Perfect Teeth And The Golden Ratio
What does the number 1.618 have to do with anything?
1.618 is known as the Golden Ratio, and it’s a mathematical proportion that is known to be extremely pleasing to the human eye.
This ratio has been found in art, architecture, music and nature time and time again. It even crops up in black holes. From ancient Greek mathematicians to Leonardo DaVinci, the Golden Ratio has spawned more writings and theories and books than one might think possible for a mathematical concept. Artists use it to make their art visually pleasing, laying out their paintings in a way that is in tune with those ideal proportions.
Your Smile And The Golden Ratio
We all know our smile affects our appearance in different ways. For example, prominent canine teeth create an aggressive appearance. Rounded lateral incisors are associated with a more feminine look, while a blocky shape appears more masculine. But what about the proportions of our teeth?
Let’s talk about the perfect smile.
In it, the two front teeth form a Golden Ratio in relation to their height and width. We could generalize this a bit and say that their width should be about 70 percent of their height. This ratio is then carried out even further in considering the width of the first and second tooth from the center teeth. Even the ratio of the entire width of the smile to the location of the third tooth — yep. Golden Ratio. That seemingly magic ratio of perfection is seen over and over in our teeth and mouth, just as it is found repeatedly in nature.
Getting The Perfect Smile
This sounds a little complicated, and it isn’t something to lose sleep over. You don’t have to understand it completely in order to appreciate it — we naturally prefer this proportion without realizing it. However, your dentist is aware of these ideal teeth proportions, and when you schedule a visit for a consultation for a cosmetic procedure, these ideal proportions are used to create that perfect smile.