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Cosmetic Dentistry: The Self-Esteem Boost You’re Looking For

August 20, 2020

There’s a lot of power in your smile. It’s the first thing most people notice about you. It can communicate happiness, honesty, and trustworthiness. A great smile can help you get promotions, make new friends, and start exciting new relationships.

But what if you’re not crazy about your smile? What if you’re embarrassed by it? Not wanting to show your smile can be a detriment, especially to your self-esteem.

That’s where cosmetic dentistry can help. Unlike normal dental procedures that are focused just on the health of your teeth and mouth, cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the look and appearance of your smile. Think of it as a makeover for your smile.

Types of cosmetic dental procedures

No matter what your smile complaint is, the odds are good that there is a fix for it from a skilled cosmetic dentist. From a simple teeth whitening treatment to providing a complete smile makeover, a cosmetic dentist can:

  • Whiten your yellow, stained, or discolored teeth.
  • Fix chipped or broken teeth with veneers.
  • Replace missing teeth with dental implants.
  • Straighten crooked or overlapped teeth with clear braces.
  • Close gaps between your teeth with clear braces.
  • Update unattractive metal fillings with white composite fillings.
  • And much more!

These kinds of procedures used to be too expensive for most people to afford. Luckily, that is no longer the case. These days, cosmetic dentistry is surprisingly affordable and may even be covered by insurance.

Benefits of cosmetic dentistry

There are many things to consider when thinking about investing in cosmetic dentistry. While cosmetic dentistry may not be strictly required for overall oral health, it provides many benefits that can enhance your life in many ways.

Improved social life.

When you’re confident in your smile, it shows. When you’re worried about your smile, you may start to avoid situations where you would have to show it. This can lead to feelings of isolation and even depression in some. Humans are social creatures! We want to go out and see people. We want to smile and laugh with friends. That’s hard to do when you’re embarrassed by your smile.

When you love your smile, you’ll want to get out more. You’ll embrace the chance to meet up with friends for drinks or dinners confident that no one will be judging you by your smile. Your friends, old and new, will be so excited to see you embracing life with a brand new smile.

Enhanced appearance.

Like it or not, we are judged by our looks multiple times a day by people we know and by people we don’t. A beautiful, healthy, bright smile is seen as a sign of youth and vitality, and a sign that the person behind the smile takes good care of themselves.

Cosmetic dentistry can literally take years off your appearance. Our teeth naturally darken as we age and, when combined with the yellowing effects of many of our favorite foods, drinks, or vices, can even prematurely betray how young we feel inside.

Your new smile will also give you a brand new sense of self-confidence. When you think you look better, you feel better. This new confidence shows in all areas of your life.

Career benefits.

Your career is built on connections and relationships and those are strengthened by an open and engaging smile. People connect with those they like and trust, and they are more likely to like and trust someone who smiles genuinely and often.

When you feel free to share your best and biggest smile, you come across as more genuine, trustworthy, motivated, loyal, and dedicated. If you’re too embarrassed to smile or only give a tight grin, you can come across as fake and insincere.

Your employer and clients will naturally respond positively to this change in demeanor and perceived trustworthiness. They will want to engage more with you and be around you more often. This new level of engagement will help you feel more confident in your career. The added confidence can help you appear more grounded, speak more persuasively, and present your best self to your colleagues and superiors. Time to nab that promotion!

Is cosmetic dentistry for me?

You might still be wondering if cosmetic dentistry is for you. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you wish your teeth were whiter?
  • Are some of your teeth chipped, cracked, or missing?
  • Are your teeth misaligned or have large gaps between them?
  • Do you wish your teeth were straighter?
  • Are self-conscious about your smile or hide your teeth in photographs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, cosmetic dentistry may just be the answer you’re looking for to get your smile looking perfect and to take years off of your face!

Conclusion

Located on Market Street in The Woodlands, Dr. Carrie Muzny & Associates is an award-winning dentistry firm also serving the Conroe, Montgomery, North Houston, and Spring areas. We provide the highest-quality family and cosmetic dentistry including routine cleaning and care, restorative services like whitening and veneers, and minor surgical procedures such as extractions and implants. We offer painless sedation dentistry so your experience can always be anxiety-free.

If you’re ready to learn more about how we can care for or restore your smile, and to determine if dental implants are right for you, please contact us today. To make things even easier, we have a wide range of options including calling, emailing, using a convenient online form, and even requesting a virtual consultation!

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