Smiling Facts

Do you love your Smile?

Before you visit us and to get the most from your consultation, ask yourself these questions and identify your concerns.

  • Are you embarrassed to smile?
  • Does this affect your confidence?
  • What do you not like about your smile?
  • How would you like to change your smile?

 

What makes a gorgeous smile?

Even though your teeth have the biggest influence on the appearance of your smile, they are not the only factor that makes a beautiful smile.

The shape and form of your lips as well as healthy gums that do not show too much, all play a part in making your smile great. Just remember, that it does not matter if you want to have a Hollywood smile or just a natural smile, symmetry is essential for that beautiful smile.

Symmetry

Symmetry

The two upper central incisors should be symmetrical in size, length and shape. Even if this is not 100% possible, the illusion of symmetry could be created as this makes for an aesthetically pleasing smile.


Horizontal-Alignment

Horizontal Alignment

Ideally your smile line should be parallel to the horizon.


Smile-Line-

Smile Line

The lower edges of your upper teeth should follow the curve of your lower lip when you smile.


Smile-Width

Smile Width

The side teeth are often in shadow with a narrow smile and this leaves dark triangles in the corners of the mouth. With a wider smile, the progression from the front to the back teeth can be seen and this allows for a more attractive smile.


Gum Line

Gum Line

The gum line connects the highest points of the gum levels of the upper teeth. This height must be symmetrical on both sides of the mouth and ideally should follow the line of the upper lip, to ensure minimum gum exposure and optimum display of the teeth when smiling. The upper lip should touch where the teeth meet the gum, but a small amount of visible gum tissue above the teeth is acceptable (2mm).


Tooth axis or midpoint

Tooth axis or midpoint

The midpoint of the tooth leans backward from tip to gum and this leaning increase from the incisors to the canines.


Contact point

Contact point

The contact point is the lowest on the front or central incisors and it gradually moves upward towards the canines or eye teeth. Generally the shape of the teeth will influence these contact points.


Tooth dimension and proportion

Tooth dimension and proportion

Because of variations, it is difficult to define ideal tooth dimension and relative proportion. Because our perception of symmetry, dominance and proportion are influenced by outside factors, this should be adapted for every smile.


Incisal edge configuration

Incisal edge configuration

 A young smile has a “gull” shape whereas a more mature smile has a flatter appearance because of wear on the cutting edge of the teeth.


Interincisal Angles

Interincisal Angles

Interincisal Angles are the small triangular spaces between the tips of the teeth. These are artistically created by the ceramist and dentist for a natural look.


Lips

Lips

Lips are a frame for the teeth. The shape, fullness and symmetry of your lips can be changed for the ideal smile.


Healthy gums

Healthy gums

The gum tissue should have a light pink colour and firm texture without any swelling or bleeding and must completely fill the gap between teeth to avoid any visible black triangles.


 

Do you need to change your Smile?

a smile; a pleased, kind, or amused facial expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.”

Our mouths are the most dominant feature of our faces by virtue of its size and our central incisors or front teeth are the dominant part of a smile. If smiling makes you feel uncomfortable because you are unhappy with your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can create that beautiful radiant smile that you are after.  If your teeth are chipped spaced or discoloured, even if the shape is somehow unattractive or an eye-catching smile is what you are after, you have come to the right place. You can have that beautiful smile you always had or have always wanted.

Let’s Analyse your Smile

A Rose is a rose is a rose; unfortunately a smile is not a smile is not a smile! Your mouth is the first contact when interacting with people and apart from your  eyes, your mouth is where different emotions are first visible ( a smirk, a grin, happiness etc) The two ways of analysing your smile are emotional and objective and the list below can be completed on your own in your own home, using both approaches.

Emotional Smile Evaluation

The emotional smile evaluation is based on your subjective perceptions of your smile. The questions are designed to help reveal your inner feelings about the way in which your smile affects your self-image, how it impacts on your interactions with others and how it influences the quality of your relationships.

  • Does your smile make you feel confident?
  • Do you ever turn your face when smiling or hold your hand up in front of your mouth when talking to others?
  • Have you ever found yourself looking at models or other people with beautiful smiles and wishing you had a similar smile?
  • Do you love the appearance of your teeth and smile or do you see defects in your teeth or gums when you look at your smile in the mirror. i.e.
    • Do you wish your teeth were whiter?
    • Are you satisfied with the way your gums look?
    • Do you show too much or too little of your gums when you smile?
    • Do you show too many or too few teeth when you smile?
    • Are your teeth too long or too short or too wide or too narrow?
    • Do you like the way your teeth are shaped or are they too square or too round?
    • Do you believe that you photograph better from one side of your face or smile with your lips closed instead of flashing a happy smile?
  • Have you figured out a way to use your lips to cover any aspect of your smile?
  • Are you embarrassed to visit a cosmetic dentist due to the condition of your teeth or the length of time since your last visit to a dentist?
  • Do you shy away from showing a full smile in front of other people, especially strangers?
  • Have you ever held back a laugh because you felt uncomfortable about your smile?
  • How would a beautiful new smile make you feel and what would you like to change about your smile?

If you have answered “no” to these questions you are content with your smile, otherwise keep reading!

Objective Smile Analysis

For this analysis, you must stand in front of a mirror. First, smile at yourself using your “normal “ smile. Next, while looking at yourself, think of a very funny moment in your life and give a big hearty or laughing smile. If you are not happy with your teeth, you will most probably feel uncomfortable and will not give this smile in public. By improving your smile, your big smile will appear more often and more spontaneously because you look and feel great! Okay, let’s figure out what is holding back your big smile – what bothers you most.

Teeth

  • Are all of your teeth brilliant white or are they yellow, dark, or stained?
  • In a slight smile with teeth parted, do the tips of your teeth show?
  • Are the length and width of your central incisors in good proportion with your other front teeth?
  • Is the midline of your two front teeth centred with your face and nose?
  • Are the edges of your canine teeth too long, sharp, or look out of line?
  • Are there spaces between any of your front or any other teeth?
  • Are you missing any of your teeth?
  • Do your front teeth stick out or are they crowded, overlapping crooked, uneven or out of line?
  • Are your six lower front teeth straight and even in length?
  • Do the biting edges of your upper teeth follow the curvature of your upper lip?
  • Do any of your teeth appear short and fat or too small or too large?
  • Do your teeth (as a group) slant one way or another?
  • Do you grind your teeth or are any of the biting edges on your teeth chipped or worn down, any visible cracks or fractures?
  • Do you have any grey, black or silver dental fillings in your teeth
  • Do your restorations; fillings, porcelain veneers, old crowns have dark edges at the top and  look unnatural?

 

Gums

  • Do you have a “gummy” smile — showing too much gum tissue or having gums that are too thick?
  • Are your gums even and in line and symmetrical or irregularly shaped — higher on some teeth and lower on others and do the curvature of your gums create half-moon shapes around each tooth?
  • Have your gums receded or do they appear red or puffy?

 

Breath

  • Is your mouth free from decay and gum disease which can cause bad breath?

 

Face

  • Do your cheeks and lip area have a sunken appearance?
  • Does the midline of your teeth align with the midline of your face?
  • Do your teeth compliment your facial shape?
  • Are your teeth appropriately masculine or feminine for your overall look?

If you answered yes to MOST of the above questions, you deserve a better, more beautiful smile