A great smile in pictures
Treating a gummy smile
A smile with gingival excess, also known as a ‘gummy’ smile, can distract from the natural beauty of the teeth and face. With advances in orthodontic technology, many orthodontic specialists can now treat these gummy smiles to create incredible results.
This smile shows too much gum.
A beautiful smile is a good balance between gums and teeth.
Natural broad arch smile
Smiles with a broad arch show more teeth and fill the corners of the mouth more fully. The result is a more natural and appealing smile. A broad arch also provides facial support, which gives the face a more youthful appearance.*
Tipped-in teeth reduce brightness with dark corners.
A bright, broad arch smile shows more teeth.
An important aspect of a beautiful smile is the smile arc. A smile arc is created when the curve of the teeth follows the curve of the lower lip, creating a naturally beautiful and flowing smile.
Teeth that appear at the same level create a flat smile.
A smile arc is created when the curve of the teeth follows the lower lip.
*Stuart Frost, DDS, “The Artist Orthodontist: Creating An Artistic Smile Is More Than Just Straightening Teeth,” August 2018.
Teeth images have not been altered. In some cases, patient skin has been retouched for clarity. Images courtesy of Dr. Stuart Frost.