The world of cosmetic dentistry is vast, and it can be difficult to orient yourself when you first begin to explore it. It’s even harder if you’re looking for a complete smile makeover. Figuring out what procedures you need and where to get them can take quite a bit of time. Even if you’ve scheduled an upcoming consultation, it helps to know where to start. To help, here are some of the questions you should ask your dentist.
What Procedures Can Address My Issues?
If you’re investing in a complete smile makeover, there are probably a few specific things that you want to have fixed. Modern dentistry is so advanced that you’ll almost certainly be able to address any issue you might have, but each cosmetic technique has its pros and cons. For example, direct bonding is great for addressing minor imperfections, but it doesn’t last anywhere near as long as veneers. Your provider’s confidence in their abilities is also a factor—they may be more comfortable with some treatments than with others. You should establish with your provider what procedures are available to you before anything else.
How Long Will It Take?
The actual time it will take to complete your transformation will depend on several factors, including the treatments you select. Some makeovers require more appointments than others, and those involving surgery will need more time to recover from. Knowing how many appointments will be necessary will not only give you an idea of what to expect, but will also help you figure out the financial aspect of the procedure. If you have dental insurance, you’ll have to consider carefully when you schedule your appointments to avoid exceeding your yearly maximum.
How Will I Take Care of My New Smile?
Most cosmetic procedures involve very little long-term upkeep, but staying on top of maintenance will make a huge difference in how long your new smile will last. Knowing what you’ll have to do to take care of your new smile, and how long you can expect it to last, can make it much easier to pick the procedures that will be best for you.
Your dentist is an expert in making smiles look good, so if you feel a little lost, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. Just make note of the questions in this guide, and prepare any more you might want to ask beforehand.
About the Author
Dr. Yelena Obholz loves the freedom that dentistry provides her. She revels in her ability to do whatever she needs to do to make her patients happy. She received her D.D.S. from the New York University College of Dentistry, and she completed advanced work in periodontics, oral surgery, and prosthodontics during her residency. If you have any questions about smile makeovers, Dr. Obholz can be reached at her website or by phone at (301) 658-7647.