If you feel good, you look good. It works the other way around, too. It’s especially true in the case of cosmetic dentistry because there is power in confidence. Walking with your shoulders back can change the way not only you view yourself, but the way you view the world.
The dentist that gets a regular visit is typically your go-to family dentist whose job is to ensure that there are no problems with the teeth and gums. Often, this doctor will refer you to another specialist if the work needed goes beyond dentistry 101. It’s when there’s no discomfort but you still don’t feel like smiling. That’s when you would instead seek out the benefits of a cosmetic dentist. One of the main reasons you may not feel like smiling could be because you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks. It’s crucial for you to do something if this is the reason. Here’s why.
A smile: it’s universal
There’s something special, something extremely important about your smile. It is a universal sign of openness and receptivity. Nowhere on this planet is there a society that interprets the nonverbal communication of a smile in any other way than a positive gesture.
Without a single word, a smile communicates assurance, ease, and warmth. Imagine what you’re saying – or rather, not saying – if you don’t smile because of a broken or missing tooth? Your smile is more valuable than you can imagine.
What your teeth and self-esteem have in common
Cosmetic dentistry rewards you with more than an attractive smile. It gives you a boost of confidence. You’ll be more comfortable and outgoing. According to Psychology Today, a smile makes you appear more confident. It’s just what you need to convey if you’re interviewing for a job.
It’s more than a feeling. The simple act of a smile releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. These neurotransmitters fight off stress and act as natural pain relievers. We often associate the word “cosmetic” with superficial efforts. And while it might not take much effort to whiten your teeth or fix a crooked smile, the benefits are deep and long-lasting.
Beyond the surface
Health professionals who specialize in cosmetic dentistry often pursue additional specific training that helps them determine the most appropriate way to help you regain your natural tendency to smile. It goes beyond the completion of a dentistry school. They’ll learn the latest techniques and science behind creating attractive teeth – which might require surgery or other types of medical treatment.
Technology is drastically changing the practice of dentistry. New composite resins offer cosmetic options for even a basic restorative treatment like getting a cavity filled. It’s more than just looks, though. Cosmetic dentistry can also be a solution for badly damaged or missing teeth. Dental bonding can repair a chipped, cracked, or misshapen tooth. More comprehensive procedures such as dental implants can replace teeth that are impossible or impractical to repair.
The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty. That means any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. If you want to be confident that you’re trusting the restoration of your smile – and now you know why it’s a life-changer – seek out a dentist who is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
Dr. Randy Mitchmore of LifeSmiles is not only a member of the AACD, but he’s also the past national chairman of this organization’s national charitable foundation. He sees patients from all over the world to help them get the smile they deserve. Learn more about how he has helped transform people’s lives by regaining a natural-looking smile.