A secret to effortless smile that most orthodontists don’t want you to know about.
Everyone thinks the secret to great smile is having straight teeth, but this is not true.
I went through traditional orthodontics where they straightened my teeth out but I was left dissatisfied with the results… so much so that I am going through it all over again for the second time to do it right this time.
Secret of Exquisite Smile
Do not believe the hype about orthodontics that say straight teeth will give you a great smile.
The secret to the greatest smile on planet earth is not how straight the teeth is but how forward it is in your the face.
The beautiful smile is created by the jaws that developed forwards in the face and teeth positioned far out as possible in the palate, so that all the person has to do is slightly open their lips and it reveals a beautiful wide dental arch. This is called the effortless smile, because it means exactly that. There is no effort to put on a great smile. The person can slightly open their lips and its already a great smile.
Picture above is Gackt’s smile a famous rock musician from Japan, he is an example of having this perfect smile. Notice how effortless he is wearing that smile on his face. See how very slightly he is opening his lips, without straining any facial muscles (Effortless) but still revealing a perfect smile that exudes confidence and joy.
In the US and most modernized countries including Japan, since most are getting orthodontics this type of smile is rare.
The perfect smile is those smiles that stop you dead in your tracks, you have encountered them time to time maybe in your social circles or stranger at some social event. You find yourself seemingly enchanted by its spell. The perfect row of teeth seems to show even by the slightest opening of the lips. These individuals smile often.
you think to yourself, “wow that person has a smile that lightens up the whole room”
When we straighten our teeth with braces, the braces are forcing the teeth to align by pulling the teeth back. This causes the teeth to go back in the face and also it is bringing the whole jaw back in the face with it, especially if there are extractions.
This is quite literally the opposite direction to developing the perfect smile.
It creates straight teeth but since it is now further back in the face, a slight opening of the lips hides the teeth in shadow. One has to now smile big and wide for the teeth to show. This creates a smile that requires effort to produce and in the end it is inferior to the smile that is forwards in the face.
Perhaps it is easiest to understand in pictures. Most may not realize this but a lot of the celebrities in Hollywood have imperfect smiles that were created by orthodontics. (imo made worse by orthodontics…)
Tom Cruise is an example of smile created by braces. His teeth has been pulled back in the face, the arch is more narrow, so to show a good smile to the public he has to open his lips wide. Notice how much wider he has to open his lips compared to Gackt’s smile. You can tell by the cheek creases. Tom Cruise always takes pictures with this really big open smiles because he will not be able to pull off a more natural, lips half open smile like Gackt’s. Perhaps this is why he is known for always having big grins. His jaws are in fairly good positions (still pretty forward) which gives him a fairly good appearance, & most people will not detect any flaws.
Christiano Ronaldo is another example of orthodontic teeth that is not far enough forward. Slight opening of the lips (picture on left) does not show a smile, but more of a smirk because not enough teeth show to create a smile. This is more to do with structure than what he is trying to portray. He has to open his lips a lot further out (picture on right) to finally show an actual smile. Also there is a tendency to smirk to his left, again this is because of the palate. He would benefit greatly from some palate expansion work and bringing some of those teeth forwards in the face.
Emma Watson’s (picture on left) smile with lips slightly open, notice it doesn’t seem like she’s really joyously smiling much. Her front teeth has been pulled back by orthodontics. She has to open her lips as wide as the picture on the right to display a smile.
Picture angles are different but you can still see how Gackt’s teeth slant outwards while Emma’s teeth slant more inwards/vertical, and how this causes the lips to be more narrow, while Gackt’s forward teeth hold the lips further out and wider so the smile is there with ease with the lips half open.
Hollywood is far from perfect
I have picked the 3 individuals above because they are still considered good looking people by modern standards, however they are still far from perfect. All had orthodontics to create “straight” teeth smile which is really teeth that have been pulled back.
Braces are so common even in Hollywood and we come to accept them as the norm or even a path to beauty. But many are not aware of what is actually being lost when we use braces to try to fix our smiles. & it is not a true path towards Facial Beauty.
The Cost of Losing Effortless Smile
In the pursuit of getting straight teeth, we are losing our abilities to create effortless smiles.
To the untrained eye these effects are not easily noticed.
We see the person smiling big and wide and do not see any crooked teeth and feel that they have perfect smile.
However to the individual, they will feel that their smile only looks good when they smile big and wide, and not look so good when they smile slightly with half open lips or near impossible. It will feel as if their lips are not supported by their teeth. They will become in tune with this, and they now have to fabricate a good smile. The smile requires effort and an act instead of being spontaneous.
Not having the ability to put on a effortless smile will begin to impede on their personality, diminishing their ability to produce effortless joy and confidence. (although they may be less aware of this if they never had the forward teeth to begin with)
The Perfect Smile & What Does It Look Like
(Pic on left) Notice how very slightly he has his lips open, but it is producing a confident smile as his forward teeth is supporting his whole lips to be open.
If teeth are pulled back especially by braces this is not possible because teeth are too far back to support the lips open in this way.
(Second pic) When he does smile big and wide, it produces the exquisite smile that showcases rows of teeth that seems to go on for miles. This is the smile that appears as if he has more teeth than our celebrities above. It is forward in the face to be displayed to the world and the arch is sweepingly wider than above celebs.
(Pic on far right) Even without trying when he takes his lips to one side, it creates a smile. This is the true smirk and notice how relaxed it appears compared to Ronaldo’s smirk that involves all kinds of facial muscles to create it.
This is the smile that we should be after.
This is the smile that has the power to impact others and lighten up the whole room.
My Personal Story
To make it brief, I went through traditional orthodontics that took all my teeth back. I had straight teeth but I did not have the effortless smile. To present a smile to the world I had to smile big and wide. This robbed my spontaneous ability to smile at others and I felt my teeth were no longer supporting my lips when I talked.
I had retracted teeth more severe than the average people getting orthodontics because mine involved extraction of 4 teeth. Long story short I got tired of it all and decided to go through orthodontics a second time to reverse what was done and to bring the teeth back forwards.
It’s now been 2 years of this reversal journey. This past weekend I went to a techno concert with several buddies of mine including several women amongst our group from different social groups. I was surprised how much more confident I have become in social situations. My ability to continue to spark conversation with others has made a dramatic improvement and even more noticeable my voice seem to have become more resonant, louder, and clear as my palate has been widened and jaws were brought forward.
My friend had invited a separate group of people this weekend, whom I was completely new to. Different group from different social circle at first requires more work to get the conversation rolling, because you don’t know them, they don’t know you. Even with braces on which is affecting my confidence to some degree, It seemed I was leading the conversation of the group many times which I seldom done in the past. When the conversation would die down, I was able to pick it back up and spontaneously crack jokes and making others laugh.
Bringing teeth forward so far has had a massive positive impact on my self confidence. But not only that it seemed to be giving me social skills I didn’t know I had.
And the desire to converse with people was there now. While in the past with retruded teeth, I not only had lower self-esteem to converse with people but it seemed I had way less desire to. Certainly no desire to pick up the conversation of the group whom I’ve never met before, I would always count on other people to do that.
I still have more progress to make but the improvements so far has been quite noticeable this weekend.
What does the ideal smile / structure look on video?
I found a video of Gackt with English subtitles. It is worth the look for even a quick glance, you will better see what I am talking about in this article.
Note when he talks his whole lips are supported by his teeth that is very forward in the face. How even the slightest opening of the lips he is able to put on a natural smile. Note how this seems to feed into his self-confidence.
This is an example of smile that has been perfected by Nature not orthodontics. It is the smile that we should all be after, not poor band aid solution by getting braces.
We are talking about two completely different smiles. Even though straight teeth is commonality.
Avoid traditional orthodontics that use those train tracks, they always push your teeth back.
Look for orthodontics that expand your palate, and move the teeth forwards in the face.
Expanding the palate also moves your jaws forward in the face.
Finding the right orthodontist is easier said then done as most orthodontists still use train tracks.
If you have a 8-12 year old looking to get into braces avoid them at all costs.
Go for orthotropic option instead.
If you are already an adult it becomes a bit more challenging.
However I believe change is possible at any age, as I have certainly seen a lot of improvement over the years.
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