What Makes a Great Smile?

What Makes a Great Smile?


It’s interesting to me when people come in to my office for a cosmetic consultation and they want their smiles to be better.  They usually have some ideas about how to improve their smiles, but usually focus on one or two teeth that they think, if fixed, will improve their entire appearance.


So, what really makes a great smile?


It generally boils down to 3 common things:


1) Symmetry

2) Color and Brightness

3) Teeth Position


Let’s talk about these characteristics. 


Symmetry is about both sides of your smile being as similar as possible.  Good looking people have one similar characteristic-the right side of their face is closely symmetrical to their left side. The same goes for one’s smile.  If the teeth in one side of the mouth are crowded in appearance, have spaces or look longer than the others, it really detracts from the smile.


Color is an important factor.  There are whitening toothpastes and whitening treatments for a reason.  Generally, Americans can be identified by their teeth outside of the U.S. That’s a good thing!

Some people confuse tooth color with brightness.  In my practice, we try to balance both. We strive to deliver age appropriate color and brightness that enhances the smile rather than dominate it.  But color is a personal choice, and there are many ways to make the teeth as white as you would like.


The position of your teeth means a lot, more than you think.  If your top teeth are farther forward than your bottom ones, you’ll have that “buck tooth” appearance.  If   you have spaces or gap between teeth, or your teeth are crowded or misaligned-your smile will suffer.  Straight teeth are a key to having an attractive smile.


When you visit a dentist to fix your smile, keep these three things in mind when discussing your treatment options.  A dentist that is talented in cosmetic procedures and has a good eye for esthetics will be able to address these characteristics of a great smile.

**Dr. Archer Katz is a general and cosmetic dentist offering personalized, painless and superior dental care for patients in Emerson, NJ. Dr. Katz earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology/Chemistry in 1981 from Rutgers University, and received his DMD from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1985. Dr. Katz believes in continuing education and is certified in BIOLASE Laser Technology, Invisalign® Orthodontics, Advanced Endodontics and Periodontics, and more. In addition, he is an active member of the American Dental Association, Bergen County Dental Society, the New Jersey Dental Association and the Academy of Facial Esthetics.  Dr. Katz has been voted a Bergen Top Dentist, for 2019, in Bergen Magazine.  He has also been chosen as one of America’s Top Dentists since 2007 by Consumers Research Council of America. To learn more about Emerson Dental Arts and the services Dr. Katz provides, please visit our website at www.emersondentalarts.com or call/text (201) 261-3364.

Archer Katz

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