While all of your teeth contribute to the appearance of your smile, there are 6 teeth that play the biggest role in creating an attractive smile. Knowing their location and role will help you to understand how the dentists at Sante Dental can help you improve your smile.
Maxillary Central Incisors
These are the most visible teeth in your mouth in terms of surface area. They get their name because they incise (cut) the food that you eat and are located in your maxilla (upper jaw).
The central incisors are probably the most important teeth in terms of creating an attractive smile. Since these teeth are the most visible, they play a huge part in the color of your smile. Thus, if whitening treatment fails to brighten them, you will have to find another solution.
These teeth also represent the midline of your smile and help to shape the character your smile conveys. Rounded central incisors convey a more friendly appearance, while squared incisors give off a stronger or more aggressive appearance.
Maxillary Lateral Incisors
Maxillary Lateral Incisors are located on each side of the central incisors in the upper jaw. Together with the maxillary central incisors, the lateral incisors help to cut food and form your smile's appearance.
Ideally the laterals should more narrow and shorter than the central incisors, since this conveys a more attractive and youthful look.
For most people these teeth are sharp; however, they can also be round. Similar to the central incisors, the shape of the canines largely determines the appearance your smile conveys. Sharper canines express a more aggressive look, while rounded canines convey a gentler appearance.
Canines also help to support your jaw. However, they are one of the main culprits of facial aging. If your canines become worn down, this increases the chance that your facial structure will also collapse. For this reason, your canines are often one of the major areas treated during a nonsurgical facelift.
If you would like to learn more or if you're considering cosmetic dental surgery, contact us at 902-423-3234. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.