What Is A Smile Makeover Assessment?What Is A Smile Makeover Assessment?

A smile makeover assessment is done before the dentist, together with his or her patient, decides on the best procedure or treatment to be done to in order to give the patient's smile a makeover. In the medical as well as the dental world, assessment is essential in deciding the best possible solution to the patient's problems. A detailed assessment may take some time and could include a lot of procedures, but they are all necessary in order to avoid future complications or other unexpected results.

A thorough smile makeover assessment usually takes about 1 to 2 hours. These information and procedures are commonly required when making an assessment.

- The first one is usually what the patient does not like about his smile and what he wants to be done about it. Dentists are of course the experts here and they may give suggestions, but in the end, it's the patient's requests that will eventually be followed. Knowing what the patient wants is already a major step towards the success of the procedure.

- The dentist also needs to know if the patient has any underlying medical or dental conditions or other medical procedures done on him. Some of these may affect the results of the procedure and sometime they may be contraindications. For example, conditions such as diabetes or procedures such radiation for cancer treatments preclude the placements of dental implants.

- An impression of your teeth is taken and a replica mould is done in order for the dentist to assess size, shape and even the bite of your teeth. The dentist can also see how your teeth would fit together. This gives a clearer picture about your teeth and the problems that the dentist needs to fix.

- X-rays of the patient's teeth and jaws are taken in order for the dentist to know if there are problems with the structure of the teeth and bones. It would also give him an idea on how to resolve these problems.

- An analysis of the health of your gums and your mouth is also necessary before the dentist can proceed with any of the treatments. In some cases, gum diseases need to be treated first before any procedures can be done.

- The dentist also shows the patient all possible treatments and procedures that are applicable to the patient. Benefits as well as risks of each must be thoroughly discussed before the patient makes his choice.

- And generally after the assessment, the patient is asked to sign a consent form allowing the dentist to perform whatever procedure has been discussed.


If you find that the questions being asked of you make you feel uncomfortable, don't be embarrassed to tell your dentist exactly how you feel. He or she will understand and will try to avoid those questions in the future. If it is a necessary question, the dentist will explain why he needs to know the answer.

Please bear in mind that the above information and procedures are just the common ones that are asked for in a smile makeover assessment. There could be more tests and questions that your dentist would ask of you but that would depend on a case to case basis.
by Chris Carson
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