Last updated on January 17th, 2022
Demand for cosmetic dentistry treatments has been drastically growing in the last years. Thanks to the advances in smile design technology, smile design dentistry provides various aesthetic solutions. And people that are unhappy with their smiles look for the best smile design dental practice for their smile designs.
When it comes to having a cosmetic smile design, veneers are the first procedure people thinkof, esp. veneers in Turkey considering the high smile design cost in the USA, UK, and most of the Europe. However, smile design is a much more comprehensive concept than just placing veneers or crowns into a patient’s mouth.
What is Smile Design?
A dental smile design is a dental procedure or a combination of various dental procedures to create a beautiful, symmetrical, and flattering smile.
The aesthetic problems and requirements of every patient are different from each other. Everysmile is unique. And everybody has specific factors that need to be taken into account for smile design. Oral and facial characteristics of the patient, age, sex, lip structure, upper lip length, gingival structure, skin color are all considered when designing customized and natural smiles. Furthermore, every patient has unique expectations and wants in regards to their dream smiles. Smile designs ignoring these individual factors and requests are like the same products manufactured in a factory production line. As we always say, no two smiles arethe same, as they shouldn’t be.
Moreover, the procedures required to create a new smile vary based on the patient’s dental condition. The patient may have stained/discolored, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or missing teeth. From treatment of decayed teeth to orthodontic treatments, from periodontal surgeries to making prosthetics, placing dental implants, a wide variety of techniques can be used in smile design. The most appropriate treatments and procedures can only be determined with a thorough examination of the dentist.
Digital Smile Design
Like its strong effect on many things, digital smile design technology has a significant impact on dentistry as well. Thanks to the development of digital dentistry, computer-aided designs, and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) are so common in today’s dental practices. At Digital Smile Design, the facial and oral structures of the patient are analyzed thoroughly. The relationships among the teeth, lips, and gums are analyzed through videography and temporary mock-ups, and treatments are planned virtually. And this highly patient-centric technology helps the dentist show the expected outcome to the patient before starting the treatment. This system is beneficial in terms of getting more predictable results.
What are the Benefits of Smile Design?
The overall benefit that smile design provides is a beautiful smile that you feel confident. When you feel confident with your smile, you smile freely. In addition to its contribution to your general well-being, it also affects your social interactions positively. Here are some of the other benefits a smile design provides:
- A smile design process can give your smile back,
- You have a whiter and more harmonious set of teeth,
- The functionality of your teeth is restored,
- You have a younger appearance,
- You feel better, and your self-confidence is increased, which has a booster effect on your personal and professional relations.
What are the Principles of Smile Design?
The initial step of smile designing pocedure is the consultation. During this consultation, we discuss with the patients their concerns, dental needs, and aesthetic expectations. The patient’sdesires and expectations must be understood clearly before starting the process. And a thorough assessment must be done by the dentist to determine the best treatment options for the patient. A critical principle is to review these options with the patient to help the patient make an informed decision. In terms of showing the patient expected outcomes, digital smile design is very helpful.
A customized smile design treatment can include (but is not limited to) the following procedures:
- Bleaching / Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Invisalign (Smile desgin orthodontics)
- Gum Contouring
After the consultation and assessment of our doctors, the best smile design option is determined for the patient. If prosthetics will be used for smile design, the restorations’ final color is determined with the patient. Some patients prefer a bright white appearance, while some prefer natural-looking teeth. To meet the patient’s aesthetic expectations, a dental technician plays a significant role. Within this regard, having an in-house provides a big advantage. Because further details such as surface texture and translucency of the teeth must be communicated with the technician.
At Maltepe Dental Clinic, we always make customized smile designs according to the case’s specific conditions. We offer a free consultation to discuss and understand the patient’s dental needs and requests. And we provide general info regarding available smile design procedures and come up with a treatment plan together with the patient. Our in-house lab technicians are involved in the smile design process whenever there is a need for their expertise. You can check our Instagram page and see many smile design before and after photos of our patients that got smile design at our clinic.