Most individuals desire a whiter, straighter, and more youthful smile that radiates their inner beauty. As we age, so do our teeth. Discoloration, chipping, shifting, and tooth loss can produce an embarrassing and aged appearance. Patients who want to restore their teeth and achieve a smile they can be proud of may consider opting for smile design. Smile design involves a set of oral cosmetic procedures that revitalize the aesthetic of the teeth and deliver outstanding dental rejuvenation results.

What Does Smile Design Do?

The objective is to create a visually pleasing and functional smile that is tailored to each patient’s unique dental anatomy. By addressing multiple cosmetic concerns simultaneously, the result is a comprehensive improvement in aesthetics and function. When teeth are worn down, crooked, or missing, a person’s bite can be compromised. When the bite is misaligned, a patient may have trouble eating, develop a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), or experience erosion of other teeth. Those who wish that their teeth were more attractive and that their masticatory system was more stable can benefit from smile design performed by an experienced dentist.

Smile Designing Options

  • Dental Implants: Patients who are missing teeth can choose from several replacement choices. However, the most permanent options that provide optimal bone support are dental implants. After completing all three phases of the implant process, patients can enjoy customized replacement teeth that act and feel as natural as possible.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a great option for patients with chipped, cracked, discolored, or worn down teeth. These are permanent restorations that provide immediate improvement to the treated teeth after only two treatment appointments.
  • Teeth Whitening: One of the simplest ways to make a significant difference in the aesthetic of your smile is with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can be performed at the dentist’s office or in the comfort of your own home, depending on your cosmetic goals.
  • Invisalign®: This modern approach to teeth straightening gives patients the straight teeth they desire without the use of traditional and unsightly metal braces. Invisalign® can correct malocclusion, overcrowding, gaps between the teeth, and jaw alignment problems.


For more information about cosmetic smile enhancement procedures or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Gum, please call GumDental at 610.746.0488.