Dentofacial Aesthetics

Whether we like it or not, first impressions count!


Dentofacial Aesthetics is a concept that connects all the elements of a person’s facial appearance. Everyone has a different opinion of what makes a pleasant appearance, but there remains an overriding set of principles that most people can agree on.

A nice smile is more than just a set of straight, white “piano keys”. Your smile should complement and be in harmony with the rest of your face, and most importantly, look natural!

Optimally treating the aesthetic needs and desires of our patients requires a thorough understanding of all the elements that constitute the ideal smile. There are three major components: the facial appearance, the smile – including lip line, and the teeth and gum tissues.

These three features are all interactive. Variation to one feature can have a cascade effect on the other two, and it is important to recognize all three. We will cover a systematic analysis of your face, smile, and teeth and how they interact, adding a new and rewarding dimension to your approach to how everything fits – from treatment planning to treatment outcomes.

Because of the ever expanding knowledge base in this field, the interdisciplinary team now may include the coordination of the dentist, orthodontist, periodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and facial plastic surgeon, which of course requires a broader knowledge of how each discipline has a role in some cases.

Dr John McCarthy will discuss every planning detail with you, and in many cases be able to create digital simulation images of what your smile can look like – before you decide to go ahead. Call or enquire with us today.

Dentofacial Aesthetics by John McCarthy Dentist Sydney