We live during a time where there is more pressure to conform to a certain ‘standard’ of attractiveness than ever before. However, it is not only our shape that we may feel needs to be addressed in order to achieve this desirable appearance, but also many other aspects of the way that we look – including our teeth and smile. Being unhappy with one of our features, however small, can have a catastrophic effect on our emotional wellbeing. It is easy to become fixated on this one aspect of our body, particularly if, as is the case with our teeth, it is very difficult to hide. Loss of confidence and self-esteem, low mood, anxiety and depression have all been shown to affect a person who feels embarrassed by their smile.
Who doesn’t love summer? Warmer weather, long days filled with sunshine and the opportunity to spend plenty of time outside are just some of the things that we appreciate about the summer season. However, that isn’t all. With it too comes the promise of lots of delicious foods and drinks that we only tend to enjoy once summer rolls around. From backyard barbecues with ice-cold beers and cocktails to pool parties packed with milkshakes, sweet treats and ice-creams galore, summer food may be fun and full of flavor but it can also be notoriously bad for your teeth.
If you have ever awoken with a sore jaw or noticed that you are grinding your teeth, you may suffer from a condition called bruxism. If this occurs rarely, then it usually doesn’t become an issue, but frequent bruxism can cause harm to your teeth and jaw if it isn’t treated. Most people will grind their teeth at some point in their life and can be diagnosed with bruxism, so it is important to understand what causes the condition. When you know why it occurs, it can help you identify when you may be at risk.
Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular option for patients to straighten their teeth. Many patients prefer the subtlety provided by the clear devices; others prefer to not have braces on their teeth. Most people don’t know how long it takes for Invisalign to straighten teeth though, and that’s another great reason that you should consider Invisalign.
Teeth whitening is the single most popular elective dental procedure in the world. Its popularity is fuelled by the notion that people who have bright, white teeth are generally happier, healthier, more attractive and more successful in their professional and personal lives. Whether this is the case or not, there is no getting away from the fact that white teeth are extremely desirable. Research has shown that unfortunately, we do judge a book by its cover and as many as 80% of us would consider turning down a date with someone who had an unattractive smile.