Improvements in dentistry over the past decade have meant that it is possible for anyone to get the perfect smile. The problem is that this usually involves a relatively substantial investment and just as with fake tan, there are people that go overboard and abuse products such as teeth whitening.Fortunately we are seeing a move away from those garishly bright and white teeth and people are beginning to realise that the more natural smile is a lot more flattering than brilliant white pegs.
So why are teeth so important and why do we care about them so much? Well it goes way past the practical function of needing them to help chew food and they are in fact important not only to our self esteem but also in helping us find a mate – research has shown that 73% of people look for a partner with a nice smile, compared to 40% who look for a good physique.
The Ideal Shade of White
It is now pretty common knowledge that the whiter the better doesn’t hold true anymore. Instead it is said that the optimum shade of whitening varies, with the key to the perfect shade actually being to avoid having your teeth match the whites of your eyes, this is when it starts to look fake. These days it is more about creating a natural smile than a squint inducing bling smile.
The Rise of the Gap
No this isn’t a plug for the clothing retailer, rather how our opinions on what is attractive changes. The like of Lara Stone have helped show us that perfect teeth aren’t the only attractive ones, instead what are usually perceived as ‘imperfections’ can also be beautiful. There hasn’t been a more noticeable one than the rise of the gap-tooth. In fact now this look is so sought after that people are actually having the gap between their front teeth filed down! So we wouldn’t recommend this but feeling comfortable with the teeth you have is a great self-esteem builder.
Remember all that stuff your family said about the gaps in your teeth being character building? Well chances are they might have been right for a change. The 21st century smile isn’t about having the perfectly white and straight veneers that so many Hollywood stars have. Instead it is about having healthy-looking teeth with a little more character. Now dentists are finding that rather than patients wanting their imperfections to be fixed, they are in fact being asked for them to keep these little anomalies.
If your teeth are in need of a major fix then now is the best time to do it! Dentistry has moved away from the old ideas that everyone is the same and now the understanding that teeth come in all shapes and sizes, with each smile being totally unique to the individual. Now dentists even go as far as taking their patients skin tone, hair colour and face shape into account when they are fixing their patients teeth.