Communicating Dental Concerns
If you’re like most people, when you look at yourself smiling in the mirror, you have certain feelings about the way your smile looks. And again, if you’re like most people, there are probably at least a few things you’d like to change. Today’s smile design techniques and procedures are designed to help you correct the things you don’t like and enhance the things you do like; but in order to get to that point, you need to be able to clearly communicate what you want from your dentist and his or her technicians.
Perception is a tricky thing; it’s highly subjective, which means that what you see when you look at your smile and how you perceive what you’re seeing can be entirely different from the way another person perceives your smile. During your initial consultation, it can be very helpful to have input from your dentist to ensure the expectations you have about your smile are realistic. If you’ve spent years hating your smile and wishing it were different, you may have a very skewed idea of how it actually looks to others and of the steps that need to be taken to make it look as good as possible.
That’s why it’s extremely important to be able to communicate your needs to your dentist in a way that he or she can understand and interpret them into an end result that’s pleasing to you. At Dentistry for All Ages, the Dawson Diagnostic Wizard is a great tool for helping both you and your dentist develop a clear idea of your goals and the steps needed to reach them.
The Wizard takes in all your traditional diagnostic data, including measurements of your teeth, gums and jaws and other data that your dentist will take note of during your exam as well as photos and x-rays, and combines it with more subjective data, using answers to questions about what you do and don’t like about your smile and what you’d like to see improved.
Your dentist will also be able to suggest additional issues you may not realize you have, including misalignments and imbalances in your bite pattern that can affect your jaw and even cause medical issues like tempomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) in the future. Once all this data is collected, the Wizard can calculate the procedural steps and treatments that need to occur – and the order in which they should occur for maximum effectiveness – in order to achieve your end goal: A beautiful, healthy smile.
In addition to planning out your smile design procedures in a way that’s best for your needs, the Wizard also provides a blueprint that you and your dentist can review together to make sure your expectations are being met.
Working with the Dawson Diagnostic Wizard and other state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Freano combines a lot of science and medicine with a little touch of art to make sure your smile looks the way you want it to look. And because Dr. Freano has extensive training and experience in smile design and restoration, he can also help you learn about other aesthetic possibilities that you may not even have thought of.
One of the most important parts of your smile design is taking the time to express what you’re hoping to achieve. Dr. Freano has worked with hundreds of patients, and he can help make sure your experience is the best it can possibly be. Call 859-296-9711 today to schedule an appointment and get started.