Beautiful woman with questioning expression and question marks aSmiling is an important part of life. It affects your health, your mood, and quality of life. For those who don’t like sharing their pearly whites due to a lack of confidence, cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve your smile and transform it into one that you’ll want to share with the world.

There are many treatment options, so it is a good idea to know what your goals are before you come in for a cosmetic procedure. Take a moment to write them down, so that you can clearly share what you want to accomplish with your dentist. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help get you started with your list:

How much time do you have for treatment?

Regardless of if your procedure takes one appointment or six, keep in mind that it is a commitment. Let your dentist know if you have to work within a certain time frame. For example, you may have a big trip planned in a couple of months and are looking to schedule your treatments accordingly. You’ll want to flash your new smile while you travel.

How white do you want your teeth to be?

Not everyone is comfortable with dazzling-white teeth, you’ll want to have an idea of what shade works best for you. Whether you get veneers or having crowns applied, you’ll need to know what shade is best for you so that your dentist can create them accordingly.

What about your smile do you dislike?

Odds are pretty good that you have specific things that you are looking to improve about your smile. Perhaps you don’t like gaps between your teeth or their current color. Letting your dentist know what exactly you are looking for, it is easier to understand and identify solutions.

This goes for your gums as well. Some struggle with a receding gum line or dislike that they have a “gummy” smile. Both problems are fixable with the right treatment.

Asking yourself questions is only the beginning, you will also need to know what to ask your dentist before treatment. Here are a few things you’ll want to ask during your first visit:

How much will it cost?

This is usually the most important question of all. You’ll want to make sure you are clear on how much your treatment will cost from start to finish. Many dental practices can help with dental benefits and offer payment plans. If you have insurance, you’ll want to make sure that cosmetic procedures are covered by your plan.

How can I prepare for treatment?

Ask your dentist what to expect from the procedure, such as will you be receiving general anesthesia? If so, you will need to have someone there to give you a ride home due to drowsiness while the anesthesia wears off.

What should my expectations be?

It is important to discuss with your dentist what your realistic expectations should be for your new smile. You and your dentist should understand what each step will be, such as how long will it take? And what will it look like when it is finished?

What training do you have that will help you perform my procedure?

Get to know your dentist, learn about his/her accomplishments through their education and what kind of experience they have performing your specific procedure. Ask if they continue to stay up to date on the latest technology and whether or not they continue to educate themselves to keep their knowledge of the industry current.

How long can I expect my results to last? What will I need to do to maintain them?

How well you take care of your new smile will make a difference on its lifespan, but ask your dentist what exactly you should do after your procedure in order to keep your new smile healthy and bright.

If I am unhappy with my results, what will you do?

This one is important. You’ll want to make sure you choose a dentist that you can build a relationship with and who cares about you and your happiness with the results. If you are unhappy with the final results, you’ll need to be clear about what your dentist will do.

You want a cosmetic dentist who makes you feel completely confident in their ability to give you the results you desire in a comfortable environment, and that is exactly what we do. Our doctors have the utmost confidence that with cosmetic dentistry, they can give you the smile that you have always dreamed of. Contact our office today and start your journey to a new and confident you.