Love may be blind, but public perception is not. First impressions play an important role in every area of our lives. From the professional to the romantic, we often forget how much we reveal about ourselves when we smile. Not only does our smile help us express emotions like happiness, but it also tells the people around us about our lifestyle and habits.
Have you ever wondered what your teeth say about you?
If you are a teeth grinder or suffer from stained or crooked teeth you might be surprised to find out how others perceive your smile.
Not only is teeth grinding a terrible habit that can lead to loss of adequate sleep, pounding headaches, fatigue, and tooth fractures. The shortened-worn down physical appearance of the teeth can also portray a negative perception about the owner.
Psychologically, teeth grinders communicate to others that they are ridden with anxiety, overly aggressive and prone to bursts of anger, and always in a rush.
If you are actively seeking professional growth those non-verbal cues can raise red flags to your potential employer. No one wants to hire an employee that can’t perform under pressure or lacks the emotional intelligence to control their anger.
But what if you’re a teeth grinder that doesn’t embody any of the characteristics above? Although it may not be fair to have an incorrect judgment placed upon you, it is best that you take control of your public perception by going through the necessary steps to prevent the appearance of worn-down teeth.
The first step is to eliminate the habit of teeth grinding altogether. This can be accomplished by either wearing a mouthguard at night, for those who grind their teeth in their sleep or cutting back on caffeine intake during the day. If your teeth are worn down to the point where signs of the habit are visible when you smile, consult your local dentist. He or she can make recommendations for the best cosmetic solutions to restore your pearly whites.
Below is a list of the most common dental procedures to fix broken/worn down teeth from grinding:
- Dental Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Bonding
It is well known that drinks like soda and coffee often stain teeth to an unpleasant shade of yellow, but have you ever wondered how people view those who have stained teeth? If you have even slightly stained teeth and you’ve recently gotten back into the dating scene, you might want to consult with your dentist first before you post your new profile picture.
In a study conducted by Oral B, 80% of interviewees told the company that they found people with stained teeth far less attractive than those with a bright smile. Not only that, but the study also concluded that stained teeth make you appear five years older than your actual age and people view potential mates with teeth stains as messier, careless, and unsuccessful. Talk about a killer first impression!
Speak to your dentist about the options below:
- GLO Teeth Whitening
- White Composite Fillings
- Dental Veneers
Crooked teeth, teeth that are pushed forward/backward or veer off to the side can make it embarrassing to crack a smile, but they also say a lot more about you than you would think.
According to the previously mentioned study by Oral B, people with crooked teeth are 45% less likely to be hired for a new job than an applicant with straight teeth who possess similar qualifications. They are also 57% less likely to find a date, and if lucky enough to go on one are 37% less likely to get a second date! If you’ve already found the love of your life and your dream job that data may not be so important to you, but given all the cost-effective solutions to fixing crooked teeth why not put your best foot forward to fix your smile?
Options like Invisalign provide a great way to subtly straighten your teeth. Whether your dentist decides that braces or Invisalign are the best options for you, the good news is that you have a variety of solutions to restore your beautiful smile.
While crooked teeth may develop negative perceptions in some, a great personality and an equal dose of confidence can easily lead to you making a positive impression.
You deserve to be happy with your smile and our wonderful staff at Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help!
At Costa Family Dentistry we’ve helped families in the Northern Virginia area improve their smiles for years. We specialize in a variety of services including invisible aligners, teeth whiting, veneers, and much more at our dental clinics.
With two locations in Northern Virginia, we’ve been creating better smiles for working professionals and families in the Brambleton, Great Falls, and Ashburn areas.
Call us today to consult with one of our specialists about our teeth restoration services.
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