When I see patients during their cosmetic dentistry consult, the first thing I do is put a picture of their smile up on the screen. Then I ask them for a punch list of the things they want to change. Almost always, the number one thing is the color of their teeth.
However, to achieve a harmonious smile sometimes this requires more than just teeth whitening. What they see is a smile that needs to be whiter, and what I see are design elements that should be tweaked. What we can both agree on is that they want to improve their smile.
There are two ways we can improve a patient’s smile – a smile enhancement or a smile makeover. Choosing the best treatment plan will depend on the patient’s overall dental health and the current aesthetic of their smile.
Things to keep in mind
With a smile makeover, we can whiten teeth more than with a smile enhancement because of the number of veneers being placed. When we place 10 or more veneers, all you will typically see when you smile is the veneers, which we can make much whiter than the natural teeth.
During a smile makeover, we can also place a trial smile in the office so you can see what your smile will look like after treatment. Seeing this 3D model of the smile can be very emotional for patients who have longed for a smile makeover for many years.
Keep in mind, a smile makeover will cost you $25,000 to $30,000. A smile enhancement typically costs between $6,000 and $8,000. If the timing is not right for a smile makeover, we can parlay a smile enhancement into a smile makeover down the road.
Want a New Smile?
Whether you are looking for a smile enhancement or a smile makeover, our skilled team can provide expert advice on how to improve your smile. Schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist office in Brandon, FL to find out which option is best for you.