Do you have a narrow smile? Does it bother you and make you feel insecure?
Narrow smiles often describe mouths that show six or fewer teeth when you smile wide.
Many patients we meet tend to think that their smiles are too narrow and prefer the wider appearance of a wider, Hollywood smile.
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What causes narrow smiles?
Narrow arches tend to be caused by the width and alignment of the teeth. When teeth are missing, this can also cause the smile to look narrow.
The consequences of a narrow smile often lead to the cheeks being unsupported and the thinning of lips causing an aged appearance.
Also, the widest part of the smile appears darker affecting the appearance of the smile.
This also creates an illusion that the front teeth look too prominent or they stick out.
We call this having a “narrow buccal corridor.”
Narrow smiles vs wide smiles
Scientists at the University of Minnesota conducted a study into the perfect smile and found that people without broad smiles tend to hide their teeth the most when smiling.
Showing that wider smiles are valued as more attractive due to the correct balance of asymmetrical teeth.
A narrow smile can be easily corrected using various treatments that distribute the teeth more evenly in the mouth.
Treatments can involve the creation of a wider looking smile, making the arch form of the front teeth to be in congruence with the back teeth.
Thus creating a wider and friendlier looking smile.
Popular corrective treatments include braces, which gently widen the teeth, or veneers to widen the smile by creating a new shape.
How we can fix and broaden
Notable and credible dentists like Dr Gurs Sehmi have the skills to create a completely natural-looking smile in fast, but accurate ways.
One of our most popular and recommended treatments for fixing narrow smiles is the cosmetic procedure; veneers.
Veneers are often the quickest and most aesthetic way to correct a narrow arch, however, prescribed treatments like Invisalign are often the second most chosen.
Specialist, effective treatments:
- Fast Veneers: These can be used to extend the smile and give the illusion of a fuller look. This treatment can also edit the shape and colour of the teeth at the same time, creating a complete and beautiful smile makeover. More
- Tried and tested orthodontic treatments using braces: This is where inconspicuous brackets and tooth-coloured wires are used to gently stretch the smile. Some great results can be achieved especially if tooth whitening is also used. Read more about braces from our expert orthodontists.
Testing out your new smile
At the Perfect Smile, we help patients to illustrate how their new wide smile will look. This helps them to see the impressive results that can be easily achieved.
This is often done by the way of a ‘mock-up’, where composite material is placed and shaped on the back teeth affected.
This process can take from a few minutes to half an hour and is reversible as no drilling or local anaesthesia is required.
Photographs can be taken of the narrow and wide smile so the patient has a comparison they can refer to in order to make an informed decision.
Bettering your oral health
Regardless of the type of treatment you choose to fix your narrow smile, it is important that you be informed of the compromised effects on your oral condition if you let this go ignored.
Future problems may occur like gum and periodontal disease, bone loss in the jaw and eventual tooth loss.
A detailed assessment and clinical evaluation can highlight if there are major factors that can impact your overall smile.
Treatment plans can then be constructed to show the concern with the advantages and disadvantages of any treatment options explained in detail.