Dr. Podilsky will work with you to customize and plan your smile design. A free consultation is arranged to make sure you achieve your cosmetic dental goals and to resolve your underlying dental problems. The timeline is planned so as to minimize the number of appointments and to make sure your smile is completed in time for your special social function (wedding, engagement, wedding anniversary, graduation, etc.)
Smile transformations can take anywhere from three weeks to several months depending on each individual situations. If the teeth, gums are healthy with a good bite then the time is about three to four weeks depending on your schedule, the lab's schedule and Dr. Podilsky's schedule.
If a gum lift is required then one should wait until the gums are healthy and healed. This could take about eight to ten weeks before the smile design is even started.
If implants are involved then the timeline can be increased to six months to a year. This is to allow the implants to get integrated in the bone and to allow for maximum healing of the gums.
This is not an issue in general but does depend on the type of Cosmetic procedure planned. Smokers do have an increase in periodontal disease or gum disease. Smoking can also limit teeth from becoming whitened. There is an increase failure rate of implants since it increases the risk of osseointegration to be successful.
Costs can vary depending on the procedures involved and the time involved. Costs can therefore vary from $10,000 to $30,000. Costs are increased if implants, gum lifts or full mouth rehabilitation is required. How old does a person need to be before they can have a smile design?
As a general rule a person should be over the age of 20 years. Age is also dependent on what type of procedure is required. Whitening can be done on older teens. Porcelain veneers are usually not done until after the age of 20 because they are irreversible. If Orthodontics is involved the individuals should start in their early teens (10 to 12 years of age) to take advantage of their growth spurts.
The Procedure is similar to the procedure mentioned previously when we discussed the procedure for porcelain veneers. The exception here is that a smile design involves an entire smile transformation and therefore requires more planning and consultation with the patient.