Perfection, what is that? As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Being a dentist in Palm Harbor Florida, gives me a different perspective on teeth and smiles than the normal layperson. Human perfection involves some level of imperfection, I believe. I am not talking in riddles or practicing Taoism, so let me explain what makes this a picture of what I consider a perfect masculine smile.
First, in my opinion not only is there a difference in a masculine and feminine smiles, tooth form (shape) should follow face form. As a general rule throughout human history feminine beauty is more soft and round, masculine is more square, sharp and pointy. A squarish mans face should have square teeth, a man with a tapered face should have tapered square teeth.
Secondly, the two upper front teeth, the maxillary central incisors, teeth #’s 8,9 should be larger than the ones next to them, #’s 7, 10, the lateral incisors. Perfect is when the lateral incisors are 2/3 the width of the centrals and 1 mm shorter than the central incisors with a similar shape. Rounding the corner of the smile are the maxillary canines, #6, 11, and they should not be round, but pointy and the same length as the central incisors (1 mm longer than the lateral incisors.)
Next is shade or color. I do not think a perfect smile needs to be Hollywood White. Too white looks fake to me, also opaque white looks fake, the edges of naturally beautiful teeth are somewhat translucent. Older and or darker skinned people’s teeth can be less white than younger or light skinned people.
Lastly position. Perfect is not necessarily perfect to me. A look like David Bowies’, Lateral incisors slightly tilted out (Class II Division II) has an attraction to me. Some people like spaces (I personally do not). Flat straight across might look ok on a senior citizen, but it is certainly not youthful looking. Some asymmetry is more acceptable for a man than for a woman’s smile.
What do you consider a perfect smile?
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A