Over the past 5 years, Cosmetic Dentistry and the use of porcelain veneers has boomed. Houston Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Konig incorperates a wide range of artistry and science in each and every smile makeover. There is a reason that most people have seen nice smile makeovers and really bad smile makeovers. The trend has been an awareness by the consumers that there is a difference from dentist to dentist when it comes to porcelain veneers and smile design. Consumers are now savvier and many have done their research prior to committing to treatment. Furthermore, many know exactly what they do not like.
Here is some insight to some important artistic and scientific factors to help these patients perhaps better understand what makes teeth and smiles look beautiful:
- The size and proportions of the upper two front teeth/central incisors-- The ratio of the height versus width of these teeth is critical to the smile design. The acceptable range is 75-80%. Not following this will result in teeth that appear square, short, or too long.
- Golden proportion-- This refers to the ratio of the front six teeth to each other. This is nature’s harmony and violating this proportion creates unnatural smiles.
- Your midline and arch form alignment-- Patients often have smiles where their appear to have the midline shifted to one side and/or the arch appears crooked or rotated to one side. There are advanced cosmetic techniques to correct this.
- Inclination of the Teeth-- The teeth should all have a slight tip towards the front of the mouth
- Lip line-- The edges teeth should be designed to follow the lip line
- Gum contour-- There is a definite pattern cosmetic dentists should design for the gum contour on the teeth. Many times lasers can be used to painlessly correct this.
- The shade, contours, texture, and color mapping of veneers.
All these factors, plus many others, are essential in case planning for optimal cosmetic dentistry affects and accounts for why not all cases are the same.