Most of us have at least a simple level of understanding when it comes to maintaining our health in general. All of us know how necessary it is to exercise on a regular basis, priorities our mental health, and have a balanced diet. But have you ever thought of teeth as a beauty asset?, We often miss out on another essential element of a healthy lifestyle – which is our oral health.
Most importantly, our teeth have such an important role to play in our lives. Indeed, they do help us chew and digest food, they help us talk and speak properly and give our face its shape. A perfect smile with flawless teeth has other day-to-day benefits. It gives us greater confidence to show off our best self, influence our social lives, careers as well as relationships overall.
Due to all this, it only makes sense to give our oral health the best care possible. Good care for our teeth has many wonderful life-changing benefits. A healthy smile can change our visual appearance, the positivity of our mind-set, as well as improving the health of not only our mouth but our body too.
Appearance can mean everything, it is the reason one follows the latest fashion trends and while some of us are lucky enough to have or afford great dental care, not everyone is able to correct their problems with their teeth. Having a damaged smile can really affect a person’s self-esteem, and along with that give them a low self-image of themselves. Missing, stained, or crooked teeth can lead to people not smiling at all, embarrassed by what others will think of their oral imperfections
For many, oral health isn’t the only concern for bad teeth, it is the decline in physical appearance that leads to an emotional and psychological breakdown.
As we live in a more self-conscious society where being “beautiful” is pretty much everything, having bad teeth is becoming more culturally unacceptable and is highlighted through the rise of orthodontic treatment.
A person’s mouth is one of the first things you see when meeting someone new, and a first impression will be made based on your appearance. Having bad teeth can make someone make a false judgment about you, without properly getting to know you first. It's an unfortunate happening, but the first impression always sticks in the back of a person’s mind.
Having some crooked teeth or missing several could lead people to be very shy and have reservations of being in large public groups. It could be embarrassing, looking at everyone else’s smiles, and being envious, even making a person hesitant to get up and speak in public. Having missing teeth can also cause the person to appear older than they really are, as the cheeks will sink in the mouth and wrinkles could appear. Crooked teeth can cause anxiety for people, always worrying about whether or not to get braces, and for adults, they also are worried about what their co-workers or family would think of them.
Most people agree that a person’s appearance can affect his or her success in a professional career. A well-dressed, well-manicured individual who evokes confidence and self-esteem is going to have an easier time moving up the corporate ladder thanks to the digital media that latest fashion trends can be easily viewed and followed by the masses.
While conversing during a job interview or making a presentation during a company meeting, a person’s mouth always draws the eye of those in attendance. And, a great smile with healthy teeth is always noticed.
In a consumer study carried out on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, pictures of individuals without and with dental treatment were shown to a cross-section of Americans. Survey results showed that a beautiful smile made people appear more intelligent, successful, and wealthy to others.
Solutions To These Dental Problems
Successful professionals who are embarrassed by crowded or crooked teeth will not smile as often as those with straight teeth. Orthodontic treatment has made many advancements in recent years. Individuals can choose from many options for braces and other orthodontic appliances.
As specialists, orthodontists are able to use the full array of “appliances” (the formal name for braces, aligners, etc.) to create a healthy and beautiful smile. These include traditional metal braces with small, sleek brackets and thin wires; ceramic (tooth-colored) braces; lingual braces that go behind the teeth; self-ligating braces, which have a built-in mechanism to hold the wire to the brackets; and clear aligners.
Because of improved technology, the average time between orthodontic appointments is about six weeks, so adults miss less time from work and other important commitments.
If you want a better smile, and think it will boost your confidence, then you should seek someone who will be able to assist you with what you need and is an expert as well. Seeking out a great cosmetic dentist could improve your oral hygiene, and correct whatever problems your teeth could have. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive treatment; you could get your teeth whitened to help let you show your smile off more. Getting braces or a retainer can also help straighten teeth, and some are very indiscreet today, with invisible braces available. It will also help your teeth out in the long run if you brush twice a day daily, to keep the teeth clean and cavity-free
Cosmetic dentists like Dr.Apa argue that changing your smile can change your entire face, adding fullness and support to your features. This gets especially notable over time, as your cheeks become less bouncy with the loss of collagen and your teeth shift in.
A common complaint Dr.Apa gets from patients in their 40s and 50s is that they have “lost their smile.” The bottom third of your face is supported by teeth that affect the structure of your face. “Black holes” — space on either side of your mouth when you smile — are also a common problem that makes your grin look less than perfect. The solution is to build veneers that gently slope out in thickness so that they fill up the “black holes,” or what Dr.Apa calls “kicking out a smile.”
The appearance of your teeth definitely can affect confidence for some people (if not all) either on the surface or deep down within. Being afraid to smile is no way to live, you should not care what others think of you. And if you do, then there are many options to help your oral hygiene, you just have to find out what is right for you.
Home Hacks For Beautiful Teeth
Huda Kattan, the founder of Huda Beauty, says, “There has been a shift in the last few years with wellness and beauty becoming one and the same. People are a lot savvier about how overall health plays into confidence — and confidence for me is what really makes people stand out and be seen.”
“The word clean feel sexy and attractive right now. People are so conscious of what they’re putting into their bodies, and your teeth don’t lie,” says Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, founder of Violet Grey. The Goopiest of people want to eat antioxidant-rich blueberries, drink beet juice, and sprinkle turmeric into their smoothies, but they don’t want any of it staining their teeth.
Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom, and maintaining the health of our mouth is relatively simple. Brushing your teeth and flossing is a given. It's also recommended to eat a diet full of nutrient-rich, natural foods. “This means a diet rich in fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. These vitamins allow you to uptake nutrients that are vital for strong teeth and jawbones.”
Holistic dentist, health coach, and personal trainer Dr. Lewis Ehrlich stresses the importance of eating chewy and hard healthy foods, too: “These days, food is soft, sticky, sweet and highly processed. Put your teeth and jawbones to work the way nature intended. This will help to stimulate healthy saliva, which neutralizes acid and keeps your teeth strong.”
You should also increase your water intake and replace soft drinks, energy drinks, and fruit juices with still, clean water. Also, be careful with sparkling mineral water – it is very acidic and a common cause of dental decay.
It’s also recommended to practice nasal breathing. Breathing through your mouth leaves you more susceptible to snoring, sleep apnea, respiratory infections, tonsillitis, tooth crowding, and decay.
And last but not least, do‘oil pulling’ on occasion. This involves “popping a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around for 15 minutes. The fat in the oil ‘pulls’ plaque from underneath the gums. It can help to reduce gum inflammation, decrease your chance of decay, fights against bad breath, and is also a good, natural alternative to mouth wash.”
From The IKF Desk
It’s scientifically proven that your oral health doesn’t just impact your physical health but can also have an impact on your mental and emotional well being. In fact, a healthy, beautiful smile can help you feel more confident. Smiling and happiness are typically seen to go hand-in-hand, and people assume that if you’re smiling you must be enjoying your life and have a positive outlook. But can it be the other way around? Can your teeth impact your happiness and even your success in life? It might seem like your expression is simply an indication of your mood, but studies are starting to show that your teeth can have a wide-reaching impact on your confidence and how you feel about yourself as well. What do you think?