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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!

Oct
26

How a Virus Can Help Prevent Infections

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine have found a virus, of all things, that may help solve some problems of root canals. Their research suggests that we can turn the tables on post-procedural bacterial infections by utilizing a type of virus called a bacteriophage. Bacteriophage viruses attack bacteria specifically, which offers […]

Oct
19

Bacteria-Causing Gum Disease May Lead to Oral Cancer Growth

As we get older, we need to pay more and more attention to our oral hygiene. If we keep it healthy, we will be at a less risk for common issues such as cavities, but more importantly, we will limit our risk for gum disease and oral cancer. A recent study from Case Western states […]

Sep
14

Redheads More Resistant to Novocaine

Although the connection seems unlikely, there is new evidence that suggests that if you have red hair, you are more resistant to local anesthetics like Novocaine. This fact leads to redheads being about 20% more likely to have anxiety about dental procedure, and are much more likely to skip a trip to their dentist! All […]

Aug
17

Different Types of Dental X-Rays

During a dental appointment, it’s not uncommon for your dentist to want to take a closer look at what’s going on inside your mouth using an X-ray. They’re useful tools for dental professionals, but for the rest of us, they can sometimes be a little intimidating. Here’s a quick guide on some of the most […]

Jul
20

Could 3D Printing Be the Future of Root Canals?

Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. Annually, approximately 15 million are conducted. If you do the math, that’s around 41,000 a day! Despite their status as a mainstay in dentistry, as well as the best way to save a tooth, root canals can occasionally have adverse effects […]

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