We are not all born with a beautiful smile. Yet, we are all born with the ability to smile. If you are not projecting radiant health, contentment and cheerfulness through your smile, perhaps you should consider an enhancement, if not a makeover. Cosmetic and restorative dental procedures can do that for you. After all, smiling and laughing are contagious and this is a good way to infect someone!
WHAT IS SMILE MAKEOVER?
A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants and teeth whitening.
SMILE MAKEOVER CONSIDERATIONS
A smile makeover takes into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips to develop your ideal smile. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customized according to your unique considerations.
DO YOU WANT SMILE MAKEOVER?
Use the following self-test to see whether you can benefit and improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it may be right for you.
- Do you avoid smiling in photos?
- Are you conscious about spaces and gaps in your teeth?
- Are your teeth making you look older than you feel?
- Have you held back a smile?
- Do you feel that your teeth are stained or too yellow?
- Do you hold your hand up in front of your mouth when speaking or laughing?
- Do you wish you had someone else’s smile?
ESTHETIC COMPONENTS OF A SMILE MAKEOVER
In addition to the color, alignment and balance of your teeth in the esthetic zone of your smile (the section of upper and lower teeth that show when you smile), there are several attributes of your teeth and smile that your cosmetic dentist will evaluate with you when planning your smile makeover. These include:
Tooth Length: Long teeth lend a youthful appearance. A smile makeover treatment for shorter teeth may include reshaping and lengthening the two front central teeth with composite bonding or porcelain veneers.
Smile Line: The smile line is an imaginary line that follows the edges of your upper teeth from side to side, which ideally should be the same as the curve of your lower lip when you smile. This standard point of reference for smile makeovers may be used to help determine how long your new teeth should be.
Tooth Proportions: Your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth to determine if they are in correct proportion with each other. Most people recognize a pleasing smile as one in which the two central front teeth are dominant and have a width-to-length ratio of 4-to-5.
Tooth Texture and Characterization: Cosmetic dentists performing smile makeovers are adept at blending functionality and esthetics. An artistic dentist can characterize your crowns or veneers to create a more feminine or a more masculine appearance, in addition to matching the look and feel of natural teeth or those you’ve seen in photographs.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
A smile makeover is an emotional and financial investment you make in yourself to enhance the health, function and appearance of your smile. You want that investment to bring happy and satisfying returns for years to come, follow these tips:
Avoid highly abrasive toothpastes
Rinse mouth after every meal or drink
Avoid foods high in sugar and limit between-meal snacks to prevent cavities.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages excessively. Too much alcohol can ruin your dental work.
Refrain from biting and/or chewing hard objects.
If you grind your teeth (bruxism) and were fitted with a night guard to prevent damage to your teeth and restorations, wear it.
So, remember: Follow your dentist’s instructions to ensure the long-term beauty of your new smile, and be sure to keep all follow-up and regular cleaning appointments with your dentist and hygienist.
EXPERT’S NOTE: If you have a small chip and your dentist offers to smooth it out by filing, just say no! Instead, opt for bonding to restore the tooth’s natural appearance.