An attractive smile can dramatically enhance the personality of an individual. But with aging, many people tend to lose facial height in the lower half of the face, which compromises the appearance of their smile. A smile lift is an advanced procedure in cosmetic dentistry to restore lost facial height and create a youthful, smiling face.
Depending on the patient’s specific condition of the teeth, gums and facial height, the dentist will create a customized smile lift treatment plan.
Accomplished and marvelous cosmetic dentist Dr. Rob Strain of Studio Dentistry provides smile lift and various other dental procedures to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations in this area of The Golden State.
People above the age of 18, who have some or all of the following facial characteristics, will typically make good candidates for a smile lift procedure:
- Short lower half of the face
- Thin or hidden lips
- Hidden smile
- Extra skin or wrinkles in the lower half of the face
- Depression below lower lip
The patient should choose a dental office that is fully equipped to provide cutting edge treatment options to create a bigger, wider smile. The dentist may recommend a bite opening splint prior to the treatment. The next step usually involves correct placement of upper front teeth. All the upper teeth or all the lower teeth are commonly restored at one time.
However, all the upper and lower teeth may also be restored at one time, which is known as a full mouth reconstruction. The patient will have different options to receive this treatment in smaller stages so that the overall procedure fits their budget. In such a case, the dentist will discuss the most appropriate treatment sequence according to the patient’s unique needs.
Tooth Re-contouring (Enamelplasty)
In some cases, a simple treatment such as tooth re-contouring can help a patient transform their smile. This procedure involves reshaping the enamel on the front teeth edges, which will create an aesthetically appealing smile. Some patients may require tooth re-contouring to reduce sharp edges of the teeth that have a tendency to chip.
The first thing that a person notices in a smile is the outline of the biting edge or the incisal edges. Some degree of regularity helps to create a desirable smile. Perfect symmetry is not preferred for an attractive, natural smile, but grossly asymmetrical outlines are also not a good thing. These concerns can be skillfully addressed by an experienced dentist through tooth re-contouring.
If too much gum is showing during a smile or the gum line does not match on both sides or is inappropriate to the teeth, it will compromise the smile. Irregular gum contours are more distracting than irregular teeth. The dentist may recommend gum re-contouring treatment to create a more pleasing smile.
Bonding enables the cosmetic dentist to make restorations stay on a tooth. Bonding is often performed at the same time on both enamel and dentin. Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and other suburbs and cities across the landscape for smile lift procedures.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.