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  Babusahabpalya, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

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If you’re unhappy with the way your smile or feel you have an unattractive smile, don’t worry as you are certainly not alone. Many people do not feel comfortable with the way they smile. Luckily, this is something that can be fixed with treatment. A gummy smile is also known as excessive gingival exposure or gingival display is a smile that shows an excessive amount of gum under the upper lip. Unattractive smile is a feature that can adversely affect the self-image of an individual. 

An unattractive smile can be present because of many factors that include dark teeth, missing or broken teeth, receding gums, and protruding teeth or jaw. This could be a result of genetics, certain lifestyle habits that cause teeth discolouration, poor oral health or trauma. A little help might sometimes be needed to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Dentists specialize in making sure a person is comfortable and happy in the way they look. Using the right tools, a little artistic ability and a lot of experience, we can shape and create the smile you’ve always wanted.

Who gets an unattractive smile?

A very technical process, we use exact measurements based on-

  1. Mouth shape

  2. Facial proportions

  3. Gum lines

  4. Lip shape

  5. Natural teeth shape

The elements of your smile design will vary, which means that we can incorporate everything from implants and crowns to bonded white fillings. They use high-quality materials that will last, making your smile all the better. A dentist considers everything. Every part of the process is carefully mapped out in steps, which means that you are just as important as the dentist when it comes to the design of your smile. 

A prototype can be created for you to wear and size up before a permanent restoration is completed. This is a crucial part of the process, as it gives you the confidence to tailor your new smile exactly the way you want it to be. When a dentist creates your new smile, you’ll benefit in many ways. Not just from the psychical aspect, but from the psychological boost you’re certain to gain from having a smile that you know works for you.

Causes of an unattractive smile

In some individuals, the unattractive smile is caused by excess display of gums as a result of muscular problems, protruding jaw, large or sharp nose, etc. In other cases, the cause can be missing teeth, stains on teeth, broken teeth, discoloured or stained teeth, misaligned jaw or teeth, the abnormal eruption of teeth, protrusion of front incisors, and more. A beautiful smile involves several factors that include the teeth, lips, gums and an individual’s facial profile. 

Known Factors for Unattractive Smile

  • Accidents in which you may have lost your teeth or underwent a jaw fracture
  • By birth
  • Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, and smoking
  • Ageing

Signs and symptoms of unattractive smile vary from one person to another. Generally, it may include-

  • Improper alignment of the upper and lower arches
  • Missing, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Receding gums and gaps between teeth
  • Brown, yellow or discoloured teeth

Diagnosis of an unattractive smile can be done through clinical examination of teeth and mouth. Assessment of the patient’s medical history is also important, including underlying health conditions, food, and lifestyle, medicines he/she is currently taking and so on. Dental X-rays can give even more information on the teeth and bones.

How is Unattractive Smile Treated?

Treatment for unattractive smile depends on the aetiology of the problem. Generally, the treatment may include:

  • Professional teeth cleaning

  • Using dental veneers or crowns to cover the broken or dark tooth

  • Undertaking treatment for gum disease and tooth decay

  • Restorations to replace missing teeth

  • Surgical procedures such as jaw surgery to correct defects

  • Cosmetic surgery may also be recommended to correct nose or lip issues

  • Orthodontic treatment for the abnormal or misaligned teeth to improve the appearance and correct ‘bites’

Teeth whitening is carried out through a procedure called Bleaching. In this procedure, a peroxide-type chemical is applied on to the teeth to be whitened which goes through the enamel into the dentin and lightens the colour of your teeth. Dental veneers/laminates are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, From all treatment options to improve your smile, orthodontics is the less invasive and more conservative, offering wonderful benefits for maintenance of oral and general health.

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