Everyone enjoys a nice smile. The more genuine and candid, the better. But a vast majority of the population has pretty significant insecurities when it comes to their own smile, due in large part to the unrealistic standards of beauty perpetuated by society. The truth of the matter is, beauty may lie in the eye of the beholder, but beauty is quite simply found in sincerity and uniqueness. When something makes you smile or laugh, without reservation, this is the grin you should be proudest of.
If, once you have obtained a level of confidence, you still want to alter your look, you could consider cosmetic dentistry. But it is paramount that you are changing out of your own desire, not any instilled by society.
What cosmetic dentists can do for you
In a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, it was revealed that almost every single one of the individuals surveyed, at an overwhelming 99.7%, believed that having a healthy smile is important in a social sense. And almost three quarters of those surveyed, at 74%, said that they believe what society would call an “unattractive” smile could potentially harm their ability to succeed in their careers.
Though it may sound simplistic, it is important to spend some time in reflection to assess your self esteem and self image to make sure that you are not buying into the ridiculous expectations of society before you consult a cosmetic dentist. Once you are content that you are not simply buying into those standards, getting cosmetic work on your teeth can help to boost your already solid confidence.
Health over social expectations as a standard
While many people put a high value on a nice smile, there is much more to your smile than just the appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is definitely helpful in attaining the look that you want, but oral issues can also be indicative of other health issues, so it is important to stay up to date on your regular dentist appointments. At 47.2%, nearly half of adults over the age of 30 years old have some type of periodontal disease, and most often, when those conditions are left untreated, they can develop into much more harmful issues.
Unfortunately, as oral health can often be expensive, the poorer an individual is, among adults across the nation, the more likely that individual is to be one of five Americans with at least one untreated cavity. Not only do society’s standards of beauty need to be reassessed, but the health care system should also be revamped.
Your smile is beautiful. Regardless of the brightness or symmetry, when you are genuinely laughing and smiling, you are shining. Any work that you have done on your teeth beyond the standards of keeping yourself healthy are merely bonuses.