The Art Of Smile Design

The Art Of Smile Design

In cosmetic dentistry, a smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of your smile by way of one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. These can include; dental veneers, composite bonding, dental implants, teeth whitening and more.


Your dentist will take into consideration several factors that constitute a person’s total smile: facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, and shape), gum tissue, and lips.

Your dentist would also ask you some questions like “what is it you like or dislike in your smile or teeth?” There is also a list of things your dentist will discuss with you in regards to your smile makeover.

Tooth color

It is an important consideration because bright white teeth framed in a well-shaped smile gives out a youthful appearance. Dark or discolored teeth suggest an aged mouth.

Your dentist will recommend the right shades in tandem with your facial skin tones and hair shadings.

Shapes, spaces, alignments

Crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, gaps in-between teeth and other imperfections are carefully evaluated for corrective procedures. In extreme cases, they are corrected through orthodontics or Invisalign, and improved with veneers.

Missing teeth, uneven or cracked teeth are noted. Missing teeth are replaced with implants, bridges or partial dentures. Cracked and uneven teeth are bonded.

An unshapely or ageing face can be improved and rejuvenated with certain procedures in smile makeovers. This can include, in extreme cases, such processes as orthodontics and maybe oral maxillofacial surgery.

Length, proportions, textures

The length of the teeth affects the overall facial appearance. Shapely, long square teeth on a round face can provide a slimming effect.

A pleasing smile is one where the two central front teeth are dominant and have a width-to-length ratio of 4:5. This proportion is the yardstick of the length and width of all the other teeth.

Your cosmetic dentist can characterize your crowns and veneers to create a more feminine or a more masculine appearance, matching the look and feel of the other natural teeth.

Teeth life

Cosmetic dentistry procedures need regular oral hygiene care and require maintenance over time. Teeth whitening must be repeated on occasion to maintain brightness. Crowns and veneers may break off and need replacements.

A cosmetic dentistry is a “self-esteem service”.


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