What’s Really Behind That Smile?

Is there more to a smile than meets the eye? A study at UC Berkeley sheds a little light on the question. Researchers reviewed an old high school yearbook and looked at…you guessed it…smiles. They established standardized measures of health and success over a 30 year period. By assigning a value to smiles, they were able to predict how long the subjects’ marriages lasted, how they would score on surveys of well-being and happiness, and how inspiring they were to others. The broadest smiles consistently predicted the highest measures in all of the above!

When you look in the mirror and like the teeth reflecting back, you’ll smile more.  And when you smile more you simply feel better. Yes, there’s research on that too! Turns out that the physical act of smiling fires neurons in your brain associated with happiness. And when you share your smile with others, a similar effect occurs in their brains.  The win-win act of smiling carries many implications throughout your relationships and social interactions.

Details, Details, Details

A lot goes into a superb smile, and your teeth play a central role. Our team focuses on the intricate details of exceptional teeth.  For example, did you know there’s a distinct ratio of width to length for front teeth that looks best? If teeth stretch this value, they tend to appear too square or short. Sometimes just adding a millimeter to the length of your front incisors changes the entire appearance of your smile. Other details such as angulation, rotation, and thickness are just part of what we analyze to craft your perfect smile.

Millions of people attempt to whiten their teeth every year, and an improvement in the tone and brightness of your teeth can be dramatic.  You may not realize how much color your teeth absorb over time. Take a look at an old photograph (that hasn’t yellowed) and see if you can see a difference. Altering the color of teeth often offers an instant boost of confidence, and complements many other types of treatment. Try this simple test:  Look in the mirror and compare the whites of your eyes with your teeth. Unless your eyes are burning from spring allergies, the two features should look roughly the same. But many people discover that the whites of their eyes look much lighter than their yellowed teeth.

What about the effect of one misplaced tooth, like a sharp canine that sits too far towards the lip?  The human eye appreciates harmony, and even a single stray tooth can disrupt the appearance of an otherwise pleasant smile. Solutions to establish a visual balance between teeth are a critical part of our focus when we’re crafting your smile.

Let’s Harmonize

The details of your smile matter. With our experience and training in cosmetic dentistry, you can leave those details up to us. We’ll evaluate the big picture and everything that creates it and help you find the smile of your dreams.

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