What makes the perfect smile?
This can be very subjective but there are certain features that we can identify that make up an aesthetically pleasing smile:
Symmetry – a natural balance
Proportion - the ratio of tooth width and length
Curvature – the edges of the upper teeth tend to follow the line of the lower lip
Healthy Gums – gums should be pale pink and fit nicely around the necks of teeth. Receded gums or swollen gums spoil what could otherwise be an attractive smile.
In general the more teeth you show, the younger your smile!
It may not be possible to achieve all the components of the “perfect” smile in everyone but we can advise you on what is possible and the improvements we can make.
Your journey to the end result
At your initial treatment planning consultation we will we will carry out a thorough examination and take any relevant records e.g. photos, x-rays, impressions. We will discuss with you what your treatment aims are and what treatment options are available. We shall answer any questions you may have.
Following this appointment the dentist will take all the information and formulate a treatment plan that they think is suitable.
You will receive a copy of the treatment plan, along with an estimate of the cost, and you will be offered an appointment to come in and discuss this with the dentist.
Often we use your casts to make a wax mock-up of our ideas to let you see the potential ‘before and after’ effect. This will give you a greater idea of the appearance of the final restorations and the change to your smile. The treatment plan is not set in stone and you are under no obligation at this stage to proceed with treatment.
Our aim is to provide you with all the information, pros and cons, of all the options and let you decide what you want and when you want it.
Whitening, bonded fillings, veneers, crowns, inlay and onlays are all possible options to improve your smile (see Cosmetic Dentistry)
At all times please be aware that we prefer the minimal intervention route for all dental care as it improves your smile without removing too much of your natural tooth.