Cosmetic Dentistry |5 min read

How Jacquelynn Got a Wider Smile

Did you know wider smiles are considered more attractive in today’s beauty standards?

A broad smile reveals many teeth (ideally symmetrical teeth) and doesn’t have big dark spaces between teeth and lips at the corners.

One great example of this is Julia Roberts, the actress.

Now, fortunately for Julia, she appears to have been blessed with the “broad and straight smile genes.”

But for most of us, that isn’t the case. You may have a narrow or crooked smile.

The good news is:

You can widen your smile through dentistry.

How, exactly?

There are multiple ways, depending on your situation:

Options like braces, oral surgery, or palate expanders involve reshaping your jawbone structure to widen your smile.

Invisalign may do the trick if you have a large mouth with misaligned teeth.

But another option—one that’s much faster and ideal for most mouths—is porcelain veneers.

Veneers won’t reshape your jaw, but they’ll give the appearance of a broad smile while enhancing beauty and symmetry, which is what most patients want and precisely what our patient Jacquelynn did.

Read her story below, then read our Q&A on getting a bigger smile.

Jacquelynn is from Rochester, MN

She started Invisalign to straighten her teeth. But as she neared the end of treatment, she realized she still wanted a few more changes.

These changes—like wanting a wider, fuller smile—were not something Invisalign could do for her.

That’s when she searched for the top cosmetic dentist in the Twin Cities area and found The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry.

She met with Dr. Gorman for a complimentary consultation to discuss her goals and review her options.

Dr. Gorman recommended six porcelain veneers and gum contouring to give Jacquelynn her dream smile.

They waited until her Invisalign was complete to begin these finishing touches.

Throughout the process, Dr. Gorman involved Jacquelynn in every step, right down to the color selection for her veneers.

He also made sure her bite functioned properly, and her smile still looked symmetrical and straight.

As Jacquelynn said,

“I had an awesome experience. I felt at home every time I came here. It’s just a place that I felt I was being well taken care of … Everything was really comfortable along the way.”

Take a look at her wide smile before-and-after result!

Wider smile before-and-after result

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Two minds are better than one!

When it comes to enhancing smiles, patients at The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry are in expert hands, with Dr. Lexi Lippe and Dr. Gorman working together.

With Dr. Lippe’sThis link leads to Doctor’s page specialized expertise in prosthodontics and aesthetics and Dr. Gorman’s comprehensive knowledge in cosmetic dentistry, they collaborate closely to determine the best options for widening a patient’s smile.

Drawing upon their years of experience and dedication to excellence, doctors Lippe and Gorman assess each case meticulously, considering factors such as facial symmetry, tooth alignment, and patient preferences.

With Dr. Lippe and Dr. Gorman at the helm, patients can look forward to a brighter, more confident smile that exceeds their expectations.

Are you interested in widening your smile?

Read these Q&As below!

How to widen a smile

Q: What’s a narrow smile?

A: A narrow smile is when six or fewer teeth show when you smile. It can be caused by the width of your arch, teeth alignment, missing teeth, etc.

Generally speaking, a narrow smile does not cause medical complications. However, it may make you feel self-conscious and reserved about smiling. A lack of support for your cheeks and lips may also cause premature aging.

Q: What’s a wide smile?

A: A broad smile is when eight to 10 teeth show when you smile, and there are no big black triangles (buccal corridors) in the corners of your smile.

Most celebrities have wide smiles.

Q: How do I fix my buccal corridor?

A: When you smile, the buccal corridors are the dark negative spaces between your teeth and at the corners of your mouth.

Too much buccal corridor makes your smile look narrow like you’re missing teeth, while too little buccal corridor makes your smile look toothy and overcrowded.

At The Gorman Center, we offer a variety of treatments to fix buccal corridors, including veneers, dental implants, crowns, and more. To find out which one(s) are best suited for you, contact us for a complimentary in-office or virtual consultation.

Q: Can you widen your smile with veneers?

A: Yes! Veneers are an easy way to widen your smile.

Veneers are placed over teeth to “build them out” and give you a wider smile. The number of veneers you need will vary, but most often, it’s at least six.

Dr. Lippe and Dr. Gorman work with an American Academy of Cosmetic DentistryThis link opens a new tab to the AACD website-accredited ceramist to custom design porcelain and prepless veneers for natural-looking and long-lasting results. He’ll consider your facial aesthetics (skin tone, ideal teeth proportions, etc.) and anatomy (bite, jaw position, etc.) for the best outcome.

Q: Can Invisalign widen my smile?

A: Invisalign doesn’t widen your palate or jawbone. Therefore, it’s best suited if your upper arch is already wide enough and you only need alignment adjustments, such as moving your teeth into their proper position to give you your naturally wide smile.

Q: Can composite bonding widen your smile?

A: Yes! Similar to veneers, dental bonding can help give the appearance of a fuller smile. However, something to keep in mind is that bonding isn’t as durable or long-lasting as veneers.Jacquelynn's testimonial after widening her smile with porcelain veneers

Ready to broaden your smile?

The first step is scheduling a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Dr. LippeThis link leads to Doctor’s page, with her years of dedicated experience and exacting blend of precision and artistry, transforms smiles into masterpieces that captivate and enchant.

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