It has been brought to my attention that a gap between the two front teeth
can be attractive. Different cultures find this gap enticing. I’ve
even observed a trendy display of models with gaps between their two front
teeth in a recent issue of Style.com magazine. Let me remind everyone
that gaps between baby teeth are normal and have purpose. Gaps between
adult teeth are not. So, how am I to feel about this subject as an orthodontist?
I have had the opportunity to interview thousands of patients regarding
the things about their smile that they want to change. Most often the
complaint revolves around crowding or spacing. The gap between the two
front teeth is common. So, let’s take this time to mind the gap.
No one likes spacing throughout the entire mouth. However, people find
that the special gap between the two front teeth gives them character,
makes them unique, gives them that little extra edge. I have also been
told that this gap between the two front teeth is something that connects
this person with other family members. I have learned that certain cultures
find this gap super attractive. This is interesting to me because historically
and even today, most people associate negative human characteristics with
this gap between the two front teeth.
The negative traits associated with the gap include being ignorant, goofy,
or childish. Perhaps there is more negativity associated with the gap
in American culture than others. Perhaps this negative association is
more profound on males or female. this negativity may increase with the
size of the gap. I haven’t performed a true study on the subject
to answer those questions. But, I am obligated to study my art of making
gorgeous, genuine smiles.
Studying beauty, as the ideal is ever changing, requires that I recognize
beauty in all it’s different forms. Occasionally I will read Vogue
or Style.com, watch old movies, or people watch, simply to observe various
characteristics of The Smile. Right now, I do believe that some people
have the ability to pull this off! The gap can work in favor for some
people. But the vast majority of people, should simply close the gap to
improve their smile.
But watch out! Even after the gap is closed with orthodontics, that pesky
little rascal wants to return. So, wear your retainer and discuss options
like a frenectomy and a fixed retainer to hold it tight. If you choose
to rock your gap, be proud and keep on smiling. There is something about
confidence and swagger that allows for almost anything.