Even if your teeth are healthy and strong there may be something you would like to change about your smile. Perhaps you want to whiten your teeth, replace a missing tooth, or just switch out old metal fillings for tooth colored ones. We like to call these "smile goals" and they are unique to every person.
We believe the ability to smile confidently can be truly life-changing, which is why we are so passionate about helping our patients achieve their perfect smile. With over 35+ years of experience, Dr. Hecklin has transformed thousands of smiles in Nashville. Why shouldn’t you be next?
“I Don’t Like How My Teeth Look”
As we mentioned previously, even when your teeth are perfectly healthy you still may not be pleased with their overall appearance. In fact, when you aren't happy with your smile you could be avoiding having your picture made or going out of your way to meet new people. Feeling embarrassed about your smile impacts more than just your appearance…it can alter your social and professional life as well.
Studies have shown that people who are confident about their smile are more likely to be successful in their careers and relationships because they’re more likely to smile and speak clearly, whereas people who aren't happy with their smile are less likely to open up and engage others. We always tell patients that if you aren’t happy with your smile...change it. Fortunately, Dr. Hecklin can help!
Your Smile Makeover Plan
First Dr. Hecklin will meet with you, ask some questions, and listen carefully in order to get a complete understanding of your goals. It is important for him to know exactly what you don’t like about your smile. Is it…
…The shape of a specific tooth?
…The color of your enamel? Do you have staining or white spots?
…An old, unsightly crown or filling?
…Crooked teeth or gaps that look unsightly?
Depending on what worries you the most your customized treatment plan will be prioritized to address your biggest concerns first. If your smile is generally healthy and free of disease, we can move on to correcting issues such as crooked or chipped teeth, discoloration, or missing teeth.
For instance, you might want to consider dental veneers to cover the front of your smile, or choose minimally-invasive tooth bonding to correct a few chips that take away from the appearance of your other teeth. It may be that a quick in-office ZOOM! Whitening Treatment is all you need to get the whiter, brighter smile you want. The point is...there are multiple options and it’s all about finding the right one for you.
How Much Will It Cost?
One of the first questions patients typically ask is: “How much will this cost? I don’t think I can afford it.” Dr. Hecklin will always present choices to select from when at all possible. That way you can formulate your smile makeover to fit both your long-term vision as well as your right-now budget!
Sometimes changing your smile is as quick and affordable as a whitening treatment, but other smile makeovers require more extensive work to achieve the desired results. Either way, our caring staff is here to help you navigate the financial aspect of your plan. Patients are often pleasantly surprised by how affordable their smile makeover is once they meet with our experienced Financial Coordinators.
Health and Function vs. Appearance
In many cases, our Nashville patients have very healthy teeth…but they’re just unhappy with how they look. However, sometimes the unsightly appearance may be due to underlying dental and oral health problems.
Dr. Hecklin will work with you to make sure your teeth are healthy AND beautiful. For instance, old leaky fillings can cause the teeth to look discolored or even start to chip apart. Routine checkups allow us to intervene before this happens, replacing your restoration with a white, tooth-colored filling that blends in with your smile.
Another example is gum disease. The lack of preventive cleanings or daily flossing can lead to a loss of bone support and gum attachment around your teeth. As it gets worse, your teeth may appear “long” or even begin to drift out of place. Keeping your smile clean and taking early steps to address periodontitis is the first step to keeping your smile beautiful for life.
Change What You See in the Mirror
Great smiles not only get noticed, but they also instill confidence. Dr. Hecklin can help you achieve the beautiful, bright smile that you’ll be proud to show off at parties or in photos with your friends.
So many of our patients tell us, “I wish I had done this years ago!" With so many options to choose from, you could have a brand new smile in just one or two visits.