You Know It When You See It
You may not be able to express why all the elements blend in perfect harmony, but you know it when you see it. We’re talking about a beautiful smile, like what we create with cosmetic dentistry at Providence Dental in Las Vegas.
You may be surprised at how many components we consider when planning for a smile makeover. Here are a few of the most obvious ones:
- Tooth Color: shade, brightness, uniformity
- Tooth alignment: straight or crooked?
- Tooth size and proportions: are some teeth much larger or smaller than the rest?
- Tooth spacing: is there crowding or big gaps between teeth?
- Gumline margins: how much gum shows when you smile?
Here are some other important elements that may be less familiar to the layperson:
- The portions of the teeth that are visible when the mouth is at rest
- The relationship of the smile line and the lip line
- Zenith points: the highest point of the gumline in relation to the center of the tooth
- Midline placement: the smile should be centered in the middle of the lips, mouth, and face
- Mesial inclination: the tops of the teeth should angle slightly away from the midline
If crucial design principles are not followed the smile may look off, or the function of the teeth and jaw could be adversely affected. For example, a cosmetic dental smile makeover completed by an inexperienced cosmetic dentist could change the patient’s bite and put unnecessary stress on the restorations.
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