A smile is about more than your teeth. Did you know that the perfect smile depends on actual measurable factors based on science and math? Everything from the shape of the face, size of the mouth, position of the teeth, definition of the cheek bones, color and amount of gum that shows, and more, goes into what makes a smile appealing. Read on for some interesting facts about the link between our face and our smile.
The Link Between Your Face and Your Smile
Studies have shown that most people believe that symmetrical features are the most beautiful. Although perfect symmetry rarely occurs in nature, most asymmetries are minor. One of the driving forces for cosmetic dentistry is to make those asymmetries as unnoticeable as possible. What are some of the features of an ideal smile?
The width of the ideal smile should be at least half the width of the face with the upper and lower lips being symmetrical to the center line. The two front teeth should be the largest, with the size gradually diminishing on either side toward the back of the mouth.
The length of the bottom lip to your chin should be a fifth of the total length of your face. The upper lip shouldn’t be so high that it exposes too much gum, nor so low that it covers more than half the upper front teeth. The upper teeth should curve in parallel with the bottom lip.
- Look Natural
White teeth are considered by many to be an ingredient of an ideal smile. But keep it natural. Studies show that your teeth shouldn’t be lighter than the whites of your eyes to be realistic looking.
How straight teeth are and the angle they emerge from the gum to provide support to the lips’ shape is a key component of the ideal smile. Today, there are a number of treatment options available to realign even the most crooked teeth more quickly and with less discomfort or inconvenience.
Orthodontics Contribute to a More Perfect Smile
When you feel confident in your smile, it shows. In many cases where that confidence is lacking, it can be given a little help through cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry. Call us today to find out how we can help you achieve harmony in your smile.
The Team at The Best Braces