Cosmetic Dentists: The post-pandemic saviours
It’s true. Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, some wear scrubs. You might think it’s a little far fetched to suggest that a Cosmetic Dentist is a superhero. In some respects that may be the case. After all, a superhero is typically a fictional character whereas a dentist is very much present in our real everyday lives.
However, a superhero is also someone who has the ability to change a person’s life in a positive way. They need to be equipped with an exceptional skill or power to perform good deeds with the best possible intentions. Do you see where we are going here?
Now, whilst it’s a bit of an ask to expect that Cosmetic Dentists can save the planet from destruction or battle against evil, they are certainly instrumental when it comes to fighting crimes against smiles. In fact, there are so many ways that a Cosmetic Dentist can improve your life we felt it noteworthy to mention a few highlights.
You’ll be surprised that not all of them relate to your teeth!
What are Cosmetic Dentists anyway?
If you are not familiar with the different branches of dental specialisms, you’d be forgiven for thinking a Cosmetic Dentist was simply a normal dentist wearing lots of make-up! We can assure you that is not the case. Actually, we are certain that most of our cosmetic dentists would greatly object to the idea!
A cosmetic dentist is one who has completed all the primary care dental training but has then gone on to hone their skills to provide advanced aesthetic treatments. They will use their knowledge and craftsmanship to make minor or radical improvements to the appearance of the teeth. In essence, they are smile masters. Designing and delivering techniques and treatments in the pursuit of creating a collection of perfectly formed choppers.
This may seem like a pretty straightforward description of what a Cosmetic Dentist is, so you may be wondering how they can be hailed as life-changing heroes?
The life-changing impact of cosmetic dentists
Life has changed a lot in the last eighteen months. Not only did we lose our smiles, but many other aspects of our lives fell away, leaving us to think deeply about who we are as people, both personally and professionally. We watched our own images countless times during online calls and meetings, and perhaps suddenly realised how important that self-perception can be in projecting a healthy image of ourselves to the outside world.
Now, the masks are off and you want to make an impact. We all need to be better versions of ourselves to come out the other side of this pandemic smiling.
So, here are 5 ways that cosmetic dentists can change your life:
1. Rebuild Confidence
Even after decades of practising dentistry and seeing thousands upon thousands of wide-ranging cases, we are still taken aback by the debilitating self-esteem issues that are present in many of our patients.
Our first-hand experience of dental-related confidence and self-esteem issues are backed by international studies, published by the US National Library of Medicine. Their analysis has shown that there is a ‘significant association between self-esteem and perceived dental aesthetics.’
Whilst the dental issues themselves vary widely from patient to patient; from missing teeth, to gaps, to cracks, chips and discolouration, the impact on confidence is common across the board.
‘Dis-satisfaction with dental appearance is a strong predictor for low self-esteem. It was found that various dental disorders like malocclusion, anterior traumatic tooth, tooth loss and untreated decay cause a profound impact on aesthetics and psychosocial behaviour.’
It is not uncommon to meet patients who suffer such extreme embarrassment about the appearance of their teeth that it has escalated and impacted so many other areas of their lives. From careers to relationships to general interactions and occasions, the results can be devastating. As the report mentions, ‘low self-esteem related to tooth loss can lead to inability to socialize, perform work and daily activities.’
It is no wonder, therefore that the interest in Cosmetic Dentistry has increased exponentially in recent years. If it’s your teeth that are holding you back in your everyday life, then let’s get to the root (pardon the pun) of the problem. There is absolutely no reason to suffer in silence. Cosmetic Dentists have the skills and resources to iron out any one of your dental concerns, thereby eliminating your insecurities and allowing you to approach life with absolute confidence.
2. Restore Happiness
The simple act of smiling really can make us feel happier and there are studies to prove it. It even affects how we speak — ever been on a phone call with someone and just know they are smiling? Yes, we are aware of smiles even without a visual.
You know yourself that if you’re feeling confident about your smile, you’re more likely to show it off. And that’s where cosmetic dentistry comes in. A smile makeover, which could involve one or several treatments, can boost those happy vibes for you and others in your orbit!
You only have to consider the proliferation of filters and face-tuning apps on social media to grasp the lengths that people go to, to present picture perfection of happiness. However, this is not real life!
Cosmetic Dentists are able to restore a level of happiness that is real to see both on and off camera. When you feel good about yourself it’s easy to smile. When your teeth look amazing, it’s impossible not to smile!
Wouldn’t you love to be satisfied with the image you see in the mirror? Wouldn’t you love to take a selfie without colour correcting your teeth to a wholly un-realistic shade? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but happiness can only be owned by you!
Fixing those chips that have been bugging you for years. Straightening out those teeth that you’ve been ashamed to display or filling in gaps that have been tormenting you are just a few of the ways that Cosmetic Dentists can restore happiness to your life.
3. Turn back the clock
A Cosmetic Dentist can literally reverse the signs of ageing. Straight, white teeth can shave years off your appearance. Brightening a dull, stained smile brings vitality and youth back into your face, more effectively than many other anti-ageing procedures. Whitening through a professional cosmetic dentist is a far more satisfying experience than anything you will buy online or on the high street, thanks to the powerful ingredients that are only made available via dentists.
In the case of lost or missing teeth, you’ll be astounded to realise how much your face may have sunken or become drawn as a result of their absence. This only adds to a tired look. Taking advantage of dental implant technology can restore the structure and contours of your face that you would once have enjoyed in your younger years.
If you are in pursuit of the fountain of eternal youth, you need look no further than your local Cosmetic Dentist.
4. Eliminate Pain
Bad alignment or malocclusions can be a common source of pain. If you have found yourself suffering with headaches, tooth aches, jaw pain or suffer any discomfort with eating you may have issues with alignment.
Any kind of pain is a nuisance to our daily lives, but especially tooth pain. If it becomes chronic, it can affect all aspects of your health — your ability to eat and drink, your immunity, your mental health etc.
Drawing on a range of straightening and aligning options, Cosmetic Dentists can help to eliminate unnecessary pain for good. As an added bonus, straight teeth are likely to be healthier teeth as there are fewer overlaps, nooks and crannies for food to disappear into, causing the onset of infections or tooth decay.
Cosmetic Dentists offer much more than just a pretty face. Pain can take such a toll on our quality of life, and when it disappears a new person emerges, grinning from ear to ear.
5. General Health Improvements
There are big benefits to having cosmetic treatment, including the improvement of your overall health. There is a link between your oral hygiene and your life expectancy — better oral hygiene helps boost general health.
Cosmetic dentistry can lead to all kinds of changes in your life. It’s likely to be a vehicle for addressing some of those ‘bad’ habits, such as smoking or eating junk food. If you’ve made an investment in that gorgeous winning smile, you’ll want to maintain it, right?
This means finally saying bye-bye to the ciggies, the insane amounts of caffeine, the red wine and all the other stain culprits, not to mention the sugar-filled snacks. Healthier eating habits will creep in with less effort than you expected, and before you know it, you’ll be a lean, mean, smiling machine.
Having cosmetic dentistry treatment leads to better oral hygiene and developing healthy habits such as daily brushing and flossing. Think of it as an investment, not only in a bright new shiny smile but also in an immunity-boosting preventative health technique!