Dentists designing "smile makeovers" are in demand far more than
their technical skill in placing crowns, veneers, and implants.
Today's sophisticated consumers are aiming for natural-looking
teeth. They want a dentist with good taste as well as good hands.
Enter the dentist as artist.
Dentists achieving acclaim for being at the forefront of
providing wonderful smiles get it when it comes to making
people - not just smiles - more beautiful.
"It should look like you were born with those teeth," says
Dr. Daniel J. Deutsch at the Washington Center for Dentistry
in Washington, DC. "Creating a new smile that is right for
every patient means that you look at the person's age, the
shape of the face and lips, the color of the skin, even the
body type." And since everyone's natural teeth are not perfect,
he adds small "features" in his smiles that normally show up
in teeth we grow up with. He might place one tooth at a
slightly different angle, or on a slightly different plane.
He might create a slight overlap here, a brighter shade there
- to give a new smile that authentic, lived-in look.
Dr. Deutsch credits a focus on physical features as a key
ingredient in performing hundreds of successful smile makeovers.
"Patients with a longer face look better with teeth that are
wider, not long and narrow, and open edges between teeth create
a more youthful look," says Dr. Deutsch. "Patients should seek
out dentists who are aware of these aesthetic components of
smiles to get the best possible result."