Facial Aesthetics

How modern dentistry and a smile makeover can improve overall facial esthetics

In today’s society, looks do matter. Fact is, your eyes and your smile are the first thing people notice when they meet you. An unsightly smile dramatically detracts from your overall appearance.


​​​​​​​Vertical Dimension of Occlusion (Bite position)

what people notice first when they meet someone

There are a number of factors that are taken into consideration of how your smile affects facial aesthetics.

Vertical Dimension of Occlusion is a measurement of the distance between the nose and chin. When people lose teeth, the bite collapses down leaving them with a sunken look to their entire face. This “decrease in vertical dimension” leaves a person looking unhealthy and years older than they really are.

Dental reconstruction can reestablish normal vertical dimension of occlusion, leaving these patients looking so much younger and healthier. By restoring a patient’s bite to proper vertical dimension, we can re-establish normal facial volume and lip fullness that is often lost from a collapsed bite.

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SMILE MAKEOVER

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Bill had lost many teeth over a number of years and had gradually lost his bite, allowing his lower jaw to collapse forward and up. His wife encouraged him to finally seek help for his dental problems. Dr. Ajmo performed complete dental reconstruction with fixed porcelain bridgework. Now Bill can eat and speak like he used to and his smile looks great.

"My wife had been wanting me to get my teeth fixed for years. I finally did it and am so glad I did. Thanks to Dr. Ajmo, I feel like a new man." - BILL

Facial Balance & Symmetry

In facial aesthetics, symmetry is beauty. A balanced smile brings significant balance to one’s face and overall appearance.

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SMILE MAKEOVER

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Bonnie had older crowns that were done at various times. Her bite had shifted resulting in a loss of fullness to her lips and face. She wanted to restore her teeth and smile to make her look and feel younger. Dr. Ajmo restored her bite to proper function ad aesthetics. The result is a healthy smile that gives her facial symmetry, balance and a more youthful appearance.

"All my friends tell me I look 15 years younger. Dr. Ajmo and his staff are wonderful." - BONNIE

Arch Form

Arch form describes the shape of the upper and lower jaws. A patient may have a very narrow arch form that isn’t proportional to their face. A narrow arch form leaves excess room in the “buccal corridors”, which is the space between the sides of the smile and the cheeks.

Broadening arch form and filling the buccal corridors broadens the smile, adding proper proportions between the smile with the face.

SMILE MAKEOVER

Rhonda had a very narrow upper jaw with dark yellow teeth. She wanted the whitest most brilliant smile possible and a fuller smile to complement her face and reflect her youth. Dr. Ajmo performed laser gum contouring to reshape Ronda's gumline and designed a Complete Smile Lift with Porcelain Veneers. Even though Rhondas' veneers are extremely white, they still have translucencies and contours that look as natural as possible.

"I'm really happy with my Smile Makeover. Dr. Ajmo and his staff were incredible. Thanks." - RHONDA

Lip Fullness

When teeth are not in proper position or are retruded, lip fullness is sacrificed. Properly planning a smile makeover can dramatically improve lip fullness, adding beauty to the smile and entire face.

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Catherine didn't like her smile and the gaps between her front teeth. She wanted a pretty smile with more lip fullness. Emax porcelain veneers were designed to give her a beautiful smile that suits her facial features.

Gum Line

Excessive gum showing when someone smiles can detract from one’s smile and overall appearance. Laser gum countering can often reduce the amount of gum showing and add proper proportion between the teeth and gums.

COSMETIC PORCELAIN CROWNS

Patricia had an uneven gumline, dark yellow teeth and a very narrow upper jaw. Because she has such a high smile line, she shows a lot of gum and all her teeth when she smiles. She wanted to show less gum, broaden her upper arch form and have a bright white smile that she could be proud of. She had laser gum contouring to reduce and balance her gum line. Then she had a full smile makeover with cosmetic porcelain crowns and veneers. With the porcelain restorations, Dr. Ajmo widened the appearance of her upper arch to broaden her smile. Patricia’s face looks so much healthier and more youthful.

“I went on for years not comfortable with my teeth and smile. I’m totally amazed at how this improved my overall appearance. Every day, someone comments on how nice my smile looks. My friends tell me my entire face looks younger and healthier. All my thanks to Dr. Ajmo and PGA Dentistry.” - PATRICIA
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Length of Upper Teeth

When teeth are too short or worn down, your teeth may not show when you smile. It’s not uncommon for patients to say “ I don’t smile because you really don’t see my teeth”.

When properly performed, a smile makeover can re-establish proper length to the upper teeth, resulting in a cheerful bright smile when one smiles.

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Olga broke off her front tooth biting a hard candy. She decided it was time to have her smile completely made over. She wanted to show a lot more teeth when she smiled and wanted fuller lips. After extensive research, she found Dr. Ajmo at PGA Dentistry. He restored her smile with a combination of metal free cosmetic porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers. Now she shows more teeth when she smiles, has fuller lips and her smile looks healthy and bright.

“I was never happy with my smile and when I broke a front tooth, I knew it was time to get it done. Dr. Ajmo did a wonderful job and I’d recommend PGA Dentistry any time. Thanks for all you’ve done for me.” - OLGA

Tooth Shape

There are a number of various tooth shapes that are used in cosmetic dentistry. Generally speaking, square shaped anterior teeth appear more masculine or dominant and more oval or rounded front teeth appear more feminine or soft.

Oftentimes we will create a combination of various shapes to give a patient a custom smile design that best suits their appearance and personality.

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Shade or Color

In modern cosmetic dentistry, many patients will choose whiter teeth than we used to see 15-20 years ago. Generally speaking, one’s overall appearance and skin tone should be taken into consideration when choosing a shade or color for a smile design.

Super white teeth is often chosen by females who enjoy wearing makeup and like to dress in the latest style. Other patients may feel somewhat more conservative, so they don’t want teeth that are too white. These patients will often choose teeth that are still attractive and white, but not super white.

Personal preference is always discussed and reviewed before final restorations are placed.

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George had lost several teeth due to decay. He wanted to replace his missing teeth and restore his smile. Dr. Ajmo's replace missing teeth with implants and restored George's mouth with porcelain crowns. The final result is a healthy mouth and a great smile too. The care at PGA Dentistry is the best.

"Dr. Ajmo is really a perfectionist and is highly skilled at what he does. I feel much younger and healthier." - GEORGE

At PGA Dentistry, we take the time to discuss with you precisely what you’re looking for in your new smile. A complete photo session will be taken of your face, teeth and smile so we can properly assess vertical dimension, facial symmetry, lip fullness, gum contours, tooth length and alignment as well as tooth shape and color.

Our goal is to help custom design a smile for each patient that enhances natural facial features and provides a healthy youthful smile that is enjoyed for many years.