We’ve all had a moment where we look in the mirror and aren’t pleased with the state of our smile. You may notice a tooth that isn’t perfectly aligned or that your teeth aren’t the shade they once were. Maybe your gums are more prominent, or your teeth look small in your mouth. Surveys revealed that nearly 80% of participants dislike how their teeth appear in photos. Further, 28% took pains hiding their teeth on social media. A whopping 42% stated that their smile was first on the list of things they wish they could change. These feelings of insecurity have led to the rise of a form of dentistry known as “emotional dentistry.”
The Role Of Emotional Dentistry In Modern Dental Care
Emotional dentistry is a term that isn’t commonly used among patients. However, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced it firsthand already. Emotional dentistry is a way of practicing dentistry that considers how people feel about their smiles. The next step is finding ways to produce a smile that the patient can be proud to share with the world. A poor relationship with our smile can impact our lives in many ways.
You may be self-conscious about smiling in front of others or hiding your smile when the camera comes out. Maybe you hold back a laugh for fear it will show your teeth and are excessively aware of them when gathering with friends. Your discomfort with your smile may weigh on your mind during job interviews or first dates. These little moments of stress and anxiety can build up over time, developing into an emotional burden that affects everything you do.
One tool that has helped dentists practice emotional dentistry is DSD. DSD stands for digital smile design and is a way of helping patients envision the way their smile could be. Using DSD, dentists can work with their patients to show the outcome of various treatments and procedures. This helps the patient clearly explain what they’d like to see for their smile. Further, it lets the dentist share what they can do for the patient and to set realistic expectations.
The experience of smiling goes beyond a merely aesthetic one. There are real psychological benefits to sharing freely and comfortably. Smiling triggers a physiological response in the body. When you smile, chemicals are released within your body that help elevates mood and reduce stress. Smiles are also contagious. Seeing someone smile is highly likely to trigger a smile in the person seeing them.
Understanding The Foundation Of A Beautiful Smile
Several factors go into what makes a smile beautiful. Some of them may be surprising, while others are likely things you have noticed. It starts with the smile being symmetrical and straight. We are hardwired to perceive symmetry as beautiful. Another aspect of smile beauty is the degree of gum to tooth. These should be in proper balance with each other. Jaw alignment also plays a rolerole, changing how we smile and shape our face. Finally, tooth color is an important factor. It is perceived as a visual indicator of health, cleanliness, and approachability. Call your dentist to learn more.