Our orthodontists and cosmetic dentists have fixed thousands of imperfect smiles. A narrow smile in particular is defined by mouths that show six or fewer teeth when you smile.
If you have a narrow smile that you’re unhappy with, don’t worry – there are several effective and minimally invasive dental treatments that can help.
As every smile is different and unique, having a consultation with us will often be the best way to determine the best course of action to widen your smile and create a broader arch.
What causes narrow smiles?
- Narrow arches tend to be caused by the width and alignment of the teeth.
- When teeth are missing, this can also cause the smile to look narrow.
- The consequences of a narrow smile often lead to the cheeks being unsupported and the thinning of lips causing an aged appearance.
Also, the widest part of the smile appears darker affecting the appearance of the smile. This also creates an illusion that the front teeth look too prominent or they stick out. We call this having a “narrow buccal corridor.”
How to fix narrow smiles:
There are three successful treatments we can use to perfect narrow smiles – they are:
- Tried and tested orthodontic treatments using braces: This is where inconspicuous brackets and tooth-coloured wires are used to gently stretch the smile. Some great results can be achieved especially if tooth whitening is also used.
- Invisalign: Depending on the severity of your narrow smile, Invisalign Go (shorter and faster treatment for small fixes) or Invisalign Full (takes 12 months due to more severe bite problems being targeted) is likely to be recommended.
- Fast Veneers: These can be used to extend the smile and give the illusion of a fuller look. This treatment can also edit the shape and colour of the teeth at the same time, creating a complete and beautiful smile makeover.
Veneers are often the quickest and most aesthetic way to correct a narrow arch, however, prescribed treatments like Invisalign are now increasing in popularity.
Compare the two treatments by reading this article: Veneers vs Braces.
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Comparing the cost
Invisalign will actually be the most affordable treatment, as porcelain veneers tend to be priced higher – this is because they are instant, constructed from high-quality materials, positioned by the best cosmetic dentists and longer-lasting.
Prices for Invisalign begin from £1,500 compared to porcelain veneers, which will cost much around the same per tooth.
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Perhaps the place to begin is to make an appointment and see a dentist or treatment planner and get an idea of the length and cost of treatments and how fast you can see results.
We can help. Call 01992 552115.
Veneer before and afters for narrow smiles
Notable and credible dentists like Dr Gurs Sehmi have the skills to create a completely natural-looking smile using minimally invasive and pain-free procedures.
One of our most popular and recommended treatments for fixing narrow smiles is the cosmetic procedure; veneers. Veneers are often thought of and referred to as instant orthodontics because they can be applied instantly and give the impression of a straight smile.
Test out and try on your new smile
At the Perfect Smile, we help patients to illustrate how their new wide smile will look. This helps patients see the impressive results that can be easily achieved.
This is often done by the way of a ‘mock-up’, where composite material is placed and shaped on the back teeth affected.
This process can take from a few minutes to half an hour and is reversible as no drilling or local anaesthesia is required.
Photographs can be taken of the narrow and wide smile so the patient has a comparison they can refer to in order to make an informed decision.
Narrow smiles vs wide smiles
Scientists conducted a study into the perfect smile and found that people without broad smiles tend to hide their teeth the most when smiling.
Showing that wider smiles are valued as more attractive due to the correct balance of asymmetrical teeth.
A narrow smile can be easily corrected using various treatments that distribute the teeth more evenly in the mouth.
Treatments can involve the creation of a wider looking smile, making the arch form of the front teeth to be in congruence with the back teeth.
Thus creating a wider and friendlier looking smile.
Popular corrective treatments include braces, which gently widen the teeth, or veneers to widen the smile by creating a new shape.
Better for your oral health
Regardless of the type of treatment you choose to fix your narrow smile, it is important that you be informed of the compromised effects on your oral condition if you let this go ignored.
Future problems may occur like gum and periodontal disease, bone loss in the jaw and eventual tooth loss.
A detailed assessment and clinical evaluation can highlight if there are major factors that can impact your overall smile.
Treatment plans can then be constructed to show the concern with the advantages and disadvantages of any treatment options explained in detail.
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