Do you light up a room when you smile? Or are you embarrassed? You deserve to have a smile that you are proud to show. Did you know that research conducted by The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry indicates that cosmetic dentistry can make people appear more attractive, wealthy, intelligent, successful, and popular to the opposite sex?
The short story: Now is the time to consider how life-changing a healthy and attractive smile can be. If your smile does not match your credibility, it may be costing you more than embarrassment. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry also reports that 74% of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career advancement.
A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of your face. When you communicate with other people, they are looking at two things- your eyes and your teeth. Did you know that the color or shade of your teeth should be similar to the whites of your eyes? When your teeth are darker than the whites of your eyes, they prematurely age your smile. Therefore, your teeth should be the best reflection of you that they can be.
The American Dental Association reports that even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Some of the options for you may include tooth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers/crowns, or minor tooth movement.
- Tooth whitening is a fabulous way to brighten your smile. There are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of your smile. The two most popular are professionally dispensed at-home whitening and in-office whitening. In as few as thirty minutes, you can see a significant color change in your teeth. Teeth whitening is a safe, effective, inexpensive way to improve your smile.
-Cosmetic bonding is a composite resin is that applied to your teeth to change the shape and/or color. Your teeth are microscopically prepared for the bonding, then contoured and polished to provide a natural looking, quick solution for minor changes to your smile.
-Porcelain veneers or crowns are custom-made ceramic shells that are designed to cover your teeth. Veneers or crowns can be designed as part of your smile makeover to create more dramatic changes in your smile.
-Minor tooth movement is a wonderful solution to re-align crowded teeth. It can be as simple as wearing a clear retainer for a few months to create your desired result. Moving your teeth is a conservative way to enhance your smile as well as optimize your future cosmetic dentistry.
If you are one of the seventy-five million baby boomers that are missing at least one tooth, you can have it replaced and restored with dental implants to feel and look like your natural teeth. Dental implants have created a fabulous solution for patients that are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth. Rather than resting on your gum-line like removable dentures or using adjacent teeth to clasp, dental implants are long-term replacements for single or several missing teeth. So now when you are entertaining clients at lunch or dinner, you can feel assured that your missing teeth will not impede your ability to chew or speak with confidence. In addition, you can avoid the discomfort or embarrassment of having removable appliances that are ill-fitting and may slip or dislodge when you are speaking.
Success in business is built on long-term relationships with your clients, customers and co-workers. Does your smile enhance these relationships? If not, modern dentistry offers you a wide variety of solutions to improve your image. From simple cosmetic teeth whitening to a full smile makeover, you deserve the best! You do not have to hide your smile any longer. By enhancing your smile, you can gain more confidence, boost a higher self-esteem, and improve your success rate in business.
Regardless of your profession, your smile can definitely increase your FACE VALUE.
About the Author
Once you experience her passion for dentistry and life, you will understand why patients and colleagues speak so highly of her. Dr. Tanya Brown is a dentist in Hampton Roads, Virginia and a leader in health care management. Dr. Brown graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry earning a Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD). She is one of a select group of dentists (1% nationally) who has completed the core curriculum at the prestigious Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Brown is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Virginia Dental Association. She is dedicated to supporting dental and health related initiatives in Hampton Roads and regularly involves her dental team in activities including the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Walk, Dental Access Days, Toys for Tots, and Children's Dental Health Month. Dr. Brown is a member of the Rotary Club of Great Bridge, Executive Women International, and serves on the YMCA South Hampton Roads Great Bridge/Hickory Board of Directors. Most recently, she was awarded the "Health Care Heroes" award for 2010 by Inside Business.