Have you ever felt uncomfortable towards someone who is giving you a warm and friendly smile? Your answer is most probably “no”. In fact, you might even feel inclined to smile back. This is because we all know that smiling is a positive thing. It’s a universally recognised sign of happiness, openness and good will. According to an old proverb, “All people smile in the same language.” It doesn’t matter where you come from or what language you speak – a smile can bring people together.

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However, some people might not be confident about their smile. These days, a smile that shows white and even teeth are preferred over stained, crooked or missing teeth. Having good teeth is associated with attractiveness, youth and vitality. Good teeth also signify health. An old medical adage says that “the mouth is the mirror of the body”. To support this, medical research shows that healthy teeth and gums are crucial to maintaining overall health.

The impact of a bright and healthy smile

Several independent studies reveal how having a great smile and a healthy set of pearly whites can impact our relationships, careers and social interactions. When making first impressions, 50% of our population believe that a great smile is the most important feature they notice when meeting someone for the first time.

Having good teeth can also affect romantic relationships. In a survey conducted by match.com, 60% of men and 71% of women claimed that healthy teeth is the most important physical attribute of a potential date. In another survey, one-third of 1,000 respondents aged 18 to 50 years old said they are unlikely to kiss someone who has bad teeth.

When it comes to the workplace, having a great smile matters if you want to progress up the corporate ladder. Author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, David and Goliath) claims that people with bad teeth are more likely to be passed up for promotions and job opportunities. In addition, a study conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that a great smile can make you appear more successful, interesting, intelligent, and attractive – qualities that can help you move forward the workplace.

Getting a designer smile with smile enhancement

If you’re unhappy with your smile, you can do something about it. A smile enhancement is the process of improving your smile with one or more dental procedures that range from teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and crowns, dental implants and composite bonded restorations. The result is a natural-looking smile that reflects your own brand of self-confidence, success and attractiveness – a designer smile that is uniquely your own!

Before any cosmetic dental procedure, the dentist will check your teeth colour, width, length and shape, your gum tissue and the shape of your lips. Did you know they will also consider your facial appearance, skin tone and hair colour? All of these are important considerations in designing a smile that complements your unique features.

A smile enhancement can address the following issues:

Discoloured teeth – Healthy, white teeth is usually associated with health and youth. To fix stained or discoloured teeth, the dentist will perform a teeth whitening procedure. Learn more about this in our previous blog article on teeth whitening.

Alignment and spacing – Teeth that are crooked or overlapping can be straightened through orthodontics and improved with veneers.

Damaged teeth – Uneven, chipped and cracked teeth are restored back to health with composite bonded restorations.

Missing teeth – Having one or more missing teeth not only makes you feel self-conscious about your smile, it also affects your bite, bone structure and puts you at greater risk for tooth decay. Missing teeth can be restored with dental implants. Learn more about this in our previous blog article on dental implants.

The Paltoglou Dental Centre specialises in cosmetic dentistry and are here to help you understand what’s possible, answer your questions and achieve the smile that you will truly love. Call us on 03 9824 7722.