You’re unhappy with the aesthetics of your smile and want to make some substantial changes. After doing your research and deciding it will take more than one treatment to achieve your desired results, you schedule an appointment with your dentist. It is during this visit you will learn more about the severity of your problem areas as well as your eligibility for certain treatments. Before agreeing to move forward with a specific plan, it’s important you have all the facts, which is why you should ask these 3 questions when considering a smile makeover.
Do You Have Any Before and After Photos I Can Review?
Asking a cosmetic dentist to provide before and after photos is a reasonable request. While some professionals may have them available on their websites, others may have images you can view in the office during your visit. These photos can help you better determine if this particular dentist is someone who can perform the type of work you need. They also allow you to catch a glimpse of what veneers, teeth whitening, or even crown lengthening will look like in the end.
How Long Will It Take to Achieve Desired Results?
Although one of the most commonly asked questions, dentists cannot provide an adequate timeline until after a consultation and personalized treatment plan is created. Depending on the severity of your imperfections and the number of services you will need, the timeline to achieve noticeable results can vary. Some procedures can be completed in one visit while others might take 2-3 appointments or even several months.
How Can My Results Last Longer?
A smile makeover requires time and money, so you’ll want to get the most out of your investment. With each treatment, your dentist will provide helpful tips, so you know how to take proper care of your smile. Of course, the professional you choose should also be trained and experienced to produce results that will actually last. It’s easy for anyone with a dental degree to offer cosmetic services like veneers, metal-free dental restorations, and teeth whitening, but if it only lasts a short time, you’ll spend more money than you originally planned. This is why it’s imperative that you not only find the right professional for the job but also feel confident about the proposed treatment plan.
As a patient, you have the right to ask as many questions as you want when meeting with your dentist. When leaving your appointment, you should feel confident and comfortable with your decision. If you are unsure about any aspect of your smile makeover, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification before starting any form of treatment.
About the Author
Dr. Megan Shelton completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She and her team believe in providing exceptional services for patients with all types of smiles. If flaws are keeping you from embracing new opportunities or feeling confident with your appearance, Dr. Shelton can discuss the possibility of a smile makeover. Using a combination of services, she can transform your teeth and soft tissues to create a new and improved look. If you’re looking to get rid of stains, chips, and excess gum tissue, visit our website or call (760) 434-9800.