Perception Versus Reality – Choices in Smile Design

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Having a beautiful set of teeth and showing them off every day makes you feel great about your appearance. Of course, the opposite is true when you are unhappy with the way your teeth look. What is considered an unattractive look for teeth? Much is in the eye of the beholder, but in general, people consider uneven, chipped or discolored teeth to be candidates for cosmetic dentistry. Others look at the position of the gums and length of teeth and see room for improvement. Here are several options for you in smile design.

Porcelain Veneers

If you are hoping to correct poorly spaced, damaged or discolored teeth, porcelain veneers may be the way to go for a single fix. In many cases, you will not need any drilling. Dental professionals can locate the ideal starting point and simply add to your tooth’s natural structure, creating a perfectly formed, white specimen. Whether you need a single tooth or multiple teeth elevated to perfection, this cosmetic fix can do the job. Porcelain lasts longer and looks better than composite veneers.

Gum Contouring and Teeth Lengthening

Among all techniques in smile design, gum contouring may be the least-well known. Patients who are unhappy with the way their gums protrude can actually have them restructured so teeth do not seem so unattractively placed. Other techniques approach the problem of teeth that look too short or too long. Whether you realize it or not, the ratio of visible tooth to gum plays a key role in the beauty of your smile. Your dentist can explain way to alter that ratio via gum contouring.

Matching Your Perception to the Reality that Ensues

The hardest part of the process of smile design and enhancement is mapping out exactly what you want and matching it to what your dentist can do. With the digital technology at a dentist’s disposal, he or she can create models detailing the process of enhancing your teeth. Classic models of teeth also work, but it is difficult to show the real transformation about to take place. Get a real idea of what processes a dentist can do, so you aren’t dissatisfied with the end result. In some cases, procedures like gum contouring could provide the missing link between reality and your perfect, Hollywood smile.

Embracing the Technology of Modern Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you are considering clear braces, veneers, gum reshaping or full whitening, you can embrace the technology of cosmetic dentistry and achieve that perfect smile you’ve been seeking. Always begin the process with a healthy set of teeth. Cosmetic practices should follow as the finishing touch for a healthy, glowing smile. Daily hygiene and periodic checkups can ensure your teeth are ready for cosmetic enhancement.