Unattractive Smiles


Few people are lucky enough to have a beautiful, natural, perfect smile. The great majority of adults is not content with their smiles. The most common causes for unattractive smiles are:

  • Crooked teeth, misalignments
  • Bite issues, such as open bite, cross-bite, deep bite
  • Tooth grinding and wear issues
  • Jaw issues, such as lack of space, lack of adequate growth
  • Proportion issues, for example large teeth in small faces or small front teeth in relation to the other teeth
  • Smile arc: is the curve that the biting edges of upper teeth have in relation to the lip line
  • Gaps, uneven size of teeth, missing teeth
  • Color of teeth and gums: dark teeth and inflamed gums can affect the appearance of a smile
  • Gummy smile, lip positioning: influences how much teeth and gums are showed when smiling
  • Poor restorations that cause cosmetic issues: crowns, fillings and bridges can have poor cosmetics.
  • Symmetry issues between left and right sides and between the dental midline and face midline

An unattractive smile can have terrible effects on a person’s self-esteem, social life and general wellbeing. If bite problems are present, besides appearance, it can also affect eating, speaking, oral and general health.



A bad bite can influence the smile in several ways. Because it creates excessive force on some teeth, they can be more prone to cracking and chipping. This directly affects the symmetry and the shape of the tooth, besides creating problems with food traps, decay and possibly sensitivity.

When the bite forces are too intense, thin enamel cracks can also develop (called craze lines), which accumulate stains from the diet, becoming very visible. The intense bite pressure can also cause tooth wear, making the smile look aged and unhealthy.

Furthermore, crowded, crooked or gapped teeth are not only visually unattractive, but they also foster bite issues that lead to unbalanced forces in the mouth.



There are many solutions to turn unattractive smiles into perfect smiles. Tooth whitening, veneers, crowns and replacement of missing teeth can offer quick solutions for a smile makeover. However, there is a less invasive and more integrative approach through orthodontics, combining a better smile with a more functional bite.



The least invasive and conservative approach to correct the appearance and the functionality of a smile is through orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics is key to optimize the position of teeth and jaws, in order to correct both the smile and the bite. Bite issues are not only a cosmetic problem, but they can also contribute to migraines and headaches, posture problems, head, neck and back pain. Even perfect smiles can present bite problems.

Many adults dislike the idea of having braces; however, this can no longer be an excuse for not correcting an unattractive smile and a bad bite. Removable clear aligners are a great, discrete solution. Teeth and jaws are gently changed through the continuous use of thin plastic trays, which are custom-made from a 3D scan of your teeth. The trays can be removed for eating, cleaning and special occasions, making treatment much more convenient.

Turn your unattractive smile into the perfect smile with a healthy bite. This is the best possible combination for oral and general health and wellbeing.