Smile Makeover

The Impact of a Smile Makeover

The subconscious yet contagious impact of a beautiful smile is radiant health, happiness, warmth and invitation. A “Smile Makeover,” a common household term for many Americans today, is designed to enhance the esthetic and functional aspects of teeth through cosmetic and restorative dental procedures leaving one with a brighter, whiter, more youthful smile. In the overall context of the face, it’s the eyes and smile that speak to us. When you smile they both light up.

Americans are catching on to the emotional and social importance of a healthy, beautiful smile, and they’re seeking out ways to improve their smiles. It’s not only the rich and famous looking for a smile makeover. According to the largest organization devoted to smile enhancement dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, over 70% of clinical inquiries about cosmetic dentistry come from those in the 31-50 age group — including not only people in family situations and the workforce who want to improve their social and business interactions, but also individuals who just simply want to feel better about themselves.

First Impressions

First impressions are not only important; they often last the longest.

There is no doubt that among people suffering from poor self-image, dental concerns rank among the highest. Smiling, one of humanity’s most innate and in-borne natural expressions, is inhibited when it’s not all it can be. Raising the curtain on the theatre of a smile sets the stage before the show even starts. When the curtain goes up and teeth are discolored, missing, or misaligned, it may be a show stopper right there.

It really doesn’t matter if it is a serious defect or a slight imperfection — if a person is self-conscious about their smile, it can exact an emotional toll and adversely affect interactions with others.

The greatest effect, of course, is within the person himself or herself — YOU — and often it doesn’t end there. Far from being “just in your mind,” an inhibited smile may also affect others’ perceptions of you.

Self-expression is one of the basic freedoms that Americans enjoy. This begins with our ability to engage with others through smiling, laughing and a host of facial expressions. However, the inhibited feelings associated with an unattractive smile have a ripple effect:

  • Friendships and family relations can suffer; dental appearance can even determine who we allow ourselves to fall in love with.
  • Careers can be affected by dental imperfections; those interviewing for jobs and for those whose jobs depend on networking, the self-consciousness of a poor smile can limit a career.
  • Our own feelings of being free and outgoing become stifled. We become aware that we are not as happy as we could be. We then limit our possibilities we have in the world and our future does not look as rosy as it once did.

You Have the Ability to Smile

We are not all born with a beautiful smile. Yet, we are all born with the ability to smile. If you are not projecting radiant health, contentment and cheerfulness through your smile, perhaps you should consider an enhancement, if not a makeover. Cosmetic and restorative dental procedures can do that for you. After all, smiling and laughing are contagious and this is a good way to infect someone!

Do You Need a Smile Makeover?
Use the following self-test to see whether you can benefit and improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it may be right for you.

  • Do you avoid smiling in photos?
  • Are you conscious about spaces and gaps in your teeth?
  • Are your teeth making you look older than you feel?
  • Have you held back a smile?
  • Do you feel that your teeth are stained or too yellow?
  • Do you hold your hand up in front of your mouth when speaking or laughing?
  • Do you notice areas of excessive tooth wear that make your smile look older?
  • Do you have little teeth and a gummy smile?
  • Are your teeth crooked, chipped or crowded?
  • Do you wish you had someone else’s smile?

If you answer yes to any of the previous questions, a smile makeover may be right for you.

Call us today to schedule your free consultation. We believe you should have the healthy, happy smile you’ve always dreamed of!

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