What do I do to go about getting a smile makeover?
Analisa M.- Staten Island, NY
The most important step in getting a smile makeover is choosing your cosmetic dentist. Many people don’t know that cosmetic dentistry is not actually a recognized specialty. Anyone can “learn” a few cosmetic procedures and call themselves a cosmetic dentist. What you will get from a dentist like that is a disappointing smile. In fact, you might be better off not going to them at all.
Instead look for someone with expertise in cosmetic procedure. You want someone with an artistic eye. Ideally, you’ll want someone who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Very few dentists attain that level of expertise, so you may have to drive a little ways. I assure you, it will be worth it.
Most of the time, cosmetic dentists pick porcelain veneers for a smile makeover. As long as you’re a candidate, they are the ideal way of getting a gorgeous smile. These tiny wafers of porcelain can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth.
You’ll meet with the dentist you choose and together decide on the type of smile you want. He’ll make the veneers, or hire a lab to do it according to his specifications. Make sure he doesn’t permanently bond them on until you’ve tried them in with a temporary paste. This way you can have any changes made before they’re permanent. However, if you choose the right dentist, he’ll do that automatically.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.