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Fashions Come and Go, But a Smile Is Timeless

Think about the last time you shopped for a new outfit or flipped through a salon look book for your next hairstyle. Do you look for colors and styles that enhance your figure and facial features, or do you choose a look that would be better suited to someone with an entirely different body style and image? Not that there’s anything wrong in finding inspiration from others or experimenting with new looks, but the ultimate goal is to find out what looks best on you.

The same can be said of cosmetic dentistry, says Dr. Todd Pizzi at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury. No two smiles are exactly alike, and what looks perfect on one patient might appear quite unnatural on another. Rather than take a one-size-fits-all view on cosmetic dentistry in Shrewsbury, MA, why not consider how each element of your smile contributes to the overall effect?

The Basic Components of a Smile

Your teeth may be the most prominent aspect of your smile, but facial analysis is equally important. For example, your face shape (round, oval, heart-shaped, etc.) determines the optimal shape and position of your teeth. Off-centered or disproportionate teeth may cause your smile to look wider and higher than is considered ideal. This means that your mouth, lips, and entire face help determine the most attractive tooth size. Other important variables include your gum and lip lines, arch form, and the placement of your lips, cheekbones, nose, and eyes. Even your skin tone helps determine the most flattering shade of tooth enamel.

Exploring Cosmetic Treatment Options: Veneers

Let’s look at how cosmetic dentistry can be used to address different areas of concern. We’ll use porcelain veneers as an example because they can be used to improve multiple aspects of your smile, making them one of the most versatile and popular options.

Face size: We tend to think of teeth as being of a fairly standard size from one person to another, but this isn’t exactly true. In general, a person who has a larger face and head will have teeth that are proportionate in both length and width. Veneers, which are comprised of ultra-thin layers of porcelain, can be used to add bulk to too-small teeth with or without lengthening. Someone with a very small face would want to avoid tooth shapes that are squared or long.

Face shape: Differences in face shape are especially noticeable between men and women, which determines in part the ideal tooth shape. For example, a female with a square-shaped face or angular jaw might desire the softening effect of gently rounded teeth; a man with the same face shape would be more likely to opt for slightly angled or sharper teeth.

Facial fullness: You’ve heard that horizontal stripes on clothing may be unflattering to certain body types, while vertical stripes have a slimming effect on a fuller frame. The same is true of tooth shape. If you have a very full, rounded face, a longer tooth shape can actually create the illusion of a slightly more slender face. Likewise, a thin face can look harsh when paired with a longer tooth shape.

Need help envisioning your ideal smile in Shrewsbury, MA? To learn more about the role of facial analysis in cosmetic dentistry, or to make an appointment with one of our doctors, we invite you to contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome residents of Boylston, Worcester, Hopkinton, North and South Grafton, and Shrewsbury.