A smile seems simple, but it’s actually very complex, made up of many different elements. Last week we talked about some of the factors that determine teeth attractiveness, but that’s only part of what makes your smile attractive.
This week we’re going to talk about some of the factors that support your teeth in making for an attractive smile, such as your gums, lips, and even empty space.
When you smile, you should show some gums, but not too much.This is a characteristic of a youthful smile, which tends to be wider.
If you are going to show gums when you smile, it’s important that they be healthy, which means pink and firm. If you have red, inflamed, or bloody gums, make oral hygiene the first step in your smile makeover.
The color contrast between your teeth and gums creates a very visible feature, and should help to establish the symmetry of your smile. Ideally, the peak height on each tooth should be mirrored by its match on the other side.
Your lips create the basic shape of your smile. There are generally three different styles of smile that people have, determined by the automatic responses of your muscles to the command to smile. It’s important that the shape of your teeth harmonize with the shape of your lips when you smile.
In particular, the lip line, determined by the upper margin of your lower lip, should be parallel to the smile line, a curve that follows along the lower edge of your teeth.
You’ve probably never heard of the buccal corridor, but it’s an important component of smile design. It’s the empty space that should appear in the corners of your smile. Creating just the right amount of space is a delicate balancing act. If there’s too much space, your smile can look empty, too little and it will look crowded.
We’ve talked about many of the factors that go into making an attractive smile. Maybe we’ve hit on some that bother you about your smile, or maybe you’re not sure what are the specific issues that make you unhappy with your smile. Whether you know what you want to change or not, we can talk to you about your current smile and your cosmetic goals.
Please contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane and Spokane Valley today to schedule your smile design appointment.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788