Do Your Teeth Complement Your Face Shape?

You've heard about having a haircut that flatters your face shape, and using makeup contouring to define facial features has been practiced since the dawn of the blush brush. But have you thought about whether your smile complements your unique features?

If you're thinking about getting veneers to enhance the look of your smile, there are important factors you have to consider. First and foremost: face shape. Otherwise, your smile won't look natural. Steer clear of bulky veneers warns The Woodlands, TX, cosmetic dentist Guy M. Lewis, DDS. "Veneers should look so natural that the only people who know that any work has been done are the patient and the cosmetic dentists says Scottsdale, AZ, cosmetic dentist Jason McCargar, DMD.

"If your veneers don't complement the overall features they look unnatural," Dr, McCargar adds. Here are some standards to go by:

If you have a small face:
Steer clear of long, square-shaped veneers. "They may look too dominant and throw off your overall proportions," says Dr. McCargar. 

If your face is angular or square-shapred:
"Softer edges (on the teeth) will help soften the smile," Dr. McCargar says. Sharp angles may look too harsh.

If your face is fuller:
Slightly longer teeth are your best bet because they can create a slimming effect. 

If your face is thin: 
Avoid thin, long teeth, which will make the face look longer. Broaden your smile with slightly wider teeth to break up the length and add fullness.

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  • Vic
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    Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me whether wisdom teeth extractions can change the facial shape? I know with every tooth extraction the facial width/height shrinks by 2-4mm, so common sense would dictate this would be true with wisdom teeth as well. Have you heard of getting dental implants for wisdom teeth? I'm strongly considering getting them..thanks so much for your time and expertise

  • Veronica Schwartz Veronica Schwartz
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    I've been in the beauty industry for over 40 years and have never seen a dentist improve someone's smile and face as much as Dr.Bob Perkins. I've seen him change live's by improving their teeth. The first thing you notice when meeting someone is their energy, skin, eyes and smile. Your teeth show how healthy you are from the inside out. There are a lot of options out there, Dr. Perkins look the most natural AND he doesn't damage your natural teeth in the process.

  • Anonymous
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    As someone who had no choice but to get veneers on my two front teeth due to a childhood accident, I have since had them done again. I was very adament about having them be like my original front pair. I did a ton of research before I even called a someone. My advice is: choose a prosthedontist, make sure you do your research, be very clear with what you want, if you come across a doctor who does not want to hear what you have to say -- run!, make sure they have a lot of experience because if they shave your teeth down too much, the veneer will never adhere properly, make sure they "seal" them properly as well and understand that you will have to be given a numbing agent through needles on all of your visits. When I got my first veneers the internet was not what it is today, so I was unaware of 90% of what I mentioned above. I was lucky that I chose the right doctor for me. Hope this helps.

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    Although Dr. Abenaim makes some excellent points on smile design, I want to clarify some of what I think he is saying. I was there 50 years ago when Drs. Frush and Fisher brought forth their concepts of choosing teeth based on several characteristics including sex and personality. But they also took into account facial types. Where the problem was occured more than 50 years ago when so called full denture experts designed tooth form based on facial shapes and it was a complicated system that basically did not work well at all. So Dr. Abenaim is correct about that. However, during my 50 years in practice I have seen so many patients who came into our office hating the smile that was delivered to them by dentists worldwide. And unfortunately they were correct 95% of the time. The teeth looked like they belonged to someone else, and not complimenting their smile or face at all. There are certain principles of width and height plus tooth contour that we do need to take into consideration when planning a patient's new smile. So I do agree that the very best advice is to select the cosmetic dentist who has the best track record on making great smiles. And don't be afraid to get multiple consultations until you find the right dentist for you. Be willing to pay for the dentist's time and talent in presenting what he or she would do to enhance your smile. Then ask as I suggested above, for a trial smile and even a computer enhanced before and after photo of your face and your smile to see if you like the result as visualized by the dentist. Believe me, it is so much less costly to spend the time and money up front than to be so unhappy with your final result that you need to go somewhere else to have it redone.

  • Anonymous
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    Unfortunately I will have to disagree with the the authors article. Matching teeth to the shape of the face is the way that they used to chose denture teeth for patients 50 years ago. With the advent of Cosmetic Dentistry we actually never match teeth to the shape of the face but rather to the character and sex of the patient. More reserved patients are likely to receive as smoother tooth with less surface texture and rounded edges whereas louder more open type of patients can get a sharper more angled type of tooth. Imprefections exist in our faces and so do assymetry. Colour and Shape is very important. Never go lighter than the white in your eyes because that is the only frame of reference one has when they look at your smile. Make sure your veneers look like real teeth and not like veneers or chicklets. Chose the right cosmetic dentist that understands your expectations and more importantly can SMILE DESIGN for you and not cookie cutter you to the SHAPE of your face.Jonathan Abenaim DMD DICOI FICOICosmetic & Implant DentistDiplomate and Fellow of The International Congress of Oral ImplantologistsClinical Assistant Professor Dept. of Periodontics and Implant DentistryNYU College of DentistryJonathan Dental Spa The Center for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry262 Lafayette AveHawthorne, NJ 07506www.jonathandentalspa.comwww.dmdmdt.blogspot.comWork:973-423-4460

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    No doubt the shapes of your teeth can have a dramatic effect on your face and one of the best ways to make certain you will get the shape that looks best for you is to insist on a trial smile. There are all types of a trial smile but the purpose is for you to wear your new look for an hour, a day, or a week or even more if you cannot make up your mind. Obviously the more detailed your trial smile is the more expense you will incur but knowing you will like your final look is well worth it. In many instances your smile trial can be your temporary restorations which should give you a good idea not only of tooth shapes, but also of tooth color. This way you can tell your cosmetic dentist you like the shade he or she selects or you can ask for a lighter or darker shade for your final restorations. So having a good idea of just how your new smile will appear will not only give you more confidence with your final look, but also the chances are much greater you will be really satisfied.

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    There are important factors to consider before getting any cosmetic work and these are good suggestions. Consult with your dentist about what solutions are appropriate for you and your unique qualities. You want your smile to look as natural and beautiful as possible. “Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.“ -Janet Lane

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