Cosmetic Dentistry is a branch of Cosmetic Surgery, where the focus is on dental treatments and cosmetic enhancements of the region involving the teeth, gums, the jaw line and the lips.
This segment of medicine, is fully dedicated to the enhancement of appearance of the teeth, their alignment, shine, colour, overall look, smile etc, and also is dedicated to all sorts of dental treatments, where one or more missing tooth is replaced, reshaped, and implanted by prosthetic tooth and in some cases the real treated tooth.
Cosmetic dentistry has many sub branches. Whether your goal is to look beautiful or correcting some anomaly in the appearance in the dental and oral region, or to get your defective, oversensitive, de-shaped, out of the line, broken or missing tooth treated, you can get this done for a permanent solution and makeover through Cosmetic Dentistry.
In fact cosmetic dentistry is a saviour, and with its right application none would complain ever of a bad tooth, missing tooth, or a bad smile or ugly appearance.
To get the best solution in dental correction, treatment or appearance enhancement, you must get in touch with the best dentist who is an expert in the field, with proper certification and experience in orthodontics.
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Before & After
Prosthodontics is the science which combines dentistry with prosthetic fittings, and uses this for cosmetic enhancement as well as enhancement of functionality of the teeth.
Prosthetic teeth are make alike bio compatible teeth made from safe materials, to function similar to a normal tooth when implanted or fitted on the gum using cosmetic dental surgery.
If one or more tooth are missing in a patient, and he wants a reconstruction of them with prosthetic teeth, then this procedure is performed.
To implant an artificial tooth, the gum is checked for health. If there are problems with the jaw bone’s strength and health, or the maxillofacial tissues which will be supporting the implanted prosthetic tooth, then the dentist or prosthodontist performs appropriate surgeries to do necessary changes and corrections there, and then implants the prosthetic tooth.
Patients need to undergo checking periodically to ensure total health of the implanted teeth. With proper care, exact replacement teeth, matching with the colour and size of other teeth in mouth, can be planted in the oral cavity, and the patient can get back a normal appearance, smile and full dental functionality.
Prosthodontics is one of the most practiced branches of dentistry to reinstate a normal dental set.
Problems with the alignment of the teeth, resulting in crooked or improper shaped teeth, bad inclination, and faulty biting line, can all be corrected with the application of orthodontics.
This branch of dentistry deals with the correction of teeth alignment mainly. With the use of orthodontia, the science behind the right alignment of teeth, the appearance, biting anomalies, and bad teeth position can be made right permanently.
The dentists use Invisalign braces and normal dental braces or brasses for the treatment. The use of brasses on teeth, acts as a clip on the teeth, while positioning it perfectly over the gum.
The teeth bone as a result is moulded in shape to perfect alignment and the tooth is positioned right when the braces hold it in the same position for months or years.
Orthodontic treatment can be done from the childhood or in adult stage too, and depending on the early start and continued treatment, the results vary in perfection. Often an early commencement of treatment ensures great results and complete correction of teeth alignment and complete cure from improper bites.
For adults who are not comfortable with visible braces on the teeth during smiling or public appearances, the treatment is done with Invisalign braces which do the same work without being visible.
Endodontics is a branch of dental cosmetic treatment, where the dental pulp is the subject of focus, and it is treated when affected by disease or injury etc, so that the tooth surviving on it can be saved.
The dental pulp is found at the root of the tooth, and it contains vein and arteries, muscles fibres and nerves, and lymphatic tissues, which altogether forms the dental pulp to support, nourish, and strengthen the tooth.
The tooth standing on this platform can suffer from pain, high sensitivity to touch and temperatures, and from infections, gum swelling etc, when this pulp is affected due to impact, injury, damage, disease, infections etc. In these cases, the tooth may lose strength, get cracked, degenerate over time, or may be lost too.
The treatment that is done for saving the tooth, involves cleaning of the damaged tissues and nerves from this cavity and cementing the place with the real or prosthetic tooth in aseptic conditions.
This treatment is also called the root canal treatment, because the root canal of the tooth where there are the nerves is treated such that, the nerves are removed or cut down to avoid pain and oversensitivity, and the dead tissues are completely removed and cleaned.
Periodontal diseases and dental implants are handled by periodontics. This branch of dentistry which also involves cosmetic dentistry is called periodontics. The job of the periodontist is to diagnose, treat and cure dental problems where the gum gets infected, and the tooth can be affected due to an injured, infected, or degenerated gum.
Tooth implants can save a tooth and give back oral functionality while serving through life as a strong permanent tooth without any further problem.
A periodontist is a dentist with advanced training on the area of cosmetic dentistry and dental implants, and can practically solve all sorts of gum related problems, infections, jawbone problems etc, which comes in the way of dental health.
To do this, the periodontist does 3 extra years of training and study on this subject after passing normal dentistry. That is why, you can trust a periodontist for tooth implants.
The complex dental problems, where treating the gum tissues internally, and changing thickness or structure of a portion of the jawbone are involved, periodontics is the best answer.
Patients with complicated medical cases and serious gum infections can get treated with periodontics. Complex and combination dental surgeries are done under this branch of cosmetic dentistry.
Dental Whitening (Bleaching & Laser)
Dental whitening is the process of bleaching the teeth to a whiter shade, whereby the yellowish colour or minor stains on the teeth can be removed.
This is a cosmetic dental procedure, where the teeth are given a better appearance and colour, which helps improve appearance and smile.
There are several methods to whiten the teeth. While some involves stain removal and polishing only, some involves chemical induced bleaching, and some involves laser ray induced bleaching.
Bleaching or turning the natural colour of the teeth into whiter tones can be obtained by a few methods. The products used for chemical bleaching of teeth contain hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.
Laser rays can also bleach, and this is an effective and fast way to bleach teeth where bleaching trays and gels are not used, and only the laser ray works on the teeth layers.
One of the side effects of bleaching is increased teeth sensitivity to cold. This may last for few hours to days or more depending on the type of care you take for the teeth.
Using sensitivity curing products helps minimize the problem while healing the micro fractures and opening of the enamel layer with re-mineralization over time.
Dental Polishing & Scaling
Teeth stains are caused by two types of deposit, and they are soft and hard deposits. The soft ones are recent formations, while the hard ones form over years with bad eating and drinking or bad oral hygiene habits etc.
Whatever the reason of teeth stains is, whether it is lifestyle or some illness etc, there are ways to remove stains completely, and bring a white shine to the teeth. This can be done by dental polishing and scaling.
Dental scaling and polishing are done as cosmetic dentistry treatments, and these treatments are done to improve the aesthetic appearance of the dental set, and make the smile appealing.
A machine is used with a scaling pen at one end by the dentist, to scrub and remove the soft and hard scales and deposits on the tooth or teeth set, by using mild ultrasonic vibration and suction.
Polishing is often done after completing scaling as best results are obtained when there are no scales. It is done to whiten teeth and remove any yellowish coloration.
After a polishing, the teeth get a shine and smooth finish. A good dentist takes care that not a bit of enamel is damaged during the process.
Dental Reshaping is an affordable and quite low cost cosmetic dental procedure, to reshape or contour teeth when a tooth or more are affected with slight chipping, or anomaly.
Tooth colour, shape, size, or defects can be covered with a reshaping process, which combines reshaping and bonding of the tooth. The enamel of the tooth is removed partly using laser to start shaping the tooth. The tooth is then shaped with a contouring tool.
This part takes not much time, and with an expert dentist the contouring can be completed in 30 mins depending on the severity of chipping or anomaly.
Large tooth can be shaped to a smaller size, and smaller teeth can be bonded and made to look larger. The technique combined with reshaping is bonding.
After the affected tooth is reshaped and brought into a normal shape, it is them abraded on the surface a little, so that a polishing material like putty which is resin based can adhere to it.
Finally the resin is applied on it, and this bonding is then hardened with a light. The final shape reached is them polished and given the natural colour and look of a healthy tooth.
The process helps cover smaller defects and helps achieve a nice smile and teeth appearance.
Dental bonding is a purely cosmetic procedure done on a tooth or more to conceal anomalies, discolouration, fractures, chipped corners etc.
A resin type material is mixed with a bonding gum, and then the mixture is applied on the affected tooth. This method works as an alternative to filling amalgams, and helps improve the appearance of the tooth.
The three types of choices in the material you get while opting dental bonding are, composite, resin, and porcelain.
The strongest is porcelain. With a well done procedure the bonding may last for up to 10 years. There are several reasons for one to opt for tooth bonding. It helps improve the dull and discoloured appearance of the tooth.
It helps fill cracks and gaps, and if there is a crack or fracture in the tooth, or gap between the teeth due to structure or receded gum, then this can be filled using the bond.
Shorter teeth can be made longer, and some bite anomalies can be improved. Smile looks better after teeth appearance correction. With matching colour resin bond applied, the corners of broken or chipped teeth can be made full and normal looking again.
The shape of the tooth can be changed with this treatment too, and any exposed tooth root can be covered with it.
Dental Bridges & Crowns
Dental bridges and crowns are fitted on the teeth as permanent dental prosthetics, so that a defect, damage, or bad appearance of the teeth can be visually covered, and structurally strengthened.
Dental bridges are anchors which use two normal and strong teeth on two sides, and helps hang one or more tooth in between as required, while cementing the whole bridge on the two healthy tooth pillars on either side.
The dental crown is just like a cap, and the cap is fitted on the affected tooth using dental cement.
The damaged tooth which is fully covered by the cap or crown gets additional strength to function, and its appearance is enhanced.
As porcelain or resin crowns can be matched with the exact tooth colour, therefore discoloured or de-shaped tooth can be made to look normal, whiter and full shaped again with a crown.
A well fitted crown lasts many years, and a well fitted dental bridge also lasts several years.
While a crown is made for one single tooth, and of you want to cap more teeth then you will have to get crowning done of each of them, the rule with the bridge is different.
The bridge only uses two teeth on either sides as posts to fill the gap on the gum caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental Veneers / Laminates
There are some great, low cost, and quick ways to improve the appearance of the teeth, and give you a nice smile and appearance, and one of them are dental veneers or laminates.
Veneers or laminates are thin shells, which looks like the front surface of tooth, and can be fixed to the outer teeth surface with a bonding material or tooth gum to improve the appearance instantly.
This method bypasses the requirement of other invading cosmetic procedures which involves scaling, polishing, whitening etc.
Using dental laminates, the colour, size, shine, and overall appearance of the teeth set or a few teeth can be instantly changed.
These veneers or shells are made of porcelain normally. De-shaped or a bad tooth, stained tooth, broken tooth, or badly aligned tooth can be camouflaged using dental veneers. Even the gaps between teeth can be closed or made to disappear using veneers.
The tooth where veneer is attached is made numb with anaesthesia as needed, and then a small portion of the enamel is removed from it’s front surface.
The impression of the tooth is taken and then the laminate is made on that dimension in a lab. Finally it’s attached to the teeth with a bonding material to cover the problem permanently.
Dental implants are prosthetics fitted in place of missing tooth, such that the implanted prosthetic tooth can function as a normal permanent tooth.
When a tooth is too damaged such that the dentist decides that there is no use keeping it, and has to be plucked, or when a part of the damaged or fractured tooth can he held in place only by a stronger post, then implants are planned.
Besides, implants are done on places where there is a missing tooth.
The jaw bone is used as the platform for screwing in a post. The post is generally made of metal.
The metal post is drilled and fixed in the jaw bone after testing the health, porosity, thickness and spacing on the jaw bone.
If required jaw graft surgeries are done prior to the procedure. After the post is fitted, the prosthetic tooth is fitted on the top of the post which protrudes out of the gum.
This prosthetic tooth is devoid of any nerves or living tissues, thus cutting down all pains and sensitivity, and only being there as a strong alternative to a normal tooth.
That is how implants work and stay permanently for life, thus giving the full functionality of a normal teeth.
The new age of teeth alignment correction and treatment has started with the advent and use of Invisalign braces.
These are named so for being virtually invisible, which means they are barely visible for their transparent make.
If you don’t tell about them none would normally notice that you are wearing one. While you will be feeling their presence by the tough of the tongue at the back of the teeth, these braces will not show up on the front of the teeth which viewers can see.
Hence your smile, talking, eating, or any other gesture will not reveal to the viewers that you are wearing braces for a dental alignment treatment.
Since wearing of braces does not look very appealing, and you get additional attention every time on your teeth set with visible braces as open mouth, these are the perfect alternatives to the embarrassing sight.
Anyone can avail Invisalign braces treatment if your dentist deems that you can get it done.
The invisible braces are custom made for each patient in several sets, and each set of Invisalign braces are fitted onto the affected teeth or whole teeth set and made to stay for a few weeks.
The treatment duration is decided by the dentist on seeing the improvement in alignment and movement of teeth while talking, smiling, biting etc, and accordingly the sets of braces are changed from time to time as treatment progresses.
Depending on the severity of alignment, the treatment time will vary from patient to patient.
The invisibility is the main benefit of these braces. But there are other benefits too.
- Made of a transparent material, these braces fits into your teeth like a teeth whitening tray.
- Fitting them in and out can be done manually, and you can also do this once you are trained by your dentist.
- You can eat your favourite food and drinks by removing the braces, and also floss teeth and maintain daily oral hygiene.
- Teens and students can take advantage of the system to plan a teeth alignment.
- These braces can be used to treat any complex or simple alignment problem.
- Irritation free and pain free way of treating alignment.
- Does not hinder your normal life, eating, drinking and socialising.
When the course of treatment is over you can get a set of healthy normal teeth all correctly aligned, the smile will improve too.
Bite reclamation is a surgical procedure, practiced under cosmetic dentistry, which works to correct the bite size and helps uplift the face and give it back its vertical dimension.
The bite pattern can be affected and also the structure of the teeth set, the appearance of the mouth when closed, the smile with open lips, and the skin on the face, can all be affected, when the teeth loses its shape and full length at places due to generation, friction etc.
Such degeneration or shortening or de-shaping of the teeth is caused by factors like teeth grinding, acid reflux, years of wear and tear.
Overall the vertical dimension of the face while mouth closed is lost. And the face looks short, and the skin may look wrinkly, while the smile looks bad.
There are many benefits of getting a bite reclamation surgery done. The face looks normal again as it regains its vertical dimension. Improper bites are adjusted and corrected.
The teeth shape and appearance is restored to normal, while realigning the teeth set. This improves the face appearance, open lip smile, and the comfort of biting and smiling.
Wrinkles on the face formed due to the distorted vertical dimension gets visibly reduced thus giving back youthful appearance.
Inlays and Onlays
When a tooth is enough damaged to require some sort of structural support, and yet a metal filling may not be the adequate support for it, then it’s subjected to an inlay or onlay work.
Inlay or onlay work is done generally on a rear tooth or on tooth which are decayed to an extent where the un-decayed original tooth can be retained during treatment.
The main objective of inlay or onlay treatment is to retain as much as possible portion of the affected tooth in place, and remove the cracked or affected portion, and then replace that portion with a tooth like hard material; which will give back the strength and functionality, feel and appearance of a whole tooth again.
For this the affected tooth is cleaned, and then the dimensions and impression are taken of it to know how much of the missing part has to be made in the lab.
After this missing part is made, this is fitted on the affected tooth with a bonding material.
The main advantages of doing an inlay or onlay procedure on tooth are, long life time of the prosthetic which may be as good as 30 years, no complications with the job, and no requirements of further dentists visits normally.
Also the strength of the tooth is increased by 75% which is better compared to metal filling treatments in such cases.
Even tooth can be adorned these days, and you can get smart tooth jewellery to be installed or mounted on your tooth using a cosmetic dental procedure. Such services can be availed from an experienced cosmetic dentist.
More and more people are inclined towards adorning their teeth set with perfectly aligned, nicely polished, white and sparkling teeth.
For this they are visiting dentists, where they can get tooth gems or stones etc attached on the visible tooth, and make their smile and appearance more appealing.
Tooth jewellery can be made of crystal, glass, metal, alloys, or diamonds etc.
They are pasted on to the tooth using a glue or gum which is used for bonding or attaching veneers etc. attachment of tooth jewellery does not take time, and is a process which does not demands much preparation.
One can get a jewel implanted soon with a single visit to a dentist. These when fitted correctly, lasts a lifetime, and does not demands much maintenance other than basic oral hygiene maintenance.
Tooth jewels can be taken off anytime you want to, and they will not leave behind any ugly mark or residue.
There are temporary tooth jewellery tooth which can be snap fitted onto the tooth.
Dentures are artificial or prosthetic teeth, which are fitted inside the mouth when all teeth are lost, or one or few teeth are lost. Thus dentures can be complete or partial.
Complete dentures are for a mouth where all teeth are lost, and they are totally removable. Hence it can be worn, and taken out as and when wanted.
A complete denture needs to be taken out every day for complete cleaning to avoid build up of germs and food debris etc, and to maintain oral hygiene and healthy odour.
Partial dentures are used when one or more teeth are missing, but many natural teeth are still present.
Partial dentures helps regain teeth functionality, as the denture is help on to place with metal wears, or through dental bridges made over a crown worn on natural teeth.
Partial dentures are strong and need not be removed from mouth everyday. But these dentures need equal or even more care and maintenance for oral hygiene.
Dentures are low cost replacement for teeth, and anyone can afford them. Often with complete removal of all teeth, conventional dentures are fitted only when the gum tissues heal completely.
And this may take up to 8 weeks. But if instant immediate dentures are fitted, then they will have to be adjusted often with the healing and shrinking of gum tissues.
Gummy Smile Correction (Botox)
A gummy smile is a result of the combined functions of a few muscles on the face, due to which, the upper lip stays enough raised to expose the gum while smiling.
This problem can be fixed with surgery, and also without surgery is the extent of gum exposure during smile is not huge and too bothersome. Low to moderate gum exposure in gummy smiles can be tackled with a botox injection.
The job of the botox injection is to paralyse the muscle group where it’s subjected. If the muscles group is paralysed, then automatically the upper lip droops a little during smiling thus exposing much less of the gum.
The advantage of this therapy is that, the surgical procedure involved in a gingivoplasty can be avoided if his works and this works quite well in case of many people.
This is for purely cosmetic use and aesthetic improvement of the smile. Botox injections have a time period of effect after which the smile may gradually return back to normal, thus urging you to go back to the dentist for another botox therapy.
But this time period is quite good, and the effect of an injection lasts for almost 6 months.
Gum lift is also called gingivoplasty, and is a procedure, where the gum lie starting above the teeth in case of upper jaw, and the gum line below the teeth in case of lower jaw, are given a lift, such that more of the teeth shows, and the gum length is tucked shorter while making the gingival tissues appear tighter.
This is a purely cosmetic procedure, and has got nothing to do with any disease or illness.
The procedure makes a smile look better, and also reduces appearance of the visible gum tissues during talking, smiling etc, which otherwise impacted appearance of the person.
Many people opt for this surgery to change a gummy smile into an attractive smile. The gum tissues are made tighter, and the teeth as a result look slender, longer, and much better visible and aligned.
The change brought over by this surgery is permanent. The bone beneath the gum, and the gum tissues are all worked on during this surgery to create a clear and better appearance, and make the teeth more visible with increased surface area.
This surgery gives better results than gum contouring where the gingival may re-grow with time. In this case the changes are better noticeable and stays forever.
Jaw Alignment Surgery
A jaw alignment surgery is also called the corrective jaw surgery. And this is exclusively done by maxillofacial surgeon who is also an expert cosmetic dentist.
The jaw corrective surgery involves the change of major bone pattern of the jaw bone and the teeth set.
A lot of things can change after the surgery, and the primary target of a jaw alignment surgery is to enhance functionality of the jaw bone and teeth set, such that improper bites, teeth alignment, anomaly in appearance, talking and oral movements etc can be improved.
The appearance of the face also improves overall after this surgery, and much improvement of appearance can be noticed.
Breathing problems can also be cured with this. Other issues like chronic headaches, too much of wear of the teeth, protruding teeth, many birth defects, a damaged face after an injury, all can be managed and healed with this surgery to great extent.
Many facial anomalies which connect in some way to the jaw bone can be changed after a successful jaw alignment surgery.
The skull bone and jaw bone are operated on, cut and reshaped, and hence major differences in functionality can be brought after this surgery.
The team effort of a dentist, oral maxillofacial surgeon, and an orthodontist makes this surgery successful.
A smile can be corrected with the help of cosmetic dentistry in a number of ways. But before the processes are started a thorough examination of the person’s smile and face, jawbone and teeth are needed.
The dentist must determine first, what the elements are, which are causing an anomaly or disturbing appearance in the smile. Those exact factors need to be worked on.
There are several effective techniques to hide gums, enhance teeth colour and shine, align teeth, align gums, re-shape teeth and gums etc.
But which one or few or combined things need to be applied to make the smile beautiful and appealing has to be decided.
A smile correction hence needs some evaluation and planning. Colour of the teeth can be changed with several whitening and bleaching treatments.
Shape and alignment of the teeth can be altered and corrected using braces, dental veneers, bonding and reshaping of the teeth or by using crowns or implants.
Excess gum appearance can be hidden with botox treatments on the facial skin and lips, or with gum lift surgeries.
Sometimes a gum depigmentation may also be needed with all of the above to complete the process, and make the smile more appealing.
Smile makeovers are similar to smile corrective treatments, and smile makeovers are aimed at making the smile of the person aesthetically pleasing, appealing, and charming.
That is why the first thing to change in the person is the look of the teeth. The teeth must be looking white and healthy, so that the smile looks good.
Even distorted and misaligned teeth may look healthy when the freshness can be evaluated from normal appearance, whitish tone, and the natural shine.
However for a better smile, the position of the teeth needs to be aligned better. Often teeth alignment surgeries, gum lift, braces, and implants help in making the teeth look better.
Dental laminates are also popularly used for smile makeovers. The main job of these treatments is to enhance the shine and whiteness of the teeth.
Sometimes for a perfects set of teeth, the only job to be done is bleaching or whitening.
It depends on the degree of distraction and anomaly which decides what kind of treatments will make the teeth set to look perfect and beautiful while in a smile.
A smile makeover can be a resultant of many dental cosmetic treatments combined together, or only one single procedure.
Gum Depigmentation & Lightening
Gum depigmentation is also called gum bleaching. This technique is used to clean black or dark patches on the gum, or the overall dark shade of the gum.
After the treatment the gum colour lightens to a uniform pink colour and earlier darker patches or total tone is lightened noticeably. Gum depigmentation is done with laser treatment.
Pigmentation of the gum occurs due to heredity in most cases. Many races have darker skin tone in the Asian countries and in most African countries.
Due to an overall darker skin tone due to high concentration of melanin in the body, the gum tissues are naturally dark in these people.
Sometimes the dark colour is seen as a result of some illness, side effect of medications, excessive smoking or other addictions etc. normally dark patchy gum or an overall dark shaded gum does not indicate any problem or illness.
But to improve aesthetic appearance, many people having darker gums choose to get the laser bleaching done on the gums.
The laser gun subjects laser rays on the gingival tissue thus reducing the amount of melanin pigments which is the reason for the dark shade.
After the procedure, the gum takes time to heal, and the new tissues formed are much lighter in colour, thus giving the gum a fairer, pinker tone and uniformity in shade.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly chosen cosmetic enhancement procedures for the upper lip or facial skin, when you are doing many other procedures for improving your smile, teeth, and the overall appearance.
Laser beams can destroy the hair permanently very swiftly and with safety. Often cosmetic dentists get pleas from patients to get them a laser hair removal too after a successful smile makeover, or dental alignment correction, or teeth reshaping, or polishing etc. The reason is to obtain total perfection in looks.
The skin is subjected to laser beams. The highly concentrated laser beams destroys or burns the hair in the follicle. After repeating laser hair removal a few times the hair permanently stops growing.
The skin can get sensitive to sun light and touch for a few days. Hence it’s good to avoid sun exposure on the skin for up to 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.
This pain free and swift way to remove hair can help bring better and smoother facial texture and appearance with a nice smile.
Only prerequisite before the treatment is that, the patient must not wax or shave the hair, and let them grow on the skin, so that the laser beams find the hair roots inside the follicles for destroying.
Lip reshaping is a cosmetic procedure which is done to give a better shape to the lips in order to enhance results of the cosmetic dental procedure done on the teeth or jaws.
Lips need a proper shape to generate that perfect and beautiful smile. If your smile is not okay due to the bad shape of your lips, then the investment done on the jaw or teeth correction, shine, or polish may become void.
To maximise the effects of any cosmetic dental surgery or procedure your lips may need attention and appropriate reshaping.
If you want your teeth or jaw alignment or whitening or contouring to show up then you should get the lip shape checked.
Lip reshaping may be of mainly two types. One is the lifting of the lips and another is the drooping of lips. Both have their unique effects in shaping lips.
If the corners of the lips are drooping then they can be lifted with surgery. And if the lips are de-shaped or bent at one side then also they can be corrected.
Many major birth defects of the lips can be corrected with these surgeries. The lip reshaping helps correct lip anomalies due to injuries, ageing, illnesses or diseases etc.
Lip Lift (Surgical)
Lip lift is a surgical procedure which found immense application in cosmetic surgery and cosmetic dentistry.
A lip lift helps change lip definition and the smile with it. But that is not the main reason you may go for it.
The lip lift surgery also helps sagging lips to be corrected when the associated muscles are affected by ageing or injury or some illness etc.
Whether the reason is a medical condition or a aesthetic enhancement, you can get things corrected soon with the lip lift surgery.
If you are going to take this surgery for making the smile better then you can start by visiting a good dentist.
A good dentist will be able to tell you which procedures to apply on your lips. Sometimes the lips may simply need a lift and sometimes need to be changed in shape considerably or made flatter.
Sometimes making them fuller helps. For such procedures aimed at making the smile or dental alignment look appealing a team of cosmetic surgeon and orthodontist needs to work together.
However you must consult with your dentist if you are the right candidate for the surgery. After evaluating your medical history and requirements the dentist will proceed.
Lip Drop (Botox)
Lip drop or lip droop as popularly referred to, is a botox procedure done on the lips, specially the upper lip, to drop the lip from the accentuated position to a lower position, by relaxing the muscles associated with it in holding and shaping the lip.
This is not a major invasive procedure, and a simple injection makes this work.
The aim of the botox treatment on the lips is to lower the position such that the higher position which earlier affected the smile or exposed the gum while smiling, or made the face appear bad can be altered.
When the muscles relax, thus bringing down the lip, the effect can make the exposed gum parts disappear under the drooping lip, and the smile may get a better symmetry.
Often such procedures are combined with smile makeover or teeth alignment processes to improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile, the face, and the overall look of the face.
However the effect of botox does not last forever, and thus the injection has to be taken recurrently after each 5 to 6 months o keep the effect going on, and maintain the altered cosmetically enhanced looks.
A lip drop procedure can be performed by a cosmetic dentistry expert too.
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