Can The Appearance Of Our Teeth Affect Your Confidence? We Discuss

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Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

Smile, and the whole world smiles with you. It is a phrase that many of us have heard countless times. A smile can be infectious, and when we see someone smiling, it can often help some to feel relaxed and reassured. Smiling more can offer numerous benefits, including relieving stress and boosting mood. However, for some, smiling can cause them to feel uneasy.

Some find it difficult to smile properly as they are conscious of the way their teeth look to others. This could be because they are uncomfortable with the straightness of their teeth, if they have any gaps or even the coloring.

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Can the appearance of our teeth affect our confidence? Keep reading to find out more.

First Impressions Count

It is often said that first impressions count. When we meet others for the first time, there are various factors about them that we immediately notice. This could be their height or choice of clothing, but one thing people do see is someone’s smile – especially their teeth. They will notice the coloring of the teeth, whether they have teeth missing, how straight they are or if they have braces. As these are one of the first things a person notices, they can immediately make someone feel conscious about what others might think of their teeth.

As said, many believe that first impressions count. Being conscious about their teeth’s appearance could make them lack confidence. They might need to hide their smile and aim to show their teeth as little as possible by not talking as much. All of which could impact their confidence, particularly when meeting new people, whether it be for work, dates, new friends and so on.

Fear Of Treatments

Investing in dental work is the best way to your teeth. However, some have dental phobia and find it difficult to book appointments and visit the dentist’s chair. These fears could be caused by past traumatic experiences or concerns that have developed as they have aged. The fear of going can contribute to how our teeth look.

Seeking treatments will help you achieve a smile you feel proud of. Some treatments could be teeth whitening or braces to help get your teeth into the desired appearance. Spend time looking at how much braces cost. The team at ALIGNERCO have listed their prices can help individuals understand how much it could cost to help them get the smile they desire. They can talk you through treatments to help you feel comfortable and overcome your fear of the dentist’s chair. Wearing braces can make many feel self-conscious and impact their confidence. However, the end result could help to rebuild their confidence back-up.

Cause Health Issues 

Of course, a lack of dental visits can cause numerous issues – some of which are difficult to reverse the damages caused by not attending regular check-ups. As mentioned, the fear of visiting the dentist is a common reason many avoid visits. The lack of visits can cause plaque to build up on the teeth – especially if an individual has not been properly taking care of their teeth.

Many often feel ashamed of their teeth’s appearance to the point that they do not want to book visits to the dentist. They might feel embarrassed about what the dentist thinks about their teeth and potential comments that could be made. Recent survey findings reveal that 20% of consumers in the US have not visited the dentist. Some of those included in this statistic admitted to only seeing the dentist when they are in need of urgent care. Experiencing these thoughts can prevent many from making an appointment at the dentist. However, these continuous delays can cause oral health issues, where the severity increases over time. It could lead to teeth being removed and alternative treatments being needed. Both of which could impact a person and their confidence.

The Bottom Line 

Ultimately, the appearance of our teeth can have an impact on our confidence. However, the longer a person delays seeking professional dental treatment, the worse the issue can progress. It can also lead to more expensive corrective treatments being made.

Think about the last time you sat in a dentist’s chair. If you are struggling to remember, it might be time to consider booking an appointment. Communicate your fears with your dentist beforehand and during your appointment. They might put measures in place to help you feel relaxed during your visit and maintain strong communication.

Attending regular visits and maintaining good oral health can help improve your teeth’ appearance. The improved appearance could help rebuild your confidence, particularly when meeting new people and smiling. Your teeth are a worthwhile investment. It helps to keep your mouth healthy and can help improve your confidence.

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