04/19/2010  |  
Planning Your Wedding Day Smile Makeover

In a recent online poll conducted by Dear Doctor, the premier dentistry magazine for consumers, 77% of those polled planned on visiting their dentist prior to their wedding. For some, this includes a thorough cleaning to remove stains and freshen both their smile and breath. However, a growing number of brides, grooms, and parents of the couple are seeking cosmetic dentistry or more specifically, smile makeovers, to transform their smile for the special day as well as improve their future happiness.

If this describes your situation, you should stop putting it off and take the first step towards the smile you have always wanted. To create your ideal smile, your dentist will first meet with you to get to know you and hear your concerns, goals, expectations, and wedding day timeline. Feel free to bring in photos or magazine images of smiles that illustrate exactly what you want or do not want, as well as images of smiles that you consider beautiful. This tip helps to ensure that your dentist understands what you find attractive, as beauty can vary greatly from individual to individual. During this initial consultation, you will also learn about your smile makeover treatment options as well as what you could expect immediately prior, during, and following each option.

Some subtle improvements your dentist may consider are tooth whitening and tooth bonding. Both of these options can take place in just a few office visits and produce very attractive results. Porcelain veneers and crowns can provide you with long-term results that can last from 10 to 20 years. However, because they typically require more time to complete, approximately 1 to 4 months, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to ensure you have enough time before your special day. Another procedure that can play a dramatic role in your smile makeover is periodontal plastic surgery. During this procedure, a periodontist (gum surgeon) can alter your gum tissues and their relationship to your teeth. For example, a skilled periodontist can often correct the appearance of “short” teeth by lengthening them during a 1 to 1 1/2 hour surgical procedure that has minor discomfort yet results in a life-long change.

To learn more, contact your dental professional today to discuss your smile makeover questions.

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