Designing an esthetic smile requires a perfect integration of facial composition and dental composition. Bring balance and harmony to your smile as we discuss the range of options available for your specific needs.

Our smiles are what lights up the face. A beautiful smile does not just comprise a set of white teeth; but the shape, position and symmetry of your teeth and gums in relation to your facial features is what sets the stage for beauty. At An Dental, you will be given the option of having a group of dentists design a smile for you with your input, and/or changing your facial features to enhance beauty with “The Esthetic Option”. An option that gives you the flexibility of subtly changing the contours of your face with surgery or injectable fillers.

We can change the shape and shade of your teeth with crowns and veneers (link to crown and veneers section) The length of your teeth may also be changed by aesthetic gum procedures. It is possible to lengthen your teeth with gummy smile treatment (link to gummy smile treatment section) if you think your smile is too gummy!

Crowns and veneers

What are crowns and veneers?

Crowns are caps that are done on natural teeth and each crown covers all the surfaces of the tooth. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/crowns

Veneers are really thin pieces of porcelain or dental resin that is glued onto your existing tooth structure and it usually only covers the front surface of the tooth. Most veneer patients are encouraged to wear a nightguard to protect your veneers when you sleep. Veneers are not usually infected in people who grind or clench their teeth at night as they chip more easily.

Who needs crowns and veneers?

Sometimes our tooth structure gets weakened by decay or is chipped. In this situation, you will need a crown to protect the remaining tooth structure. A crown enhances aesthetics and gives more strength as compare to a veneer is done mainly for aesthetic reasons.

Why do crowns and veneers?

You can also do crowns and/or veneers on your front teeth to change the shape and colour and unevenness of the teeth if you think your teeth are too yellow or are not symmetrical! Sometimes the shape of the teeth do not match the shape of your face too. In which case, crowns and/or veneers on the front teeth to match your facial features can really enhance your smile!

Prosthodontics or Prosthetic

How are crowns and veneers done?

If a crown is the best option for you, we will trim away the outer part of your tooth to make space for the zirconia or porcelain. We then take a mould of the remaining tooth structure. A plaster cast is poured from this negative impression and we then send a replica of your prepped tooth to the lab to fabricate the crown. A temporary crown is placed on the newly trimmed tooth while waiting for the lab to finish the crown. The permanent crown is fabricated in the lab and is cemented onto the prepped tooth a days to 2 weeks later.

If we decide that veneers are a better option for you, we will file away a little bit of your tooth structure on the front tooth surface. We file away a lot less tooth structure compared to a crown. We then make a mould of your tooth and send the information to the lab. Temporary veneers are given so you can “try” on these veneers to see if you like the shape and the way they feel! The final porcelain veneers are then glued on to your teeth permanently a few weeks later. http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/ADA_PatientSmart_Veneers.pdf

Gummy smile treatment

What is Gummy smile treatment?

Gummy smile treatment is an option to reduce the excessive display of gums when you smile

Who needs Gummy smile treatment?

This treatment is for anyone who feels that they show too much gums when they smile. Having too much gums may cause your smile to appear disproportionate. Some patients complain about a ‘Horsey” appearance and the teeth may also appear too short and square. So you can ask for this treatment option if you feel you belong to the above categories. This should be discussed with your dentist and option can be factored into the overall treatment plan.

Closeup smile of woman having dental teeth examined dentist check-up

Why Gummy smile treatment?

Balancing out the esthetics of your smile can boost confidence in some people. Gummy smile treatment can lengthen the teeth and reduce the display of gums. This can make your teeth appear whiter as more of your teeth show!

How is Gummy smile treatment Done?

You will first meet for a consult with our team of dentists to give you an idea of what can be done.

It all depends on what the patient wants to achieve. We usually use an instrument to show the patient where I would trim to the gums to. We can also “fake” the future length of the teeth by putting tooth coloured material on the gums to allow the patient to visualise how he or she would look with longer teeth and less gums showing.

There are many types of gummy smile treatment, depending on the cause of the excessive gum display. (https://www.doctorxdentist.com/5-ways-fix-gummy-smile)

The most common type of treatment is gingivectomy, where the excessive gums are trimmed away using a laser or scalpel. However, if there is too much bone underneath the gums, crown lengthening surgery needs to be done. This involves removing both excessive gums and bone from around the teeth to allow more of the teeth to show. In some cases, if you leave the bone there and only gingivectomy is done, the bone will cause the gums to grow back and rebound. So the teeth may shorten again!

If the cause of excessive gum show is an overactive upper lip, then we can do Botulinum toxin injections to the upper lip to prevent it from moving upwards too much when you smile! If your gummy smile is due to a long mid face though, then we will discuss “The Esthetic Option” (put in link) with you, as surgery to change your facial features will be required.

Gum Recession coverage

What is gum recession coverage?

Gum recession coverage is also known as a gum graft. It is a transplant of the soft tissue from the palate (donor site) to the receded part of the gums (recipient site).

Who needs gum recession coverage?

A gum graft is needed if there is continuous gum recession despite changes in oral hygiene methods. Sometimes you may already be using the softest toothbrush and yet, the recession continues. It may be due to the fact that there is so much recession, only the soft gums are left. The soft gums can be flappy and trap food, leading to inflammation that leads to a vicious cycle of continuous gum recession. Tooth recession coverage is also needed when being “long in the tooth” poses an esthetic problem.

Gum recession process

Why gum recession coverage?

A gum graft may be done to stop the receding gums from continuing. It may also be done to reverse the process in the anterior esthetic region. Depending on the patient, we may be able to reverse the gum recession such it goes back to it’s original healthy state.

How is gum recession coverage done?

We start by giving local anaesthesia to the area with receding gums. The gums are gently teased away to expose the gum bed. We then go to the roof of the mouth to harvest some donor tissue. These gums are then transplanted to the recipient site and stitched on securely. The palate is an endless source of donor tissue! https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-graft-surgery

Postoperative care

Activity:  It is recommended that you restrict activities and rest the day of and the day after surgery.  Typically, patients return to work, school, etc the following day.  For approximately 2 weeks, it is in your best interest to not participate in any physical activity, to not touch the area of the graft, and to not to pull your lip down to look at the area.

Medications:  You may experience some discomfort when the local anaesthetic wears off.  Depending on the procedure, you may be provided with a prescription to deal with post-operative discomfort.  Take all medications with a full glass of water to avoid stomach pain & cramps.  Take medications as prescribed.  This will help in your comfort, aid in healing, and help your surgery to be successful.

Important:  Do not combine alcohol, tranquillizers, or sleeping pills with medication(s).

Swelling: In some cases swelling may occur and increase over the first few days.  This is a normal response.  To control swelling, on the day of surgery, an ice pack can be applied gently to the face on the side of surgery (15 minutes on, 15 minutes off).  This is most effective if used immediately following surgery.  The day after surgery, a warm moist cloth or heating pad may be applied to the area to control swelling (again 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off).

Bleeding: Some oozing from the roof of  your mouth is normal for the first twenty-four (24) hours after surgery.  If slight bleeding is noted apply moderate pressure with gauze to the area for 20 minutes.  If this does not work try a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. If bleeding can not be controlled, call the office at 85889868

Diet:  Eating should be avoided immediately after surgery.  Hot, spicy, hard, brittle or abrasive foods should be avoided.  Please do not chew on the side where you surgery was performed.  A balanced diet is always desirable, but especially so when your body is undergoing any healing process.  Soft foods such as: eggs, milk (milkshakes), soup (warm not hot), are recommended for the first few days following surgery.  Avoid the use of a straw.

Oral Hygiene: Do not brush your teeth in the area where surgery was performed.  Brush your other teeth as normal.  If Eludril Rinse has been prescribed, begin rinsing on the day of the surgery. Rinse twice a day for two weeks.

Additional Notes: Following surgery your body will begin to heal by forming a clot.  This clot must stay in place during healing.  Therefore we request that you refrain from spitting, smoking, or sucking through a straw.  These activities can dislodge the clot and cause bleeding.

The Esthetic Option

What is The Esthetic Option?

At An Dental, we believe that your teeth has to blend in beautifully with your facial features to get maximum results and a beautiful smile. We thus would like to present you with the option of gently changing your facial contours to match flawlessly with your new set of teeth.

Who needs The Esthetic Option?

Anyone who feels that enhancing their facial features would enhance their confidence! This should be discussed with your dentist and this treatment option can be factored into the overall treatment plan. There is a possibility of slimming your jawline, changing the position of your jaws, enhancing your skin tone, and filling in facial areas that have started to sink in with age.

Smiling girl with perfect white teeth

Why The Esthetic Option?

Sometimes we can do our best to give you the best shape and color to your teeth, but they may not match your facial features, For example, if you have very slim and tapered teeth but have a very square face, we may be able to help taper your face to match the shape of your teeth. This can enhance your feminity. We can also define your features and enhance it while we plan the shape of your teeth if you desire a more masculine smile. It all depends on the “look” you are going for!

How is The Esthetic Option Done?

You will first meet for a consult with our team of dentists to give you an idea of what can be done. We will design a smile for you based on your requirements and what your anatomy dictates. We can then discuss how we can tweak your facial features to enhance your looks. There are surgical procedures, fillers, or Botulinum Toxin injections than can be done to bring youth and radiance to your smile.

Contact Us

We look forward to answering any questions you may have in your pursuit of health, beauty and mind. Feel free to drop us a message right here.

 

International Building (Next to Lido)

360 Orchard Road #03-06/07

Singapore 238869

6513 9549 / 8588 9868