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Smile Science: The 5 Intrinsic Traits of a Beautiful Smile

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — S. John salivonchik @ 6:42 pm
An artful rendition of a woman with a beautiful smile

Humans have been obsessed with the aesthetics of their smiles for millennia. From ancient cultures bleaching their teeth with various concoctions to modern smile makeovers, people love to create beautiful smiles. But who decides what a beautiful smile is? Well, scientists of course! Using polls, tests, and research data, they have honed in on the traits of great smiles.

If you want to learn about these traits and how they add up to a gorgeous grin, continue reading.

1. The Size of Your Teeth

The proportions of your teeth are an important indicator of a beautiful smile. Ideally, your front teeth should be dominant, with a gradual decrease in size as you move toward the sides. The front teeth shouldn’t be too large, however. Many find large front teeth to be underwhelming in the looks department.

2. How Visible Your Teeth Are

The visibility of your teeth when you smile is another big factor. A beautiful smile strikes a balance between not showing too much or too little of your teeth. Achieving the right balance ensures that your smile looks natural, genuine, and aesthetically pleasing.

Ideally, you should show almost all of your teeth, and they should also sweep back into the “buccal corridor.” This is the small amount of black space between your teeth and the edges of your mouth.

3. The Amount of Gum You Display

The display of gum tissue while smiling adds character. However, excessive gum exposure, known as a “gummy smile,” can negatively impact aesthetics. Achieving an optimal balance between teeth and gum visibility contributes to the attractiveness of your smile. 

4. The Color of Your Teeth

It’s no surprise that the color of your teeth can make or break your smile. Yellow teeth can age your appearance by several years while a bright, white smile is associated with health and vitality. Tooth color should be consistent. Any discoloration or staining can detract from the overall appeal of your smile. Professional teeth whitening treatments can help enhance the color of your teeth.

5. How Symmetrical Your Smile Is

Symmetry is a key element of beauty, especially in smiles. A symmetrical mouth of pearly whites is visually pleasing and contributes to overall facial harmony. Straight teeth with good proportions on both sides create a sense of symmetry that enhances your attractiveness.

Smile science reveals that the beauty of your smile is connected to the way these traits connect and overlap. Luckily, through modern cosmetic dentistry, you don’t need to be naturally blessed with great teeth to enjoy all the benefits. Call your dentist and ask for a cosmetic dentistry consultation today. A beautiful smile isn’t just about looks, it’s the joy of sharing it.

About the Author

S. John Salivonchik has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years. In that time, his favorite part of the job remains the good people he’s met along the way. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Temple Dental School, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Since then, he has continued to build his knowledge through training courses and seminars to better serve his patients. To schedule an appointment at S. John Salivonchik, DMD, PC, call (610) 502-1545 or visit the website to explore other services.

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