Optimised Aesthetics

Mark has had a keen interest in facial, dental and orthodontic aesthetics for many years, and teaches aesthetic subjects to dentistry and orthodontic students, and dentists. In October 2016 he was invited to present a lecture on aesthetics at the Australian Dental Association NSW congress.

Optimising smile aesthetics

Intrusion arches early in treatment, which use very gentle forces to intrude teeth into bone. The aim of this is to see more of the upper teeth when smiling (The subject of Mark's research thesis).

Wire bends for improved smile arcs later in treatment. Sometimes the smile line can appear 'flat' giving an unnatural appearance. Precise wire bends improve alignment and smile aesthetics.

Straightening the teeth alone can result in a smile too wide, or too narrow for the face. Arch width control is best achieved with expansion or transpalatal appliances.

Lateral incisors inside, and canines outside of the arch
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One canine inside and one canine outside of the arch
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Severe crowding
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One lateral incisor inside and one canine outside of a narrow arch
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A butterfly form of the lower central incisors, siting outside the arch
Lowers
A narrow arch at the front, with small canines
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