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J Conserv Dent. 2010 Oct;13(4):225-32. doi: 10.4103/0972-0707.73387.

Principles of smile design.

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Department of Conservative Dentistry, SRM Dental College and Hospital, SRM University, Chennai, India.


An organized and systematic approach is required to evaluate, diagnose and resolve esthetic problems predictably. It is of prime importance that the final result is not dependent only on the looks alone. Our ultimate goal as clinicians is to achieve pleasing composition in the smile by creating an arrangement of various esthetic elements. This article reviews the various principles that govern the art of smile designing. The literature search was done using PubMed search and Medline. This article will provide a basic knowledge to the reader to bring out a functional stable smile.


Elements of smile designing; esthetic smile; smile designing; smile proportions

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