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If tooth be told

india Updated: Nov 27, 2007 21:08 IST
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A smile — that humble facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth — increases your face value. So we thought. But that’s not the case these days because the perfect smile formula is upon us. Nicholas Davis of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry has this jaw-aching recipe for all those who don’t want to end up looking like an emoticon: the ideal width of a smile should not be less than half the width of the face, and both upper and lower lips should be symmetrical to each side of the mid-line of the face. And, there’s more: Davis, smilingly of course, says that the top row of teeth should be dominant, while very little should be seen of the bottom row. By the way, your milky white teeth won’t win you the Colgate Cup; your teeth should be the same colour as the whites of your eyes. Describing his formula in Dental Clinics of North America, Davis added: teeth on display should be straight, and there should not appear any signs of restoration work.

Before you rush to the mirror to do a random check about your smile, here’s a suggestion: relax, because behind every such 10/10 smile is a good doctor. The report admits this, saying that more and more people are bleaching their teeth and are going for aesthetic dentistry because they want a ‘Jessica Simpson smile’. Now, won’t that be boring, everyone simpering around with a ‘Simpson smile’?

And, remember your grandma’s toothy smile or little brother’s dimpled smile? We bet a thousand grins that those are more heartwarming than the artificial smile that is a result of some precision engineering. A smile comes from the heart, so let’s say cheese to that.