What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror? A Cosmetic Dentistry Story. Part 2

By Carol Waldman July 14, 2015

When you look in the Mirror, What do you see? Part 2

Last week I wrote about how so few people actually take the time to look at their teeth and see what other people see.

Today I am going to talk about some of the things that you should be looking for if you want some objective traits to be examined about your smile.

These can be very simple:

  1. Alignment– Are you teeth nicely aligned or is there crowding?
  2. Length: Are your teeth the full original length (normal length of an upper front tooth can be from 10-11 mm long) or are they getting worn down, flattened or chipped edges?
  3. Color: How is the color? Are your teeth nice and bright or have they got a yellow or brown tinge that may have developed from things such as smoking, coffee, tea, curry, betel nut, red wine, blueberries, soy sauce plus so many other foods that we eat?
  4. Gumline: What is the gumline like around your teeth? Is it the same on both sides of your mouth? Do you have gums that have receded?
  5. Balance: What about the balance of your smile? Do you have one side of your smile that appears longer (i.e. teeth touching your lower lip on only one side, giving your smile a lopsided look?)
  6. Old Restorations: Do you have old crowns on your front teeth that no longer fit into your smile due to color changes or gums receding?
  7. Gaps: Are some teeth missing? People look at themselves straight on and not from the side, but other people see you from the side as well as front on. We might think that missing back teeth aren’t noticeable because we can’t see it on ourselves, but others certainly can!
  8. Gaps: Are your teeth too small, leaving gaps between the teeth?









Photos of patient with old crowns and receded gums showing the dark line around the gum line







Patient with small teeth and gaps between teeth







Teeth that are heavily “yellowed” with discolored restorations (fillings), uneven gumlines and poor alignment of teeth





Teeth that are worn down, discolored and multiple old restorations

These are just a few of the things to look for when examining your own smile. Now that you know what to look for, take the time one morning (try a weekend when you aren’t in a rush) and really examine your smile.

Remember, while the eyes are the window to your soul, your smile is the gateway to your personality. Does your smile reflect the person you want the world to see?