10 smile design principles for successful smile makeovers.

April 8, 2022

Designing a smile that your patient is happy with is one of the main goals of cosmetic dentistry.  Being able to meet and exceed their expectations is key.  

Take the time to plan your smile makeover cases.  Get wax-ups done to help prepare for your cases and to design beautiful temporaries for you and your patient to review.  

Here are my top 10 things that I take into consideration when designing a smile makeover using porcelain veneers.  


  1. Review of patient goals
  2. Size of Centrals
  3. Gum levels
  4. Desired Shape of Teeth
  5. Color (desired vs. initial, and  prep shades, cement shade, final shade)
  6. Fullness of the smile
  7. Straightness/ Spacing/ Arch Form Issues to Correct
  8. Midline
  9. Cant
  10. Bite/ Occlusion/ Function

If you’re wanting to learn more about smile design, veneers, and cosmetic dentistry, check out our online aesthetic dentistry and smile makeover courses at https://drtejaspatel.podia.com