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Is Cosmetic Dentistry For Me? in Wallingford, CT

Happy girl smiling in Wallingford, CTCan you benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are a number of ways to analyze your smile. We regularly use two different approaches----the emotional evaluation and the objective analysis.

The Emotional Smile Evaluation

The emotional smile evaluation is based on each individual’s subjective perceptions of his or her smile. The questions below are designed to help reveal a person’s inner feelings about how their smile affects their self image, how it impacts interactions with others, and how it influences the quality of their relationships.

1. Do you love the appearance of your teeth and smile?
2. Do you ever turn your face when smiling or hold your hand up in front of your mouth when talking to others?
3. Have you ever found yourself looking at models or other people with beautiful smiles and wishing you had a similar smile?
4. Have you figured out a way to use your lips to cover any aspect of your smile?
5. Are you embarrassed to visit a dentist due to the condition of your teeth or the length of time since your last visit to a dentist?
6. How does your smile make you feel ? Confident?
7. When taking pictures, do you tend to smile with your lips closed instead of flashing a happy smile?
8. Have you ever held back a laugh because you felt uncomfortable about your smile?

The Objective Smile Analysis

The best thing is for you to stand in front of a mirror mounted on a wall. Now, smile at yourself using your “normal” smile. Next, look at the mirror and think of a hilarious moment in your life and give a big, laughing smile. This big smile is probably a much larger smile than you feel comfortable using much of the time if you are not happy with your teeth.

1. Are all of your teeth brilliant white or are they somewhat yellow, dark or stained?
2. Are there spaces between any of your teeth?
3. Are you missing any of your teeth?
4. Do you have teeth that are crooked, uneven or out of line?
5. Do the biting edges of your upper teeth follow the curvature of your upper lip?
6. Do any of your teeth appear short and fat or too small or too large?
7. Are the edges of your teeth even with the rest of your teeth or are they too long or too short?
8. Are the edges of your eye teeth flat or irregular?
9. Do you grind your teeth or are any of the biting edges chipped or worn down?
10. Are your gums even and in line and symmetrical or irregularly shaped---higher on some teeth and lower on others?
11. Have your gums receded or do they appear red or puffy?
12. Do you have any gray, black or silver (mercury) dental fillings in your teeth that show?
13. Do you have any old crowns that have dark edges at the top?

If you answered yes to ANY of the above questions, we can help give you a better, more beautiful smile.