7 Secrets to a Super Smile Makeover

Sep 02, 2015, by Dr. Becky Coats

If you are thinking you want a smile makeover to improve the appearance of your smile, you might be reluctant because you’re afraid it won’t go as well as you hope. But you have the power to ensure that you get a smile makeover that meets or exceeds your expectations, if you know these 7 secrets.

7 Secrets of Smile Makeovers

The Dentist Makes the Difference

Your cosmetic dentist is the lynchpin that holds everything together. You need to find a cosmetic dentist with the talent and training to give you the results you want, and also one that you feel happy working with.

Get recommendations and look dentists up online. Make sure you carefully look over their before and after galleries. If you don’t like the results the dentist has gotten for other people, you probably won’t like the ones they get for you. When talking to potential dentists (yes, you should talk to more than one before making your decision!) make sure you feel comfortable telling them your real feelings (see below).

You Need a Neuromuscular Dentist

Neuromuscular dentistry is not a commonly known field, but it can be very important to your smile makeover.

Neuromuscular dentists are trained in the function of the jaw, including what makes a healthy relationship between the teeth, muscles, and jaw joint. This is especially important if your teeth have been worn down, chipped or cracked because you currently have a bad bite, but it’s also possible that you could develop a bad bite, even get TMJ from a dentist that isn’t paying attention to these issues.

Be Honest and Open

Unless you had the good fortune of finding the one telepathic dentist in the Dallas area (don’t ask us who they are–the NSA is looking for them and the secret tech from their crashed spaceship), your cosmetic dentist will only know what you want if you tell them. That’s why you need to feel comfortable with your dentist–and you need to act on that feeling of comfort to tell your dentist in detail what you’re looking for and why.

Listen to Your Dentist

A good dentist will listen to what you have to say, but they’ll also have a few words of their own in terms of your treatment options and which ones will work best to get you the results you’re looking for.

Make sure you give your dentist your full attention and take the time to truly understand what they’re saying so you can make informed decisions about your care. And if you don’t understand anything–ask!

Be Prepared for a Marathon

Some smile makeovers can be accomplished with a sprint. Porcelain veneers, for example, can give you an entirely new smile in under a month.

But other times, you might need a much longer treatment to get the results you want. Braces and clear braces, for example, can take a year or more depending on what you want to accomplish. Don’t be daunted by the time commitment: it just gives you more time to look forward to your beautiful new smile.

Commit to Care

Your dentist will put you in the best possible situation for your smile makeover to last years, even decades. But it won’t last if you’re not prepared to care for it properly. The only one who can make sure your smile makeover results last is you, so you need to commit to good oral hygiene at home, regular dental visits, and avoiding habits that can be damaging to your teeth.

Act Now

There is no benefit to waiting before getting your smile makeover. In fact, there are many things that can get worse, ultimately reducing your treatment options or making it harder to get the results you desire. The sooner you start, the more likely you are to get the final results you want.

If you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry in Grapevine, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Grapevine Dental Care.