You might think that because no one is staring at your smile, small details don’t matter. But a person doesn’t have to stare at your teeth to appreciate how details contribute to the appropriate appearance of your smile. With even a cursory glance, people can appreciate how certain details contribute to the attractiveness of your smile, and in cosmetic dentistry it’s important to get them all right in achieving a smile makeover.
Here are a few details that matter to the appearance of your smile.
Tooth shape is made up of many properties. Two of the most important are the overall proportion of the tooth and the shape of the cutting surface of your front teeth, known as the incisal edge.
You don’t spend time measuring teeth when you look at them, but your eye can quickly identify the shape of a tooth, whether it is taller than it is wide, or vice-versa. Taller teeth are generally preferred, as it represents youth and health. Teeth tend to wear with age, getting closer to a square shape. How much taller should they be than they are wide? About a millimeter, which is 1/25th of an inch. Even when no one is staring at your teeth, they are able to pick up on that small a difference.
Another detail that can make a difference is the shape of the cutting edge, the incisal edge. people can typically tell when the edge has been shaped by wear, and they prefer when it hasn’t been worn down. The good news is that, for women at least, it doesn’t matter what the natural edge shape is. They can have rounded teeth, square teeth, or something in between. Men, though, are considered most attractive when their teeth are not too round and not too square.
Teeth are considered most attractive when they are straight up and down and parallel with one another. If they are as much as 10° off from one another, teeth are judged to be crooked, and they are considered less attractive.
Tooth gaps are called diastemas, and they become significant to appearance as soon as they are visible–a half millimeter or less–and become more significant as they become larger. In general, people agree that gaps between teeth make a smile less attractive, though there are some dissenters on this issue.
When it comes to getting the most attractive smile, hopefully now you appreciate that there are many details that contribute to the attractiveness of your teeth, and how important it is to manage all of them in getting you the best cosmetic dentistry results.
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