A smile is the most beautiful accessory you can wear, and a beautiful smile can be crafted through smile makeover. Smile Makeover utilizes cosmetic dentistry procedures to make your smile vivacious and vibrant! It incorporates one or more of the following methods:
- Dental Veneers
- Composite Bonding
- Tooth Implants
- Teeth Whitening
Using these procedures, crooked and misaligned teeth that are either overlapping or with gaps are aligned perfectly through orthodontics.Missing teeth, which not only have a negative aesthetic element but also cause tooth decay, are replaced using a number of ways. Chipped teeth are fixed and a gummy smile is re-contoured to make it more attractive.
Elements of a Beautiful Smile
Smile makeover requires a profound understanding of the physical elements that make a smile beautiful. Although beauty is a subjective notion, with its idea varying over different cultures, research has found that certain variables enhance a smile’s presence and qualify it to be charming. Some of those features are following:
Smile arc is the imaginary line that the edge of your upper teeth make. Its curve can be convex, plane or inverted. A convex curve is deemed most beautiful, while an inverted curve the least.
Different types of smile arc: A) convex or curved; B) plane or straight; and C) inverted or reverse
The height difference of the central two teeth (central incisors) and the two teeth on each side of central incisors (the lateral incisors) should be around 1.0 to 1.5 mm for women, and 0.5 to 1.0 mm for men, for an ideal smile.
Ratio and Symmetry of Incisors: The width to height ratio (WH ratio) of the central incisors should be between 75 to 85 percent for perfection. If the ratio is greater than this, the teeth become too square, and if it is less than this, the teeth look too narrow and long.
Presence of Gaps (Diastemas)
Gaps in teeth, especially present between central incisors, add to a very unflattering outlook, which is why all diastemas, including those present in lateral teeth, should be closed.
Proportion between Teeth
The width proportion between teeth should be as follows: Lateral incisor’s width is 62% of the central incisor’s, and the canine’s width is 62% of the lateral incisor’s. 62% is the Golden ratio. In other words, the ratio between central incisors to lateral incisors to canines is 1.6:1:0.6
Gingival margin is the margin of the gum along teeth. It is more aesthetically pleasing for gingival margin of central incisor to be at level with, or slightly below (0.5 – 1.0mm) canines. Gingival margin of central incisors must be level with or slightly below (0.5mm) below central incisors.
Gingival exposure, or the exposure of gums during smiling is aesthetic if limited to 3mm in height, and not more. It is considered un-aesthetic to expose too much gum while smiling. Taking gingival exposure into consideration, the smile line is divided into three types, high, medium and low. Your dentist can fix your smile if it is too gummy.
Teeth length can be altered using composite bonding or porcelain veneers. Gummy smiles can be treated by modifying the gum line and lengthening the appearance of teeth using laser dentistry procedures. Teeth length can also impact the facial appearance, whereby long, shapely teeth can provide a slimming effect on the face.
Precautionary Measures Post Makeover
Treatments such as porcelain veneers may chip off with time, and require replacement. Permanent composite bonding could stain, needing for you to avoid certain drinks. Most of these methods are not permanent and will require some sort of enhancement over time, but this period could be as long as 10 to 15 years. The duration largely depends on regular oral hygiene.
In case you have some oral health problem, such as gum disease, it will have to be fixed before your smile makeover begins!
To prevent cavities, high sugar intake is discouraged. For a stain free smile in case of composite bonding or veneers, consumption of tea and coffee is to be limited. Alcohol is also to be avoided, but it is likely that you already avoid the beverage for religious reasons.
You will also be advised to avoid chewing onto hard objects. For those with bruxism (grinding teeth at night while sleeping), a night guard will be fitted into the mouth to prevent damage to teeth and their treatment.