So what are the secrets of a great smile?

So what are the secrets of a great smile?

The secrets lie in symmetry and natural balance

Many people think that improving their smile is about changing one element – a discoloured tooth or a gap – but it is important to put the smile into context. At SpectrumSmiles, we consider several factors when deciding on the best treatment, because nice smiles are not obvious, they enhance the whole face.

Symmetry

Symmetry

Symmetry around the face’s centreline is important for an aesthetically pleasing smile. Even when it is not totally possible, the illusion of symmetry should be created. The front two upper central incisors should be symmetrical in size, length and shape.

Horizontal Alignment

Horizontal Alignment

Ideally the smile line should be horizontal. Teeth often tilt, which does not enhance the appearance of the smile

Smile Line

Smile Line

The edges of your upper teeth should be parallel to the lower lip when you smile.

Gum Line

Gum Line

The gum line connects the highest points of the gum levels of the upper teeth. This should follow the line of the upper lip, to ensure minimum gum exposure and optimum display of the teeth.

Smile Width

Smile Width

With a narrow smile the side teeth are often in shadow. A wider smile shows the ideal progression from the front to the back teeth, which is more attractive!

Golden Proportion

Golden Proportion

The Golden Proportion Rule describes an ideal ratio of the visible widths of the front six teeth.

Tooth Proportion

Tooth Proportion

These are the ideal proportions of each tooth to achieve a beautiful smile.

Embrasures

Embrasures

Embrasures 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 to teeth as a frame is to a picture! The shape, fullness and symmetry of lips can optimise the ideal smile.

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