You Should Not Feel Guilty About Fixing Your Smile
Your smile and your teeth are a big part of who you are. After all, they are one of the first things people notice about you. Your smile goes a long way in how someone creates a first impression of you. However, not many people feel that confident in their smile. In fact, more than half of Americans are insecure about their teeth. With so many people feeling insecure about their teeth, it is only natural to want to fix your smile.
Unfortunately, countless people feel uneasy about fixing their teeth. For some, fixing their teeth means admitting their insecurities. For others, they fear the potential backlash or judgment they might face from their peers. Many people believe that fixing their teeth is vain and comes off as self-centered.
However, we are here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with fixing your smile. You do not need to justify wanting to transform your smile to anyone. If it is something that will make you happy and improve your self-esteem and health, then why wouldn’t you do it? Not only can it improve your self-esteem, but fixing your teeth also has plenty of health benefits.
If you are insecure about your teeth, do not let the opinions of others stop you from transforming your smile. If you are ready to transform your smile, give Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas a call today and let’s get started.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
When people hear the phrase cosmetic dentistry, they often have a negative connotation with the word “cosmetic.” Many people see it and think of it as vain and unnecessary, as something people rely on when they only care about their looks. For many, the word “cosmetic” comes with superficial meanings. However, you shouldn’t look at it that way.
Whether you have missing, stained, or crooked teeth, cosmetic dentistry exists to provide you with a healthy smile that you can feel proud to show off. Cosmetic dentistry gives you the chance to straighten, whiten, replace or repair damaged or missing teeth, and so much more.
Cosmetic dentistry aims to positively change a patient’s teeth and smile through one or more cosmetic procedures. Some of these procedures include:
A cosmetic dentist will use one or more of these methods to fix your smile. Through cosmetic dentistry, you don’t just improve the overall look of your smile, but you also help maintain the health of your mouth and the function of your teeth.
How Do Bad Teeth Affect You?
Millions of Americans feel insecure about their teeth. While this insecurity stems from how their teeth look, bad teeth affect you in more ways than just appearances. Broken teeth, crooked or misaligned teeth, and more can cause a myriad of oral health issues. Not only do bad teeth affect your appearance, but they also impact your health.
Malocclusion of your teeth is a general alignment problem that can lead to numerous health problems. Whether you have crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or have an under or overbite, your oral health is at risk.
When your teeth are misaligned, you may experience difficulty cleaning your teeth. The closer your teeth are together, the harder it is to brush and floss, which increases your risk of gum disease. Also, if your bite is misaligned (underbite or overbite), you may experience jaw issues, including jaw pain and weakened jaw muscles.
If you have a missing tooth, your jawbone may begin to shrink while your gumline recedes. When this happens, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth will weaken and will have more problems with plaque buildup. Any damage to your teeth (such as a missing tooth or broken tooth) increases your risk of infection, as well.
Additionally, the way you speak and your ability to chew and swallow food would also be impacted by misaligned teeth. Not only that, but your mental health often takes a hit if you are insecure about your smile
As you can see, fixing your teeth is not just about improving your appearance. It is an effective way to protect and maintain your oral health.
The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
There is no shame in fixing your teeth. After all, if your hair is getting long and unruly, you can go to a salon or barbershop to fix it, so why can’t you go to a cosmetic dentist to fix your smile? There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. Do not let your own insecurities and the opinions of others make your decisions for you.
There are plenty of benefits of cosmetic dentistry and fixing your teeth. Some of which include:
- Improved Appearance: The most obvious benefit of cosmetic dentistry is an improved physical appearance. Your teeth will be straighter and whiter and fill out your cheeks and face much better.
- Better Dental Health: Many of the treatments used to fix your smile also protect the health of your jawbone and allow you to clean your teeth more effectively, reducing your risk of gum disease.
- Less Pain: For those with misaligned teeth, it can cause plenty of pain, from jaw pain to headaches. It also reduces the likelihood of teeth grinding, which also causes tooth pain, jaw pain, and headaches.
- Improved Mental Health: As we said earlier, millions of people are insecure about their smiles. However, after they fix them, they often feel more confident in their smile. They smile far more often, which releases your body’s mood-boosting hormones. Your self-esteem and self-confidence also take a boost.
As you can see, fixing your teeth is about much more than just your appearance. While people tend to focus on the superficial aspect of it, cosmetic dentistry helps protect you from oral health problems you might face with crooked or misaligned teeth.
If you are ready to transform your smile, contact Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas a call today to learn how we can help.