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Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve More Than
Just Your Smile

When patients hear about cosmetic dentistry, their first thought typically floats to movie stars, models, and other public figures whose careers rely heavily on their physical appearance.

However, what if we told you that enhancing your appearance via cosmetic dentistry not only creates more opportunities for you professionally, but also has the ability to improve your overall attitude, personal relationships, and even mental health? What if there were studies highlighting this phenomenon and how it’s affected others who’ve pursued it as well (outside of Hollywood.)

In this month’s newsletter, we’ll examine how a simple cosmetic improvement to one of the most influential aspects of your appearance can have incredible implications in your daily life.

How an Improved Smile
Can Aid Your
Mental Health

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Patients who don’t enjoy their overall appearance are generally more likely to have lower self-esteem as a result. According to the World Health Organization, having a positive quality of life in regards to oral health is not exclusive to simply having a healthy mouth.

It’s also about how your smile influences your overall social life and what they call “dental-facial self-confidence.” Therefore, having a smile that improves your self-confidence will more likely influence your self-esteem and perception, leading to improved mental health overall.

In fact, a research study published by the National Institutes of Health suggests that aesthetic dental treatments can have a positive psychological effect on individuals. Based on surveys and a comparative analysis on two groups, one of which was pursuing porcelain veneers and one that was satisfied with their smile (17 and 27 individuals respectively), the group seeking cosmetic changes experienced significant improvements in self-esteem compared to the control, which experienced zero significant changes. This implies that aesthetic restorative treatments, like veneers, had a positive effect on patients’ self-esteem.

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Enhancing Relationships Is Easier When You Can
Smile With Confidence

Of course, with improved self-esteem comes more confidence to build relationships with those around you. In a world where many Americans make snap judgments, one of the most common features people point to first is others’ smile. According to a perception study performed by Kelton Global, which interviewed 1,047 nationally represented Americans, 29 percent said the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is their smile. Furthermore, 24 percent stated it’s the facial aspect they remember the most after meeting someone.

Keep in mind that most Americans want an attractive smile more than other positive attributes you’d might expect. Nearly three in five (57 percent) of Americans would rather have a nice smile over clear skin. Additionally, Americans would sacrifice other pleasures if it meant they could have a nicer smile. A whopping 87 percent would forgo something for a year if it meant they could have a smile for life, including dessert (39 percent) and even vacation (37 percent.)

Long-Term Professional Success and Cosmetic Dentistry

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We couldn’t talk about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry without touching on its effects in the professional world. Whether you’re trying to nail an interview at a new job or simply want to make a splash at your next presentation, a healthy smile is often tied to very useful traits in the business world. In the same Kelton Global study, Americans were 38 percent more likely to be perceived as smart if they had straight teeth.

Additionally, nearly three in four Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile, even more so than someone with a good job, car, or outfit. Americans also found those with straight teeth to be:

  • 45 percent more likely to get a job when competing with someone else with a similar skill set
  • 58 percent more likely to be seen as successful
  • 58 percent more likely to be seen as wealthy

In many aspects, a more attractive smile can truly mean a difference in your daily life, whether it be regarding personal relationships, financial success, or simply making positive changes in your self-esteem and mental health. If enhancing your smile sounds like something you’d like to do, feel free to come in for a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Davis! She’d love to help you explore your options and give you the look you’ve always wanted!

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