If you are going in for some cosmetic dentistry work, such as getting caps or veneers on your teeth, you want to make sure that you and your dentist are on the same page about the results that you are looking to achieve.
#1 Ask To See Photos of Your Work
Not all dental work looks the same. Ask to see before and after photos that your dentist has taken where they have given another patient the same cosmetic procedure that you are paying for. This will allow you to get a more accurate picture of how the work you want will change the look of your teeth.
This will also allow you to see the overall quality of the dentist's work. It will allow you to determine if you like the way that particular dentist performs these procedures. You need to like their work before you go forward with any cosmetic dentistry procedure that is going to change your appearance.
#2 Share Photos Of What You Are Looking For
Next, in order to get a really solid idea of what you want, you need to share photos with your dentist. Find people from magazines or social media that have the type of teeth you would like to have. Share these photos with your dentist and discuss which characteristics of their teeth you like and how you would like your teeth to look.
Talking with your dentist and looking at pictures is a great way to ensure that you and your dentist have the same vision for how your teeth will look in the end. This is a great way to make sure that you and your dentist are on the same page with the end results.
#3 Get A Functional Wax-Up Created
There is no reason for guess work with cosmetic dentistry. Once you and your dentist determine how you want your teeth to look, ask your dentist to make a functional wax-up for you. A functional wax-up will allow you to see how your teeth will look once their work is done. This is a great way for you to determine if you would like the end results.
If you don't like what you see, this is your opportunity to work with your dentist to refine your vision. Working together will allow the two of you to fine-tune your vision to ensure that both you and your dentist are happy with the end results.
Before altering the appearance of your teeth, ask to see before and after pictures of work your dentist has done, bring in pictures that show what you want, and get a functional wax-up created to ensure that the two of you share the same vision for your teeth.