It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most valuable physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. So at the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, we ask: how do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?
There are many issues that are generally considered to detract from stunning smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.
Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are ordinarily considered unattractive.
There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry.
If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in smile transformations. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. In addition, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.
When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the essential elements work together to create a natural-looking, memorable smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can!