Cosmetic Dentistry & Smile Enhancements
We welcome the opportunity to discuss any dental concerns you may have about your teeth, gums, the appearance, function and colour of your teeth. At Olde Oakville Dental, we would be happy to explain how cosmetic or restorative dentistry can rejuvenate your smile and improve the quality of your life. We use the latest techniques, knowledge, and expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to help you smile with confidence.
Achieving brighter, whiter smiles is an art and a science. While tooth colour is an obvious factor, if you are considering a smile makeover, it is important to note that the length, shape and fullness of your teeth are among the most common factors to be considered in the planning stage. Other considerations include overall facial appearance, gum tissues and lips ( the “frame” of the teeth) and the arrangement of the teeth.
For example, treatment for discoloured, misshapen or missing teeth may include restorative procedures such as teeth whitening, implants, crowns, or veneers. The shade selected for teeth whitening and veneers is carefully evaluated with special consideration given to the tone and colour of your face and hair. Aesthetic bonding or veneers may improve the look of chipped and worn-out teeth, while dental implants replace missing teeth. Any of these procedures can help you maintain a youthful appearance.
Teeth Length & Shape
- Aging produces wear and tear that often results in shorter teeth.
- A gummy smile can make teeth appear shorter.
- Long teeth lend a more youthful appearance
Teeth lengthening may also impact overall facial appearance. For example, long, square teeth on a round-faced individual can provide a slimming effect for the face.
When patients ask for a bolder smile, bringing the teeth slightly forward and out of the shadow by increasing their fullness achieves a remarkable transformation. Since this is primarily an addition to the teeth, there is minimal alteration to the existing teeth, even if veneers are being used. The dynamics of the smile also change (a bit of a face- lift effect) as the lip is able to slide easily along the glassy smooth porcelain and patients are able to show off their new smiles better.
Tooth Form & Colour
- Teeth which are smaller than desired can be treated with additions such as veneers. In this way, spaces can be closed, balance can be created or shapes can be made more symmetrical.
- A well-shaped smile comprised of brighter, whiter teeth leads to a more youthful appearance.
Tooth arrangement, Gum appearance
Tooth arrangement (alignment) problems can be addressed by different techniques depending on the severity of the problem. Veneers alone or in conjunction with a short course of Invisalign orthodontics may be adequate. More difficult cases might benefit from the new rapid orthodontic technique with or without veneers. Concerns about gum appearance, gum line, amount of gum shown on smiling also have a range of techniques chosen based upon difficulty. Invisalign orthodontics, full orthodontics or plastic surgical gum treatment (gum lift) are some of the options. A co-ordinated approach is essential to the success of more difficult cases. Dr. De Souza has created network specialists with whom he works closely, utilizing images and the internet to allow the seamless integration of cosmetic gum treatments, orthodontics and implant placement in the pursuit of superior results.