The Hollywood Smile

The Hollywood smile - the perfect smile makeover

‘Hollywood smiles’ are achieved by using a combination of all or some of the following: tooth whitening, crowns, veneers, and orthodontics.

We all know what this is although it is difficult to define. Simply put, it is the amalgamation of the ‘perfect’ form, position, proportion, alignment, and colour of the teeth. Use of the word, ‘perfect’ must be qualified by observing that the term is emotive and very much modified by social preconditions and therefore does not really exist. Nevertheless, if one observes the teeth of movie stars then one does notice a similarity between each of their smiles. This ‘similarity’ is governed by the ratio of tooth length to width, by their relative position to one another and to the lips, and by their ‘white’ colouring and value of brightness.

It is arguable whether the ‘Hollywood Smile’ is a particularly North American aesthetic and many dental professionals believe that the ‘European Aesthetic’ is informed by a slight quirkiness which manifests as mild mis-alignment or slightly unruly ratios of tooth width to tooth height.

All theories and debates are irrelevant when it comes to constructing a smile for the individual. It is for this reason that we always produce a ‘trial smile’ which the patient will ‘wear’ for a period of time and which can be regularly modified. When both you (the patient) and we (your dental professionals) are mutually happy with the form and proportions of your smile then your ‘trial smile’ is converted into your permanent smile. In this way, your smile is perfect for you.

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