Cosmetic dentistry blends function with beauty by combining tooth reconstruction with plastic surgery procedures on the mouth tissues (gums, jawbones, facial muscles, lips, and skin) to result in a better-looking smile.
Generally speaking, when people want to reverse the aging process and achieve a more youthful appearance, they visit a plastic surgeon. However, a key element to achieving a more youthful appearance is rejuvenating your smile, which is at the center of your face and bone structure. Since with age, teeth and bone shrink, the lost bone and tissue must be restored in order to achieve a natural look. Therefore, facial implants and facelifts in conjunction with cosmetic dentistry procedures work towards a beautiful smile, and a more youthful appearance.
When reconstructing a smile, lip and mouth shape must be examined. Lip support is normally adequate provided that the teeth are properly contoured and that the jaw is aligned correctly. However, lip support can be corrected in the case that it is inadequate. The chin also shapes the lips and the fullness of the chin can be increased through plastic surgery to improve the lip shape and also to improve facial symmetry. Facial muscles control the smile and should be operated on once necessary corrections have been made to the teeth and jawbones. Cheeks work to lift the corner of the smile and sagging facial tissue should be "lifted." Plastic surgery to the nose will also improve the smile as the nose helps to proportion the smile and balance the face. Wrinkles around the mouth can be corrected through chemical peels or Botox injections in combination with a facelift.
Jawbone structure helps to shape the face and smile as a misaligned jaw can divert attention away from the smile. Gaps in the mouth also draw attention and there are many procedures currently available for replacing missing teeth. The cosmetic options for restoring single teeth are the following: