In today’s society, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you — for thrill or nil. It’s our first opportunity to make a first impression — and it sets the stage for so many relationships — career, friendships, romance. And though you may not necessarily have the perfect smile for a variety of factors — genetics, lifestyle, accidental mishaps — the good news is cosmetic dentistry makes it possible for anyone to have an astonishingly perfect smile. Are you the perfect candidate for a smile maker over? Here are 3 signs it might be a good idea to discuss cosmetic dentistry options with your Cincinnati dentist.
You Hide Your Smile in Photos
You might not even realize you’re doing it — but deep down your gut does. Take a look at your Facebook photos and selfies — especially those that are posed and not spur of the moment. Are you smiling in them — in a way that shows your teeth? If not, chances are you unconsciously feel you have something to hide — you’re not happy with the way your teeth look.
You Avoid Social Situations
Now this is different from social anxiety — but it may appear to be so. If you find yourself avoiding social situations, ask yourself how much of your fear comes from an anxiety that people might see you smile? We smile all the time when we socialize because we’re socially programmed to do so. If deep down you feel ashamed of your smile, it may be time to do something about it.
You Don’t Like to Smile in the Mirror
Here’s a surefire test. When no one’s around, look deeply into the mirror and show yourself your best smile. Are you happy with it? Does any part of it make you feel ashamed, such as discolored, misshapen or cavity ridden teeth? If so, you’re likely a perfect candidate for a smile makeover.
Talk to Your Dentist
If you’d like to improve your smile, talk to your Cincinnati dentist first. He or she may suggest routine cleanings and regular dental treatments to help restore your smile. This is certainly a good place to start. We might also suggest teeth whitening, veneers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Cosmetic Dentistry: More Affordable Than You Think
Many people don’t consider cosmetic dentistry because they think it’s expensive. This is a big misconception. When it comes to a smile makeover, you have many options — some more expensive than others. Talk to your dentist about your budget. We may be able to come up with more affordable alternatives. Plus, we also offer payment plans. We can work with you.
And keep in mind that if a cosmetic dentistry procedure has a valid medical need (such as gum contouring to help heal gum disease), it may actually be covered by insurance. In addition to improving your looks, there are intrinsic benefits to these procedures. It just may be covered.
Your smile doesn’t just affect your appearance — but everything about your life, including social interactions and success at work. A smile makeover can have significant and lasting impact on your confidence — and in turn your career, love life and even daily interactions. Discover your true potential with a beautiful smile you’re proud to love.