Dentists of Ivanhoe

Questions to Ask Your Dentist About a Smile Makeover

14 December 2020
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Your smile is one of the first things someone notices when greeting someone. A smile is a friendly welcome sign, an introduction to one’s personality, a sign of general health and good habits, and more.

However, despite many patient’s best efforts, medications, injury, medical conditions, and more can all play a role in tooth decay, poor oral health and a lacklustre smile. Luckily, advancements in modern dentistry offer a host of effective, safe and reliable solutions to restore your pearly whites and give you the smile you have always wanted. One such treatment is the ‘smile makeover’.

Dr Warusevitane of Dentists of Ivanhoe has helped hundreds of patients take back control of their dental health and get the picture perfect smile they deserve. In this guide, Dr Shehan and his team cover a few of the most important questions to ask your cosmetic dentist about a smile makeover.

What is a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover falls under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella. The process involves one or more cosmetic dental procedures, with a goal of improving the look and shape of the teeth and/or gums to create a picture-perfect smile.

Questions to Ask Before Your Cosmetic Dentist

  • What Type of Expectations Should I Have Regarding Results?
    Understanding what to expect with regards to results is an important step in making sure you are choosing the right options for your smile makeover.
  • How Long Will My Results Last?
    Each treatment, approach or service may have a longer or shorter expected duration of desired results. The same can be said of the materials selected for dental appliances and cosmetic work, such as crowns or veneers. Some materials are more durable than others, require more or less upkeep, and may last longer.
  • How Much Will My Smile Makeover Cost?
    This is a typical concern for most Ivanhoe dental patients. Having a cosmetic dentist like Dr Shehan walk you through all of the associated expenses can help you budget and prepare for your treatment plan.
  • How Long Will it Take?
    In some cases, procedures can be completed on the same day. Others may require follow up appointments and additional services to complete your smile makeover.
  • What Is the Process Like and How Can I Prepare for My Smile Makeover?
    Understanding what to expect and how to prepare for your smile makeover will help you be a better-informed patient, reduce anxiety associated with the ‘unknown’ and ensure you are well-prepared for a safe and speedy recovery.
  • What Type of Post-Treatment Care is Needed?
    The right post-treatment care is vital for ensuring that your smile makeover heals properly and is without any side effects or complications. Proper post-treatment care can help you achieve better results and heal faster.
  • Is There Any Pain Involved and What are My Pain Management Options?
    Dr Shehan and his talented team will work with you on making sure you’re as comfortable as possible and pain-free throughout the procedure. Post-procedure, depending on the services performed, some patients may experience pain, swelling, soreness or discomfort. Dr Shehan will help you understand what to expect and your pain management options to make sure you have the resources needed to keep comfortable as you heal.
  • Do You Have Any ‘Before and After’ Photos I Can See?
    Asking to view before and after photos of patients who have had similar work done can provide you with a real-world visualisation of what your results might be comparable to. It also gives you insight into the skill and experience of your cosmetic dentist.

Have More Questions About Smile Makeovers?

Reach out to Dr Shehan at Dentists of Ivanhoe and find out why so many residents in the northern suburbs of Melbourne trust us to get and keep them smiling bright. Our caring and compassionate team of dental professionals are committed to helping you get a smile you’ll be proud to show off. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your smile.