|When considering cosmetic dentistry assess your |
smile from several angles not just the front.
Most good dentists will be happy to set aside time for a cosmetic dental consultation appointment to discuss your aims for treatment and discuss how you might achieve them. Here are a few tips that you might make it easier to prepare for the appointment.
1. take a photo of your smile from the front and from an angle of around 30 degrees to the left and right. If you find it difficult to conjure up a natural smile try saying the letter EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. When we assess our own smile we tend to look at ourselves in the mirror, very few people stand directly in front of you when they are talking to you so your smile does not have to be perfectly symmetrical. the offset views are more likely to be a representation of what people see when they speak to you.
2. look at the pictures on a monitor or as a print out- we are used to seeing ourselves in a mirror and it has been shown that in time we filter the view that we have of ourselves. A photo is the reverse of how you look in a mirror so very often this view makes things more noticeable to you.
3. write down what you see that you like about your smile in each picture, this helps your dentist to understand what features of your smile need to be preserved and carried forwards
4. write down the things that seem to be out of place or incorrect to you, this helps us to understand the priorities as you see them. Sometimes it is simply not possible to have everything on our wish list so identifying the changes that are most important to you is the key.
5. Do not ever pull your lips back with your fingers to take the photo or do any kind of cosmetic assessment, after all we don't normally walk around pulling our lips back. Remember smiles should look great when we are living life NOT when we are studying them in a mirror. Great cosmetic dentistry should be subtle and give you confidence rather than attract attention as is often seen in "celebrity smile makeovers"
If you try this let me know how you get on.....