For instance, I had a trial lawyer who’s career had taken off and was handling very high profile cases.  He thought his teeth looked too aggressive in the eyes of a jury.  You’re probably asking,

“What do aggressive teeth look like?”

Well, usually worn teeth from grinding, some gum recession and fracture lines in the teeth…and it makes sense that we subconsciously associate this kind of smile with an aggressive personality.  Here is an example of an aggressive smile:

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So how do we create sexy teeth?  The first person that comes to mind when I think ‘sexy’ is Kate Moss.  Kate Moss, in most of her photographs, shows that her two front teeth are longer than the rest when she rests her mouth.  It’s called having “dominant centrals.”  By creating dominant centrals in our client’s smile, we take advantage of her pouty upper lip and accentuate it.


There are two ways to bring dominance to your front teeth, either by setting the teeth beside them back, or rotating them so that the eye focuses on the front teeth.  Most of my patients who come in with this request ask me to make them longer.  That becomes tricky because you don’t want to end up looking like you have buck teeth.


If we look at our patient, we can immediately see the obvious.  Her teeth are too small for her facial features.  What I have to work with are small teeth, reasonably aligned, a wide arch, wide cheek bones and strong jaw line.  She shows a small amount of her gums when she smiles, which if kept can evoke a certain youthfulness.  (Showing a small amount of gums in a full smile is associated with youth.  As you get older your gums recede and therefore older patients tend not to show any gum). before

In order to complete this look, we have to narrow the front teeth, giving them dominance, and also give large, defined embrasure space as the smile continues to the back of the mouth.  (Embrasure space is the space created between the edges of the teeth as you move from tooth to tooth.)  As always, I like to do this by first creating a temporary smile by hand to make sure I’m getting it exactly right, giving both myself and my patient the ability to preview the final results.

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First, we see the difference between the Before and After smile, note how I was able to narrow and give dominance to the front teeth.


Below left is a picture that shows how, at a resting position in the lip, the front teeth show slightly and give an accent to the pursed upper lip.



Below right is a picture that shows the big swooping “embrasure spaces” clearly defined between each tooth that show the edges of the canines and premolars.


Lastly, below you can see just how these teeth accentuate the cheek bones and jawline as well as the color used to pick up on her eye color.


Overall, it’s these small details that make up a beautiful smile that elicits a response from others. This could have been designed or executed many different ways that might have yielded completely different results.

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