Tooth Proportions Are Important In a Smile and Can Be Improved Using Porcelain Veneers

Tooth Proportions Are Important In a Smile and Can Be Improved Using Porcelain Veneers

This patient came to my office for a cosmetic consultation because he was so displeased with the appearance of his teeth that he wasn’t smiling. Our smiles are so important to our lives because people we meet reflect our facial expressions. Mike saw serious faces everywhere he looked because that was what he showed others. An examination of his teeth revealed good color, good health, no crookedness and no gaps betweent teeth. The only problem appeared to be the width to height proportions of his teeth. We explored this possibility and decided that this was precisely what he did not like about his smile. His teeth were the same width as the height which is the proportion of baby teeth. Adult teeth are taller than wide, and I like to use a ratio of 5 parts wide to six parts tall. I placed porcelain veneers on his six front teeth and of course in addition to improving the proportions, I improved the color, translucency, contours and surface texture. All of these parameters are important to aesthetics. Porcelain veneers require a minimal removal of healthy tooth structure making the process quite conservative. The results are outstanding.

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