If you are considering a smile makeover, one of the big questions you likely have is: how many teeth should I get worked on? The number of veneers or crowns you get can make a big difference in the cost and timeframe for your smile makeover. Many people want to try to minimize the number of teeth they work on, but this isn’t necessarily smart. On the other hand, some procedures, like Six Month Smiles, explicitly work on the principle that they’re mostly addressing highly visible front teeth.

Here are some factors to consider when making this decision.

Young woman shows off her big wide smile

Are You Sure They Don’t Show?

One big problem with this line of thinking is that people often aren’t sure exactly how many teeth show when they smile. You might think you know from looking in a mirror, but if you are trying to look for a reason to minimize the number of teeth that you get worked on, you might not be smiling the way you naturally would.

Even looking at candid pictures won’t necessarily give you the truth of this. If you are considering a smile makeover, you might be unhappy with the appearance of your smile, which can make you smile less broadly than you naturally would. You want to consider that your smile makeover might give you confidence to smile more broadly.

Also, consider that smiling is not the only way you show your teeth. It’s not a bad idea to have a friend make a short video of you talking to see which teeth show. You want to make sure you are addressing the appearance of all teeth that show at this time.

What Type of Change Are You Making?

The number of teeth you get corrected also depends on what kind of change you’re making. For example, if you’re closing a gap between two teeth, you might not need to alter anything other than those two teeth. The same is true of repairing some chipped teeth. The restorations can be blended with your other teeth, which do not need to be modified.

However, if you are dramatically changing the color of your teeth, their size, or their shape, it might be harder to blend the restorations with your natural teeth. We will want to make sure that your smile looks natural and whole, not a patchwork.

Do These Teeth Bother You?

Remember: the primary goal of your smile makeover is to make you feel comfortable, happy, and confident about your smile. In the end, what matters is not who sees what teeth, but how you feel about your smile.

So always make sure that your smile makeover addresses the problems that are of biggest concern to you, whether or not these problems are visible or noticeable to others. You are the one who looks at  your smile in the mirror morning, noon, and night–you are the one who has to be happy with the results.

Let’s Design Your Smile Makeover Together

If you are unhappy with your smile and want to get a smile makeover in Myrtle Beach, let’s work together on designing your new smile. We will give you results that you will love and be delighted to share.

Please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay.