mockup of your new smile in wax. This ensures that it will be functional as well as beautiful. We will continue to make adjustments until we are all entirely happy with the wax model.
Please be aware that a complete smile makeover requires an investment of both time and money. Depending on the current condition of your smile and the results you hope to achieve, we may need to perform several separate procedures and allow your mouth to heal between each step. It may take a year or more to complete your new smile. If you have been dreaming of a radical change, though, we are confident you will find the results worth the wait.