The Emotional Side to Bad Teeth, and How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help


Why has Cosmetic Dentistry become so popular the last few years?

You’ve heard the expression “Laugh and the world laughs with you.” It turns out, there is some truth to that.

In a 2002 study, Swedish researchers determined that when we see someone smile, we are almost “triggered” to respond with our own show of happiness. The same is true with a frown and a neutral, “blank” face. When someone greets us with one facial expression, we instinctively respond with the same type of look – and have very little conscious control over it.

A 30-year longitudinal study by researchers at UC Berkeley found a correlation between big, wide smiles and future long-lasting, fulfilling marriages; how inspiring a person would be to others; and high scores on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness. A 2010 Wayne State University research project even demonstrated that people with radiant smiles tend to live longer!

What does all of this research mean?

For someone with great teeth and a healthy smile, it is very good news. But for anyone who is embarrassed about the way their mouth looks, this is very distressing and pours salt into an open wound.

This is where cosmetic dentistry can save the day, your appearance, and your smile.

As it is, it’s exhausting to feel so self-conscious – especially about something so visible. When everyone around you is laughing freely and smiling for pictures, it’s awkward to be the odd man out, and people often misinterpret the desire to hide one’s teeth as boredom or sadness. This can make social situations very uncomfortable. If anyone asks why you aren’t having a good time, things feel even worse.

If smilers tend to live longer, frowners might also be doing harm to their health – especially since we tend to feel the emotion we’re expressing. For example, even if you’re sad, smiling will “trick” your body into thinking you’re happy and you’ll feel a little better. So, even if you’re happy, your body will believe that you’re sad if you frown – even if it’s just because you don’t want to show your teeth. The reason doesn’t matter; the action does.

Something so simple – a smile – has an effect on the way you’re treated, your health, and even the potential success of your marriage. Dental work can be scary, but it’s finite – getting the smile you want won’t take forever. But once it’s done, you might be around a whole lot longer, and with more satisfying relationships, as a result.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help

Without a doubt, cosmetic dentistry can give you a beautiful smile and increase your self-confidence – in fact, studies have shown that people with healthy smiles are thought to be more successful and attractive. Cosmetic dentistry encompasses several different treatments depending on your particular issues. Following are just a few of our services that can improve your appearance, your smile, and your self confidence.

Teeth Whitening:

There is nothing like a pearly white smile to increase your confidence, and those that have it flaunt it. However, for those with stained teeth, it can be a problem. If you suffer from stained or yellowed teeth, our teeth whitening procedures can take care of you pronto. We offer in-office or take-home teeth whitening services. We recommend our patients use Opalescence and you can read more here.


When simple teeth whitening will not do, we offer veneers. Veneers are perfect for hiding cosmetic issues such as a chipped tooth or for those slightly crooked smiles. Many times, veneers can be done in just a single appointment.


Invisalign clear braces are the perfect solution for fixing crooked teeth. No more mouth full of metal and wires or looking like Frankenstein. With Invisalign’s modern approach to straightening teeth, you receive a series of clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. Very comfortable, affordable and effective. Learn more about Invisalign here.

How about you? Do you want the bright, shiny smile you have always desired? As cosmetic dentists, we can help! Contact us today at (509) 628-1144.