Cosmetic Dentistry and Confidence


Of course we are all supposed to focus on inner beauty, but first impressions are more powerful than re-focusing our thoughts. And more accurate, too, according to a study done by Forbes magazine. A Princeton University professor showed a fraction-of-a-second clip of a political candidate to viewers and had them guess who would win the election. The judgments from seeing just a split-second video  clip turned out to be an astonishingly accurate—70 percent. First impressions. They don’t take long, but they do last a lifetime.

“It’s not surprising that we make fast judgments,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office.  “We live in a fast-paced world, we communicate by texting, and we skim through life, gathering information,” she adds.

We look at faces to give us clues, and faces that are smiling make us feel welcome and wanted. That smile becomes more important when you might feel a little shy.  This is true both for the person smiling and the one being smiled at.

A friendly smile opens doors. And a smile that is dingy, chipped, or worse, has to be hidden by a hand or closed lips doesn’t make a good impression.

“Cosmetic dentistry is a confidence-builder,” says Dr. Ford. “So much can be done to a smile to make it brighter and more even.” A bright smile is also seen as a sign of youthfulness and vitality, also confidence boosters.

WebMD, an online health resource notes, “Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping, to closing spaces and replacing teeth. And dentists have a wide array of tools and techniques at their disposal for improving the look of your smile.”

The best place to start is an honest look in the mirror. Then ask your dentist about veneers, gum shaping and other confidence builders.

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