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How Can I Make Sure I Get the Results I Want from a Cosmetic Dental Procedure?
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Achieving your dental goals with a cosmetic dentist
Some people have it very clear in their mind what they want to achieve when they smile. As long as a person can articulate what they want, a skilled and experienced dentist can help determine if the goals are even possible. Quite often a trained cosmetic dentist can allow participation in the planning and implementation of a case. In my office, the normal steps to a porcelain veneer smile case are as follows: Choosing from a catalog (or other means) a style of a smile desired and shade or...
Good Cosmetic Dentistry = Good Communication between Dentist + Patient + Dental Ceramist
After 29 years of performing cosmetic dentistry, I can sum up the most important factor in getting the results you want in one word: COMMUNICATION. Cosmetic Dentistry is the one specialty area in dentistry that requires the dentist to listen to what the patient wants, as opposed to telling the patient what they need. Being able to communicate specific likes and dislikes helps the dentist to include this information in the design phase. The dentist should be able to communicate with you...
Getting what you want from Cosmetic Dentistry
Great Cosmetic Dentistry requires a skilled dentist and a patient who can describe what they want the outcome to look like. A comprehensive plan is required. Sometimes, digital imaging and computer graphics can be used to show the patient what is possible in Cosmetic Dentistry. Sometimes an impression of the teeth can be used to create a model of the teeth. Tooth shape and position can be altered using wax on the tooth model. Occasionally, I will apply tooth...
How can I make Sure I get the Results I want from Cosmetic Dentistry?
You can be confident that you will get the cosmetic dentistry results you are hoping for by making sure you are having clear communication with your cosmetic dentist. You can have digital photos taken of your smile. Then we often will use computer smile imaging so you can see what your new smile would look like on you. This process uses a digital photo of your smile. One one side you will see your current smile, and right next to it you will see what your new smile can look like-it's...
Look at the "blue print"
Whenever we do a cosmetic case, we always have our lab do a "wax up". This is a dental term for a blue print of how the teeth will be when finished. It is a three dimensional model of how the teeth will look made up of white wax on the stone model of your teeth. This will give you a real good idea of the outcome.
Invisalign in combination with cosmetic dentistry
Many times a cosmetic dentist is faced with teeth to restore but the teeth are not in good positions so a final result will not be great. Enter Invisalign (or braces). Invisalign can then move teeth into positions where the teeth can successfully be cosmetically restored . It is very important that the dentist doing the Invisalign treatment be in close communication with the dentist doing the cosmetic dentistry work. That way there are no surprises in the end and...
People need to more comfortable (especially men) in...
People need to more comfortable (especially men) in letting their cosmetic dentist know what it is about their smile that they would like to change. I can’t help anyone improve their smile if they don’t tell me what they don’t like. I’m there to help my patients, but they need to ask for help. You see, I can improve something in almost anyone’s smile. I’m trained to know what perfect esthetic looks like. But I’m not going to walk into a room and...