The most important part of your first appointment with a cosmetic dentist is to speak freely about your aesthetic goals and desires. Try to picture your ideal smile and express your thoughts. An experienced cosmetic dentist listens attentively, understands your desires, and will work with you to design your perfect smile.
Many factors are considered when creating a natural welcoming smile, such as:
- Curvature of your lips
- Display of your teeth in all environments (smiling, laughing, speaking, and relaxing)
- Facial dimensions and shape
- Midline of your teeth aligning with the midline of your face
- Facial musculature
- Healthy, beautiful teeth (without any stained, discolored, chipped, rotated, missing, or small teeth)
To ensure that you and your dentist have the same smile in mind, a custom simulated picture can be created to see the ideal result before you even start. This is called your Smile Design. You are essentially designing your new smile with your cosmetic dentist. The Smile Design allows you to see your finished Smile Makeover before you even begin, so you can make any desired changes and there are no surprises when the cosmetic dental treatment is completed.
Check our more on Dr. Lissauer’s blog, where he writes a post about what is involved during a comprehensive ccosmetic dentistry evaluation.
About my experiences as a cosmetic dentist
While in college, I decided on a career in dentistry. At the time, working as a dentist seemed to be the perfect combination of art and science, two fields I always enjoyed. Twenty-five years later, I continue to love my profession. After attending and teaching at Tufts Dental School, I moved to south Florida with my wife Joanne and have been practicing in the Delray and Boynton Beach area ever since. Over the years, the advancements in aesthetic dentistry have been incredible. The technology has improved exponentially, and cosmetic dentistry has become my passion. With the materials available today, almost any smile makeover is possible. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.