Why It’s So Hard to Look Past Cosmetic Defects in Your Smile

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For people who are happy with their smile, it’s easy enough to tell someone that they should just “get over,” complaints about their smile. Even some well-meaning people may tell you that the problems are “just” cosmetic, or they may even tell you that your smile is “cute” or “unique.”

But they can’t understand just how damaging an unattractive smile can be, and how hard it can be to live with an unattractive smile.

Here are some of the obstacles that people face when trying to live with an unattractive smile that can make it so difficult. These are also reasons why cosmetic dentistry can make such a big difference.

History of Negative Responses

We all learn daily lessons as we grow up, and these lessons shape our feelings and conduct in the future. For children with unhealthy, unattractive, or damaged teeth growing up, the lesson that they learn is that people will have a very negative response to their smiles.

These responses can vary dramatically. Some people may recoil in revulsion. Others may just not want to be around a person. Still others may tease or bully a person with unattractive teeth. But the cumulative effect of these responses can be very damaging and can lead a person to predict that people will have a negative response to their smile even before it’s shown.

Future daily interactions are likely to affirm these past problems in part because a person’s confidence and conduct have already been affected. If you don’t enter an interaction with confidence, people are more likely to respond negatively to you. A smile is the most common greeting and the most powerful expression for bringing people together. If you are unwilling to show your smile, this can also lead to negative interactions, thus affirming the history negative responses a person has already experienced.

Daily Affirmation

In addition to the external reinforcement of smile problems, there’s a personal mechanism that makes it harder to live with an unattractive smile every day. When you look in the mirror, you will likely smile at your reflection.

For most of us, that act of smiling at oneself can help us feel better about ourselves. But if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the effect can be the opposite. You’re more likely to feel worse after looking at yourself in the mirror than you did before. This daily dose of bad feelings can instill a sense of hopelessness and make you not want to try to get past the problem.

Oral Care Can Suffer

Many people who are unhappy with their smiles can compound the problem by not taking proper care of their oral health. If you’re not happy with your smile, it’s harder to make yourself care for it. Not only that, but conducting oral hygiene forces you to look at your teeth for a prolonged period. Unhappiness with the appearance of teeth becomes an excuse not to care for teeth.

This embarrassment also becomes an excuse to skip professional care for your teeth as well. If caring for your own teeth can be embarrassing, it’s that much worse when you are showing your teeth to someone who will have a prolonged period to look at and criticise your teeth.

As a result, your teeth may suffer from the lack of personal or professional oral healthcare.

Help Is Available

It’s easy to get into a state of despair about the appearance and health of your teeth. It may seem that your smile is hopeless and that no one will be able to help. But that’s not true.

Nashville cosmetic dentist Dr. Kent E. White is very skilled at performing complex smile makeovers. His unified approach can take any smile and turn it into a beautiful, functional one. As a result of the improved smile, people often experience improved self esteem and can turn their lives around.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile and want help from a cosmetic dentist, please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment at the Center for Advanced Dentistry.