What’s Behind Cosmetic Dental Procedures?

Cosmetic dental procedures are services that many Americans seek. But for many, these procedures aren’t affordable because they’re not typically covered by dental insurance. The same cosmetic procedures are available from highly trained dentists in Costa Rica making it a popular destination for those who want to improve the appearance of their smile.

Since the procedures are typically complex enough to justify the trip, it’s important to understand what factors must be considered when designing sophisticated dental restorations and smile enhancements. Aesthetic considerations are definitely important. Here are some of the main considerations in cosmetic dentistry:


In order for your dental solution to look good, dentists have to take into account your lips. Like people, lips come in different forms, colors, and sizes, and thus dental solutions have to take them into account in order to be a perfect fit. Lips might affect the form, size, and color of the dental restoration. Ideally, dental work should consider both a closed mouth and smiling lips when designing dental solutions.

Vertical Symmetry

Vertical symmetry is evaluated by what is known as a midline: an imaginary vertical line that separates your front teeth. This line helps dentists design solutions that will make both sides resemble each other as closely as possible. Note that perfect vertical symmetry is rare, since eyes, noses, and other facial features are not typically symmetrical.

Horizontal Symmetry

Horizontal symmetry is evaluated by what is known as a smile line: an imaginary horizontal line that separates your lips. Unlike a midline, the objective of a smile line is not to make the sides look similar, but move in similar ways. A smile line is also used to establish the position of the gum line of the restoration. The optimal look is when the smile line and the gum line are a match.


Your natural teeth must also be considered with your planned dental solution. Of course, dentists will try to save any remaining teeth and restore them whenever this is possible. On the other hand, the teeth that will be saved can limit the kinds of solutions available and your dentist will need to work around these limitations.

When preparing for cosmetic dentistry, be sure to talk with your dentist about your expectations and learn more from him or her about the options that are available for you. Since your smile is vital, take time to ensure that you get the best possible solution: a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth.

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