Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, which is fortunate as we are all different. While history and geography shows that all kinds of figures and faces can be considered stunning, today we have technology to help us.
Treatments such as Invisalign orthodontics can bring our smiles into line with what we’d like them to be.
It just takes a quick look through an art history book to see that beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Great beauties painted in past centuries would be counting calories today in an effort to slim down, or worrying that their hairline was too high or their nose too long or short.
Every era and culture has its own ideals of beauty and these change over time, sometimes quite quickly. The plump and corseted Edwardian beauty was replaced in a decade with the slender figure of the short-haired Roaring Twenties’ woman.
In the same way, even our preference for straight white teeth in a smile has not always been seen as naturally beautiful – Mona Lisa’s teeth are not even visible.
Changes across cultures
Beauty ideals often reflect the conditions of life. When food is scarce, extra fat can be attractive. It’s a status symbol and shows a young woman would have a better chance of carrying and feeding babies.
In earlier times in Japan and some areas of China and the Pacific, women’s teeth were painted black. The painting provided a type of sealant to the enamel. In other cultures, chewing betel nut produced brown-stained teeth which were considered attractive.
In Central Asia and the Caucasus, gold crowns and fillings are happily displayed as a sign of wealth.
Why we like straight white teeth
Straight white teeth are considered beautiful in the western world today. White teeth are an indicator of youth, as teeth darken (or become stained) with age. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and so are less likely to have cavities or to distort your smile.
Whereas it was once a matter of luck and youth to have great teeth, technological developments such as teeth-whitening and orthodontics can improve any smile. Invisalign is National Dental Care’s latest orthodontic treatment which straightens teeth almost invisibly, with far less lifestyle disruption.
Who can use Invisalign?
Invisalign is suitable for most people, including pregnant women. Your National Dental Care practitioner will assess your teeth and discuss the best treatment for your needs.
You can also have stained or darkened teeth whitened by your practitioner or with a special at-home treatment provided.
Contact your National Dental Care practitioner online to make an appointment to find out how your smile can be more beautiful.
Use the slider to see a smile before and after Invisalign.