Well, not really Macgyver but at least you will have your wits about you.

Whether you are looking at the getting veneers, bonding or bleaching work done, there are a few things you should know before you book your procedure.

Decide what procedure is the right one for you. Your dentist will be able to tell you what needs to be done in order to achieve the results you desire. When considering different treatments, ask your dentist what the changes will be; what to expect during the treatment and what type of maintenance is required.

However, you may have to go through a few different examinations before your dentist is able to give you any advice. When deciding on a suitable treatment, dentists need current information, which may result in x-rays, an intraoral examination and photographs, making impressions of your upper and lower teeth, and discussing tooth discoloration, among other evaluations. This step is a great way for you to fully come to terms with whatever method your dentist deems best and helps you visualise a realistic view of the changes that will take place during the procedure.

Unless you are opting for an experimental treatment, someone would have had the same procedure before you for you to see what kind of results can be achieved. Have a look at the photographic results of real patients that were treated by your particular dentist and not just models in a design book. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recommends you should ask your dentist or possible dentist for before and after photos of previous procedures; references from past patients and proof that the dentist is up-to-date with the latest methods.

Above all, remember to do your research, whether it is your own research or the questions you ask your dentist, you should be completely satisfied with your dentist and the treatment they have prescribed. There is a wealth of information about the many cosmetic dentistry options out there as many individuals are looking to this type of dentistry for the smile they have always wanted.

Take the leap into the dentist’s chair

Grand View Research released a report in 2016 that stated the global cosmetic dentistry market is likely to reach $27.95 billion by 2024. This means technology and what dentists can do for you will become more advanced as the demand for cosmetic dentistry is only increasing. In the past few years, dentists have completely changed the way they are able to help patients who require braces. You no longer have to wear metal braces but can realign your teeth with clear, plastic molds. If you have been putting off a cosmetic procedure because of the methods used, speak to your dentist today as there may be a new way to get you the smile you desire.