As an art that is combined with science, cosmetic dentistry takes mastering. Even some certified dentists have not mastered both the art and science--the rare combination of the particular skills--to be able to produce the best results. Combining great technology as well as understanding the science behind producing individualized smiles, the best cosmetic dentists operate by four smile design principles:
– Facial Esthetics
– Gingival (Gum) Esthetics
Principle #1: Facial Esthetics
Facial and muscular considerations vary from person to person and are studied through visual and photographic analysis. This principle includes understanding how the lips frame your smile when you speak, smile, or laugh.
Principle #2: Gingival (Gum) Esthetics
The health and appearance of your gums are essential elements in smile design. Excessive gingival display–the gummy smile, uneven gum contours, inflammation, and exposed root surfaces are common gingival-based esthetic complaints that detract from your smile's appeal. Think of your gums as the curtain in a theater. If the curtain is not raised enough, you cannot fully appreciate the actors or, in this case, your teeth. Or if only part of the curtain is raised and the other part is not, you get a distorted view.
Principle #3: Microesthetics
This involves the subtle characteristics that make your teeth look the way they do, such as how they reflect light, and unique marks or colorations. The ideal restoration is one with qualities closely resembling those of natural teeth. The anatomy of natural teeth is unique from person-to-person and specific to each tooth as well.
Principle #4: Macroesthetics
This analyzes the relationships and proportions between front teeth, surrounding tissue landmarks and facial characteristics--the big picture. This process helps ensure a natural and attractive appearance
Given all the different factors that will determine your smile, making an investment is a big decision. Therefore, when you are ready to invest in your smile, it is best to do research to find the best cosmetic dentist who can give you optimal results. Calling up a cosmetic dentist in the phone book isn’t going to produce the results you and your investment deserve. Therefore, make sure that you find a cosmetic dentist who has received extensive training, and who can provide both an ample portfolio and extensive testimonials. This will allow you to gauge for yourself if they can create the change that you are looking for. It is also important that the office provide names of clients whom you can contact and speak with.
And make sure the office offers state-of-the-art equipment that is updated on a regular basis. A great staff is always a plus, too. And remember that if the cosmetic dental office is not transparent and an open book, then it’s a closed-and-shut case; look elsewhere and do your research.