In the past, we would automatically have suggested that a tooth gap is an unattractive feature for your smile. However, times have changed, and as this list of 14 Celebs with Intoxicating Tooth Gaps shows, it’s quite possible to have a tooth gap and still have a beautiful smile.

But this isn’t to say that the appearance of a tooth gap is right for everyone. No, it’s something that you have to evaluate in your own smile to decide whether it’s the best choice for you or not.

Here are some features that separate attractive tooth gaps from less attractive ones so that you can decide if you want to maintain your gap or close it.

Is a gap in your teeth a good look for you?

Your Teeth Have to Look Healthy

When it comes down to it, no smile looks good if it doesn’t look healthy. There are many characteristics of a healthy smile that make a difference for your tooth gap. First, the color of your teeth. The brighter white they are, the sharper the contrast against your tooth gap. This contrast is part of what makes the gap so visually arresting.

You also have to have healthy gums that don’t look swollen or red. The gums also have to create an even line with your teeth so that your teeth don’t look crooked.

So, if your teeth and gums are healthy–and look it–your tooth gap might be a good look.

Do You Want a Youthful Smile?

The common decision to have teeth straightened in adolescence means that we tend to associate a tooth gap with a youthful appearance. You have to make sure that’s the appearance you want. For some people, especially actors and other performers, this is a good thing. But for many businessmen and -women, politicians, and others who are trying to be in a position of authority, a youthful appearance might be a detriment.

You also have to consider whether you have the other features of a youthful smile. First, this is the whiteness of your teeth, which we’ve already talked about. But it’s also related to the proportion of your different teeth. People can wear their teeth down with age, which makes all teeth the same height. But when a person is young, their central incisors may be longer than their lateral incisors.

An OffBeat Character

A tooth gap can make your smile look a little, well, unusual. There’s nothing wrong with that if you’re a bit of an eccentric character who doesn’t mind looking like it. You just have to acknowledge that you’ll never be considered classically handsome or beautiful, and go with it.

But if you’re not prepared to accept that limitation, then maybe it’s best to get the gap in your teeth closed.

You Have to Own It

But of all the factors to consider, the most important is whether you feel you can be comfortable knowing there’s a gap in your smile. All your friends, family, and loved ones probably have an opinion on whether your gap is an asset or a flaw in your appearance, but it’s your opinion that really matters.

If you don’t feel comfortable and confident with your smile as it is, it’s best to get your gap closed. If you don’t feel confident behind your smile, it will never be considered attractive.

We Can Help with Either Decision

No matter what you decide about your tooth gap, Columbus cosmetic dentist Dr. Mike Firouzian can help you get your most beautiful smile. If you decide to keep your tooth gap, teeth whitening and gum disease treatment can help you maintain it beautifully.

But if you decide you want to close the gap, we offer a variety of treatments that can achieve that, including orthodontics, porcelain veneers, and more.

To talk to Dr. Firouzian about your tooth gap, please call (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment at Firouzian Dentistry.