95% of adults will remember an attractive smile. It projects an image of confidence and fulfillment. We work with you to develop the smile you desire, whether it is a more youthful, brighter smile or enhancing your natural teeth as they are. Smile Design is a highly technical process that requires a diverse knowledge background as well as a strong artistic ability that must be perfected by extensive experience. The process requires precise measurements to create your perfect smile based on your unique mouth shape, gum lines, lips, and the natural shape of your teeth. The final result is a natural smile that is stronger, more functional, and will make you appear more youthful and energetic.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a beautiful smile is priceless. To design the most aesthetically pleasing and optimally functional smile, we follow the nine main Principles of Smile Design taking into account your unique facial features. For example, we can use characteristics such as tooth shape to compliment or enhance the shape of your face.
Symmetry is a defining feature of an attractive smile. By ensuring symmetry of the two front teeth as well as neighbouring teeth, the appearance of symmetry can be created in your entire smile.
Smile lines that are parallel to the horizontal axis of your face are generally considered most attractive.
One of the most important characteristics of a great smile, a smile line is created by drawing an imaginary line from the biting edges of the back teeth around to the front teeth. A curved smile line makes you appear significantly younger. A smile line where the teeth appear straight across ages you because it looks like the product of years of wear.
The most aesthetic smiles have symmetrical gum lines that follow the upper lip.
In the ideal smile, the teeth towards the back of the mouth can be seen in progression. If the smile is narrow, the back teeth are often in shadow causing the sides of the smile to appear dark.
Embrasures are the natural, slight triangular spaces between the tips of your teeth. The most natural, youthful looking smile has small embrasure spaces at the front that gradually get larger towards the back teeth. Teeth with edges that are perfectly flat with one tooth completely touching the adjacent one can make a person look like they have worn their teeth.
The golden proportion is a mathematic relationship found throughout nature. It is used as a starting point when designing your smile. The golden proportion dictates the amount of tooth surface that should be visible when viewed from the front, and will make your smile appear balanced.
When creating the ideal smile, the size of each tooth is governed by an ideal proportion. Usually, for example, the ideal width to height ratio of the two front teeth is 0.7:1.
Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. It is the most popular treatment by both men and women alike and the treatments available range from one-hour one-time dental visits to take-home do-it-yourself kits. Tooth whitening is popular because it can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth at much less cost and inconvenience than other techniques.
There are two types of staining as related to teeth: Extrinsic Staining and Intrinsic Staining
Exrinsic Staining – Extrinsic stains are caused by external factors such as coffee, red wine, tea, other dark-colored foods and drinks, tobacco and routine wear and tear. Essentially they are a natural part of life but they are unsightly and can be removed. Superficial extrinsic stains can be removed with good hygiene techniques such as regular brushing and dental check-ups with cleanings. More stubborn stains can be removed with more involved efforts like teeth bleaching or whitening.
Intrinsic Staining – Intrinsic stains occur much deeper in the tooth than extrinsic stains, forming in the interior of teeth. They can result from trauma, aging, exposure to minerals (like tetracycline), during tooth formation and/or excessive ingestion of fluoride.
According to the FDA, the difference between bleaching and whitening is that the term “bleaching” is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color and when the products contain bleach. Whitening refers to restoring a tooth’s surface color by removing dirt and debris.
The terms are generally mistakenly used interchangeably even though they have different meanings. Whitening sounds less harsh than bleaching and therefore is used even when products contain bleach. It really is a marketing technique more than anything else although there are some distinctions that should be made between over-the-counter (OTC) whitening and dentist bleaching, including:
Strength of Bleaching Agent- Typically OTC products and take-home products usually contain 3% to 7% hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent whereas in-office teeth whitening products contain 15% to 43% hydrogen peroxide.
Mouthpiece Trays- Mouthpiece trays from the dentists as opposed to OTC trays are custom molded to fit the exact impression of your teeth. This allows for maximum contact between the whitening gel, which is applied to the mouthpiece tray, and the teeth. A custom mouth tray also minimizes the gel’s contact with gum tissue, which can lead to gum irritation that may be associated with trays that are not custom-made.
Additional Protective Measures– In an office setting, the irritation and concerns associated with the gums from gel contact is protected by your dentist as an extra preventive measure.
Supervised vs. Unsupervised Process– a dentist-supervised at-home or in-office treatment may be safer because it allows the dentist to view your medical history and determine which course of whitening treatment is most appropriate for you. With OTC treatments, you are left on your own.
Tooth bonding or dental bonding uses a special tooth-coloured resin that is applied to the tooth then hardened using a special light. This bonds the resin to the tooth either to restore it or to improve the appearance of the tooth.
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered to: