Below is an exclusive Q&A with Dr Hooman Golestani who answers some really important queries regarding Smile Makeovers and the ultimate goal of rejuvenating your smile!
From a more functional point of view a rejuvenated smile can often mean that daily tasks like brushing and flossing will be made easier for the patient. What was a crooked, difficult to reach tooth now forms part of a beautiful smile that is far easier to maintain.
We begin with a wax mock up, a hand-made or digitally produced model of what we hope to achieve in wax. This allows the patient to see what is possible. Once the patient is happy we get started. We always start with a preventive program to remove any surface stains and build-up. To ensure I have a clean surface to work with and that the soft tissues are healthy. Then, whitening if the patient is interested in improving the shade of their teeth to complement their new smile.
We use a combination of restorations such as E-MAX Veneers or Zirconia crowns to create our final result. The smile makeover could include implant crowns or bridges as required. These treatments may be used on their own or in conjunction with other treatments like Invisalign prior to placing the final restorations. Invisalign is a process whereby we reposition teeth using clear aligners. Gum contouring also forms an important part of a smile makeover. And of course whilst the final restorations are being created the patient has provisional teeth for a couple of weeks. This gives me a window of opportunity to correct and tweak as needed.
This kind of treatment is comprehensive and complex. No two cases are the same and every patient is treated with the utmost care and professionalism. The process from start to finish is seamless for the patient.
I personally make a point of ensuring that my patients are fully aware of the treatment plan and what it involves. I spend a great deal of time during the initial consultation and on the day we begin explaining to the patient what is involved. Each patient’s treatment plan is very individual. There is no one size fits all approach at Dental 359 Malo Clinic.
I like to see the patients two weeks later and then 3 months and I am often left speechless. Once the patients have adapted to their new smile they really come into their own. Lip lines have settled, soft tissues are pink and healthy and the teeth themselves of the very best quality. It is only fitting that each of my patients experience a complimentary photo shoot to celebrate their new smile. Their happiness is evident but capturing this and sharing it with family and friends is very special indeed.
One must first ensure the patient understands what is involved, that the gums and soft tissue are healthy and that the patient understands that following a preventive care regime is critical to the long term success of the smile rejuvenation. Patients should consider the time involved in gathering diagnostic records, creating wax mock up models, preparing for the prep appointment, the delivery itself and the follow up in the weeks immediately following their appointment. It is a fine art that cannot be rushed where short cuts are taken.
My biggest piece of advice is this. Do your research. Know what you want and who can help you achieve it. Look for qualifications, experience, skill, training, support and reputation. Be comfortable with your choice and ensure you feel at ease throughout. Ask as many questions as you can and be confident that you understand the treatment plan. As is the case with my own patients I take the time to get to know them, understand them as best I can – only then can I create a smile that highlights their personality, matches their features and makes them smile from ear to ear for many years to come.
Call Dental 359 for your Smile makeover consultation appointment on 1300 625 625.
We will then bring you back to present the wax up model or digital design of your new smile. You will then be able to view the before and after of your new smile. At the same visit our Treatment Coordinator will have your personalised treatment plan to present to you, which will outline the treatment you require to achieve the best result and the total fee for your treatment.
Once you have approved the wax up and treatment plan you have two final appointments for your Smile makeover. The first appointment is where Dr Golestani will prepare your teeth which involves re-shaping your existing teeth and preparing your teeth with temporaries. Your permanent veneers or crowns take about 2-3weeks to be prepared in our laboratory. The second appointment is where Dr Golestani will take off your temporaries and insert your permanent veneers or crowns.
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