Smile Makeover: Anatomy of a Smile
A bright, attractive smile creates a winning first impression and it can be so captivating that it inspires affection. Without saying a word, it can convey a confident, optimistic and friendly personality. An aesthetically pleasing smile is definitely an endearing quality that lures people to you.
Aside from the physical effects of your smile, it can also have immense psychological and emotional impact on personality, especially if you are self-conscious and unhappy about your smile. It may cause you to feel unattractive and insecure, making you appear timid, hesitant, withdrawn or sad to others.
Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry are allowing more and more people to benefit from smile makeovers that are effectively transforming their dental characteristics to produce dramatic results with positive influences on their lives. A genuine smile comes from the heart, they say, but a healthy and beautiful smile needs good dental care.
Components of a smile
There are several key components to a pleasing smile that our dentists at Smart Dental Care assess on each patient in order to determine bespoke cosmetic and restorative procedures to correct and/or enhance each patient’s appearance.
Attractive smiles have various things in common, such as teeth that are white, unstained, straight, evenly spaced with no gaps between them and not crowded or overlapping. Other significant considerations include:
- Colour: When evaluating the colour of your teeth, our dentists examine how closely matched your upper and lower teeth appear. Both sets of teeth should look similar and complement your hair, skin and eye colour. For best results, we ensure colour/shade reproduction in restorative and cosmetic treatment come close to natural aesthetics, rather than merely opting for the lightest, brightest shades.
- Tooth proportion: The length and width of the two central front teeth guides the proportion of the other teeth- the section of upper and lower teeth that show when you smile, making your smile appear balanced or symmetrical.
- Tooth texture and characterization: Our dentists use their artistic skill and clinical experience to match, enhance the look, feel and function of your natural teeth. They also look at cosmetic corrections of imperfections such as chips or cracks.
- Teeth angulation: Your teeth should have a symmetrical appearance in the front and a balanced appearance in the back. Teeth should not go out too much or be set too far in. Also, they should not be crooked, overgrown or uneven.
- Proper occlusion: The relationship between your upper and lower teeth when they come into contact when you bite, chew or bring your jaws together is critical because it affects your looks. The way your teeth’s chewing surfaces come together also impacts your teeth, gums, neck and head, jaw muscles and joints and overall oral health.
Other smile considerations
While ensuring the beauty of individual teeth and gums, we understand each patient is unique, varying by age, sex, looks, personalilty traits, aesthetic needs and expectations. Our dentists take into account individual considerations such as facial features, skin tone and hair colour. They also look at how the size, colour and condition of your teeth, as well as gum tissue and lips, fit in with your physical appearance.
With today’s modern technology, such as digital imaging, whitening procedures and the like, our dentists can create smile makeovers with procedures and techniques that range from minimally invasive whitening and composite bonding, to porcelain veneers, crowns and dental implants. At Smart Dental Care, we are passionate and committed to investing in procedures and techniques that help us in providing the highest standards in dental care.