Have you ever come across a confident person? Self-assured, they recognise their self-worth and are happy with who they are. Opportunities seem to fall into their lap, they trust their own judgment and, if something doesn’t align with their values, they have the strength to disengage – they don’t need others to validate them.
A dominating cause of low self-esteem and self-confidence is the perception of one’s own beauty, and the finger often points at bad teeth. Dissatisfaction with dental appearance has a profound impact. Dental disorders such as misaligned teeth, gaps, tooth loss and untreated decay not only influence the aesthetic of how people look, but also their psychosocial behaviour.
Why am I so conscious about my teeth?
Whether it’s being happy about having your photo taken, or applying for a job, calling out colleagues in a meeting, or even asking someone on a date, self-confidence helps you go after the things you want. If you don’t have confidence, you can feel you are not achieving your full potential.
Confidence is shaped by culture and develops through lived experience and mindset. Standards of beauty vary across the globe, a gap in the front teeth is prized in countries such as Nigeria and Ghana, a sign of real beauty. Cosmetic dentists in Christchurch note that in a Westernised culture, it’s not a typical beauty standard, but are quick to point out that doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful or a limit to success – look at Elton John and Eddie Murphy, the model Georgia May Jagger and the actress Laura Hutton.
How do I correct the gap in my teeth?
While it is possible to feel confident with gaps in your teeth, there are dental treatment options through cosmetic dentistry services to correct them.
What’s the difference between a normal dentist and a cosmetic dentist?
A general dentist focuses on the prevention and dental treatment of oral disease. A cosmetic dentist is a general dentist who has undertaken additional training to specialise in the aesthetic appearance of teeth and how you smile.
Dental treatment to close gaps in teeth
A cosmetic dentist assesses your mouth to see which is the best treatment option for the gaps in your teeth. Every mouth is unique – the size of the gap, health of the teeth and gums, the teeth colour and your oral health routine all influence the best course of action to take.
Tooth coloured composite bonding can be used for small gaps. It’s a simple, quick, long-lasting non-invasive procedure.
Orthodontic braces are a highly effective way to close large gaps in teeth. The process can take between 12 and 18 months. The cosmetic dentist regularly monitors the movement of the teeth and adjusts the braces as and when needed.
Invisalign braces use the latest dental innovations to deliver the same results as traditional metal braces in a shorter space of time; however, they are barely visible. These are the ideal solution for closing gap teeth for people who are already self-conscientious about their teeth.
If teeth are misshapen, discoloured and gappy, a thin porcelain veneer can be used to reconstruct the teeth. If applied correctly, you gain a natural looking but perfect smile.
It can be so hard to develop a sense of self-confidence when there is an area you feel is holding you back. The good news is that issues with your teeth can be remedied, there are always options to explore. Beauty is only skin deep; it’s how you feel on the inside that matters. Focus on what makes you unique and celebrate your individuality.
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