The importance of a smile is undoubtedly confirmed by the frequent consideration we make when describing the appearance of a person. We will mention the eyes, the nose, the hair, but many times the saying “has a beautiful smile” confirms the pleasantness of the expression of the face.
But when is it possible to say that such a person has a beautiful smile? What are the elements that contribute to the formation of a beautiful smile? Dentistry classifies different types of smiles based on the quality of the teeth and gums that are revealed by the lips.
If we analyze one by one the fundamental elements are: 1) teeth 2) gums 3) cutting of the lips Beauty of teeth and gums is above all health and integrity.
Even if the culture of oral hygiene is now very widespread, there are not many people who dedicate adequate time to the care of their mouth. A visit to your dentist would be necessary just to learn well the use of tools for cleaning teeth and to plan a program to check the effectiveness of your oral hygiene. We must be wary of the dentist who does not emphasize the importance of correct hygiene, as the fundamental discovery of dentistry in the last twenty years has been to give a role to bacterial plaque, understanding and demonstrating that caries and periodontal disease (pyorrhea) are caused by the pathological action of the bacterial plaque not removed.
So cleansing means health, and health means beauty and naturalness, as a healthy mouth does not require any reparative dental intervention. In fact, the dentist’s work, if carried out in an irreproachable way, can be visible, taking away naturalness and sometimes even beauty. Meticulous hygiene completely eliminates the inflammation of the gums, keeping them rosy and pearly. When we find a reddened, bluish gum that bleeds easily, we must always think of an inflammation caused by the accumulation of bacterial plaque, often facilitated by inappropriate dental interventions.
Everyone can have health and integrity of teeth and gums. It is possible to change the position of the teeth not only in children. Orthodontics can also act effectively in adults and without contraindications. The possibility of applying the “brackets”, the wires and the elastics also on the lingual side of the teeth makes the orthodontic treatment invisible and therefore more accepted by the adult population, less inclined to turn with the “machine” visible for months and months.
Often the irregularity of the position of the teeth corresponds to irregularities of level and gingival scallop. Orthodontic care, in positioning the teeth in a natural way, also rearranges the gum in the ideal configuration. Otherwise, with minor periodontal and mucogingival surgery, it is possible to intervene on the aesthetic and functional configuration of the gingiva by modifying its scallop, raising or lowering its level.
The “gummy smile” can also be modified with appropriate interventions. Everyone can have regular appearance of teeth and gums. Beauty of teeth and light and regular color. If the color does not make them bright and clear, bleaching treatments are possible, very effective in most cases. These are widely tested, inexpensive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures which do not pose any danger and which every good dentist can practice and achieve. When discolorations and irregularities are resistant to the action of bleaching agents, it is possible to permanently apply thin ceramic “leaves” (esthetic veneers) packaged in the most suitable color, with which even small variations in shape are possible.
Everyone can have light and regular colored teeth. Beauty is the invisibility of dental procedures. In the adult population it is almost impossible not to have needed at least a little dental treatment. Clinical knowledge and modern technologies now enable the dentist to adopt absolutely perfect materials and methods. Every dentist, with a necessary update, should be able to know and apply what best suits the clinical and aesthetic expectations of his patient, modifying, if necessary, the biological parameters of acceptability in order to be able to ideally finalize each type of intervention , without this causing any pathological reaction in the tissues (gums and bone) and therefore of an unnatural appearance. When the result is visible it means that the dentist has not been able to correctly apply what is available today, or has not been able to predict biological acceptability, or has not been able to involve his patient in a plaque control program.
Today it is possible that almost all interventions are invisible if the patient follows them scrupulously