Everyone deserves to feel confident in the appearance of their face and have a smile that they can feel proud of. The teeth and mouth are a defining facial feature. A smile is worth a thousand words, and a healthy mouth and jaw is essential for us to retain the facial characteristics that make us who we are. With facial esthetics, we can ensure that your smile and face work in perfect harmony, complementing one another and giving you confidence in the way that you look.
Here is what you need to know about facial esthetics and how the various aspects of them can impact the appearance of your face and smile.
The upper and lower teeth sit in an arch pattern that is in line with the shape of the jaws. Arch form refers to this shape. Every patient is unique with a slightly different arch form, and this is something that we take into account when planning smile transformations. This is because your individual arch form will make a difference in the positioning of your teeth. Some patients also have arch forms that aren’t in proportion with the rest of their face, and this can affect their overall appearance. Fortunately, it is possible to broaden arch forms and create improved proportions that enhance the appearance of your smile and give greater balance to your facial features.
Balance and symmetry
Balance and symmetry are considered extremely desirable facial attributes. Studies have found that we are naturally drawn to people who have even, symmetrical facial features, not just as potential mates but also as friends. Since your smile is a key defining characteristic of your face, it can make a big difference to the symmetry of your facial structure. A smile makeover can ensure that your features are balanced and attractive.
Excess gum tissue is a very common problem. When you smile, you may feel that your teeth look abnormally short and there is too much pink flesh on display, causing you to feel self-conscious about the way that your smile looks. Fortunately, it is fairly straightforward to address the gum line, reducing excess tissue, and making your smile look more even. This process, called gum contouring, is increasingly being performed using laser technology which offers greater benefits such as less pain, bleeding, and a faster recovery.
Length of upper teeth
The length of teeth plays a significant role in their appearance. Unfortunately, some people have naturally undersized teeth while others find that their teeth erode in time, often as a result of bruxism or GERD. When the upper teeth are short, it can cause them to disappear into your smile so that if you smile with an open mouth, you can’t see them at all. Fortunately, it is possible to add length to the upper teeth so that they are visible and balance out the appearance of your smile.
Lips are a key facial characteristic and today, plump pouts are extremely desirable. Many people are spending time and money on boosting the size of their lips so that they are fuller, softer and more sensuous. However, just as many people aren’t making the most of their natural pout as a result of issues with the alignment of their teeth. By adjusting the position and size of the teeth at the front of the mouth, it’s possible to release some of the lips so that they appear fuller and more distinctive.
Tooth shape and color
You have probably given a little thought to the color of your teeth, but maybe not so much their shape. Nevertheless, both will affect the overall appearance of your smile and the impression that it creates. Straight, perfectly uniform teeth are quite harsh and aggressive, while curves create the impression of femininity, softness, and compassion. Lighter, brighter teeth are also deemed more attractive and desirable. Our experienced cosmetic dentistry team can help you find the perfect shape and color combination to suit your personality and the image you want to portray.
Vertical dimension of occlusion
Many people haven’t heard of the vertical dimension of occlusion, but it remains a defining factor in our facial structure. The vertical dimension of occlusion is the measurement of the distance between the nose and chin. When you lose teeth due to decay or damage, this distance decreases as the face begins to collapse a little. This can make you appear much older. Fortunately, there are solutions that can restore the vertical dimension of occlusion and restore your facial structure, helping you to retain your youthful appearance.
If you would like more information on facial esthetics, or if you are hoping to redesign your smile, our expert team at our Jupiter, FL cosmetic dentistry offices would be delighted to help.