We have the materials, techniques and equipment as cosmetic dentists to transform any problem smile into an attractive one. But there’s one thing we don’t have — your expectations. That has to come from you, and the range can be wide.
It’s best if you have a general idea of what you want in a new smile before your first visit. But where can you look to find out what you want? Here are 3 places to look to inspire your smile makeover.
The mirror. This is the starting point — take a good look at your smile in a mirror and ask yourself what you like or don’t like about it — are your teeth chipped, misaligned, stained or perhaps too widely spaced? Do your gums seem to overwhelm your teeth? Once you know what pleases or displeases you, you then need to imagine what your “ideal” smile would look like — is it Hollywood-dazzling or a more nuanced, natural coloring? The mirror may hold the key to what makes you happy or unhappy about your smile.
The magazine rack. Spend a little time looking at smiles in a variety of magazines: which ones do you find attractive and why? Which ones don’t appeal to you? Many, especially with celebrities or professional models, will be technically good — but not all will be a good fit for you. However, the ones you do like can help give you insight about what you would like to change in your own smile.
Your photo albums. If you’re a little older, you may remember a time when your smile seemed brighter and more attractive. Age-related wearing, staining, injury or disease can all take their toll. You may simply want to return to a time when your smile made you happy, something you might find in your photo albums. Not only can this help you fine tune your expectations, we can also use old photographs of you to recreate and recapture an earlier look.
The possibilities for smile design are wide and varied — but you can narrow those possibilities with realistic expectations for yourself. With that information we can achieve the smile you want — or once had.