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What to Expect at a Dental Exam Part Four: Assessing Your Smile

Happy people smile 40-50 times per day.

You deserve to show the world the full extent of your smile, not some close-lipped variation because you’re self-conscious of your teeth. Routine visits to the dentist can bring you one step closer to getting the smile of your dreams.

What Do You Want to Change About Your Smile?

When you visit your dentist with plans to give your teeth a makeover, they will often ask what you don’t like about your smile. Many people can pinpoint their specific things they don’t like, such as:

  • Tooth shape
  • Colour
  • Position
  • “Gummy” smiles
  • Not showing enough teeth
  • Showing too many teeth

Your dentist can objectively evaluate all of these things in order to give you the best treatment choices so that you can say goodbye to close-lipped smiles once and for all.

Have You Tried Other Treatment Methods?

If you’ve tried fixing your smile with traditional methods such as whitening or cosmetic dentistry, you may have been disappointed with the results. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try again. Thanks to constant upgrades in the dental industry, cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

Teeth whitening procedures have improved greatly over the years. Dentists can now improve the appearance of extremely dark teeth. They have developed systems that can keep the lighter shade of your teeth consistent over time.

Years ago, the dental materials used in crowns and fillings didn’t particularly resemble natural teeth. This led to an increase in patients being unhappy with the appearance of previous dental work because it stood out from the rest of their smile. Now, your dentist has access to materials that are so lifelike, it’s almost impossible to tell which is the crown and which is the natural tooth.

What is Stopping You From Improving Your Smile?

Many patients have simply learned to live with a smile they’re not happy with, but it shouldn’t be that way.

While it is important to make sure that your family’s needs are taken care of, you shouldn’t put yourself last. It’s like an oxygen mask on a plane: you can’t help anyone else until you help yourself. When you make yourself a priority, you feel better mentally and physically.

Aesthetic dentistry is more than improving the look of your teeth: it’s about improving your overall oral health.

Are You Chasing a Previous Smile or a New Smile?

The most critical part of your journey to a new smile is figuring out what you want. Your dentist needs to know what your expectations are so that can exceed them. The easiest way for them to do this is by looking at photographs of yourself (if you want to bring back the smile of days past), or of people whose smiles you admire. Your dentist can work with you to determine a treatment plan to suit your needs.

If you want to show the world the full extent of your smile, contact Dr. Andrea Stevens.

If you’ve missed our previous “Dental Assessment” articles catch them here:
Periodontal (Gums and Supporting Bone)
Biomechanical (or “What Causes Cavities”)
Functional Risk Assessment (How Well are my Teeth Working?)

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