How to Get the Best Smile for Your Features and Face Shape

Nearly half of all adults rate the smile as the most memorable feature when they first meet someone. Another study found that the smile is an important factor influencing the perception of attractiveness.

What constitutes a great smile depends somewhat on the shape of your face. So how do you get a perfect smile that complements your face shape? The board-certified dental specialists at Core Smiles in the NoMad neighborhood of New York City can help you make that determination. Here are a few things you may want to think about for your best smile.

Face shape and natural smiles

Unfortunately, not all natural smiles complement natural face shapes. In fact, they rarely do. Usually, the problem with the smile is that the tooth size or shape isn’t right for your face. Here are some examples: 

Small faces

If you have a small face, it’s very common to feel like your teeth are just too big. It is possible to reduce the size of your teeth, but it might actually be their shape, not size, that gives that impression. Square teeth seem larger, and if you’re a woman, square-shaped teeth can appear very masculine and even aggressive. Reshaping your teeth to give them a more rounded appearance can help with this type of problem. 

Long, narrow faces

If you have a long, narrow face, then long, skinny teeth will make it look even longer. Broadening or reducing the length of your teeth can make your smile look more proportionate. 

Round faces

Round faces don’t pair well with small teeth. Lengthening the teeth can create a more proportional face and a better smile. 

Angular faces

Angular faces and square jaws don’t pair well with square-shaped teeth, particularly for women. The reasons are the same as for small faces -- it can result in a masculine, even aggressive appearance. And the solution is the same; rounding the teeth will help give a better balance.

Reshaping or resizing the teeth

You might wonder how the teeth can be reshaped or even resized to create a better smile for your face. Here are a few methods we offer. 


Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain or resin that are applied to the surface of the tooth. The veneers can modify the tooth’s shape and fill in the gaps between teeth. Using veneers that are lighter than your natural teeth can also have a whitening effect on your smile at the same time.

Dental bonding

If your teeth are small in size compared to your lips and smile, dental bonding can help. Bonding uses composite resin and porcelain to add to the tooth. It can also be used to fill gaps, repair small chips, and smooth out rough edges. 

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are “caps” cemented in place over the tooth. They can be contoured to create the shape that best fits your face. 

Since every smile makeover is based on your individual features, it’s important to consult with one of our dental specialists to find out what is right for you. When planning your smile transformation, we take into account not only your face shape, but your gum characteristics, skin tone, and hair color.

If you’d like to modify your smile to compliment your face and features, contact our office today to set up an appointment.

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