If you are considering a smile makeover, we have to start by figuring out how you want to transform your smile. In general, there are two common goals people try to achieve. Some people want to restore the smile they had when they were younger. Others, however, want to achieve a smile they’ve always wanted but never had.
It’s important to make this decision before we start, because it can dramatically impact the way we approach your smile makeover.
Were You Ever Happy with Your Smile?
This is one of the key questions you have to answer before starting your smile makeover. If you used to be happy with your smile, then we can make that our goal. We will want to look at pictures of you from the days you were happy with your smile. We will want to see the key features of your smile that made it uniquely yours. And we will want to listen to your description of what made you happy with your smile.
Then we’ll look at the factors that may have changed your smile. Of course, tooth decay and tooth loss can cause major changes in your smile. In the past, solutions to these problems may not have given you cosmetic results you were happy with. Old fillings, dental crowns, or poorly placed dental bridges may not look as attractive as they once did. Or maybe they never looked attractive. Perhaps they just don’t match one another or your natural teeth.
Tooth wear can also be a problem, especially if you have bite problems like TMJ or bruxism that can increase the speed at which your teeth wear down. Trauma may also have badly damaged your teeth. You may never have had your teeth repaired, or you might be unhappy with the previous repairs.
We will also look at how damage to your teeth might have changed your overall appearance. We’ll try to erase signs of facial aging caused by changes to your teeth.
Have You Always Dreamt of a Better Smile?
On the other hand, some people have never been happy with their smile. They have always longed for a new smile that would help them feel more confident showing their teeth in public.
There are some common reasons why people might be unhappy with their smile. Some people have teeth impacted by congenital conditions, such as peg laterals, retained baby teeth, or teeth that never came in. We can correct these types of congenital conditions by building up small teeth with veneers or crowns or replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Sometimes, people have what most would consider a perfectly reasonable smile–but they don’t like it. Perhaps they think their teeth are small, giving them a gummy smile or one that’s hard to see at all. Some people are unhappy with the color of their natural teeth enamel. They think their teeth aren’t white enough, even after they’ve been whitened.
Maybe you don’t like some of the features of your smile. Perhaps you think your smile is too feminine or too masculine, or just doesn’t express your personality.
We have the power to address all these complaints you might have about your smile. During your consultation, we can go over your complaints and work to design a smile that achieves your goals and gives you a smile that you’ll love.
Let’s Talk about Your Smile Makeover in Hilton Head
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the first step is a consultation. Whether you’ve always been unhappy with your smile, or recent changes make you unhappy now, we have solutions to most any complaint you might have.