Chances are, if you’re considering

cosmetic dentistry right now it’s because you are aware that you’re not happy with your smile. You may even have some idea about what you think is wrong. But it’s important to know that there are many potential problems when you self-diagnose the appearance of your smile.

More Problems Than You Think

Dangers of Self-DiagnosisOne of the most common problems with self-diagnosis is that you fixate on one aspect of your smile’s appearance and don’t recognize that there are more problems that need attention. This is often true when you’re just looking at the appearance of your smile, but haven’t been paying attention to the health of it.

Before we can start working on the attractive smile you desire, we have to make sure your teeth and gums are in reasonable health, and we might recommend that you focus on some of your health issues right away.

That’s Not a Problem at All

Other times, people begin to obsess on certain aspects of their smile appearance, even when this part of their smile is actually in great shape. Sometimes, their entire smile is really very attractive, but they can’t see it.

At a minimum, this self-diagnosis problem may involve us talking about your cosmetic goals and which ones are realistic. In more serious cases, we might suspect a psychological problem. Body dysmorphic disorder is when you can’t properly see or judge your appearance. If you have this condition, you wouldn’t be able to see or judge your great cosmetic dentistry results.

Somebody Else’s Procedure

Another common issue is that you may think you need a procedure that you read about on the Internet, even if it’s not for you. It seems perfect for what you want to accomplish, and that beauty blogger made it sound so great–now you have to have it!

Unfortunately, it’s easy to come across descriptions of cosmetic dentistry procedures that sound great, but they’re not always as good as the blogger says they are. In addition, it’s quite likely your situation isn’t exactly the same as the blogger’s. There are many details to consider when finding the perfect cosmetic dentistry procedure for you.

The Cosmetic Dentist Is the Key

The way to get around all this is to find yourself a cosmetic dentist you can trust. A good cosmetic dentist will listen to your cosmetic goals, but will also use his professional judgment to give you recommendations about what’s likely to get you the results you desire.

If you are looking for a trustworthy cosmetic dentist in Orange County, please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.