Teeth Dream Symbols: A Body-Centered Interpretation
To interpret the meaning of teeth symbols in dreams, it’s important to consider another closely related part of the body: The mouth. A key to the dream interpretation of teeth imagery is to look for associations or meanings relating to the mouth, its function, and its image.
Teeth symbolism and personal expression
To start your interpretation, you can ask yourself the following questions:
- What do your teeth represent for you in the dream?
- What associations can you make with current life?
In general, the mouth can symbolize means of expressing yourself, voicing out your opinion. Teeth could relate to appearances, the way you show yourself in the world.
If your you are losing teeth or teeth are falling out in your dream, a more literal dream interpretation consists at looking at what has or has not been coming out of your mouth recently: Is there something you have said that you regret or that came out too strong? Or something you wish to say that has not fully come out yet?
Dreaming about teeth may refer to an emotion that has been contained and could benefit from being expressed more assertively. Common emotions are anger, resentment; look at contained aggression. The dream could also point to a feeling of being subjected to aggression and loosing your power.
Dreams about teeth and concerns about self-image
Most commonly, teeth are symbols for external sign of health, attractiveness, and beauty. In the media, clean, shiny white teeth often depict an ideal of beauty and seductive power. In dreams, teeth could have with a similar function and represent these ideals.
Clean, beautiful teeth could evoke a good level of confidence in yourself or your image, your ability to seduce, to look good. On the contrary, if you dream about teeth in bad condition, such as falling out or crumbling, this could be an expression of doubts or a low level of confidence about the way you look or show yourself in the world.
Dream analysts often suggest that teeth relate to the fear of aging. If you have a dream where you have problems with your teeth, it is likely pointing to anxiety about you’re the way you look and in social settings, looks are often strongly associated with considerations about age.
Your dream may point to the need to reflect on how you see yourself, especially with regards to aging or growing older.
If you dreamed of fake teeth, the dream may refer to the way you show yourself or hide behind masks in social settings or in your private life. If the fake teeth have a cosmetic purpose in your dream, this may signify that you are preoccupied about your appearance and feel you need to put a facade in order to fit in or succeed in social circles.
If you had dental work done recently, the dream could reflect your feelings about your experience and the effects of the work.