Preparing for Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
You’re not happy with your smile – it’s an awkward situation. You want to smile when you’re happy, but just the act of smiling causes you embarrassment. As you begin to smile or laugh, you’re already thinking about closing your mouth, or you’re hiding it behind your hand. So, you’ve decided to investigate cosmetic dentistry. You’re feeling a little nervous, and you’re wondering how to prepare for your cosmetic dentistry consultation. Here’s what you need to know.
Don’t be Embarrassed
This one tops the list for us. When patients ask us about cosmetic procedures, they’re often apologetic, as if they think we’ll assume that their smile-related issues are trivial. After all, they’re not in pain. From a medical perspective, you’re quite right, there’s nothing wrong with your teeth. However, from a personal perspective, you do have a problem that we understand.
A dentist does take care of your oral health, but he or she also takes care of your confidence and overall sense of wellbeing. With years of experience in the field, we know just how socially debilitating it can be when you don’t feel confident enough to smile with enjoyment without feeling self-conscious.
Think About What Bothers You
Putting an issue into words can be quite difficult. You know you don’t like your smile, but what is it that you don’t like? Are your teeth stained? Are they irregular? Do you show too much gum when you smile?
Your dentist understands smile aesthetics, but he or she needs to know what troubles you most. This helps us to prioritize your treatments so that you get the maximum benefits as soon as possible.
If you’re not sure of how to explain, let your mirror help you. Get in front of it and crack your biggest smile. How would you like that to change?
Know About Cosmetic Dentistry Techniques
Knowing cosmetic dentistry techniques is further down your list, and it’s even a step you can skip. However, knowing a little about the interventions your cosmetic dentist at Kerrisdale Dental might suggest saves you from trying to understand what they entail when they are explained to you for the first time.
So, your dentist suggests veneers. What can they do for you, and what should you expect of the treatment?
Understand That Improvements May Take Time
Some people only need one or two cosmetic dentistry interventions. Others need a whole course of treatments before they’ll be able to laugh out loud without worrying about what people will think about their teeth.
Your dentist will help you to adjust your expectations based on the procedures you need. But knowing that some things might take a little time to correct helps you to avoid disappointment.
So, for example, if you want tooth whitening, it could be a matter of minutes before you walk out of the surgery with a white, bright smile. But if the stains are too badly ingrained, or your teeth are naturally discoloured, your dentist might recommend veneers that must be custom-made to fit your teeth and match their colour.
Now you’re ready for your smile makeover appointment. See you soon!