What Makes a Smile Attractive?

A smile is a social asset. Other than being an indicator of emotions, it also enhances the aesthetic features of a person’s face. It helps create an impression, inspire people and build lasting relationships.

The Hollywood Smile

In defining the ‘perfect smile’ some people might immediately picture ‘the Hollywood Smile’. You probably know exactly what we’re talking about: a set of (almost impossibly) bright white, perfectly aligned and evenly sized teeth. Hollywood celebrities have been known to undergo cosmetic and other dental procedures to get this type of smile. Sometimes the procedures required are lengthy and expensive. In some cases, surgery is needed, followed by the downtime required for recovery. You’ll often see articles in popular media that show before and after images of subtle or dramatic dental makeovers of the rich and famous.

Of course there are many attractive celebrities who don’t have a Hollywood Smile. Here are just a few:

Celebrities Who Have Imperfect Teeth 

  • Katy Perry
  • Keira Knightley
  • Anna Paquin
  • Will Ferrell
  • Madonna
  • Kristen Dunst
  • Ricky Gervais

The Smile Across Cultures

Across the globe, there are differences in what people think makes a smile attractive. Take Japan, for example, where the trend of recent times is for young women to have crooked teeth. Some women even use orthodontics (braces) to move their teeth further out of alignment and be even more crooked and crowded!

Teeth stained with the brown juice of betel nuts or chewing tobacco are commonplace in some countries. In others, visible gold fillings are considered desirable because they are a reflection of wealth.

Perhaps, then, there is no such thing as ‘the perfect smile’. Perhaps there’s really only a ‘perfect smile for you’.

Sequoia Dental’s Definition Of The Perfect Smile

We at Sequoia Dental Guelph believe that a smile doesn’t have to be ‘Hollywood perfect’ to be beautiful. A beautiful smile has clean, healthy teeth and gums and a warmth that reflects a deep inner happiness. We love smiles with character as much as smiles with ‘classic perfection’.