If you’re like millions of other Americans, you probably want the most attractive smile. After all, your set of teeth is the second physical attribute someone notices when meeting you initially. But what makes a smile beautiful? Well, it’s actually a combination of a variety of factors. These attributes are processed so quickly that our mind isn’t even aware of it. Thankfully, your dentist has compiled the top 5 most significant traits of a beautiful grin. Read on to see what it takes to have the smile you’ve been dreaming of as well as how cosmetic dentistry can help.
#1. Tooth Color
The shade of the smile is probably one of the more obvious traits you think about when picturing your ideal smile. Over time, teeth become stained or discolored due to foods rich in color, tobacco use, or simply natural wear and tear. Teeth whitening can lift tough stains and reverse years of discoloration. However, if your teeth are naturally discolored, or you have thin enamel, veneers may be the best solution.
#2. Smile Arc
When you think of a smile, you probably picture a less dramatic “U” shape. This shape is created by the maxillary gum line and the incisal edge. When they come together, an upward curve that narrows toward the ends is made, giving you the ideal smile shape. Orthodontics can be a solution if the smile arc needs correction.
#3. Gum Display
Your teeth often get the spotlight, but your gums are just as important. Your gum display is integral to your overall look – too little gums shown make the teeth look short and stubby, while too much gum leads to a gummy smile. Gum grafting and other cosmetic solutions can correct gum length for perfect proportions and ultimate attractiveness.
#4. Gum Color
In addition to your teeth, your gums must be the right color so they can contrast the rest of your mouth nicely while also defining your smile arc. Gum disease can create red, puffy gums while also changing their size. Luckily, gum disease can be easily treated early on so it’s something to be on the lookout for.
Did you know that your teeth rely on each other for support? That’s why a single missing tooth can throw your whole smile out of alignment. Perfectly spaced teeth occur when the side of each tooth is touching very slightly. Teeth that are overcrowded or gapped can often look unattractive and hurt the aesthetics of your smile. Braces and clear aligners are the best options for correcting this issue.
Your dream smile is easy to achieve with the right help. Now that you know what goes into the perfect set of teeth, contact your dentist to get started on yours!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury has over 4 decades of dental experience, which allows him to treat a wide range of cases. He loves combining art and science to create beautiful smiles. To schedule a consultation, he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (903) 561-1122.