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Cosmetic Dentistry – How an Awesome Smile Comes to Life


The following is a guide to factors that have an effect on the way our teeth look whenever we smile, and ways to change them to show a visible improvement.

Tooth color

While darker teeth are the most common problem of all, this can be easily fixed. A lot of people think that extra white teeth look perfect. In reality, very white teeth can look unnatural or fake, but no matter what, most of us would like to make the color of our teeth lighter to some extent.

To improve dull or discolored teeth, it is safe, effective and reliable to opt for a tooth whitening procedure. This can possibly be done within an hour at a dental clinic.

Tooth texture refers to the smoothness of a tooth’s surface. If possible, we would like our teeth to look extra smooth and have a glossy enamel because they look so shiny.

When your teeth enamel is rough or uneven, they look darker than usual, and dull as well.

Darker teeth can be lightened with the help of tooth whitening techniques. However, the most effective way to visibly improve rough/pitted tooth enamel is to put a covering on it. This can be done with “porcelain laminates” or veneers. When the enamel is just slightly pitted, the dentist can polish down the enamel a little bit. This will show some improvement though this is not really an ideal solution.

Tooth shape

Even if your teeth are white, smooth and glossy, you may not be happy with their shape. Sometimes some teeth are either too long, too short, too square or too worn down.

Fortunately, such problems can be addressed by a little re-shaping of the teeth. It is possible for uneven tooth edges to be straightened out by polishing down a little at the tip of the enamel. A very long tooth can be shortened by 1 to 2 mm through careful adjustment. Anything further than this would require a more complex treatment.

Tooth position

This can involve 2 problems. If you have irregular teeth that are closely packed together, the only solution is to undergo orthodontic treatment with braces.

However, if there are spaces in between your teeth and you do not like the gaps, there is one more option aside from getting braces.

Another situation that one might face is the amount of gum that shows whenever you smile. Even if your teeth are straight, white and glossy, you will still feel self-conscious when you show too much of your gum whenever you smile.

There are 2 available options. It can be possible to improve the way your smile looks by reducing the amount your upper lip raises when you smile. Botox can help in doing this, but to get it right, a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon or dentist should do this.

“Gum lift” is another option. In such procedure, the dentist will raise the level of your gum line in order for less gum to be visible whenever you smile. The procedure can be done straightforward if the level is only


Source by Karina Popa

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