Types of Smile and Their Stages

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People come from different regions and so do their smiles. Experts identify these smiles and study their variations. Dentist Barrie takes you to the world of the various neuromuscular smile patterns:

  1. The commissure smile is a pattern which is very well-known and common in 67% of the population. This smile resembles a Cupid’s bow. In this type of smile, the corners of the mouth are first pulled up and then outward. Later, the levators of the upper lip contracts so that those upper teeth are displayed. In this smile pattern, the central incisors are at the lowest incisal edge. Now, the convexity continues superiorly with the maxillary first molar being 1 to 3 mm higher than the incisal edge of the central.
  2. The cuspid smile also is known as a canine smile, is a bit rare. 31% of the population belongs to this category. In this pattern teeth are diamond shaped. The dominance of the levator labii superiors has discovered this pattern. You can find the maxillary molars at or below the incisal edge of the central incisors. Elvis, Tom Cruise, and Tiger Woods have this smile pattern.
  3. The complex smile included 2% of the population. The shape of the lips looks like two parallel chevrons. The uniqueness about such a smile is the strong muscular pull. Also, there is a retraction pattern of the lower lip downward and back. Maxillary and mandibular incisal planes remain flat in this smile pattern. Julia Roberts, Marilyn Monroe, Will Smith, and Oprah Winfrey fall under this category.

Dentist Barrie reviews the type of smile of the patient and thus, helps you in getting your desired smile.

Stages of a Smile

There are four stages in a smile cycle:

  • Stage 1 Lips closed
  • Stage 2 Resting display
  • Stage 3 Natural smile (three-quarters)
  • Stage 4 Expanded smile (full)

Obviously, smiles vary and they are unique to each individual. There is not much difference between natural and expanded smile in such cases. In these cases, Dentist Barrie only treats the maxillary or mandibular anterior front six teeth.

Types of Smiles

There are five variations or types in which dental and/or periodontal tissues are displayed in the smile zone:

  • Type 1 maxillary only
  • Type 2 maxillary and over 3 mm gingival
  • Type 3 mandibular only
  • Type 4 maxillary and mandibular
  • Type 5 neither maxillary nor mandibular

People have one kind of smile in the majority of cases. However, at times a mixture of smile is possible.

For smile improvisation, Dentist Barrie offers various surgical procedures. This is done after analyzing the pattern and classifying the stages of the smile of the patient.