When Dr. Muslin examined Heidi, he realized that her facial features look very good. They appeared symmetrical and in proportion to each other. In fact, only her teeth seemed out of alignment with the rest of the face. There appeared to be two issues:
- Her upper arch could be wider.
- The length of the two front incisors appear to be too large compared to the rest of her teeth.
The teeth needed to be enhanced in order to bring about a full smile that would support her lips and bring her teeth in harmony with the other facial features.
Solution: Laser Gum Reshaping and Porcelain Veneers
As an advanced practitioner of complex cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Muslin knew that often multiple procedures were necessary to repair and restore teeth. That proved to be true in Heidi’s case. To achieve Heidi’s goals the doctor decided to do the following:
- Reduce the overgrowth and improve the shape of her gums using a laser and other techniques
- Put on porcelain veneers to widen the smile
The interesting thing about this case was that it was not so much the two front teeth were too large, it was that the other teeth looked too small because they were covered up by her gums.
After the gums were reshaped, the teeth appeared longer. Then the porcelain veneers could be bonded to the existing tooth.
Porcelain veneers consist of a tiny piece of porcelain colored to match the shade of the remainder of the teeth. Sometimes, a light grinding has to be done on the tooth to prepare them to accept the veneer. This will enable the veneer to bond properly and ensure it will last a long time. In fact, properly done, veneers can last 15 or more years.
In Heidi’s case, the veneers would hold the tissue a little higher. Because the teeth also had a natural incline toward her cheeks, this would prevent the gums from overgrowing again.
Three Weeks to a Non-Invasive Smile Makeover
In just three weeks, Heidi’s narrow smile, crooked teeth and overgrown gums had disappeared. In their place was a smile that had a wider arch. Her teeth appeared very even and compliment Heidi’s facial features nicely. That was the reason she came to Dr. Muslin in the first place.
Dr. Muslin truly appreciates that Heidi allowed him to post the before and after photos and discuss her case on his website.
Non-Surgical Mouth Reconstruction and Facelift Dentistry, Santa Monica, CA