What IS a Perfect Smile?

Everyone is different, and that’s what makes us special. As a cosmetic dentist, I’ve talked with many patients about their ideal smile. For the most part, people consider a perfect smile one that’s white, straight, and has good symmetry. Too much gums showing can be unattractive, as can teeth that are too short or oversized. A nice, straight edge – no pointy teeth – is preferable. But even with these parameters, a smile makeover should allow you to retain your uniqueness.

In Hollywood, cosmetic dentistry has a stronghold. It seems that everyone gets veneers, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. Just Google old photos of some of your favorite stars, and you’ll see what I mean. Tom Cruise, Nicholas Cage, Hillary Duff, Halle Barry, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, Cindy Crawford, and Heidi Klum have had smile makeovers – and the list goes on and on. But each of their smiles is uniquely theirs.

Today, the dentists to the stars, and other savvy cosmetic dentists, will recommend slightly rotating a porcelain veneer, leaving a small gap between front teeth, or not bleaching teeth to the optimal shade of white. The main thing is, you need your smile makeover to be “perfect” to YOU.

What do you love about your smile? What do you hate? Whose smile do you admire? Why? I want to invite you to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with me, Dr. James DeFinnis, at Back Mountain Dental. I cater to image-conscious patients from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and across Pennsylvania. We’ll review your answers to these questions and look over some smile makeover before-and-after photos together.  Call 570-763-4360 to schedule some time with me.

Still not sure? Upload your photo here for a free smile makeover preview.

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