Don’t Make a Hurried Decision
You know you’re unhappy with your current smile–or are you? Don’t decide one day to suddenly up and change your smile without taking the time to consider what you’re doing. Many of us have complex relationships with the flaws in our smile. We may be self-conscious about them some of the time and other times embrace them as part of our identity. Make sure you understand how you feel about your flaws before deciding to go ahead with porcelain veneers.
And once you’ve decided to go forward with porcelain veneers take the time to evaluate your smile options and decide whether you want to go with a more subtle, natural appearance or if you’re really interested in getting a big, beautiful Hollywood smile. If you don’t take the time to do this soul-searching beforehand, you might not be happy with the results.
Pick Your Cosmetic Dentist Carefully
Nothing will make more of a difference in how you feel about your porcelain veneers than your cosmetic dentist. Of course, your dentist’s technical expertise and experience are crucial to ensuring you get the attractive smile you desire, but there’s more than that at stake.
Working with a dentist who shuffles you in and out of their office without really getting to know you can make the entire experience feel rushed and ill-considered. It can make you feel like your cosmetic dentist is just treating your teeth and not you. It can make you feel like your porcelain veneers aren’t really part of you, and you won’t feel good about them.
Respect the Journey
Remember, it’s not just the end that matters, it’s the journey, too. When you are thinking about the reasons why you want porcelain veneers, consider the events in your life that have led you to make the decision you made. Think about all that you’ve come through and all that you still have before you.
The best cosmetic dentist will serve as both guide and companion on your journey. They can help you understand the emotional resonance of your smile and appreciate the transformation you are going through so you can say goodbye to your old smile and hello to your new smile and the versions of yourself that they represent.
Be Honest and Assertive
There’s no point in taking the time to decide exactly what you are looking for in a smile makeover unless you actually tell your cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentists are good at designing smiles, and they are often able to pick up on what you’re looking for, but unless you tell them, they can’t be sure.
Hopefully you have chosen a cosmetic dentist that you can be honest and open with, and one that will listen carefully to you. If your cosmetic dentist is open and receptive to you, there shouldn’t be any problems. But if you’re uncertain about any aspect of your porcelain veneers, you need to speak up.