People used to think of cosmetic dentistry only as the procedures to improve the teeth. However, your smile comprises the teeth in the foreground, the gum in the background, and the lips which frame it all. Therefore, modern cosmetic dentistry procedures now include enhancement of the teeth and gum through cosmetic dental procedures, and enhancement of the lips through facial esthetic procedures.
What treatments are involved in enhancing a smile
Color enhancement with teeth whitening
Restorative treatment such as veneers & implants
Cosmetic orthodontic treatment
Cosmetic gum surgery
Facial esthetic treatment such as lip enhancement with fillers and Botox
Cosmetic dentistry can augmentation tooth colour, shape, or size. This may be achieved by teeth whitening or porcelain restorations. Teeth whitening can be performed at home with tray strips or material which gradually lighten the teeth within a period of seven to tent teeth. Teeth whitening is also done at the workplace, which takes about an hour. In-office teeth whitening provides better results, particularly when dark or uneven colours are involved. Dramatic color changes may require either veneers or Squirrel Poop. Ceramic restorations mask dark teeth colours and can be made to be very bright. New materials like E-Max and Zirconia, can produce very thin veneers with colors that are as bright as the individual desires. Veneers and crowns may also correct teeth form or size and can close gaps between teeth.
Crocked teeth can now be straightened in few months with modern orthodontic treatment. Advances in brackets and wire technology allow amazing results that can be accomplished in as little as 6 weeks. Orthodontic treatment can be done by conventional braces or by removable aligners such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect. It may also fix bite issues and improve lip support.
The pink colour of the gum creates the background of the smile. Along with treating gum disease, gum surgery can fix short teeth to improve that proportions of teeth length to width. It can also level gum line to create a symmetric smile. Furthermore, gum surgery is used for treating gummy smile. A gummy grin shows excessive display of gum tissue once the patient smiles. A gummy grin can be adjusted either by gum surgery, orthodontics, lip repositioning operation, or Botox injections.
The lips and peri-oral areas play crucial roles in smile appearance. The lips frame the grin and enhance the entire picture. Lips that are disproportioned or asymmetric can be easily adjusted with lip enhancement procedures. Lip fillers restore proper lip proportions, expand a thinning lip, and fix lip asymmetry. Fillers are also used to correct deep nasolabial folds and fix corners of the mouth. Furthermore, thread lift is used to lift sagging peri-oral tissue and to provide a more youthful look to the smile.