Number of teeth
Another word for teeth and molars is dental elements or elements. The healthy adult teeth, including wisdom teeth, has 32 elements.
Even without the wisdom teeth, so with 28 teeth, we call the teeth complete. You do not really need wisdom teeth, nowadays they are not even applied to many people.
Both in the upper jaw and in the lower jaw you have:
- 4 incisors;
- 2 fangs;
- 4 premolars;
- 4 molars;
- 2 wisdom teeth.
Color of the elements
Even in normal healthy teeth, not all teeth are of the same color. Normally the small incisors (laterals) in your upper jaw are the lightest in color and your canines the darkest. The middle incisors (centrals) in the upper jaw are in color in between.
A tooth or molar is itself made up of more different colors. Normally you may not notice it, but if there is an ugly crown in your teeth that only consists of one color, then you suddenly see that it is not natural. The cutting edge of teeth is transparent, because it only consists of enamel. The cutting edge therefore appears bluish. The middle part of the tooth is the whitest, the edge along the gums is darker again.
When four snow-white crowns are placed on the front teeth, it looks like you have four blackboard chalks or chewing gums in your mouth instead of teeth.
Shape of the elements
Normally the central incisors in the upper jaw are longer than the lateral ones and again as long as the canines.
With people who grind or nail a lot, you often see that all teeth have become straight and short due to wear.
Even when crowns or facings are made, you often see that all incisors have the same length. This looks very artificial.
A small difference in length is much more natural and does not make your front (incisors and canines) look like a block.
The canines, premolars and molars do not have a straight cutting edge but a point. As you get older, the points wear off.
Healthy teeth are usually fairly symmetrical. One hundred percent symmetry is neither natural nor desirable.
Do not underestimate the appearance of healthy gums. Healthy gums, if you have a white skin color, are very light pink, if you have a darker skin color more towards brown. Dark red is unhealthy in both cases. Healthy gums are tight around the teeth and molars and do not bleed when touched. Glassy, swollen, dark red gums are not only unhealthy, they also don't look beautiful and fresh.
The appearance of your face is partly determined by the shape of your teeth and your teeth. Wide, straight teeth look masculine, rounded elements look feminine and softer.
If your front teeth are slightly forward, you usually look a bit friendlier than when your front teeth are back. This is even used for casting for films.
If you have a broad dental arch, you usually come across as more powerful than when you have a narrow or pointed dental arch.