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What Makes a Smile Beautiful?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

The first thing most people notice about you when they meet you is your smile. Since your smile is such an important facial feature, improving it has been at the center of attention even since ancient times. Ancient grave sites in Egypt and Italy reveal people buried in their dental appliances, including metal bands and wires for straightening teeth, golden dental crowns, and false teeth made of ivory.

This interest in straightening teeth and maintaining a perfect smile lies in our love of symmetry, proportion, and similar classical notions of beauty. For the longest time artists and architects have known the importance of symmetry and proportion in making their work beautiful and so implemented it into their work, often using the Golden Ratio, where the ratio of the length of 2 objects to the larger of the two is the same as the ratio of the larger object to the smaller one.

Restorative and prosthodontic dental specialists try to take these same notions of beauty and apply them to restoring or improving patients’ teeth. When it comes to teeth, be they missing, misshapen, or broken, patients need restored function and aesthetics. Symmetry and beauty of a patient’s smile is just as important as repairing usage.

But what exactly makes a beautiful smile? The theories on proportion are good guidelines, but most importantly, it takes the skill and artistry of a good dentist to create a smile that is the most beautiful smile on that each unique patient!

May
21

The unexpected side-benefits of iodine-based mouthwash

A new mouthwash, designed by the Biomedical Development Corporation (BDC), seems to have a very impressive an unexpected side-benefit: lowering your cholesterol! In the April of 2013, BDC presented the data gathered from their clinical testing of their new mouthwash to the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Their new, iodine-based mouth rinse was clearly effective […]

May
14

When is a Second Root Canal Needed?

All surgeries have a risk of complications, and root canal treatment is no different. There are many different reasons why your root canal may need retreatment or an additional surgery. Although it is not common for root canals to fail, here is why they sometimes do and why retreatment is your best option. Bacteria Endodontists […]

May
7

Could Fillings Become a Thing of the Past?

Could fillings be a thing of the past? Scientists in London have developed a pain-free filling that doesn’t require drilling or injections. Normally, a dentist would remove the decay by drilling and then the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin. The new treatment technique, developed by King’s College London, […]

Apr
23

Natural Ways to Fight Tooth Decay

You may not have realized it, but one of the chemicals in your oral care product comes from nature, and is vital in helping prevent decay. The plant-based chemical, Trans-Chalcone protects against harmful mouth bacteria and prevents the build-up of plaque. It is found in Liquorice root and blocks the key enzyme that lets bacteria […]

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