What to Expect During Smile Makeover Planning By Dr. Jose Valenzuela on December 16, 2021

a smiling womanIf the appearance or condition of your teeth makes you feel embarrassed to smile, a smile makeover may be right for you. A smile makeover combines various dental treatments to address a wide range of aesthetic dental issues and minor damage, resulting in a transformed smile and improved confidence. 

At the Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Center, Dr. Jose Valenzuela Jr. customizes each smile makeover to treat the unique needs of every patient. This requires planning so that the desired look can be achieved. Today we’ll take a moment to consider what to expect during smile makeover planning for patients from Los Algodones, Mexico, Mexicali, and neighboring areas. 

Planning Starts with a Dental Exam

In order to plan a smile makeover, the teeth and gums must be examined. The initial examination may also include performing an intraoral scan and taking digital photos of the teeth and mouth. 

During the exam, patients are evaluated for candidacy. Candidates for smile makeovers should have relatively healthy gums and teeth free of conditions such as extensive decay or serious gum disease. Minor issues, like small chips or small cavities, can be treated in a smile makeover. More serious issues should be treated before smile makeover planning continues.  

Once it has been determined that the teeth and gums are healthy enough for a smile makeover, patient goals and budget can be discussed.  

Determining Your Smile Goals

When planning a smile makeover, it’s important to have a clear idea about the goals of treatment and desired results. Patients should discuss what they want to change about their smiles and their budget with their dentist so that a treatment plan can be devised to meet these needs.

With that said, it’s helpful to know what types of dental issues can be corrected with a smile makeover when planning this treatment. Smile makeovers can correct a wide range of cosmetic dental issues as well as minor dental health issues, such as:

  • Minor chips
  • Minor fractures
  • Minor decay
  • Dental stains
  • Excess gum tissue
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Tooth shape
  • Tooth size

Creating a Treatment Plan

The next step of smile makeover planning involves creating a treatment plan based on the patient’s desired results and dental needs. Smile makeovers can include any number of treatments depending on the patient’s goals and budget. 

Some popular smile makeover treatments include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental crowns
  • Gum contouring
  • Invisalign®

Scheduling Treatment

Once treatments are planned, they will need to be scheduled. Some treatments can be done during the same appointment while others, like porcelain veneers, usually require several appointments. 

During the planning stages of a smile makeover, treatments can be scheduled so that patients enjoy noticeable results at each stage of the smile makeover process.

Contact Our Office for a Consultation

If dental imperfections or minor damage make you want to hide your smile, a smile makeover may be a good option for you. To learn more about smile makeovers call our Los Algodones office at (928) 792-2156 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. 

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The Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center in Los Algodones offers patients in the Southern California and Western Arizona area state-of-the-art dental work at our modern, inviting, and comfortable dental office. Dr. Valenzuela is a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Contact us online or call (928) 792-2156 to schedule an appointment today.

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