We’re all fascinated by those celebrities and athletes who have pristine, perfect smiles–many of which have been sculpted by cosmetic dentists like Dr. Norton at Lifetime Family Dental. We know it when we see it, but what makes a smile perfect? The following are a few variables in the formula of the fabled perfect smile.
According to Loma Linda University, the color of your teeth is one of the first things that people notice. This of course explains the popularity of teeth whitening–but don’t go overboard with at-home whitening kits. The study also stated that the color of your teeth should never be whiter than the color of your eyes. If your teeth are too white, they draw too much attention away from your eyes and become too dominant. Consult with a cosmetic dentist in Gilbet AZ to find that perfect shade.
Less is More
How you actually smile is important too. There are a few things you can do to make your smile look a little nicer. Less is more when it comes to showing both your teeth and your gums. Your lower teeth should just barely show when you smile. The focus should be on your top teeth. The same can be said for your gums. While you should work with your dentist to keep your gums healthy, the lipline should only reveal 2 mm of gums.
According to the American Dental Association, the perfect smile is a broad one–at least half the width of the face.
When you’re smiling, don’t force it. When you begin with a more subtle smile and slowly broaden it your face will look more natural and help ease the muscles in your face.
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