People talk about ‘The Perfect Smile’, but exactly what this constitute ? Many times in conversation and in the media this is a term that is used to describe a large wide, bright and white smile. It is perceived as synonymous with the “Hollywood Smile” that many celebrities strive towards.
However, is that the correct use of the term and what do dentists define as this term?
Dr. Rahul Doshi, was a leading dentist in Hertfordshire, has teached dentists on the clinical aspect of designing bespoke smiles. He believes that there are general rules of thumb principals that any dentist should take into account when designing and creating new smiles. However, these principals should be used as guides and not taken as the exact way of designing the smile. If the exact principals were to be followed all the time then people would end up with smiles that look all the same.
Dr. Doshi explained that creating beautiful smiles is much more than designing one smile to fit all. Smile Makeovers and enhanced results including teeth implants are all about using certain principals as a guide but then using artistic and creative ability and skill to produce a smile that suits the face and the person. This allows that smile to become unique. And this ultimately creates and produces a beautiful smile as far as the particular patient is concerned. The smile is only perfect if it is designed in a way that suits the face without looking artificial and fake.
Studies of beautiful faces reveal that they all have certain components that are true such as good facial symmetry and good bone structures. However, all beautiful faces are not the same.
In a similar context, beautiful smiles have certain components that are similar such as teeth symmetry and alignment but the overall design of the new teeth is as unique as the face. This was the philosophy behind Dr. Doshi’s smile creations in his smile clinic and his teachings at the Advanced Training Institute.
Also, the country you live in my dictate your desired smile. The latest research from the US is showing that the “British Smile” itself is something worth smiling about!
A study that has analysed the American and British smile and the 43 different facial muscles used to produce them has discovered some interesting results. The psychologist undertaking the study found such sharp differences between the way Americans and Brits smile that researchers could spot the difference accurately over 90% of the time.
The British smile is by pulling the lips back and upwards, exposing the lower teeth, whilst Americans part their lips and stretch the corners of their mouths. We Brits are more likely to raise our cheeks when we smile, showing crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes – giving rise to a more sincere smile, which is harder to fake.
The most representative smile was considered to be restrained but dignified – which scientists have titled “The Prince Charles” smile. Most US smiles by contrast are far less expressive!
Other components of The Perfect Smile that makes it beautiful:
– A wide mouth surrounding the smile.
– The colour of teeth created to match the face tone.
– The shape of teeth created so that they suit the facial shape
– Contours of teeth created to match the contours of the face
– The proportion of teeth showing as depending on the facial muscles
– The smile following the curvature of the lower lip
– The way in which the teeth reflect light
– The surface texture of the teeth
– The proportion of teeth to one another
– The smile being harmonious from every angle
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