When a patient comes in asking us to redesign their smile, it’s not merely a question of brightening up their teeth or adding veneers or crowns to some of them. For most people, their smile is an important reflection of their personality. Smiles are unique to each individual and communicate emotions and intelligence to others. This means taking a number of important factors into account when we get involved in a case requiring smile design. Our Surrey BC dentists consider all these issues to deliver the best treatment possible.
One of the first tasks we perform before we can recommend any kind of treatment at our dental clinic, serving Surrey patients, is to have a consultation with you. We’ll need to understand what your main problem is, discuss your concerns, and determine whether it’s possible to achieve the result you want.
After thoroughly reviewing your medical and dental history, we’ll assess your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joint. Our technicians will take X-rays and digital photos to use during the diagnosis stage, and after careful evaluation we’ll be able to give you our recommendations.
As experts on cosmetic dentistry in Surrey BC, we base our proposed treatment on criteria like your facial structure, the amount of gum you show when you smile, the position of your teeth and the accuracy of your bite. The recommended treatment options for your new smile design might include any combination of:
- Orthodontics, such as braces, retainers, or other appliances,
- Tooth extraction, which could make space for one or more dental implants to replace unsightly teeth,
- Orthognathic (jawbone) surgery, to correct any problems or to build up your jawbone to accommodate implants.
Smile design by our Surrey BC team may also include other cosmetic dentistry methods such as crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, depending on your requirements and the best way to achieve them.
Much of the success of designing a new smile depends on taking exact measurements, and this is where digital technology comes into play. At our dental clinic in Surrey, we use unique dental software that combines your X-rays, three-dimensional digital photos, and intraoral scans with other patient factors to create possible smile scenarios.
This helps our dentists to understand what approach is most likely to work with your existing teeth, gums, and facial structure and enables us to show you a mock-up of the potential end result. Before you begin treatment, you’ll be properly informed about your options. You’ll know exactly what is involved, how long it will take and what the outcome will be.
Calculating the Cost
Naturally, cost is a primary factor for any dental treatment in Canada, and whether you have dental insurance coverage or not you’ll want a comprehensive estimate of the price in both time and money. Embarking on a new smile design is a long-term process requiring dental appointments, procedures, and perhaps even orthodontic appliances to achieve the result you want.
After our initial consultation and assessment, we’ll meet with you to discuss recommendations and costs, and if you decide to go ahead our friendly staff will provide you with an official estimate for your insurance company. We’ll also help and advise you on various financial options available to patients.
It’s our mission to give you the smile you want and deserve, and we’re ready to discuss what we can do for you. For more information on smile design in Surrey BC, please call 604-593-7866 or click here to schedule an initial consultation with us.