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Give Your Smile a Makeover with Smile Design from Dr. Salivonchik

June 1, 2011

Whether you’re coming to our office for porcelain veneers, dental implants, or another cosmetic or restorative treatment, talking to you about how you want your smile to look is always the first step.

We call this the “smile design” phase, and it’s important because it lets Dr. Salivonchik get a clear idea of what’s on your mind. And while there may not be any hard-and-fast rules to a smile design, there are some factors you should know about.

Elements of an Esthetically Pleasing Smile

Some hallmarks of a youthful smile include smooth, rounded corners and a contrast between the length of your middle teeth (known as your central incisors) and the teeth directly next to those (called your lateral incisors). Compare this with an older smile, which is likely to be flatter and straighter with no difference between the incisors.

It’s also important to consider the size and shape of your face when thinking about your smile. A patient with a longer face may want to design a smile with shorter incisors, while a patient with a smaller, rounder face may want to consider doing just the opposite.

Likewise, it’s important to keep in mind your smile’s other intricacies, which you may not have noticed before. Teeth have slightly translucent edges, creating a halo effect, and often have a small notch in them instead of being perfectly round or flat. As part of your smile makeover, Dr. Salivonchik can mimic any of these features, boosting the natural appearance of your smile in the process.

Reinvigorated Confidence with a New Smile

To find out more about our smile design process and how you can have a more confident, dazzling smile, contact us today. Our office serves patients in Lehigh Valley, Whitehall, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and surrounding areas.

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