Estimates are that 29.2 million American viewers and another 18 million people in the United Kingdom tuned in on May 19th to watch Los Angeles-born Meghan Markle, now officially the Duchess of Sussex, marry Prince Harry.
With her fairytale emergence as a British Royal and constant media exposure, it was inevitable that millions of women and teens around the world now look to Markle as a role model for their hair, cosmetics, dress, jewelry, physique, and yes, teeth.
Writing for London’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Annabel Jones noted that Markle’s teeth have come to represent the “smile everyone wants now.”
Orthodontic and cosmetic dentists, in particular, should brace to see a surge in patients seeking the Duchess’s smile.
So what is the formula for a Markle-like smile?
“Neither too bright, nor cookie-cutter straight,” writes Jones. “Markle’s smile is uncommonly natural for a former Hollywood starlet, and it’s changing the focus of [orthodontic and] cosmetic dentistry from perfection to proportion.”
The Telegraph turned to Dr. Emma Laing, a London orthodontic specialist, and Dr. Krystyna Wilczynski, a cosmetic dental surgeon and facial aesthetician, to detail the specific attributes of Markle’s smile.
According to The Telegraph, “the measure of a beautiful natural smile starts with the width of your six front teeth. If you invisibly draw a line down the middle of your front teeth, the ideal width ratio would be 1.6 (central incisor) to 1 (lateral incisor) to 0.6 (canine).”
“Meghan Markle is confident to smile widely for the camera because her teeth fill her mouth fully,” Dr. Laing told The Telegraph.
Dr. Wilczynski observed that when a smile is in “golden proportion” – as is the smile of the Duchess of Sussex – the top lip sits just above the teeth, showing the right balance of gum to teeth.
Dr. Wilczynski believes that tooth contours should follow the shape of a woman’s lips, not feature veneers with straight, square edges. “The natural line of our teeth is more rounded with some variation in length,” she said.
The center of the two front teeth should be in alignment with the midline of the face, Dr. Wilczynski noted.
Teeth that are too bright are less attractive than those where the teeth match the whites of a woman’s eyes, Dr. Laing said.
“The reason veneers don’t look natural is that they are too white and they haven’t got the translucency of natural tooth enamel, which reflects the light and creates this 3-dimensional glow,” Dr. Laing said. “We are doing more at-home teeth whitening with patients now as it’s a more gradual natural whitening process – you keep going until you reach the brightness that’s right for you.”
For women who want an instant fix, Dr. Laing recommends using a blue-toned pink lip color in a sheer texture to enhance the teeth’s natural whiteness.