Bright Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures for smile enhancement
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Elements of the perfect smile makeover
The color, size, and shape of your teeth all have a profound impact on your appearance. While it is often the desire of people to improve the look of their smiles, it is the goal of aesthetic dentistry, to do this while still maintaining the “natural” appearance of the teeth. This often requires addressing one or all of the above-mentioned criteria. How is it that alterations in these three characteristics enhance your smile?
Color of Your Teeth
Tooth color is most commonly what people see first. As you get older, your teeth get darker. The reasons for this include normal changes that occur within the tooth and repeated insults from environmental conditions (coffee or tea stains, for example). Generally, then, darker teeth are associated with older age. The easiest way that aesthetic dentistry can correct this is by teeth bleaching. At Bright Smiles we use the Zoom II One-hour tooth whitening system combined with take-home trays and a home whitening system.¬†¬†But this alone may not entirely create a natural-looking appearance. Color of individual teeth may also be corrected permanently with crown or veneer treatments.¬† We use Lumineers, painless and prep-less veneers or traditional ceramic veneers to achieve the desired result.
Size and Shape of Your Teeth
Size and shape also are major factors that define the appearance of teeth. Nearly everyone is born with imperfections of the size and shape of their teeth but, like color, size and shape of teeth can change over time. The most common cause of changing tooth size and shape over time is tooth wear; and the most common cause of wear is tooth-to-tooth contact, or grinding. Wear on the edges of the teeth can give the appearance of aging because you do not show as much of your teeth when you smile. Another factor that affects how much of your teeth show when you smile is the loss of skin tone as you age. This loss of tone causes your face to sag, thereby showing less of your upper teeth and more of your lower teeth.
The aesthetic dentistry treatment to enable more teeth to show when you smile will depend on the cause. If the cause is due to wear of the teeth, dental veneers or dental crowns can be used to regain the lost length and fill out the smile. On the other hand, this may not have a significant effect if the cause is due to the loss of skin tone associated with age. If this is the case, plastic surgery may be indicated as part of the treatment.
Wear on teeth also will make the edges of the front teeth very flat. As this occurs, the edges of the front teeth will form a straight line rather than the more youthful appearance when the two front teeth are slightly longer than the teeth next to them. Also, as they wear, the proportion of length to width will be altered. Teeth will start to appear more square in their shape rather than rectangular.
Basically, any treatment that counteracts the above-mentioned appearance changes has the ability to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile. The aesthetic dentistry treatment can vary from teeth bleaching to dental crowns or dental veneers. Depending on the severity, other forms of treatment such as braces and gum surgery also may be indicated to enhance the appearance and function of your teeth. It is important to remember that all areas need to be addressed. If treatment for teeth that are worn and dark only involves teeth bleaching, the final result will be whiter teeth that are still worn and short. The teeth will not appear natural, as there will be a conflict between white teeth (youthful) and worn teeth (aged) that do not work together. Instead, it is necessary to correct the color, size, and shape to create a more natural appearance.
At Bright Smiles we also offer a complete range of orthodontic options which you would find at most orthodontist offices including traditional braces with clear or metal brackets, and clear retainer systems, such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect, which don’t require any permanent brackets on the teeth.