What does a smile restoration at Harris Dental look like?
A smile restoration at Harris Dental goes beyond changing how your teeth look. Our goal is for your transformation to enhance your entire face and help you feel even more confident in yourself.
The Relationship Between Your Smile and Your Facial Structure
The reason Dr. Harris goes above and beyond to include your whole face in your smile makeover is that he understands the strong connection between your smile and the appearance of your facial structure. With his skills in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Dr. Harris can change the look of your smile in a way that also makes your face look fuller and more youthful.
Dr. Harris incorporates three important elements in every smile restoration.
When Dr. Harris is planning a smile restoration for a patient, there are many small details he’s keeping in mind. These intricacies can be consolidated into these three main elements.
1. Smile Line Balance
Your smile line is the curve along the edges of your front teeth that naturally forms when you smile. Dr. Harris will take note of how your smile line looks and whether the curvature of it matches the natural curve of your lower lip when you smile. This will give him insight into whether your teeth may be too long, too short, or if there is an alignment issue. Adjusting your smile line makes your face look fuller.
2. Tooth Length and Shape
After evaluating your smile line, Dr. Harris can judge if your smile would benefit from changing the length of your teeth. Short teeth and high gums result in a “gummy smile”. Crown lengthening, the art of lengthening the teeth, can be used to bring balance back to the proportions of your teeth and instantly make you look younger.
The shape and proportions of the teeth are also important. Too square or too rounded can both throw off the overall aesthetics of your smile.
3. Tooth Color and Texture
Last but certainly not least, Dr. Harris will examine the color and texture of your natural teeth. The goal of a smile restoration is for your teeth to look like your natural teeth but better. Dr. Harris can adjust the brightness, whiteness, and smoothness of your teeth to instantly make your smile glow. Services like porcelain veneers will even be customized for a more feminine or masculine appearance to best compliment your face.
Digital imaging technology creates a virtual dressing room where you can see your new smile before treatment starts.
Thanks to advances in dental imaging technology, Dr. Harris will virtually design your new smile and you’ll be able to see an image of what your smile will look like before treatment actually begins. This gives you confidence that you’ll love your new look and allows you to share any changes you might like.
The Fab Five cosmetic and restorative dentistry services Harris Dental uses for a smile restoration.
A unique characteristic of smile restorations is that they combine multiple cosmetic and restorative dentistry services into one treatment plan.
Here are the Fab Five of smile restorations—the most popular services we use to get you a fantastic smile.
Porcelain veneers are the epitome of a smile makeover solution. By covering your teeth in a thin shell of porcelain you’re able to completely change the appearance of your smile, including tooth length, color, shape, and even make them look straight. Porcelain veneers are extremely versatile and don’t necessarily have to cover all visible teeth in your smile. Dr. Harris can apply veneers to only the area of your smile you’d like changed.
Porcelain crowns are similar to veneers in that they can completely change how teeth look. The difference is that porcelain crowns are more often used to cover an individual tooth that’s been cosmetically or structurally damaged, such as a cavity too large for a filling or a permanently discolored tooth.
For permanently filling in gaps from missing teeth there’s no better solution than dental implants. Though they are a more involved procedure than a dental bridge, the extra time needed for healing is more than worth the finished product. Dental implants are the only restorative service that actually mimics a natural tooth and prevents bone loss from occurring.
Dental Botox, the use of Botox in a dental practice, is similar in many ways to traditional Botox use. Dr. Harris can help smooth wrinkles and give your face a more youthful appearance, but that’s not all. We also use Botox to help enhance the balance of a person’s smile, such as relaxing areas around the lips to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. As a therapeutic service, Dr. Harris can also use Botox to help relieve patient’s chronic headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ disorders.
Teeth whitening is often an important step in a smile makeover. Materials like porcelain and ceramic can’t be whitened which means the color of your dental work is permanent. If your smile restoration will leave some of your natural teeth visible, it’s crucial you first whiten your smile to your desired shade. Once this is done Dr. Harris will then color-match the porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns to blend in perfectly.
Book your smile restoration consultation at Harris Dental today.
The first step towards a healthier, brighter smile and a more youthful face is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Harris. During your consultation, you’ll get to know the Harris Dental team in our welcoming Maryville office and discover what Dr. Harris can do to help you get the smile of your dreams.
You can book your smile restoration consultation right now by calling our office or filling out this quick online form.