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What to Expect at Your Smile Makeover Consultation
A smile makeover consultation is the first step towards getting the smile you've always wanted. Your smile is one of the most important parts of your appearance, and it often leads to people making assumptions about you.
People with healthy-looking smiles are viewed as attractive and friendly, while those with gnarly looking teeth are viewed as unclean and unattractive. Knowing people are making inferences based on the condition of your teeth can lead to feelings of self-consciousness when you are not happy with the appearance of your smile. Conversely, being happy with the way your smile looks will give you a confidence boost.
Your smile makeover consultation
The goal of a smile makeover consultation is to determine the best way to improve the patient's smile. During the appointment, the dentist will go over the patient's concerns and educate them about the best treatment options.
Here is what goes on during a smile makeover consultation:
1. Your new smile is designed
Thanks to innovations in dental technology, it is now possible to customize your smile to look how you want it to look. The consultation starts with the dentist examining all of the patient's oral structures, their complexion, face shape, lip size and gum placement.
The dentist will use the information gathered and the concerns the patient voices to craft a custom treatment plan that fixes all the problems. The patient gets the final say as to which procedures will be performed. It is up to the dentist to create the patient's desired smile and to make it look as natural as possible.
2. The patient's overall and dental health is evaluated
The dentist will also go over the patient's medical history during their smile makeover consultation. How healthy a patient is often determines the types of treatments they can get. For example, the installation of dental implants requires minor oral surgery so the patient needs to be healthy enough to recover afterward. People with health conditions that hinder healing, like diabetes, might have to explore alternative treatments.
The dentist will also perform diagnostic tests, like x-rays and CT scans, to determine which treatments the patient is eligible for.
3. Dates are finalized
Once the treatments the patient is eligible for are determined, prices are discussed and a date is set for the procedures. The treatments being used determine how long the smile makeover will last. Treatments like composite bonding can be completed in a single visit, while others, like implants, can take up to six months. Treatments that might be part of a patient's smile makeover include:
- Dental implants
- Teeth whitening
- Composite bonding
- Gum reshaping
Get the smile of your dreams
A smile makeover consultation gets you one step closer to having the type of smile you have always wanted. Call or visit our Milwaukee clinic to learn more about how cosmetic dental treatments can be used to restore or improve the way your teeth look.
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