They say the eyes are the windows to the soul – but a dental expert says your mouth may actually be a better guide for what persona you give off.
Cosmetic Dentist Dr Sahil Patel says that the way our chompers are shaped can signal whether we seem organised, chaotic, kind or even aggressive.
The expert and founder of Marylebone Smile Clinic in London revealed that we might not be aware of the message our teeth might send across.
While oval teeth signal a carefree and outgoing energy, he explained squared teeth give off a ‘masculine and older’ vibe.
Elsewhere, quirks like white spots or uneven edges might channel kindness and creativity.
The expert and founder of Marylebone Smile Clinic in London (pictured) revealed that we might not be aware of the message our teeth might send across
Squoval teeth don’t signal any overwhelming traits and could also suggest ‘sophistication’ and ‘calmness’
Dr Patel says that this shape could be compared to a classic nail design – with rounded corners but an overall ‘element of squareness’.
They don’t send any intense message across, and hence give off a subtle and calm energy.
‘It suits most personalities and is considered a safe shape for teeth as it does not impute any strong personality effects,’ he explained.
The dental expert added that, considering most people’s facial profiles – ‘on average we show sharp angles at the angle of our lower jaw, upper cheek bones and forehead’.
‘These angles are softened by the nature, shape and level of fat within the skin overlying the bone structure,’ he added.
Squoval teeth could also suggest traits such as ‘sophistication, calmness and affability’.
Dr Patel says that oval teeth give off a feminine and more youthful energy and impute a carefree nature
Oval teeth, it may be unsurprising, are ’rounded in all dimensions’.
It’s ‘classically is a more feminine and youthful shape for teeth,’ Dr Patel says.
Because of their association with femininity, they signal charm and send a softer energy.
‘Which may suit you depending on your facial features. Aesthetically, rounded facial features would suit rounded or ovoid teeth, as pictured in the example.
‘Oval teeth impute a carefree, positive and outgoing personality.’
Personality traits of this shape, he said, could include seriousness, maturity and efficiency, the dentist said
The dental expert advises that in contrast to oval teeth, square teeth have a ‘masculine and older’ aesthetic.
Because of this, they will give off the appearance of a brute and blunt persona.
‘Over time almost everyone will wear their teeth into a more square looking appearance,’ Dr Patel added.
‘Square teeth is not necessarily a bad thing for everyone, but they are associated with older age due to the effects of tooth wear,’ he explained.
‘Age-appropriate teeth are becoming a little more popular in recent times due to people wanting a natural aesthetic.’
Personality traits of this shape, he said, could include seriousness, maturity and efficiency.
The dentist said that people with triangular teeth channel creativity, motion and even ‘quirkiness’
What does tooth shape mean for you?
‘A good starting point is to have a look in the mirror and see what type of facial form and corresponding tooth form you currently have. This is what nature has given you, and nature is usually nor far from the best possible combination of features in teeth.
‘That being said, if you have something you are looking to change or improve, consider where you might fit in with the personality traits, and remember that cosmetic dentists can mix tooth forms together. For example, a squoval tooth form can be made to be more on the ovoid side or more square, whilst still retaining some features of squoval.
‘Discuss it with a cosmetic dentist you trust so you can be sure you are designing your smile with the right personality traits in mind.’
– Dr Sahil Patel
Dr Patel triangular teeth are ones which ‘seem to flare outwards a lot’.
And their unique shape signals a whimsical charm and unique nature.
He says these are usually ‘developmentally normal’ and can look great depending on your personality and facial profile’.
‘Triangular teeth are associated with dominance, creativity, motion, free thinking and quirkiness,’ she added.
Dr Patel said that pointy canines are associated with ‘masculinity, strength and aggression’. He explained that many of his clients ask for softer, rounder canines to try and channel a softer vibe.
These developmental defects can give teeth character, Dr Patel advised, as well as show openness, kindness and creativity.
‘Wavy edges can be a natural feature, or developed with time due to using your teeth as a tool, or an accident,’ the expert explained.
He revealed that while asymmetric features such as chipped or cracked teeth could show ‘disorganisation and reduced intelligence’ – they could also signal creativity and extroversion.
‘This is a technical term for the developmental grooves on the edges of teeth,’ Dr Patel said.
‘They form during our early years, and often wear away by age 21.
‘In some people it does not wear away, leaving the appearance of wavy or uneven edges. Mammelons could show youthfulness and immaturity as personality traits.’
This refers to the length difference between the front tooth and the two side teeth.
‘This is normally 0.5-2mm, but is variable across the population,’ Dr Patel advised.
‘An incisal step of 0.5mm would show seriousness and older age, whereas a step of 2mm+ would show youthfulness and a playful personality.’