Complete Smile Makeover
The Complete Smile Makeover
When a total smile makeover, and not just a few teeth, is being considered following protocol is usually used:
The three appointments needed for a complete smile makeover are:
1) Diagnosis, treatment planning, and cosmetic workup
2) Preparation of the teeth and temporary veneers placed
3) Bonding of the beautiful final veneers
It takes more than just a cosmetic dentist to achieve stunning results—it also requires a true artist. Your new smile should be a dazzling work of art.
From the preparation appointment to the bonding of the porcelain veneers appointment it only takes a little over two weeks and you have a new beautiful dazzling smile!
Complete Smile Makeover Appointments
First Appointment: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (Cosmetic Workup)
The purpose of the Cosmetic Workup is to collect the information needed to provide you with a beautiful smile. In this workup we look at the interrelationship of the teeth, the lips, and the face.
At the Cosmetic Workup appointment the following is performed:
- A series of digital photographs of the face, smile, and teeth are taken to evaluate your existing smile and you future ideal smile.
- Together with you, using an LVI smile picture book, the ideal teeth shape for your smile is reviewed.
- Your desired degree of teeth whiteness is determined.
- Personal smile cosmetic issues are reviewed.
- If not already taken, necessary x-rays are taken to reveal tooth, root, and bone integrity.
- Impressions of your teeth are taken for study models. These models are then used for cosmetic and engineering analysis.
- Using your study models, our dental laboratory in California, Microdental Laboratory (see macveneers.com), performs a wax up of a likeness of the ideal teeth shape we selected. This way you are able to visualize what your smile could look like on a model prior to having any work done on your teeth. Adjustments to the smile design, if desired, are also made. This wax up also enables us to determine the simplicity or complexity of the engineering of your case.
Using all of the information that we gather in the Cosmetic Workup Appointment an analysis of the following is performed:
- Facial symmetry/asymmetry
- Relationship of the teeth to the lips and face
- Amount of gum revealed when smiling
- Teeth proportions with respect to size, length, position, anatomy, and color
Second Appointment: Preparation
The preparation appointment is when we do the necessary shaping and preparation of the teeth for the veneers. This appointment is normally scheduled for a two to four hour appointment, depending on your individual case. You can pick a DVD movie from our Movie Menu of over 50 titles and watch it using our virtual movie headset during the veneer prepping procedure. If desired, the anxious patient can be premedicated with a sedative for this appointment. Patients choosing premedication with a sedative for this appointment will require transportation arrangements.
An impression is taken of the prepared teeth and sent to the lab for veneer fabrication. Attractive temporary veneers are then placed at this appointment time. The permanent veneers are usually ready in approximately two to three weeks.
Third Appointment: Bonding of the veneers
During the bonding of the permanent veneers appointment, the doctor will first place the veneers on your teeth to check the fit and color. At this point, we will have you verify that you are totally happy with the look of the veneers before the veneers are bonded onto the teeth. Our doctors work to make sure that every patient is completely satisfied and absolutely love their beautiful new smile! Our doctors take great pride in their workmanship and are perfectionists. This appointment takes approximately two to four hours. Again, the patient can relax through the procedure by watching a movie if desired.
Care of Your New Veneers
Brush and floss as you would with natural teeth. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by doing so. At first you may be over cautious about your veneers, but they are very strong and are extremely well bonded to the teeth. And in no time you will forget that you have veneers on your teeth, because they will feel that natural! You’ll almost forget that you didn’t always have a radiant sparkling smile!
If you have teeth grinding issues at night, our doctors will recommend that you be fitted with a night guard in order to protect your teeth.