Smile design is incredibly complicated. There are many factors that go into creating a perfect smile, and all of them are important. We also think it’s important for you to have some understanding of them if you are considering cosmetic dentistry, so we want to explain many of them in plain language.
In Part 1, we’re going to focus on the tooth related factors of your smile.
An impression of straight teeth is made up of many factors that can be both subtle and complex. Here are some of the things that come together to make your teeth look straight.
Smile midline: The midline is the place where your two central teeth, called incisors, meet. This should match up pretty well with the central line of your face.
Teeth tilt: Your teeth should give a generally vertical appearance, but be tilted slightly inward toward the midline.
Teeth gap: Your teeth should touch without visible spaces or gaps. The two central incisors should touch the most, with the amount of touch decreasing as you move toward the side of your mouth. The triangles created above and below the points where your teeth touch should not be too large, and there should be no blackness visible in the triangle between the touching of your teeth and your gums.
Symmetrical teeth: Symmetry is when parts on either side of your body are like mirror images of one another. As with your face, symmetry in a smile creates an attractive appearance.
Your smile also depends on teeth that are attractive in their shape.
Proportionate teeth: Your central incisors should be wider than your other teeth. In many cases, people like them to be longer, as well, which conveys youth (see below). The canines (the slightly pointed fang teeth that are two away from the center) may also be longer than other teeth.
Width and length: In addition to being proportionate to one another, teeth should have a proper proportion to themselves. Research indicates the most pleasing proportion is that a tooth should be about 80% as wide as it is long.
Porcelain veneers are our best tool for reshaping teeth, though sometimes crowns may be used instead.
Teeth that are healthy and attractive are generally described as “white,” but the exact color that refers to depends on many factors, such as skin tone, lip color, gums, and, of course, personal preference. Teeth whitening can be used to remove many stains, but if you want your teeth to be whiter than your natural enamel allows, porcelain veneers may be your best choice.
One of the challenges that separates basic cosmetic dentists from more advanced ones is the ability to take into account all the factors here, while still maintaining a smile that is characteristic of you. We can work to maintain features of your smile that you enjoy, or we can work to craft a smile that creates a certain impression.
Aged smile: Youthful smiles and aged smiles look different. A youthful smile tends to have longer, whiter teeth, and often has longer central incisors.
Friendly smile: Friendliness in a smile is conveyed by more rounded, uniform teeth. An aggressive smile, on the other hand, has longer, sharper canines. Sometimes people describe the difference as being a “masculine” or a “feminine” smile because men tend to have longer canines than women.
If you are looking for the perfect smile, we can help. Please contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today for an appointment at our office in Spokane or Spokane Valley.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788