Anatomy of a Smile Makeover

22 Jan 2016

Anatomy of a Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a lot of different procedures. All of them are designed to help make your smile look better. The extent to which we can provide a smile makeover is often dependent upon the structural soundness of your teeth and gums.

Often, reconstruction work must be done before cosmetic work can. Sometimes this even involves a full mouth reconstruction. A full examination by a qualified dentist is necessary before undergoing cosmetic dentistry work. We would like to tell you more about cosmetic dentistry here.

Considerations for Smile Makeovers
A smile makeover works with a lot of different factors, including skin tone and hair colour. The full appearance of the teeth is also considered: shape, length, width, colour and display. Then the gums and lips are also taken into consideration. People have many reasons for getting smile makeovers and they are customised to the unique needs of the patient.

The first order of business is to figure out what it is you don’t like about your current smile. Then, we can review what you don’t like and what you would like to see and compare it with what you currently have.

Tooth Colour
Amalgam fillings can be replaced with composite fillings that are mixed to your natural tooth colour. If your teeth are dulled or stained, teeth whitening can help improve them. We pay a lot of attention to tooth colour and shadings for a host of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including composite bonding, bridges, crowns, dental implants and porcelain veneers.

To learn more, call our Joondalup dentists today on (08) 9404 9520


To most people, dark coloured teeth mean an aged mouth. If you want a youthful appearance, you want your teeth to be white, bright and well-shaped. Your dentist will choose a shade for your veneers and teeth whitening that looks appropriate when the colour and tone of your hair and face are considered.

Ultimately, the aim of cosmetic dentistry is to provide a balance between providing you with white teeth but keeping the colour natural.

Spacing and Alignment
Teeth that have gaps, are crooked or are misaligned can be aligned and straightened if needed. Usually, Invisalign is the method of choice in the Perth area. However, orthodontics and porcelain veneers are also common.

Missing Teeth
Missing teeth not only make your smile look bad, but also undermine the integrity of your mouth’s structure. This can increase your risk of tooth decay and affect your bite. It is important to replace missing teeth for both oral health and cosmetic considerations. Partial dentures, bridges and implants are commonly used to replace missing teeth and provide structure.

Harmony and Balance
If teeth are cracked, chipped or uneven, we can cosmetically bond them to improve their appearance. If your smile is too “gummy,” we can re-contour your smile to improve its overall “look.”

Fuller Lips, Smile and Cheeks
These can often be addressed by oral maxillofacial surgery or orthodontics. This kind of work can greatly improve an ageing or misshapen face.

Your Treatment Plan
Your dentist will work with you extensively to create an individual treatment plan that helps you accomplish your unique objectives. The treatment plan may combine both restorative and cosmetic procedures, including dental crowns, veneers, composite bonding, teeth whitening, oral maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and gummy smile reduction.

Aesthetic Components of Smile Makeovers
After the balance, alignment and colour of your teeth are addressed in what is known as the visible or aesthetic zone of your smile, you and your dentist will want to consider some of the finer, more subtle aesthetics.

Length of Teeth
Basically, longer teeth look more youthful. If your teeth have shortened, your dentist may suggest lengthening the two front teeth with porcelain veneers.

Smile Line
The smile line, or line of the bottoms of the upper teeth when you smile, should follow the curve of your lower lip when smiling.

Other Considerations
The proportionate length and width of your teeth are important. Also, the texture and characterisation of your teeth are factors your dentist takes into consideration.

To learn more, call our dentists in Joondalup today on (08) 9404 9520

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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