How to get the best smile with Smile Consultations
20 October 2015
As Dental Technicians we are often asked what happens at a Smile Consultation and what the benefits are, so this short article should help explain.
As generally the work you would like to have done is more cosmetic i.e. you don’t need a filling, the first things you should do is choose a Dentist who is experienced and has proven skills in Cosmetic Dentistry. Cosmetic Dentistry is very specialist and it is important you choose one who you feel comfortable with and who listens to what you want. If you are not sure how you find one you could consider looking on www.bacd.com which is the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there is a “find a cosmetic Dentist” section.
The first priority when you meet your Cosmetic Dentist should be to sit down and discuss all of your concerns, ideas, needs and desires and for the Dentist to make sure that they understand your expectations regarding the look of your smile.
Taking time to listen to all your questions is paramount to the end result meeting your expectations. Your Dentist should then explain everything to you giving you all your available options and confirming these options with pictures of the sort of outcome you can expect potentially using digital smile design (DSD). DSD can really help you to visualise your face, your mouth and lips with a new smile which has been mocked up digitally for you to view. If your dentist doesn’t offer DSD they should at least have before and after pictures of patients they have worked with previously, this is a great way to see the real results and the Dentists quality of work.
Once you had time to consider the options and determined the right procedure for you, you should make a 2nd appointment with your Dentist. At this appointment your Dentist will generally take x-rays and photographs and again confirm they can perform your chosen procedure. During or after this appointment it is important that you meet your ceramist, the person who is making your new crowns, implants or veneers, if your dentist doesnt suggest this meeting, ask them to facilitate it as this is a very important step. Meeting your Ceramist will provide the best possible chance of the results you desire, as they are the skilled artists who mould, shape, colour and polish your teeth to match your desired smile.
The 3rd visit to your Dentist is generally for the procedure/s you have chosen and this is when the Dentist prepares your teeth for the procedure and in some cases completes the work.
Smile consultations are usually free and with no obligation but do check with your Dentist before booking an appointment, it’s the only way to find out the possibilities available to you for your perfect smile and it provides you with options and a much better idea of the potential results.
If you would like to understand more about what a Dental laboratory does like Ambridge Ceramics then please feel free to call us on 01765 607347 or if you would like us to make your teeth feel free to ask your Dentist.