In a world where many people have a hard time seeing beyond male and female, cosmetic dentistry is a great equalizer. Sure, the characteristics of certain dental treatments may be more inherently female or male but, in general, smile makeovers are gender neutral and the goal is consistent across the board – to give the patient, whoever he, she, or they is, a smile to love forever.
The Shape of Your Porcelain Veneers
You may never have considered it before, but the shape of your teeth can say a lot about who you are. If you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry that defines or blurs your gender, porcelain veneers are the place to start. Veneer shaping is typically focused on the six main teeth in the front of your mouth – the top two central incisors, the two lateral incisors on either side of the front teeth, and the two canines on either side of the incisors.
- Masculine: Veneers can be shaped into whatever you want them to be. If you request incisors that are squarer and more uniform and canines that are sharp, these choices will lend themselves to a more masculine appearance.
- Feminine: By de-emphasizing the canines and going for more rounded teeth that have discreet curves, you will have more feminine-looking veneers.
- Neutral: If you want a smile that is both soft and hard, talk to your Manhattan cosmetic dentist about the features that will give you lightness and edge. This can happen by combining typically masculine and feminine dental traits for the look you want.
Remember that every characteristic of veneers is subtle – that’s the magic that delivers a symmetrical, natural-looking smile. You can also ask your dentist for mature-looking veneers, youthful veneers, or the Hollywood treatment. Photo references are great to have on hand and together with your requests, the right talented, experienced dentist can get you to the smile makeover you want.
Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Face Shape
The ideal shape of veneers, ultimately, does not have to fall along gender lines but can simply be about what porcelain shields look great for your face shape.
- Round face: A round-shaped face looks better for more pronounced and longer teeth to balance everything out.
- Square face: Because square-shaped faces have defined jawlines, they often look better with rounded teeth that soften features.
Remember, too, that veneers are not the only kind of cosmetic dentistry that can make a difference to your smile. Porcelain crowns are an incredibly effective treatment that can change only a few teeth and transform your look entirely, making you appear harder or softer or a nice combo of the two.
Cosmetic Dentistry for Everyone
Be as clear as possible with your dentist about the look you’re going for so, together, you can work to develop the smile makeover plan that will get you there as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael J. Wei at his Midtown Manhattan dental office to find out what kind of cosmetic dentistry is right for your beautiful smile.