A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures that are used to correct dental imperfections and enhance the overall appearance of the teeth and smile. An evaluation of the alignment, symmetry, condition, size, shape, and shade of each tooth—along with a discussion of the patient’s goals—provides cosmetic dentist Kevin Sands, DDS with the information he needs to develop a custom smile makeover treatment plan.
Once you and Dr. Sands have decided on the treatments you’d like to have, he can explain how your treatment plan will be accomplished. Depending on the amount of dental work you require, your smile makeover may take a single appointment or several appointments that are spaced apart while healing occurs or restorations are fabricated. If your smile makeover plan includes porcelain veneers, crowns, or dental implants, Dr. Sands will once again use the Planmeca ProMax® 3D technology to take digital impressions of the teeth and gums to help design custom restorations that fit comfortably and look natural. Dr. Sands can inform you of any preparation your teeth will require and explain the placement process for the restorations involved in your treatment plan. When the final restorations are fitted and placed, you will be able to enjoy your rejuvenated smile!
"He is an extremely competent dentist that cares about doing high quality work and making sure that the results are to your satisfaction and high standards. Best cosmetic dentist you can ever hope to find, I highly recommend Kevin Sands, the office is so beautiful and everyone is so kind."– Walter D.
When you choose a cosmetic dentist to perform your smile makeover, you want to be sure that he or she has the experience and expertise necessary to create the healthy, beautiful smile you desire. When you see that a cosmetic dentist is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)—like Dr. Sands—you know that they have undergone a stringent approval process and uphold the highest standards in patient care and dental excellence. The members of this prominent professional association are focused on staying abreast of the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques, materials, and technology so that they can give their patients the outstanding results they deserve.
In addition to being a member of the AACD, you want to make sure you like the work your dentist performs. We suggest reviewing smile makeover before-and-after photos of their patients and seeing if you would be happy with similar results. Finding examples of patients who have undergone the same procedures you are considering may be particularly informative. Cosmetic dentist ratings and reviews can also provide insight into the individuals you are considering: Do patients like their results? Do they offer advanced technology? Do they provide a comfortable, stress-free experience?
Finally, you will want to meet your smile makeover dentist in person before committing to treatment. During a consultation, he or she should perform a thorough dental exam and smile evaluation to identify key areas for improvement and assess your candidacy for particular treatment options. Make sure your goals are understood and that your dentist is able to provide a clear explanation of the treatment plan they are recommending. If you feel comfortable with your dentist and feel confident in their abilities, you should move forward with treatment when you are ready. Feel free to meet with as many cosmetic dentists as you like until you find the one you want to transform your smile.
The timeline of the smile makeover process can vary considerably. This is because each smile makeover is planned according to the patient’s needs and aesthetic goals, and different combinations of treatments will take longer than others. It is also important to note that certain procedures may warrant multiple visits to accommodate healing periods and the crafting of customized restorations (e.g., veneers or implants), whereas others can be completed in one day. Dr. Sands can provide you with a more concrete estimation after helping you determine the precise course of your makeover.
The skills of a qualified dental professional like Dr. Sands combined with durable ceramic materials typically make for long-lasting effects; however, the longevity of your makeover will depend on the solutions you choose to incorporate. With proper care, veneers, crowns, fillings, and other restorations can last for years without needing replacements, while teeth whitening often requires multiple treatment sessions. Ultimately, the best way to prolong the results of your smile makeover is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice daily, flossing regularly, and attending routine exams and cleanings. Additionally, you may want to avoid smoking tobacco and consuming foods or drinks that are prone to staining in order to maintain the shiny, natural-looking results of your smile makeover.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Sands will use the Planmeca ProMax® 3D imaging technology to plan your smile makeover. This avant-garde system presents clear pictures of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to help Dr. Sands diagnose concerns, choose treatments to be incorporated, and and configure the placement of your restorations. He will share these images with you in order to keep you informed and prepared for the procedure.
Age is generally not considered an important factor in determining a patient’s eligibility for a smile makeover; rather, Dr. Sands will examine your overall oral health and hygiene before deeming you a candidate. In most cases, patients of practically any age can enjoy the effects of a comprehensive smile makeover.
Unfortunately, because most treatments included in a smile makeover are chiefly cosmetic, most insurance companies will not cover them. That being said, if non-cosmetic procedures, such as dental implants, are to be incorporated into the makeover, they may qualify for at least partial coverage. We encourage you to ask our team about our options with CareCredit® and Enhance Patient Financing. We work with these two trusted third-party companies to provide eligible patients with convenient payment plans.
To find out if Dr. Sands is the right cosmetic dentist for your smile makeover, we encourage you to contact our Beverly Hills office to schedule a consultation.