The five elements of your smile

Your smile has the ability to mediate the raw exchange of emotions and the vivid expression of your thoughts. A smile is also considered to be one of the most beautiful things in the world, as it is always in fashion and it can speak a universal language that is welcomed everywhere. This makes your smile an everlasting asset that should be preserved. But what is it that defines a perfect smile? The answer is in the following five elements:

The Position of Teeth

The positioning of your teeth within the jaw builds the foundation of any beautiful smile. Protruding, rotated, missing or skew teeth can be corrected with orthodontic appliances to reposition teeth, as well as dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Facial composition

In cosmetic dentistry, a smile makeover is not restricted to the dental composition only, but to the two facial features that play a significant role in the smile design. Those features are the interpapillary line and the lips.

The ideal interpapillary line is perpendicular to the midline of the face, and parallel to the occlusal plane. Lips not only shape, but also creates the boundaries of a smile design. If there are any discrepancies with the interpapillary line and the lips, it is recommended that the correction of the facial composition be considered before the correction of the dental composition.

The Shape and Symmetry

The shape and symmetry of teeth form the basis of a smile design, and determines the aesthetic appeal of your smile. As dental professionals, we are able to manipulate the angle of the lines and contours on your teeth in order to create a more harmonious result. For example, bold lines and angles can be incorporated to a tooth to make it look more masculine, or softer curves can be added to give it a more feminine look.

The Shade of Teeth

The shade of your teeth can determine the “loudness” of your smile, while at the same time affecting the contrast to your gums and skin. The correct shade can potentially accentuate your eyes and introduce vibrancy to your expression. For dull, discoloured or stained teeth, teeth whitening treatments and ceramic restorations can be used to improve the shade and allow for the penetration of light on teeth. Giving you a whiter and brighter smile.

Harmony and Balance

Harmony and balance can only be achieved once all the above-mentioned elements are combined to create a masterpiece that adds value to your whole aesthetic appearance.

For a smile makeover or to schedule a cosmetic dental procedure, contact a dentist in Cape Town.


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