From Dr. Harper’s Desk:
The “Social Six” refers to the top front 6 teeth and implies that by treating only these teeth, a smile improvement can be achieved. Unfortunately, this can lead to an obviously artificial-looking smile, which is not what most of us want.
The truth is that most people show at least 8 upper teeth when they smile and at least 6 lower teeth when they talk! To see what we mean, take a look at Dr. Harper’s “Before and After” gallery. All cosmetic improvements were performed by Dr. Harper: www.hamptonroadsvacosmeticdentist.com/cosmetic-dentistry-before-after.
For the most natural-looking smile (which most of us DO want), it is usually better to treat two, four, eight, or 10 upper teeth and make sure the bottom teeth match. Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, bonding, or small movements of teeth with Invisalign can also help create a great smile. Natural and life-like options are chosen based on how well they will complement both your smile and your unique facial features.
An experienced and dedicated cosmetic dentist will take many pictures and video of your face and smile to decide which options will work best to meet your goals. Your consultation should include a picture comparison of your teeth and multiple other patients, with teeth similar to yours that the cosmetic dentist has personally treated.
Dr. Harper has extensive experience with creating natural smiles that are unique to each patient and complement each patient’s unique features. Find out more at www.hamptonroadsvacosmeticdentist.com or call Harper Dental Care 757.243.1960
(This article will appear in the January, 2016 edition of the Health Journal)