We use the latest technology to ensure the exact, required results -- from the design of the smile through to completion.
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The cosmetic consultation
The cosmetic consultation is your first opportunity to meet the team. During this relaxed, informative session we listen to your concerns, assess your problems, suggest treatment options, answer your questions and take impressions to design your new smile!
After designing your smile on a 3D wax model, we provide you with a suggested treatment plan containing a complete, detailed breakdown of costs. Our treatment plans are valid for six months from the consultation date.
Creating a perfect smile
Major changes to your smile can often be completed in only two or three visits, with the aid of porcelain veneers, crowns or bridge work. All results are completely predictable: We design your smile with a diagnostic 3D "wax up" model. We'll help you choose your ideal smile and show you how the final product will look.
In all but the simplest cases, we will transform a 3D impression of your mouth. You will be able to check the 3D model from every angle for the desired aesthetics, and we will be able to check the function. All this is done before we begin any actual work on your smile.
Now here's the really clever bit: When you are ready to proceed, the teeth are sculpted and temporaries are placed that replicate the 3D model exactly. In other words, you can try out the proposed smile design in your own mouth for a week before anything is finalised! These temporaries can be fine-tuned to your precise requirements, and any changes can be duplicated in the finished restorations.
This is the final delivery of your new smile - exactly as we've planned it with you. Our master ceramist duplicates the smile design in the final restorations with the aid of the 3D model and adds the fine colour, surface anatomy and texture to bring your new smile to life! These miniature works of art look beautiful even close-up. Now all that remains is for you to get out there and show off your great new smile!
Principles of smile design
Here are just a few of the most important principles
we use to help design your smile:
Horizontal alignment is ideally the smile line should be aligned so it is parallel to the horizontal. This tends to be preferable even when the eye line does not coincide with this level.
Symmetry around the centre line is of great importance for an aesthetically pleasing smile. Even when this is not 100% possible, the illusion of symmetry should be created. This can often be achieved by ensuring symmetry of the two front teeth and other teeth close to the midline. Further away from the midline, asymmetry is less noticeable.
-The smile line connects the biting edges of the top teeth. Ideally this line should follow the curve of the lower lip. A flat smile line appears aged and worn. A curved smile line, however, looks more youthful. More women than men tend to have curved smile lines.
-The gum line connects the highest points of the gum levels of the upper teeth. Ideally this line should follow the line of the upper lip, to ensure reasonable gum exposure and optimum display of the teeth.
-A smile of normal width allows one to see the ideal progression from front to back teeth. In a narrow smile the side teeth are often less visible, so the front ones appear to stand alone.
-Embrasures are the little triangular spaces between the tips of teeth. Without these, teeth would look like piano keys. Embrasure spaces should be smallest between the two front teeth and grow gradually larger further back.
-Golden proportions (Da Vinci veneers)-Although the "golden rules" of proportion are made to be broken, they do provide an excellent starting point. These rules describe the ideal ratio of the visible widths of the front six teeth: 1.6:1.0:0.6
Tooth proportion are also guidelines as to the ideal proportion of each individual tooth. For example, the recommended ideal width to height ratio for the two front teeth is 0.7:1.