You may be happy with your smile, but your dentist probably sees room for improvement. At least that’s what a recent American Dental Association study implies.
Patients, none of whom were interested in cosmetic dentistry, were asked how they would rate their smile on a scale of 1 to 100. The average answer of 59 was about 20 points higher than the average ratings given by their dentists and an independent periodontist upon viewing pictures of the same smiles.
The researchers believe the difference in opinion may lie in a clinical perspective. While patients were essentially content, professionals are more likely to consider details like spacing, lip line and color.
Ultimately, the researchers concluded that “dentists should be aware that patients who seek aesthetic services may have different perceptions of their smiles than patients who do not express such desires.”
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