What is a perfectly proportioned mouth?

A perfectly proportioned mouth is one in which the teeth are not too crowded and the bite (the way your top and bottom teeth come together) is straight. Many people have crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or both. This may be due to genetics (inherited from parents), gum disease, tumors, or using a pacifier for a long time when you were young.

If you want a perfectly proportioned mouth, your first stop is the dentist's office. He or she will examine you closely and will probably refer you to an orthodontist (a specialist who fixes crooked teeth, underbites, or overbites). Your orthodontist may recommend a retainer, braces, tooth removal, or some combination of the three, to fix your teeth and make your mouth as perfectly proportioned as possible.

Continue Learning about Healthy Teeth & Mouth

What are the physical signs of tooth erosion?
In addition to sensitivity, you might see several physical signs of erosion. Your teeth may beco...
More Answers
Are pale, blue, or yellow lips a sign of health problems?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Lips can change color as you age, but certain colors can mean major health problems. Learn more as D...
More Answers
What makes the human mouth so good at eating?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
Although opera singers, politicians, and courtside fans are mostly known for what comes out of their...
More Answers
How can I keep my child's teeth healthy during Halloween?
Keep your child's teeth healthy during Halloween by following these tips: Wash it down. After yo...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.