There are many routine dental procedures patients typically experience annually. The most common elements of dental checkups include X-rays and a cleaning. However, what happens if there is a problem with the gums? Even the most diligent patient may sometimes miss the early warning signs of gum disease. In this case, the dentist may perform…
Smile Makeover: What Is the Smile Line?
A smile makeover can improve every aspect of a smile, not just the teeth and gums. Many cosmetic dentists also have the skill to improve the appearance of the lips, the cheeks, the chin and most structures of the lower mouth. This includes the removal of smile lines, the wrinkles that line the skin at the corners of the mouth.
Does the term smile line only refer to the lined skin around the mouth?
The different definitions of smile line within the context of a smile makeover
The term smile line refers to the small creases that form at the corners of a smile. These wrinkles develop as a person gets older, adding a new dimension to their smile. Many patients that want a smile makeover request their cosmetic dentists to get rid of these wrinkles.
The second definition of the smile line is a technical term that cosmetic dentists use during smile design. The smile line is actually a curve, one that the edges of the front teeth form when a person smiles. A person with a pleasant smile has a smile line that matches the curvature of the lower lip.
Depending on what a patient wants, a cosmetic dentist will work to remove smile lines (wrinkles). Alternatively, the dentist could create a perfect smile line by optimizing the length, size and proportions of their patient’s teeth.
Getting rid of wrinkles around the mouth with a smile makeover
Smile lines are a set of wrinkles that form at the corners of the mouth. They usually appear when a person smiles, though some people have prominent and permanent smile lines. No matter how brilliant, proportional or even a person’s smile, wrinkles at the corners of the mouth can still affect the aesthetic appearance of the face.
For this reason, dentists offer treatments that remove smile lines and their effects. They do this in one of two ways. The first is with dental veneers, which augment the structures around the mouth. By adding to the thickness of the teeth, veneers add bulk to the area around the lips, stretching said skin and effectively removing the smile lines.
The second approach to removing smile lines is with Botox treatments and dermal fillers, which augment the soft tissue around the mouth. This stretches the skin to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Compared to the use of veneers, Botox and fillers wear off, making this particular treatment a temporary measure.
Creating a pleasant, symmetrical smile
The biting edges of a perfect set of teeth form a curve that runs from one corner of the mouth to the other. This curve should mirror the natural curvature of the lower lip. A perfect smile line only forms when the length of each tooth is proportional to the teeth that flank it. The canines and premolars should give the impression of being the shortest visible teeth. As the smile works towards the middle, the incisors should have the appearance of becoming longer, with the middle front teeth forming the lowest point of the curve.
A cosmetic dentist will achieve this aesthetic by:
- Using veneers to add length to teeth that are unusually short
- Adjusting the dimensions of teeth that are too large or too long
- Correcting a gapped smile with veneers or implant-supported crowns
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