An asymmetrical smile can be caused by a variety of factors—teeth, musculature, and jaw position can all play a role in creating the appearance of smile imbalance. When the teeth are primarily to blame, New York City cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS believes that porcelain veneers are often the best way to achieve a more harmonious smile. Dr. Kosdon explains that it is common for teeth to be longer on one side of the mouth—usually, the affected side is the opposite of the dominant hand (i.e. right-handed individuals have longer teeth on the left side, and vice versa) due to the individual’s tooth brushing technique. It is also possible for nighttime teeth clenching and grinding to result in more pronounced wear and damage on one side of the mouth more than the other.
Porcelain veneers are incredibly versatile and provide a conservative option for creating a more uniform length among the front upper teeth that are most visible when you smile. Dr. Kosdon usually recommends at least eight to ten veneers to create a more symmetrical smile. As an added benefit, veneers also conceal a multitude of other cosmetic dental concerns, including stains, discoloration, chipped or cracked teeth, misalignment, and more. For each porcelain veneers patient, Dr. Kosdon develops a custom-designed treatment plan that specifically addresses the unique needs and goals of the individual. This approach allows him to consistently attain optimal results that are both beautiful and natural-looking.
If you have noticed that your smile is asymmetrical, or that you have some smile imperfections that you’d like to fix, contact our office to schedule a smile evaluation and consultation with Dr. Kosdon. He is known for his expertise in porcelain veneers and smile makeovers and can show you how custom-crafted, high-quality veneers can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed about!