Smile designing is performed with an aim to improve the appearance of smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. Several techniques are used in combination to re-design your smile such as Dental Veneers, Composite Bonding, Tooth Implant and Teeth Whitening.
While re-designing your smile or going in for smile makeover, several aspects are factored in – such as your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth colour, gum, tissue and lips. Upon considering these factors, smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customised as per your unique considerations.
A cosmetic dentist work closely with you to devise a tailor-made treatment plan to get you exactly what you want. The treatment may consist of several cosmetic or restorative procedures.
Some of the aspects that will be reviewed and worked upon by your dentist include:
Tooth colour and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of and preparation for smile designing process. While teeth whitening process can considerably improve the colour of stained or dull teeth, silver or alloys based dental filling can be replaced with natural, tooth coloured composite material.
Dark or discoloured teeth are associated with signs of ageing – on the other hand breight, white teeth give a youthful appearance. Given the tone and colour of your skin and hair, your cosmetic dentists carefully select the shade of teeth. The aim is to find the right balance between providing you with a brighter, whiter smile and maintaining a natural tooth color.
Alignment and Spacing
The teeth that area crooked, overlapped or broken, are adjusted, straightened or corrected while starting with smiling designing procedure. Orthodontic treatment may be undertaken to correct the deformity id any.
Missing teeth can negatively affect your facial aesthetics while majorly affecting your bite – thus in turn increasing the risk of tooth decay. Hence making replacement for tooth replacement becomes an integral part for smile designing. Missing teeth can easily be replaced with dental implants or by using bridges or partial dentures.
Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks
Your lips and cheeks form an integral part of your smile. An ushapely face can be lifted or improved by certain procedures in the smiling designing category. The makeover category consists of the field of orthodontics and/or oral maxillofacial surgery.
Aesthetic Components of a Smile Makeover
In addition to the colour, alignment and balance of teeth, there are several attributes of your teeth that a cosmetic dentists reviews in consultation with the patient before devising a smiling designing procedure. Some of these aspects include:
Ageing process leads to wear and tear, making your teeth appear shorter in length. Long teeth lend a youthful appearance hence a treatment for correcting the shorter teeth is devised. This may include reshaping and lengthening the two front central teeth with composite bonding and porcelain veneers.
An imaginary line that follows the edges of upper teeth, smile line should ideally be same as the curve of your lower lip when you smile. This point of reference may be followed to redesign your smile line, if required so.
Your cosmetic dentist determines if your teeth are in correct proportion with each other. Two dominant central front teeth having a width-to-length ratio of 4-to-5 is considered ideal for a pleasing smile. This proportion is taken as the central point while correcting the aesthetic zone during your smile designing procedure.
Maintaining Your Results
Maintaining utmost oral hygiene is very important for any cosmetic dentistry procedure – be it smile designing. Teeth whitening process may be repeated to maintain the perfect whiteness of your teeth.
It is very important to slightly modify your oral hygiene habits with an aim to restore and maintain your perfect smile for years to come. Highly abrasive toothpastes and harsh brushes can scratch the surface of your teeth diluting their polish and lustre. Hence non-abrasive fluoride toothpastes are recommended
Flossing is important for everyone, but is especially important for people who have undergone cosmetic dentistry procedure since it is key factor in removing debris and plaque from the teeth, and actually increases the lifespan of restorations.
Mouthwashes containing alcohol adversely effect on composite fillings. Moreover, the alcohol content can degrade the bond between your restorations and your teeth. Hence alcohol-free mouthwashes should be used instead.
There may be requirement or minor adjustment from time to time. For example porcelain veneers may chip off needing replacement or permanent bonding may stain and require enhancement.
Food and Drinks to Limit or Avoid
In order to keep your teeth stain free, intake of dark drinks such as tea, coffee or red wine should be restricted to minimal quantity. Alcohol should also be avoided in large quantity as it severally affects the dental restoration work