If you’re not pleased with the way your teeth look, you may be a candidate for a smile makeover. Your dentist can use specific procedures to address your concerns to create a picture-perfect smile. Your first step to flawless teeth is scheduling a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. Here are a few questions you should ask during your appointment to ensure you’re making a great investment.
Are My Teeth and Gums Healthy?
Healthy teeth and gums are essential before any elective service. Cosmetic dentistry can make your teeth look better, but it can just cover up the issues until they turn into dental emergencies.
Your dentist will examine your mouth to look for anything concerning, like tooth decay or gum disease. It’s not uncommon to require a little prep work before your transformation, like a dental cleaning, fillings, or gum disease therapy. Although it will add another step to your treatment plan, it is time well-spent to ensure your dazzling new smile lasts.
Which Procedures Are Right for Me?
You have many options to address common aesthetic concerns. Your cosmetic dentist will explain which procedures are right for you, which may include:
- Porcelain Veneers: A veneer is a thin restoration that’s bonded to the front side of a tooth to improve its appearance. Applying them to the teeth that show when you smile can fix many issues at once, like gaps, stains, and chips.
- Metal-Free Dental Crowns: All-ceramic materials can be used to create durable restorations that look natural.
- Cosmetic Dental Bonding: A tooth-colored resin can fix many minor imperfections quickly.
- Teeth Whitening: The appearance of age-related and surface stains can be improved by up to 8 shades.
How Long Does a Smile Makeover Last?
Every procedure has a different life expectancy, and many factors can affect the duration of your results, like your oral hygiene. You can get the most from your new smile by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Moderate your consumption of sugars and starches to prevent tooth decay. Break any bad habits that can damage your teeth, like crunching ice or chewing on your fingernails.
It’s never too late to boost your self-esteem and enhance your professional image by giving your pearly whites a makeover. The benefits you’ll gain are priceless.
About Dr. Tommy Murph
Dr. Murph earned his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and has regularly continued his education in many specialties, including cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and dental implants. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the South Carolina Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (843) 428-0231.