In 1787, Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun debuted her latest self-portrait at the prestigious Paris Salon. In it, her lips are parted in a demure smile; she cradles her young daughter, effusing maternal intimacy.
Vigée-Le Brun’s display of teeth at the time was considered “an affectation which artists, connoisseurs, and people of good taste are unanimous in condemning”, but it revolutionised the “natural smile” we know today.
We craft beautiful smiles for the joyful moments in your life
Dr David Kao
The excellence in functional and aesthetic dentistry will never be achieved by accident. It is consistently achieved by a systematic approach for diagnosis, communication, treatment planning, execution, and case maintenance.
Digital Smile Design
DSD is the latest protocol in restorative or smile enhancement process. Analysis of the patient’s facial and dental proportions through a series of predetermined digital photographs and videos allow understanding of of the relationship between teeth, gums, lips, smile with the facial features in motion and with emotion. These data are then used to predict and simulate the final treatment result.
Diagnostic Mock Up
Upon finalising the digital simulation and consensus among patient, dentist and dental technician, a wax model of the smile design will be fabricated. This then transferred to the mouth using temporary materials to allow visualisation of the final result.
Smile Arc Correction
The smile arc is defined as the relationship of the curvature of the incisal edges of the maxillary incisors and canines to the curvature of the lower lip in the posed smile. The ideal smile arc has the maxillary incisal edge curvature parallel to the curvature of the lower lip.
Occlusal Height Correction
Teeth grinding leads shortened teeth, and incorrect upper and lower jaw relationship known occlusal vertical dimension (OVD). Left untreated, results in poor aesthetics, wrinkles around the lips, accelerated ageing, inability to eat and potential jaw pain.