What is smile desigining?

Smile Design Treatment is a cosmetic treatment that focuses on improving the appearance of your smile through certain procedures such as dental veneers, composite bonding, teeth whitening and tooth implant.

How is the treatment done?

People suffering from dental problems like tooth decaying, tooth loosening, stains, and bacterial plaque usually opt for this makeover treatment. Some factors taken into consideration for this treatment include: facial appearance and skin tone, gum tissues and lips.


Some aspects that the smile design treatment encounters are: Tooth color- discolored or stained tooth may make you look aged and dull, while a well-shaped bright set of teeth leaves you with a perfect smile; Alignment and spacing- uneven broken, overlapping teeth or teeth which have gaps in between can be evenly aligned and straightened with the help of improved veneers; Missing tooth- in case of a missing or cracked tooth, the treatment provides tooth implantation which leaves you with a confident smile; Fuller lips, smile and cheeks- the treatment not only focuses on your teeth, but also makes your lips and cheek look good so that you get a perfect makeover look; Tooth proportion and smile line- in order to make your smile look flawless, the orthodontist or cosmetic surgeon would examine if your teeth are in correct proportion, or the imaginary smile line following the edges of your upper lips is in proportion with the curve of your lower lips.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Smile design treatment is specially recommended for those who suffer from various oral problems like tooth decaying, tooth loosening, bacterial plaque, weak gums etc. People often lose confidence and peace of mind because of these sufferings. The treatment procedure involves the following steps: Tooth whitening and porcelain veneers- with the help and application of certain tools, the cosmetic surgeon whitens your tooth, covers the gap between your teeth, restores broken or discolored tooth; Dental bonding- this refers to the application of high grade composite materials at the front of your teeth, and is an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers; Root canal treatment- this technique is used to clean the infection right from the root of your teeth, and is filled with sealing material; Dental bridge- this refers to the method of bridging the gaps in between your teeth where they have either been removed or have fallen.

What are the technologies used in the treatment?

Intentional root canal treatment- used to repair a badly decayed or infected tooth wherein the nerve and the pulp are removed in order to clean and seal the inside of the tooth; Laser gingivectomy- laser wavelengths are used to carefully cut gingiva for cosmetic periodontal indications; Laser gum depigmentation- people often encounter gum bleeding or dark patches on the gum caused by melanin. This technology removes or lightens the dark patches and leaves you with healthy, pink gums; 3M essential crowns- this all-ceramic metal free Zirconia crowns and bridges is strongly recommended by doctors because it not only helps in high quality restoration but also strengthens your teeth.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People who suffer from different oral problems such as crooked or protruded teeth, broken or chipped tooth, gum bleeding, dark patches on the gum, stained or discolored teeth etc, usually undergo a smile design treatment. Those who want to enhance their smile may also opt for fuller and thicker lips treatment. Smile designing not only helps in high quality restoration but also gives your lips a fuller and thicker look.

Why get a smile design?

There are various reasons a patient may pursue a cosmetic smile design treatment, including the desire to:

  • Look younger
  • Be more confident
  • Improve chances for
  • Career advancement
  • Feel more attractive

What do dentists consider when designing your smile?

Smile design dentists take into consideration two categories: facial and dental features. Facial aspects focus on the soft and hard tissues that contribute to the smile. The dental component focuses more on the teeth and their relation to the soft tissue in the oral cavity, such as the gums.

Let’s have a closer look at the specific facial and dental features that your dentist will use to design your new smile.

A smile design dentist needs to take into consideration facial symmetry, alignment, and proportions to design a smile and works with a team of specialists.

This team, including orthodontists, orthognathic surgeons, periodontists, and plastic surgeons need to conduct an analysis for each specialty. Once they're done, they combine their findings into a holistic plan.
Inter-pupillary line

This is an imaginary line drawn between the centers of the eyes' pupils. It should be parallel to the occlusal plane, an imaginary surface that touches the biting edges of the incisors (the four front teeth) and the biting surface of the back teeth.

Lips play a major role in smile design because they border the teeth. The shape, movement, and flexibility of the lips can determine a smile's appearance.
When designing the lips, a dentist will take into consideration:

Lip length: The designer will measure from the point below the nose to the lower border of the upper lip in its resting position. The upper lip tends to increase with aging, so decreasing this distance, or at least the appearance of this distance could help a patient look younger.

Lip mobility: This measures the distance between the top lip in the resting position to when it's in the high smile position. Some patients have hypermobility, which causes a gummy smile.

-smile design zenith points A smile design is based on factors like zenith points.
-Dental midline (line between two upper and two lower front teeth)
-Incisal length (length of four front teeth)
-Tooth dimensions
-Zenith points (the highest points of the gumline arch on teeth)
-Axial inclination (the angle formed between the long axis of the tooth and the bone it comes from)
-Interproximal contact area (ICA; the area where two neighboring teeth make contact)
-Interproximal contact point (IPA; the contact area between two teeth)
-Incisal embrasure (the space between two endings of adjacent front teeth)
-Gender, personality, and age
-Symmetry and balance
-smile designing Smile line is at the bottom edge of your top teeth

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