Ace Dental

4 September 2017

The importance of being smiley

The one thing that people notice first about others when they meet is whether or not they smile. Smiling is hard-wired into us as a non-verbal communication of being friendly and peaceful, so if someone is not smiling, we tend to be a bit wary of them.

No one ever thinks, on meeting a non-smiler, ‘Oh poor thing, I wonder if they have got terrible teeth and are too embarrassed to show them’. We have more hard-wired reactions like, ‘Oh, they’re unfriendly’, or ‘I wonder why they’re angry’.

Not smiling a greeting can also be some kind of power play, like when the poor contestants go into the Dragons’ Den to present their business ideas and smile hello but get deadpan responses back.

Being smiley makes such a huge difference to all our communications, from the important to the fleeting encounters, smiling smooths our way through each day. So to be too embarrassed by your teeth to smile is a big social handicap.

A helping hand for your smile

This is the reason why, in the last decade or two, cosmetic dentistry in Camden has become as popular as other forms of self-enhancement, such as haircuts, clothes, and shoes. Unlike the former, cosmetic dentistry treatments can last for years.

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because it requires no alteration to the structure of the teeth. It can also be done at home with a DIY kit from us at Ace Dental in Camden.

Teeth whitening won’t get rid of all stains however, and that’s when people can use veneers or cosmetic bonding to cover up discolouration. Of the two, cosmetic bonding, when composite materials are moulded over the teeth, is cheaper and less invasive. That said, bonding is really only suitable for the biting teeth at the front. Teeth that are used for chewing need something sturdier, such as veneers. These porcelain sheaths are fitted onto the fronts of teeth that have had a very thin layer of enamel removed to create a rough surface for the adhesive to bond to.

Cosmetic braces are also on offer for those who need teeth straightening, but no bite correction.

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