Denture Smile Makeover – Two minutes to a more dashing you!
Okay the photos may have been separated by a mere two minutes, but it did take several appointments and an exceptional dental laboratory to create this gorgeous smile makeover for Dr. Julie Gillis’ patient shown here.
What we consider beautiful in terms of smiles, smile makeovers , and cosmetic dentistry, follows some basic guidelines across all cultures. The old denture displays a ‘reverse smile’ where the front teeth look shorter than the back teeth. The edges of the upper teeth should follow the curve of the lower lip, or at least be straight – not an inverse curve. In an esthetic smile makeover, the midline should be vertical or parallel with a vertical line through the middle of the face. The color should be ‘natural’ and in harmony with the facial skintone. The teeth should support the lips, and the back teeth should show when the patient smiles fully. The previous denture teeth are worn and dark. For a smile makeover, I am not a big fan of ridiculously white teeth, especially in our more mature patients as they tend to look false. As we age, our teeth do naturally get darker. Many people turn this process around with tooth bleaching so it is becoming much more common to see whiter, brighter smiles in cosmetic/esthetic dentistry.