A beautiful smile is important for more than just your self-esteem. It also influences how others view you. Research shows an attractive smile is attributed to youth, success, and intelligence. Unfortunately, many adults don’t like their teeth. If you’re embarrassed by discoloration, chips, missing teeth, or other flaws, you don’t have to live with the imperfections. A smile makeover can give you the stunning smile you deserve, but it is a big investment. You need a qualified and skilled dentist by your side. Here are 4 questions to ask during your consultation to feel confident your smile is in qualified hands.
1. Do you have any special training?
Many general dentists offer cosmetic services. Although they may have years of experience, they might not have undergone advanced training in the area. It’s better to choose a dentist who has completed continuing education courses in cosmetic services to ensure they can achieve the exact results you want. They’ll use the latest techniques, materials, and methods to create a picture-perfect smile.
2. What services do you offer?
Every smile is unique, so you don’t need a cookie-cutter treatment plan. You want multiple options to reach your goals. Ask the dentist about the scope of their services to ensure they can fix your specific concerns, like discoloration, an uneven gum line, or alignment issues. They’ll explain all your options to reach your expectations while also accommodating your budget.
3. How long will my results last?
There isn’t any way to know how long your results will last without first having a treatment plan established. A smile makeover uses specific procedures, which have different lifespans. Depending on the procedures, your results can last for multiple years to a lifetime. Your cosmetic dentist will explain how to protect your investment, like brushing, flossing, and semi-annual cleanings and checkups.
4. How much is it going to cost?
There’s not a flat fee for smile makeovers because each treatment plan differs. Your dentist will provide you with an estimate and discuss the most cost-effective options, like veneers. In some situations, dental insurance can be used to offset the fees for restorative procedures, like all-ceramic crowns. After reaching your annual deductible, your policy can pay up to 80% of the expense until reaching your yearly limits. Many dental offices also offer financing options to pay for your new smile in installments.
Your first step toward a confident future involves your consultation. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask for more information. Your dentist will strive to ensure you’re comfortable about the road ahead.
About Dr. Sufian Mahmoud
Dr. Mahmoud earned his dental degree at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine before continuing his training in oral maxillofacial surgery. He has also completed extensive continuing education courses in many advanced specialties, including restorative dentistry and periodontics. As a member of various professional organizations, he has the qualifications you can trust. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.