SMILES… AND SMILE DESIGNING…
If I knew the box where the smiles are kept;
No matter how large the key
Or strong the bolt, I would try so hard
‘Twould open, I know, for me;
Then over the land and the sea broadcast,
I’d scatter the smiles to play,
That the children’s faces might hold them fast
For many and many a day.
If I knew a box that was large enough
To hold all the frowns I meet,
I would like to gather everyone,
From nursery, school and street;
Then folding and holding, I’d pack them in
And turning the monster key,
I’d hire a giant to drop the box
To the depths of the deep, deep sea.
It takes 28 muscles to frown but only 17
muscles to smile …
Importance of a charming and confident smile
A smile can enrich our own lives and the lives of people with
whom we interact. It is the most natural and most effective
exercise for the face. The secret for success and popularity in
life is a warm, intimate smile, which breaks the hardest
attitudes and evokes the most immediate response.
Everyone knows the importance of a smile. Smiles are
instinctive, a universal sign of friendliness that even newborns
recognize. An attractive smile goes a long way in getting you
what you land a job, and find love. Yet too often, our teeth
deny us the benefits of a beautiful smile. They ruin our looks
through discoloration, overlapping, crowding, gaps and chips.
Fortunately, through cosmetic
orthognathic surgery (dento-facial esthetic surgery), all of
these problems can be fixed.
In order to beautify a smile, it has to be first recorded, and
then, assessed and analyzed.
* In a slight smile with your teeth parted, do the tips of your
* When you smile slightly does your smile line appear in a
shallow U-Shape i.e. are your front
two teeth slightly longer than your other teeth ?
* Do you have spaces between your front teeth?
* Do your front teeth protrude or stick out?
* Are your front teeth crowded or overlapping?
* Are you happy with the color of your teeth? Do you have stains
on you teeth ?
* Do your front teeth have fillings whose shade does not match
the natural tooth color?
* Do your front teeth look abnormal in shape or size?
* Do the necks of your teeth indicate erosion or ditched in 'V'
that can be seen or felt with your
* Are your gums pink and 'knife edged' or are they red and
* Is your mouth free of decay or gum disease that can cause bad
* Do you find it difficult to close your lips in rest position?
* Do you have a “gummy” smile?
* Do you have inability to bite into foodstuffs and chew them
If you think you have any of the above-mentioned findings, it
would be better for you to consult a dental professional. He
will be able to assist you to achieve a wonderful smile, which
According to a recent survey by the American Academy Of Cosmetic
• Nine out of ten adults consider an attractive smile to be an important
• Eight out of ten believe that an unattractive smile makes a person less
appealing to the opposite sex.
• Three-fourths suspect that an unattractive smile can negatively impact
their career opportunities.
• Nearly half said they would like to make some improvement in the
appearance of their smile.
Smile designing procedures are essential for smiles that are
defective, unappealing or ugly. The defects may lie in the color
or shape of the teeth. Defects or excessive visibility of the
supporting gums can also contribute to ugly smiles. Defective
alignment of teeth & / or defective shapes of the jaws (eg.
Protruded or retruded jaw contours etc.) are other factors
contributing to un-esthetic smiles. Therefore, smile designing
procedures encompass a wide area of treatment procedures ranging
from basic cosmetic dentistry procedures to highly complex
surgeries on the facial skeleton to correct jaw deformities.
The smile designing procedures can be classified under the
Basic cosmetic dental procedures – scaling & oral
prophylaxis, tooth whitening, tooth-colored restorative
procedures, dental bonding, veneers and dental jewelry.
Periodontal procedures – management of gingivitis and
periodontitis, gingival contouring, gingival de-pigmentation and
surgical management of “gummy smiles”.
Orthodontic procedures – to correct irregularity and
mal-alignment of teeth
Crown and bridge procedures
- carried out to replace missing teeth/ strengthen or modify the
shape of existing tooth/teeth by providing cap(s) over them.
Dental Implant procedures
– to replace missing teeth
Dentofacial Esthetic Surgery procedures – to correct
the abnormal size / shape / positioning of jaws in order to
achieve a good balance in facial proportions.