From a mere cleaning to tooth whitening to “smile design,” a trip to LivingSmile Dental Surgery can be a cosmetic experience these days.
If you’re in the market for a makeover, there are many beauty specialists who can help you. You might turn to a hair stylist, cosmetic surgeon, or dermatologist. You probably wouldn’t think of going to the dentist, yet dentists can do things for your appearance that no one else can!
It goes far beyond scraping the plaque off your teeth during a bi-annual checkup. In LivingSmile Dental, we have procedures where we can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth!
What Is Smile Design?
Smile design is looking at the positions of somebody’s teeth, and how the teeth are framed by the lips.
For example, if your gums show too much when you smile, that can be fixed. We do what’s called a gum lift, or the technical term for it is Crown lengthening.
This is a surgery that can be done in the dentist’s office, whereby the gums are pushed up so that more of the teeth show.
You can also have your teeth shaped any way you want them to be.
Lengthening and rounding the edges of your front teeth can actually make you look younger.
To shape a tooth, we may bond a resin or porcelain veneer or crown to it. Resin bonding is the older method. It is still good and used a lot today, but it doesn’t last as long as porcelain, the newer material.
Resin may, in time, wear out or become discoloured, whereas porcelain doesn’t. The other difference is that resin bonding is done in the dentist’s chair, usually in one visit. For a porcelain veneer, a mold is sent away to a dental lab to be made, then bonded on later in the next visit.
If your molars are a mess of metal fillings, that can be fixed by grinding them down and capping them with new porcelain crowns.
Invest in your smile…You wear it every day!