It’s no surprise that dental problems can emerge from a variety of places: the wrong foods, genetics, a chipped tooth from a football game that results in a root canal in the future. One of the most important things we can do as practitioners is to help patients engage with and deeply understand their own health, including why these problems emerge and what we can to do treat them. It’s for this effort that we examine the nine most common dental problems that we see on a regular basis.
Problem Eight: Unattractive Smile
This problem isn’t necessarily a traditionally clinical dental problem, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, in talking to thousands of patients over the years, we’re incredibly aware of the power that high-self esteem offers and the impact it has on mental health, relationships, and more.
Ron Gutman researches the power of smiles, and he recently analyzed a longitudinal study performed by the University of California, Berkeley in which researchers attempted to predict a variety of future outcomes, all based solely on pictures of smiles found in yearbooks. According to the study, researchers looked to measure their success and well-being throughout their life, including:
– The fulfillment and length of a marriage
– The scores on standardized tests of well-being
– The power to inspire other people
Other researchers looked at the smiles on baseball cards from before 1950, noting that the span of a players smile could help predict the span of his life, as well. According to the study, players who smiled on the cards actually ended up living longer. Also of note: more than 1/3 of the population smiles more than 20 times a day, while children often smile more than 400 times per day, leading to lower levels of cortisol, a common stress hormone.
The good news is that there are a variety of treatments that can help patients achieve a more beautiful smile, including whitening, Lumineers, Invisalign, dental implants, and a host of other cosmetic procedures.
If you have any questions about restoring your smile to its natural beauty or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.