What makes a ‘perfect’ tooth?

Teeth Shapes What makes a ‘perfect’ tooth?

Just like the rest of the human body, teeth come in all shapes and sizes.

But, whilst we might all dream of a tiny waist or trim sixpack, what’s the aspiration when it comes to teeth?

Here cosmetic dental experts at the Harley Street Smile Clinic, take a closer look at the most desired tooth shape, what contributes to the ‘perfect’ smile…and, more importantly, how you can achieve one!


What makes a great tooth?

When it comes to picture-perfect teeth there are several factors that come into play:

  • The shape

Teeth come in all different shapes, resembling rectangles, squares and even triangles, but the most preferable silhouette is the rectangle.

Go too rectangular though – and without softly curved edges – and the result can be what is rather unforgivingly branded as a ‘horsey’ smile.

  • The size

Proportions play a big part in the overall look of a smile.

To appear natural and evenly balanced, the two front teeth should be slightly larger than the rest. The two teeth on either side of these – the lateral incisors – should then be similar in shape but a touch smaller (by about a fifth).

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  • The edges

People often seek the assistance of cosmetic dentists wanting the bottom edge of all their front teeth to line up perfectly – but this rigid formation would be a mistake!

Instead, the most natural and attractive arrangement is for the two lateral incisors to be a fraction higher than the front two teeth. The canine teeth, which need to be pointy – but not too pointy (think vampires!) – should then mirror the length of the front two teeth.

Whilst a straight line isn’t desirable – a smooth one is. And, although the bottom edge of most teeth tends to be slightly uneven and a bit bumpy, aesthetically, the preference is for them to be smooth.

  • The gumline

Although you might not think it, showing too much gum when you smile can really affect the appearance of your teeth.

This condition – known as a gummy smile – is a common problem, affecting over 25% of the population. The excess gum not only distorts the true size and shape of teeth but can throw an otherwise great smile off balance.

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  • The colour

Ok, so the colour doesn’t alter the shape of teeth, but it does play a big part in their overall look. All the dream contours in the world, won’t matter a jot if the teeth in question are stained, yellowing.

Hone your smile

With so many contributing factors influencing the overall look of teeth, it’s hardly surprising that so many people seek professional help.

Here at the Harley Street Smile Clinic, we offer a wide range of smile-perfecting treatments – including tooth reshaping (enameloplasty), veneers and gummy smile makeovers – all delivered by a team of industry leading experts.

Why not get in touch to find out more about the procedures available and how we could help you to achieve tooth perfection? Call us today on 020 7971 1909, email [email protected] or request a free e-consultation now.

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