Good teeth are a symbol of health and prosperity in our society. Missing or visibly rotting teeth are associated with people of a lower social class, while straight, white teeth are associated with celebrities and models. As such, our teeth can have a big impact on our confidence and self-esteem. Keep reading to find out more.
Why Do Teeth Matter So Much?
Having two straight rows of pearly while teeth starts to become important from a young age when teenagers grow in to their adult teeth, and many start having braces. It’s then that issues of self-confidence can start to come in to play. We’re taught that having cosmetically ‘beautiful’ teeth is important.
As an adult, it becomes even more important. As we move in to our professional lives, our teeth are one of the first things people notice when we speak to them. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, they’re right there looking back at us. A missing tooth, irregular or crooked teeth or even just a little chip can make us more inclined to hide our smile or avoid speaking in a public setting. For some this can even contribute to social anxiety as they avoid conversations with people they don’t know to hide their teeth.
This is no way to live! You shouldn’t feel like you have to hide your smile. So, what can we do about it?
What to Do About It?
Regular Visits to the Dentist
First of all, regular dentist check-ups are crucial to maintain your beautiful smile. Regular cleans will help keep any nastier infections at bay – your dentist can monitor your teeth and any changes that could affect their appearance over time. You could even consider incorporating whitening treatments with your visits to the dentist for a little extra boost.
Cosmetic Dental Work
Cosmetic dental work is also an option should you feel that your teeth and gums are having a long-lasting effect of your self-esteem and mental health. These days, dental procedures are so advanced there are solutions for a range of budgets. Talk through your options with your dentist – this might involve braces, veneers or crowns.
Keep in mind if you can’t afford cosmetic dental treatments, the most important thing is that you have good oral health and hygiene. Avoiding bad breath and extremely discoloured teeth are all doable with normal dental care – these are the things that people are most likely to notice anyway.
If you’re in Brisbane and struggling with self-esteem issues due to your teeth, try Showground Dental. Our friendly staff can give you a friendly, non-invasive consultation to discuss your options. It’s time to get to the bottom of it and have confidence in your smile!