How to make a Good First Impression

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Did you know that when meeting you for the first time, most people will notice your smile before anything else? What kind of impact is your smile making? Good oral hygiene is important if you want to keep your mouth looking good, but sometimes that just isn’t enough to make the right kind of first impression.

While those habits are an essential part of maintaining your oral health, brushing and flossing can’t make crooked teeth straight, fill in gaps, or give you a perfect-looking smile. That’s where a customized smile makeover comes into play. Cosmetic dentist in Poway, Dr. Nicol Cook, can customize a smile makeover for any patient wanting to change or improve their smile. Not only will getting a smile makeover help boost your self-confidence but also you will make a great first impression when meeting others. Let’s take a look at what smile makeovers may consist of, and how these procedures might work for you.

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a customized plan that utilizes cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of your smile, including your teeth or gums, and sometimes both. Every person’s smile is different, which is why treatments may vary from patient to patient, addressing your specific needs. Treatments included in a smile makeover will address any and all aesthetic concerns that you have with your smile.  Since your smile makeover is unique to your needs, you may require a combination of treatments offered by Dr. Cook.

Here are some of the most popular treatments used in smile makeovers:

Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is quite common, and an affordable option if all you need is to whiten your teeth. But, in many smile makeover cases, a patient may receive restorations on some, but not all, of their teeth, and in order to be able to choose the whitest shade of restoration material, the patient may wish to have their other teeth whitened to create an overall brighter look to their smile.


Veneers are crafted of thin shells of porcelain that mimic the look of natural dental enamel, except they are flawless and perfect. Veneers can be permanently bonded onto the front surface of each tooth receiving treatment. This is an ideal choice of treatment if you have slightly crooked, uneven, or gapped teeth because Dr. Cook can repair these imperfections in no time. If you prefer a more affordable option that will provide results similar to veneers, ask about dental bonding, which uses a composite resin instead of porcelain to correct similar aesthetic flaws as veneers but that are less expensive.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are different than veneers in that they cover the entire tooth down to the gum line. Used to repair severely damaged or compromised teeth, dental crowns also provide a natural look since they, too, are fabricated from high-quality dental porcelain that looks like real teeth. Usually, crowns are used only for teeth that are severely broken, damaged, or have previously had a rather large filling where veneers simply are not an option.

Tooth-colored Fillings

Many adults these days have a few or more of those old amalgam or silver fillings of the past. One problem with these fillings is that they are noticeable and permanently stain or “tattoo” your teeth. Dr. Cook can easily and safely replace these metal fillings with tooth-colored composites that blend in nicely with your smile. This procedure is ideal if you want to be able to laugh and smile without having all of that silver metal showing in your back teeth.

Dental Implants

Got missing teeth? Dr. Cook offers state-of-the-art dental implants to replace a single missing tooth. Known to last a lifetime with proper maintenance and care, dental implants are the superior choice for replacing missing teeth and provide a natural look. Plus, dental implants are secure in the mouth, easy to clean, and never need to be removed like a removable prosthesis or partial denture.

What smile makeover treatments are right for me?

The right procedures for you will be the ones that specifically address the aesthetic flaws in your smile. To learn which treatments would be included in your smile makeover, we invite you to contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today for an appointment or call us at (858) 673-0141. Dr. Cook will ask you questions and assess your oral health to determine the best options for you. We welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.

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