Smile Makeover

What is a Smile Makeover?

smile-makeoverA cosmetic smile makeover can subtract years from your appearance. The smile makeover can involve non-surgical modifications, where the smile can be broadened, teeth can be brightened, and the lips can be made to appear fuller. As people get older, their lips usually lose elasticity and become thin, wrinkles develop, and their face begins to show their age.

Smile design takes into account the entire picture, where the lips and gums act as the frame for the esthetically enhanced teeth. Just as different frames complement different paintings, the design and modifications of one’s smile are considered on an individual basis. The focus is to improve the entire smile. Fixing just one or two teeth is like renovating one or two houses on a block. It makes everything else look worse. Esthetic dentistry is not patchwork; it is important to concentrate on the entire smile.

The dental profession is currently undergoing an esthetic revolution, where new materials, techniques and equipment have enabled the dental practitioner to produce high quality, highly esthetic restorations that are predictable and minimally invasive. While some people may turn to their plastic surgeon for a face-lift, the cosmetic smile makeover may eliminate the need for that in some cases.

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Deep Teeth Whitening – Supriya

This is the term used when combining one or more dental treatments to enhance the appearance of your smile.

Treatment stages:

  • In-chair teeth whitening generally involves the application of a whitening.
  • Take-home teeth whitening requires a set of custom made trays to fit your teeth.
  • Factors such as smoking, poor oral hygiene and diet can affect the longevity of the results.

How Do You Know That Someone is A Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

In order to know if someone is a candidate for a Smile Makeover the dentist must first evaluate their total face and listen to their expectations. The shape and design of each patient’s teeth should be tailored to that individual, because each person’s facial contours are different, and these distinct characteristics help to distinguish one’s character. The starting point of smile design is determining the facial midline. The midpoint between the two front teeth should line up with the midline of the face. The amount of tooth and gums that are revealed differ from patient to patient depending on phonetics (what their smile looks like when sounding certain letters) and smile position. For example, if you were to draw a line between the corners of the mouth when smiling, you would find that a youthful smile will show 75 – 100% of the front teeth below that line. Different types of smiles can be created just by altering the planes in which the edges of the teeth line up, and by keeping those edges straight or rounding them off. For example, someone who wants a more aggressive look may have the teeth line up straight across without any soft curves, whereas someone who wants a more playful appearance may want the two front teeth slightly longer than the teeth directly next to them, and the canine teeth (2 teeth over from the front teeth) a little longer and with a more curved point. Just by rounding off the sharp edges of teeth one can create a softer, more feminine appearance. People can also correct that sunken in look where the teeth narrow as they go back by enhancing their smile to fill those dark spaces in the corners of the mouth.

Additionally, esthetic dentistry based upon one’s own facial features may dictate the need to include different shapes, inclinations and rotations of teeth. Some people just may need more prominent canines or more prominent centrals. Maybe the laterals need to be rotated to catch the light in just the right way. Old photographs should be used to help find out what characteristics about your original smile you liked and disliked. Then, when appropriate, the dentist can give you some of the characteristics that you liked from the photos you brought in to make the teeth feel more like your own.

What Steps Can I Take to Prepare for my Smile makeover?

smile-makeover-img2The first thing you should do when planning for a smile makeover is to make sure your dentist takes the time to listen to your desires and to what you like and don’t like about your smile. It sounds so simple, but many dentists rush through or ignore this step completely. Your dentist should take digital photographs, perform digital imaging, and create an esthetic wax up that can serve as a template for the temporary restorations. You may wish to meet with the ceramist for a cosmetic consultation and custom shade selection. Feel free to bring in photos of some smiles that you like. The more information you give the ceramist, the more you can guide your dentist to create what will meet or exceed your expectations. It is also advisable to meet with the suggested specialists to help determine if orthodontics or gum reshaping is necessary to enhance your smile even more.

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