Like the eyes, which are valued primarily for their function to see, teeth are primarily valued for their function in chewing food. When people are confronted with the notion of losing their teeth, the first thought would be: “How do I eat?” Also, like the eyes, the teeth have a secondary value: aesthetics, as any cosmetic dentist Scottsdale residents would ask will tell you. The truth is, beauty has a lot more to do with proportion than with certain “standards” like recurring trends in beauty.

To demonstrate, seeing a pretty young lady with a missing tooth might prompt comments like: “She could be beautiful if it weren’t for the lost tooth.” That would seem odd, considering that the lady is beautiful to begin with. However, the missing tooth can disrupt the balance and symmetry of her face, especially when she smiles—which is a pity, since smiling is a positive gesture meant to bring happiness and pleasure.

The missing tooth may have also disrupted the balance in the rest of the lady’s teeth. As with all parts of the body—particularly the face—the aesthetics of dentistry is dictated by the so-called “divine proportion.” Divine proportion appears subtly in all parts of nature. Any deviation from the proportion can disrupt balance as intuitively perceived by the critical human eye.

A cosmetic dentist Scottsdale AZ residents visit can see these proportions from the front. Some might argue that perspective can be dramatically affected when the lips are drawn back or if the teeth are seen up close. However, proportion can still be seen either way.

The incisors are ideally the most visible teeth with the others seen little by little further toward the back. The incisors themselves are ideally even and match with the “golden rectangle,” rectangles with curved edges, like Noah’s Ark. The human teeth are visibly square though not quite. The curvature of the individual tooth and the dental arch as a whole is similar to that of the magnificent nautilus shell, which scientists found to follow an exquisitely accurate logarithm.

People’s aesthetic preference for color has unclear connections with intuitive perception of visual proportions. However, one can say that while there is no exact “ideal” tooth color in particular, teeth are at least pearly white like the interior of a seashell. Practitioners of cosmetic dentistry Scottsdale residents normally consult do not give their patients the whitest veneers available; the right color is ideally white enough to at least match the person’s natural skin tone.