If a patient is experiencing persistent pain and tightness in the jaw, temporomandibular joint disorders, often referred to as TMD, may be to blame. While people with this condition typically have similar symptoms, there are several different reasons why a person might develop an issue with the TMJ. One of the most common contributors to…
Getting Fuller Lips and Cheeks with a Smile Makeover
A smile makeover can do more than just improve the appearance of the teeth. It can create a younger-looking face by creating fuller lips and cheeks. Are lip fillers and collagen injections part of a smile makeover? Sometimes they are.
There are cosmetic dentists who offer a wide range of treatments, including Botox, lip plumping and fillers. That said, you do not always have to go this route to get fuller lips and cheeks.
What are the different components of a smile makeover?
A patient who seeks out a cosmetic dentist already has an idea of what they want their smile to look like. When they talk to the dentist for the first time, the patient will discuss the flaws that they want to remove from their teeth and sometimes, the lower half of their face.
These are the different aspects of a smile makeover that a cosmetic dentist would recommend, depending on the patient’s needs:
- Adjustment of tooth color to remove stains, dullness or to match the patient’s skin tone
- Shaping the teeth to correct breakage, chipping, gaps, crowding and misalignment
- Changing the size and shape of the teeth to make them proportional to each other
- Creating attractive spacing between the edges of the teeth to create a pattern that complements an individual’s smile
- Adding symmetry to a patient’s smile by correcting buck teeth, crowding and crooked teeth
- Replacement of missing teeth
- Correction of a bad bite to create symmetry
- Gum contouring to frame the teeth with even, proportional gums
- Framing the teeth with shapely lips and full cheeks
Any patient that is in the market for a smile makeover will choose at least one of the treatments listed above. This article focuses on creating fuller lips and cheeks.
How a cosmetic dentist creates fuller lips and youthful cheeks
Because cosmetic procedures are now ubiquitous, most people think that creating fuller lips simply means using lip filler and other procedures that increase the size of the lips. Many cosmetic dentists do offer this type of service. They often use dermal fillers to flesh out the lips and cheeks. Some dentists also use the same treatment to add definition to the chin and jaw. There is also a second way to create fuller lips and cheeks.
Using dental restorations to create full lips and augment the cheeks
There is a clever trick that cosmetic dentists use to enhance the lips. They use dental veneers to increase the thickness of the front teeth, which pushes the lip forward and outwards. Veneers can also fill the dead space at the corner of the mouth. This creates a seemingly wider dental arch, which translates into a broader, more youthful smile.
If the patient had missing teeth, or teeth that are in need of replacement, a cosmetic dentist can use dental crowns or specially designed dentures to accomplish the same thing.
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