Smile Designing/Aesthetic Dentistry
Smile Designing is a procedure wherein a person’s smile is completely redesigned with a host of modern cosmetic dentistry procedures, taking into account the person’s personality, face, shape, tooth color and tooth size.
Conditions for Smile Designing/ Aesthetic Dentistry
- Color: The color and shade of your teeth say a lot to others who see them, and also play an important role in the assessing of and preparing for several procedures, such as veneers, composite bindings, implants, crowns, and bridges. But there's more than procedures to consider when deciding on your eventual color. When darker and discolored, your teeth imply they are aged and/or uncared for. However, while a bright white smile hints at youth, there are still limits. If you were to select a shade too white then your teeth may appear fake. This is why the cosmetic dentist will take your skin and hair color/tone into consideration when selecting the appropriate color and shade for your teeth so they maintain a natural look and still shine beautifully.
- Alignment and Space: For those with teeth that overlap, appear crooked, and/or have gaps between them, it may be suggested to have orthodontics performed if not use porcelain veneers which near immediately corrects the issue.
- Length: Tooth length is very important as appropriately long teeth allow a youthful appearance, whereas shorter teeth imply the wear and tear of age. Excessive gum tissue may also lead to the appearance of shorter teeth. This problem can be remedied, based on cause, with porcelain veneers, composite bonding, crowns or laser treatments to improve the gum line.
- Proportion: The proportions of your teeth can greatly affect your smile's appearance and will be examined by the cosmetic dentist in order to design a perfect smile for you. Generally, people acknowledge the front and central teeth to be dominant and find it aesthetically pleasing when they are about 20% longer than they are wide. Following this guideline, the surrounding teeth in the visible area of your smile are designed so as to create a visually pleasing and balanced smile line.
- Smile Line: Cosmetic dentists use the term smile line to describe an imaginary line along the lower edge of your upper row of teeth from one side to the other. Preferably, this line should follow the curve of your lower lip as you smile and helps to determine your ideal teeth length.
- Texture and Character: Skillful and artistic cosmetic dentists are well experienced in creating the illusion and feel of real teeth when using veneers and/or crowns and even at giving them masculine or feminine qualities as they naturally would have.
- Missing Tooth: Missing teeth do more than damage the look of your smile. They can also cause bite issues and encourage tooth decay. The filling in of missing teeth is a vital part of your oral health and overall smile aesthetics. These can be easily fixed through implants, bridges, or partial dentures.
Different Types of Smile Designing Procedures
- Veneering: Porcelain laminated veneers or simply "veneers" are custom made, ultra thin porcelain shells which are placed in front of the teeth to enhance their appearance and also repair the damages. These can mask discolorations, brighten teeth and are a much conservative approach to changing tooth colour, shape or size. They are great for correcting uneven or crooked teeth, closing spaces between teeth, restoring broken or chipped teeth.
- Lumineers: Lumineers are similar to veneers, but require less preparation of the teeth. These contact lens-thin ‘smile shapers’ are bonded to the front surface of your teeth painlessly giving you a beautiful, bright and straight smile.
- Bonding: Bonding corrects chipped and broken teeth, discolored teeth and in some cases can correct gaps. It is less expensive than veneers but doesn’t last as long and can stain. A benefit of bonding is that generally, the natural structure of the tooth can be maintained.
- Crown: Crown (sometimes called caps) is nothing but permanent caps molded like a real tooth. They are custom crafted and then cemented directly onto your prepared tooth. They are crafted from a variety of materials: metal, ceramic, resin, porcelain or even metal-free ceramics.
- Bridges: Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay or simply wear results in the loss of teeth. A large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if not corrected. Over time your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move about, moving into the gap and resulting in discomfort, pain and more problems down the road. Porcelain bridges "bridge the gap" in your smile. A bridge is used to fill in the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. It is made of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with a tooth-like restoration in between. Bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants and are typically made of metals, alloys or porcelain. Porcelain makes the restoration look like real teeth in shape and color.
- Gummy Smile: A beautiful smile shows about 8-10 upper teeth with almost no gum above the two front teeth. In certain situations, too much of gum above the upper front teeth is shown while smiling. This bulk of tissue can be safely modified in position and shape so that more of your natural enamel and less of gums show when you smile.
- Tooth Shaping: Tooth shaping involves removal of small amount (generally 1-2 mm) of enamel of teeth. This procedure can shorten long teeth, round off pointed teeth and help create a pleasing smile that gently follows the contour of lower lip.