If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, having beautiful teeth might seem like an impossible dream. But the truth is that a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Nancy Nehawandian at Top Down Dental in Los Gatos can make it happen.

And you can help make it happen, too. Planning is an important step in helping to take your smile makeover from a dream to a reality. Many tools can help you do this, including Pinterest, which is a great way to collect images and plan for your smile makeover. Here’s how.

mature woman showing off her amazing smile

Start with a Search

You can start with a basic search to help you find beautiful smiles that you might want to use as models for your smile makeover.

Initially, your results will probably include many results that aren’t helpful, but that’s okay. This is a process, and looking at a wide range of images can help you refine your decisions about what you’re looking for and why.

But once you’ve done an initial search, it’s time to use Pinterest’s algorithms to your advantage.

Curate a Board, Follow Boards

The next step in refining your search is to pick a few images that you like for your smile makeover board. Once you’ve started pinning, the algorithm starts working to supply you with more pins like the ones you’ve chosen.

You can start with just a few simple pins, and over time you will refine your selection to include many different ones. And you’ll notice that you’re getting more suggestions that are similar to what you’re looking for. This will help you assemble a precise picture of what you’re looking for in a smile makeover.

You can also find boards of other people who have been planning smile makeovers. You can learn from their images and experiences.

Manage Expectations

One important stage in planning your smile makeover is understanding what can and can’t be accomplished.

The good news is that there is very little a smile makeover can’t accomplish these days. Discolored teeth can be corrected with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. Crooked teeth can be straightened with Invisalign or veneers. Even missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. And making these changes can even transform the appearance of your face.

But there are some limitations. Looking at before and after images can help you understand what we can do with a smile makeover and what we can’t.

Prepare for Your Consultation

Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want from your smile makeover, it’s time to choose a cosmetic dentist to help make your plan a reality.

And once you’ve scheduled a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, it’s time to narrow your smile board down to just a few images. These images can be extremely helpful in communicating your desires to your cosmetic dentist. That way they know exactly what you’re looking for and can design a smile makeover specifically designed to achieve your goals.

If you’re looking for a San Jose cosmetic dentist to help you achieve the beautiful smile you desire, please call (408) 354-5600 today for an appointment with Dr. Nehawandian at Top Down Dental in Los Gatos.