Your smile and your self esteem
When people think dental work they most commonly think of cavities, needles or dental fillings. Very few people think of the effect of how their smile could affect their self esteem.
There are countless research studies and articles that have been published based on this concept. It is not surprising though. A lot of people care about their image. Some do more so than others but overall we care about our appearance. We want to look presentable, clean, handsome, pretty and appropriate. When you think overall image, and this applies to both men and women, then showered, washed and brushed hair, clean ironed clothes, maybe a little or a lot of makeup, polished shoes and more comes to mind. Now why do so many people place value on this type of image but fewer people place value on the image of their teeth?
The research articles suggest that people that have all of their teeth, have fewer cavities and stains and have straighter teeth have a better self image of themselves. If you are an adult maybe you didn’t have access to oral care as a child or teenager? Or maybe you let everything slide when you were in your twenties and thirties and were just getting started with your career? Now is your time, it is never too late to seek out treatment for either straightening the teeth, or replacing missing teeth through implants, bridges or crowns. We ask patients if they are interested in invisalign or implants because we can recognize that they could benefit from these types of functional and cosmetic treatments both for their mouth and their overall image. We have countless number of patients that have undergone invisalign treatments or extensive prosthodontic or periodontal treatment plans and have told us how happy they are after they have completed the process. If you look in the mirror and smile and see healthy, teeth and gums smiling back at you it really does change your self image in a positive way.