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Da Vinci code 'key to perfect smile'

It's the mysterious mathematical formula which is at the heart of 'The Da Vinci Code'. But, now a British dentist has used the crypted sequence of numbers to create what he claims is "the perfect smile".

world Updated: Jan 25, 2010 12:29 IST

It's the mysterious mathematical formula which is at the heart of 'The Da Vinci Code'. But, now a British dentist has used the crypted sequence of numbers to create what he claims is "the perfect smile".

According to Dr Tariq Idris, who has used the code to provide the ultimate in cosmetic transformations, the sequence could be the "template for dental perfection", the 'Daily Express' reported.

The sequence, known as the divine proportion, is an equation for beauty which frequently occurs in nature. The series of numbers, also known as the Fibonacci series, has become the foundation for many works of art and architecture and most recently formed a part of Dan Brown's Da Vinci novel.

Now, with the aid of computer software, lasers and nano-technology, the sequence is helping dentists to create personalised but perfect smiles for the rich and famous.

Dr Idris, based in Harley Street, London, said he stumbled on the idea while looking at photographs.

"I was analysing photos of smiling clients, comparing the ratio of the teeth, smile and gum line. I realised that by employing the Fibonacci sequence I could find a template for perfection.

"By identifying where the smile failed the 'divine proportion' test, I analysed where I could reshape the teeth and gums to fit with the correct ratios," he was quoted by the British tabloid as saying.

To perfect the technique, he had to turn to the latest technology. He discovered a new bonding process and a hi-tech putty that resembles real tooth structure.