Is there such thing as a perfect smile? We can think of what we’d put on our wish list: bright and stain-free teeth with no gaps, a pink and healthy gumline, and the teeth should exhibit no chips, cracks or excessive wearing. Each tooth size and length should also be in harmony with facial features with teeth aligned on three planes. A tall order indeed!
“Designing a patient’s smile involves a complex artistic ability coupled with a solid scientific foundation. Building the smile from outside in ensures that the smile is harmonious with the lips and the facial proportions. Considering the gender and character of the patient helps in designing the shape of the teeth. Men will usually be more comfortable with a squarish dominant shape of teeth whilst for ladies, the corners of the teeth are more rounded and slender. Thus it is an art coupled with science when we deliver the desired smile for our patients,” explains Dr Jerry Lim from Orchard Scotts Dental.
Here’s what you can do to enhance your smile:
Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, discolored tooth, to make teeth appear longer, and as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings.
2. Porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Individually crafted for each patient, these cosmetic enhancements are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel.
3. Invisalign treatment
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. (Read about one beauty blogger’s Invisalign experience.)
4. Full mouth reconstruction (Facelift Dentistry)
Our teeth support our face and its associated structures. When we lose our teeth or when they get worn down severely, our face shortens and causes us to look older with a squarish jaw. Functionally, we are also compromised with missing teeth thus the facial muscle support changes negatively. With a proper understanding on how to restore the facial proportions back – utilising our teeth as the support, we can restore the function as well as the youthfulness we deserve. This combines various methods and discipline, for example, Invisalign, conservative ceramic inlays, onlays or crowns, to rebuild back what time and wear has taken away.
Consider these four treatments and you’ll be on your way to the most selfie-worthy smile!
To find out more about Orchard Scotts Dental and the treatment they offer, visit orchardscottsdental.com.
Written by Pearlin Siow.