What makes a smile stunning?
A stunning smile is healthy, symmetrical, and strong.
While beauty can be in the eye of the beholder, we also know that there are a number of objective elements that factor into how we evaluate a smile. When we’re considering cosmetic dental procedures and smile makeovers, here are a few of the aspects we look at.
Attributes of a stunning smile
1. How pearly are your whites
People with white teeth are perceived as younger and more attractive.
They’re offered more opportunities for professional success than their stained-teeth counterparts.
They’re viewed as fertile—an unconscious sign that they’d be a desirable mate.
Over-the-counter home whitening remedies like whitening toothpaste, gels, strips, and peroxides can temporarily whiten teeth a shade or two. Kor Whitening—our professional option—offers a more dramatic and permanent solution.
2. Straight teeth: No spacing or crowding
Straight teeth are aesthetically nicer too look at, and often result in better treatment. In study after study, people with straight teeth are 21 percent more likely to be seen as happy, 47 percent more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38 percent more likely to be perceived as smart.
But, the overall health benefits of straight teeth are even more important.
- > Straight teeth allow for more effective brushing and are easier to floss. Better hygiene significantly improves your overall health and reduces the likelihood of developing tooth decay or gum disease. This is especially important as tooth decay and gum disease are linked to a decline in health and risks for heart disease and high blood sugar.
- > Crowded and protruding teeth are susceptible to breaking, especially when participating in sports.
- > Crooked teeth may cause speech impediments—affecting your self-confidence and eventually lead to poor performance at school or work.
- > Crowded teeth put pressure on your jaw, leading to chronic headaches.
- > Finally, cuts or scrapes on your gums, lips or the insides of your cheeks from crooked teeth can lead to infections and illness.
Straightening your teeth can be a cosmetic or orthodontic decision. If only the visible part of your teeth is misaligned, porcelain veneers can change your smile’s appearance.
Clear Connect and Invisalign shift teeth from the root, correcting issues with bite along with ascetics.
3. Healthy gums=healthy smile
Unhealthy or diseased gums are usually white or yellow. And, they’re swollen, leading to a gummy appearance.
Good hygiene habits are vital to gum health.
- > Brush twice a day.
- > Floss once a day.
- > See your dentist and hygienist for regular appointments every six months.
As a last resort, lasers are available to remove dead or diseased gum tissue.
4. No cracked or broken teeth
Chipped or broken teeth are perceived as weak and not cared for. They draw the eye the flaw, distracting from the symmetry of your smile. Researchers have shown that biologically we’re drawn to symmetry. Therefore, the more symmetrical a face, the more beautiful.
Chips and breaks are treated with dental bonding, fillings, or crowns—depending on the severity.
5. No missing teeth
Missing teeth are distracting and unsightly; not to mention they present a host of health and hygiene issues including periodontal disease, bone decay, and facial collapse.
Dental implants look like your natural teeth and offer a long-term, low maintenance solution for missing teeth.
Your smile is a reflection of how you feel about yourself and shapes how others see you.
Dr. Potts is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to his technical proficiency, Dr. Potts is a careful listener. He makes sure to understand what you want and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for your individual needs, along with all options available to you.