It is the best time in history to have a problem with your smile. This is because we have more options then ever to help you with your problem. The most important part of the entire process is to have a thorough and complete evaluation prior to any procedure. Your smile is simply the front part of a complex system the includes your jaw joints, the muscles in your face, bone & ligaments that support the teeth, the back teeth as well the front teeth.
You want to make sure that at the end of treatment you will not only have the smile of your dreams, but that your mouth will be maintainably healthy. You will be free of cavities, have healthy gum tissues, and that your bite will be perfect. Spending time up front doing a proper examination and treatment plan, will allow the Dentist to create a step-by-step process to get your mouth healthy as well as create optimum esthetics.
The other important thing to consider is to look at ALL your options. Your goal should be to do the LEAST amount of dentistry to solve any current dental problem, as well as reach your cosmetic goal. Spending time up front with your dental team getting clear on your goal, is critical to this process. The options of bleaching, reshaping, orthodontics, restorative dentistry (like porcelain veneers), or even jaw surgery are all available options. Be sure you work with a Dentist that utilizes a comprehensive approach. A Dentist that has relationships with other Dental Specialists so that the right course of action can be fit with your wants as well as your needs.
Cosmetic Dentistry has come a long way since its early days in the late 1980’s. Spend some time finding a dental team that will take the time to listen to you, as well as do a comprehensive analysis. Then and only then can the right treatment option be selected so solve your individual problem.
John C. Cranham DDS