The 21 Principles of Smile Design

Your Guide to a More Attractive Confident Smile! by Dr. Lee Ostler DDS

Modern Cosmetic Dentistry and the advent of new materials and techniques have transformed the way people think about their smiles and each other. Smiles convey warmth, confidence, social status and career success. Best of all, smiles help you feel good about yourself. Today you can trust your smile to a new brand of cosmetic dentist – an artist who understands exactly what you want in a smile, why you wear it as your most important accessory, and how to protect it through the ages. As one of this regions’ most celebrated cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ostler gives you the warmth, experience, and passion that you want and deserve in a good cosmetic dentist. Nothing compares to a confident attractive smile. It’s there when you laugh, when you greet, say thank you, or express a happy thought. Your smile is your most important social bonding gesture, and your most important professional announcement – it tells others who you are. In short, your smile sells you!

Give your smile that Picture Perfect look of confidence, beauty and health -because when you feel good about yourself, people are naturally attracted to that! Give your smile that Picture Perfect look of… Confidence, Beauty and Health!

  1. The social aspect of a smile: 94% of people say they are likely to notice a person’s smile when they meet them for the first time and less likely to notice height, eyes or figure.
  2. 71% believe people with a nice smile make friends easily
  3. 33% agree bad teeth overshadow the rest of a person’s appearance

Survey sources: Harris Interactive Poling by American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

The Principles of Smile Design How to Have an Attractive Smile

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – but we all do! One of the first judgments we make with people is how they smile and how confident they are. In fact it’s difficult to not form an immediate opinion about someone based on their smile. Smiles say a lot about who a person is, how confident they are, and even how successful they are. Like beauty, a smile is more than skin deep and your face seems to know if your smile feels confident or not. Just what makes an attractive smile? Why do some smiles exudeconfidence and look naturally beautiful, while others look plain and average? How can teeth make one person look older and another person look younger? What makes one person’s smile a loser while another person’s smile a real winner – that helps them do more business, make more sales, and have more friends? And finally, why do some smiles convey a careless disregard for health and self-respect? While most people don’t know exactly what constitutes a nice smile,

most will recognize a nice smile when they see one. While nature has been kind to some, others aren’t so lucky. Fortunately we now understand these principles of nature and exactly what makes a nice looking smile look nice. We call these principles the “Principles of Smile Design”.

These rules or principles dictate whether a smile is attractive, average, or awful. Whether these basic rules of smile design are broken by nature, yourself, or your dentist, your smile and confidence can be seriously compromised. The good news is that in the right hands they can be used to create wonderful smiles regardless of your starting condition or the quirks of nature. When they’re followed you’ll enjoy a radiant natural looking smile with all the social and career benefits and peace-of-mind that goes with it. Evaluate your own smile:

These smile design principles are easy to understand. In fact you can use these principles to evaluate your own smile. Experienced and highly trained cosmetic dentists use and follow these principles every day in transforming worn out, broken, and aging smiles, into beautiful natural smiles. The results go far beyond just increasing your “face value” – they are life changing!

To be sure, there is both an art and a science to restoring and creating strong attractive smiles. When good cosmetic artistry is combined with modern dental materials and expert training, you can be assured of a durable radiant and healthy new smile that speaks volumes about who you really are.

When it comes to the art, having a pretty smile goes beyond modern technology. The ancient Greeks introduced and understood the important parameters of beauty called the “golden proportion”.

These principles have been long used by renowned and famous artists, builders and designers for thousands of years. Today, we blend these design principles into beautiful smiles by carefully managing size, shape, alignment and proportion to create a result that is natural and pleasing to the eye. Attractive smiles are attractive because they follow these basic rules of nature, and natural beauty is something that is very apparent to the subconscious eye. This is why beauty is so universally recognized, and why confident attractive smiles are noticed and rewarded. It is important that both the art and the science come together to create a balanced harmony and a pleasing smile that is strong and durable.

Whether it is whiter teeth, or fixing crooked teeth with “instant orthodontics”, or replacing ugly dark fillings, or fixing a worn out old looking smile – modern dentistry can take years off your face and quickly and easily give you the perfect smile that will allow the real you to emerge. Knowing these Principles of Smile Design will help you better understand why some people have a great smile while others don’t. It will help you analyze the state of your own smile, and to know what experienced dentists are looking at as they design your perfect smile.

As you review this information, compare your smile with the examples shown. This is an easy way to take the mystery out of “what’s wrong with my smile?” By using these principles it will help you know what can be done to design and create the right smile for you, one that will let your true personality and confidence emerge.

We encourage you to think seriously about the benefits to health, spirit and mind that come from a youthful attractive smile, a balanced bite, and healthy strong teeth. Using these principles of smile design you will discover how you can make your smile one that is judged warmly and truly announces the “real you” – one that radiates the confidence and success you intend for yourself.

The Principles of Smile Design govern how naturally attractive your smile is– or isn’t! When art, science, form and function are blended optimally by nature or an experienced cosmetic dentist, the results can be simply amazing! Experienced cosmetic dentists understand and use these principles to transform dull average smiles into successful confident smiles.

There are many elements other than having whiter teeth that make for a radiant or confident smile. Each principle is illustrated with a drawing and with photographs showing good and/or bad examples. While most unattractive smiles have multiple flaws, each example illustrates one principle. You can use this guide as a reference to compare or evaluate your own smile. You may find it helpful to use a mirror or a close-up photograph of your smile as you go through these principles.

“Thanks to Dr. Lee Ostler and the principles of Neuromuscular Dentistry, I now have the beautiful smile I’ve always wanted. My bite feels comfortable at last and my headaches have improved significantly.” ~ Vicki Coogan

Putting It All Together….

Whether it’s due to the fortunes of nature and good genetics, or because of the artistry and experience of a qualified dentist, the elements of an attractive smile all obey the same principles of smile design and good health. When nature’s rules are followed and are combined with the advantages of modern science, miracles can happen. And the greatest miracles in life are when lives change, confidence is restored, and people become naturally attracted to you because of how you feel about yourself.

Since your smile sells you, what is yours selling? Give your life the confidence, radiance and health you deserve!

He has focused his expertise towards cosmetic dentistry, dental reconstruction and “smile makeovers”, periodontal therapy, facial pain and headache-TMJ therapy, neuromuscular dentistry, snoring/ sleep apnea appliances, and general dentistry.