Cosmetic dentists and orthodontists aren’t the only physicians that can contribute to a more beautiful smile. Because a smile is more than just teeth and gums, plastic surgeons can address other aspects of attractiveness, such as symmetry, shape and texture.
“Dental and lip shape and color, tooth show, and lines of expression all must fall within our preconceived notions of beauty,” says Andrew Wexler, MD, president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. “To restore or rejuvenate the unattractive smile, we must first understand and define those notions of beauty, then apply our surgical skills to change the merely functional to the highly attractive. At one time the scalpel and sutures were the only tools we had. Today lasers, injectable fillers, fat, and Botox have opened a new frontier of possibilities.”
When plastic surgeons and cosmetic dentists collaborate on a patient’s smile, a team approach can lead to the most comprehensively beautiful results.
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