An asymmetrical smile can result when teeth are not the same size or are not consistently shaped. Your teeth can look off-balance, making your smile uneven. Veneers can help give your teeth a more consistent, symmetrical look.
The Importance of Smile Symmetry
If both sides of your smile are drastically different, this is referred to as asymmetry. It can occur due to teeth that are considerably smaller or larger than your other teeth, or teeth that have significantly different shapes—for example a tooth that is noticeably square compared to teeth with a more oval outline. [pullquote]…extensive asymmetry can detract from the beauty of your smile and cause your face to look unbalanced.[/pullquote]
A certain amount of asymmetry provides individuality and interest to your look. However, extensive asymmetry can detract from the beauty of your smile and cause your face to look unbalanced. If you feel your smile is severely unbalanced and you’re unhappy with the way it looks, ask your cosmetic dentist if veneers might be a good choice for you.
Veneers and Smile Symmetry
Veneers are usually made of porcelain, and fit on the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance or to disguise imperfections in your smile. In the case of asymmetry, a veneer can make your tooth look larger or provide a silhouette more consistent with the shape of your other teeth.
Having veneers placed is a relatively simple procedure, and your cosmetic dentist can apply them right in his office. The porcelain is very strong and durable once it’s bonded to your tooth surfaces, and is semi-translucent. This means light can penetrate a short distance into the porcelain before it is reflected. Natural enamel provides this same type of light reflection, with light passing through the enamel and reflecting from the underlying dentin. After treatment with veneers, you’ll have a more symmetrical, natural-looking smile that will last you for years.
If you’re unhappy with the look of your smile and would like to find out if veneers are a good choice for you, please contact our office at 416-922-1012 to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.