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Your Perfectly Imperfect Smile

March 31, 2014

I think that it's our imperfections that make us beautiful and unique! When we can transform our weaknesses and imperfections into our strengths, we get closer to becoming the best possible versions of our selves.

 

Identify which aspects of your appearance you can realistically change and which you can't. Humans, by definition, are imperfect. It's what makes each of us unique and original! Everyone (even the most perfect-seeming celeb) has things that they can't change and need to accept — like their height, for example, or their shoe size. Remind yourself that "real people aren't perfect and perfect people aren't real (they're usually airbrushed!)".

 

SMILE MORE, FEEL MORE CONFIDENT

 

A white smile doesn’t just indicate healthy teeth and gums; your dental health also plays a significant role in how confident you feel. Think about it -- if you’re self conscious about your smile you’re not going to feel very good about interacting with others.Research shows that the better you feel about your looks, the better you feel about yourself. When your teeth look white and sparkly, you can relax, be in the moment and laugh. You are more confident and radiant. The mere act of putting your mouth in the shape of a smile changes the blood flow to the brain and actually makes you feel happier. The fact that smiling itself boosts your mood has a further positive impact because smiling has a contagious effect. When you smile, others are more likely to smile back, and are more drawn to you, thereby increasing your confidence and happiness even more.

 

SMILES AND PERCEPTION

 

You might not realize it but whether or not you're smiling can have a significant impact how others perceive you. Having a radiant smile sends a huge positive message to those around you. It tells people that you are happy to be in their presence, and it creates an optimistic feeling in others. When you smile, people are more likely to assume you have positive qualities -- they perceive you as more sociable, trustworthy and intelligent, compared to when you aren't smiling. So whether you're at a party, in a job interview or simply walking down the street, the fact that you're smiling will work to your advantage.

 

POOR SMILE CONFIDENCE

 

Being unhappy with your smile usually means you don't do it very often – which means you aren't reaping the benefits outlined above. People who avoid smiling usually do so because they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. They may feel that their teeth aren't as white as they'd like, or that their teeth have lost their youthful sheen, which can make them feel ashamed about the appearance of their smile. When this happens people fall out of the habit of smiling or they do a closed-lip grin, which comes across as awkward or not genuine. Most people are not aware of how important a smile is in how others perceive them or in how they feel about themselves.

 

WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SMILE AND GIVE YOU MORE CONFIDENCE

 

1. Get regular prophylactic cleanings, and checkups. Unhealthy gums, and cavities cause pain, and bad breath.

2. If your teeth are stained or discolored, consider a tooth whitening treatment.

3. If your teeth are crooked, damaged, or, misshapen we have a lot a treatment options! Porcelain veneers can make your anterior teeth look straight, symmetrical and beautiful. Orthodontic treatments (braces) are a wonderful treatment for rotated and misaligned smiles. Bondings are an affordable option to veneers. Gum reshaping can fix a 'gummy smile' in less than an hour.

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