Can cosmetic dentistry improve how my lips frame my smile, or would I need plastic surgery? As I mature, my upper lip is lower than when I was younger. My smile is not as visible. I know plastic surgery can raise my upper lip, but is there an alternative with a cosmetic dentist?
My lips and teeth look fine when I do not smile, so I prefer a nonsurgical procedure. My smile would look better if the upper teeth were just a few millimeters longer. Will this work, or is it not that simple? As I keep thinking about my concerns, if a dentist can’t correct them, I will probably leave my teeth and lips as they are. I can live with it. Dental and medical appointments make me nervous anyway, so it may be best if I can’t get my smile right without surgery. Thank you. Nick from Queens, NY
A cosmetic dentist may be able to improve your smile’s appearance with porcelain veneers, lengthening your teeth. You need an exam to ensure teeth lengthening will not disturb your bite. Only allow an advanced, preferably accredited, cosmetic dentist to do the work. Lengthening your teeth without planning and precautions can misalign your bite or cause porcelain veneers to break.
A master ceramist can work with your dentist to craft thin custom porcelain veneers to cover the fronts of your teeth. Cosmetic dentists conservatively prepare teeth to ensure the veneers will fit over them without adding thickness or bulk to your teeth.
We suggest scheduling consultations with at least two cosmetic dentists to discuss your options. Dental anxiety is common, so speak openly to the dentists about your concerns. You will get reassuring information about how dental sedation can relax you before and during your appointments.