What kind of person has a smile makeover? They are not just for TV & movie stars, nationally known politicians and wealthy people. We don’t have an “average patient” who is a “smile makeover” candidate. We have worked on both men and women, in an age range of 30 to 80, on wealthy people and those on a budget. The common thread for all of these people was that they had a need for dental treatment anyway and also cared about the face they showed the world each day. Everyone experiences dental disease to some degree. Because of the techniques and materials we have today, we are able to treat these disease situations as well as end up with a beautiful aesthetic result.
What exactly is a smile makeover? It can mean anything from 8-10 veneers on the top teeth that creates a dazzling white beautiful smile to a complete full mouth reconstruction that replaces missing teeth and restores function along with that dazzling smile. Each case is profoundly unique. There is no simple product that is a quick fix that produces what we would call a smile makeover.
A smile makeover can mean the difference between getting a job or not. It also can give you the confidence to compete for a promotion or a place in school. It is a life-altering experience.
When the TV show “Extreme Makeover” was on, they showed incredible changes in a 1 hour program that had taken months to achieve. The results were real, but viewers may have come away with unrealistic expectations. The truth is that the only way you know what options you have and all of the costs and time involved is to have a real cosmetic dentist do a complete assessment of your dental needs.
Dr. Perez is a member of the AACD, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Through this organization, he has done extensive continuing education to learn the most current techniques and to be “ahead of the curve” in the field of cosmetic dentistry.