Smiles Behind Masks
Author: Michele Rolla
Smiles Behind Masks
We smile for so many reasons and rightfully so. Happiness and laughter are two times we naturally smile without being prompted. For those who are not very happy with our teeth, we may instinctively hide our smiles, behind a hand or as of late, behind a mask. If that is you, you may be missing out on the many benefits of smiling, physical and chemical. Studies have shown that the simple act of smiling can enhance your mood and help your body deal with stressful situations.
Media portrays a perception that all smiles include a full set sparkling, paper white teeth that are perfectly aligned. Here is the reality.
You might not have perfectly straight teeth.
You might not have that level of white seen in pictures.
You might experience irritation and sensitivity.
You might even be fearful and avoid regular visits to the dentist.
You are not alone!
•Crooked teeth are not uncommon and you should not feel obligated to straighten them. Not so perfect teeth add character and uniqueness, they make you, well, you! Obviously, there are sometimes health reasons when straightening should be explored with a dental professional.
•Guess what? Your teeth are at their whitest as a baby! Baby teeth composition is different than permanent teeth giving them a whiter appearance. Adult teeth are darker and are never that shade of paper white naturally, so if you’re taking a selfie with a young child, don’t compare your teeth color to theirs!
•“Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease. If you're bothered by sensitive teeth, visit your dentist. He or she can identify or rule out any causes of your tooth pain.” (1)
Do you have Dentophobia, a fear of dentists? I don’t know of anyone that looks forward to sitting in the dentist’s chair! Here are a few tips to help ease the anxiety associated with going to see a dentist.
•“Go to that first visit with someone you trust, such as a close relative who has no fear of dentists.”
•“Try relaxation techniques. -- taking a big breath, holding it, and letting it out very slowly, like you are a leaky tire. This will slow your heartbeat and relax your muscles. Another technique is progressive muscle relaxation, which involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in turn.”
•“Review with your dentist which sedatives are available or appropriate. Options include local anesthetic, nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), oral sedatives, and intravenous sedation.” (2)
We never recommend overlooking your general oral health and hygiene, brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups. Not only will your dentist keep your teeth and gums healthy, regular professional cleanings can help with plaque build up, reducing a yellow appearance.
Teeth whitening is a popular non-invasive option to improve teeth color and overall aesthetics. A color change between two or three shades can change your smile, and there will be a noticeable difference between the final result and the way your teeth were before the whitening treatment. Our Pro-Renewal Whitening System is designed to overcome the toughest whitening challenges in minutes and can whiten your teeth by 7 shades in just 7 days with minimal to no sensitivity or irritation. It includes one of the highest levels of hydrogen peroxide available over the counter along with the same blue light technology used by dentists. It also leverages our unique Aloe White® Total Comfort Technology which uses soothing aloe vera to promote happy teeth and gums.
Smiles are perceived as attractive. A whiter smile can even help you appear more confident, trustworthy, and successful. Having a white smile can boost your confidence. Confidence plays a positive role in our personal and professional lives. And, confidence is contagious. Others want to be around those that ooze confidence. You can and should love your smile no matter how straight, crooked, white or not white your teeth are. Smile often, smile wide, and smile proudly!