Any time you think about making changes to your appearance, there’s a lot to consider. You need to think about how you can make it happen, what the costs will be, and whether you’re prepared for the outcome if things don’t turn out like you expected.

It’s not so scary to try a new look with your hair, for example. If you don’t like how your new hair color or hairstyle turns out, you can change it back. Color can be redone, and bad haircuts will grow out.

But when it comes to cosmetic procedures, the permanence of it can make the decision about whether to go through with it can be really daunting. So today, Friendly Smiles Center wants to help you through the process of the decision about cosmetic dentistry.

If you’re interested in enhancing your smile, but just haven’t been able to get that process started, keep reading today’s blog to find out some important questions you should ask yourself to help you with that decision!

How To Know When It’s Time For Cosmetic Dentistry

Question #1: What’s My Motivation?

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you should ask yourself what’s motivating you. What are your smile goals?
It may be as simple as wanting a beautiful smile. Who doesn’t want that? An attractive smile can do wonders for your self-esteem. A whiter smile, a straighter smile, and a smile free of those flaws and imperfections that plague your teeth from years of wear and tear can help you feel more confident.

Cosmetic dentistry can help you look as good on the outside as you feel on the inside. And that’s certainly motivation enough!

Question #2: Is It Necessary?

Is there a need for cosmetic dentistry? For some people, a cosmetic dental solution such as veneers can certainly solve problems with your teeth such as cracks, chips, or gaps. Veneers can serve both a restorative and cosmetic function for your smile.

But even if your need for cosmetic dentistry isn’t to repair some type of damage to your teeth, you could certainly argue that it’s necessary in order to improve your life.

Would a more beautiful smile help you personally or professionally? Maybe the problems you have with your smile keep you from pursuing promotions at work because you’re uncomfortable or embarrassed.

Perhaps embarrassment about your smile flaws keep you out of the dating scene. Whatever the limitations your current smile puts on your life, cosmetic dentistry can help you have the confidence and courage you need to pursue what you want.

Question #3: How’s My Oral Health?

The first thing you have to make sure of before you get cosmetic dental work is that your mouth is healthy enough for it. If you’re diligent about daily brushing and flossing, chances are your oral health is in pretty good shape. But it’s not a guarantee. If you’ve avoided getting routine dental cleanings and exams over the years, you will want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chase at Friendly Smiles Center.

Dr. Chase and our skilled hygienists can help you get your oral health back on track. You wouldn’t want to waste time or money on cosmetic dental work if there are underlying issues with the health of your teeth and gums.

Question: #4: Can I Afford It?

Any procedure, dental or otherwise, that’s for cosmetic purposes isn’t going to be covered by your insurance, so naturally, you’ll need to be able to cover the costs yourself. But keep in mind that not all cosmetic dental treatments are incredibly expensive, such as professional teeth whitening, for example.

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, you’ll want to think about how long it might take to save for the procedure you want, whether you want to use credit, or maybe you’re in a position to pay for your dental work outright.

Question #5: Where Do I Go For Cosmetic Dentistry?

A great choice when you’re living in the Mount Laurel, NJ area is Dr. Chase at Friendly Smiles Center. He can help you find answers to your questions about which cosmetic procedure might be right for you!

Call us at 856-359-4000 or fill out our online form to schedule your cosmetic consultation!