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Beyond the Smile: Cosmetic Dentistry & Self-Esteem

In Cosmetic Dentistry on January 12, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Now that we’ve settled into 2012 without a sun spot induced radiation storm or a cataclysmic world-ending cosmic event, let’s get back to what’s important…taking care of ourselves.

In this age of total health and wellness, sometimes vanity wins out over practicality.

Sure, it’s nice to show off that anchor person smile and get compliments about how nice our teeth look, but the benefits of cosmetic dentistry go so much deeper.

We’d like to take this opportunity to showcase a touchingly genuine cosmetic dental patient video recently published from Dr. Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. – a practicing New York City cosmetic dentist and weekly contributor at the Huffington Post.


 
Congratulations on your new smile Johanna, you look great!

No matter if it’s a full mouth reconstruction or a complete smile makeover, there is just as much function following form when it comes to cosmetic dentistry and the health of our teeth & gums…at least there should be.

Do you know a dentist – or dental practice – that deserves a little social dental love

Why not post a quick word to their Facebook wall, or ‘Share‘ & ‘Recommend‘ them to friends & family?

How do you leave the dentist – uncomfortable and in pain, or happy to show off your smile?

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How Does a Beautiful Smile Enhance Communication Skills?

In Cosmetic Dentistry on August 9, 2011 at 4:30 AM

It has been discussed in every forum from Psychology journals supported by research to the blogosphere supported by conjecture; 93% of communication is non-verbal. How that universally accepted but still sort of unproven notion changed with the advent of social media is a subject for another day.

A day when dentists and patients alike unite to socially promote local dentistry!

Gestures, eye contact, body language, and yes even a great looking smile can all have an impact on how we communicate, and more importantly what we’re communicating outside of the actual words emanating from our optimally hygiened oral orifices.

It’s already been proven with zero significant scientific support, that a great smile can help you close the deal at work.

Now let’s identify a couple of ways a great smile enhances communication skills.

Confidence

We may not feel so confident walking into our thrice yearly dental appointments, but how good does it feel leaving the office?

We’ll venture pretty good, at least from our personal experience and extensive office-wide Monday morning poll. (It’s a tiny infinitesimal little office)

Sure there are times when our cheeks may resemble a rotund little chipmunk with more than a mouthful of acorns, but that’s usually few and very far between dental visits…IF we’ve kept up those regular appointments that is.

Generally speaking, most of us leave the dental office in a better mood, projecting more self-confidence, and non-verbally communicating a heightened state of well-being.

Would you agree?

A great smile can do a lot, but self-esteem and self-confidence compose the foundational elements so evident in people who possess those knockout smiles. And when it comes to communication skills, isn’t self-confidence a foundational element there too?

We haven’t exactly pooled our resources to scientifically examine the great looking smile/self-confidence/enhanced communication skills connection.

We just know it’s there.

Game Changer

Picture this, you’re having a conversation with two people while on line waiting for a cup of coffee that shall remain nameless.

One person has a radiant white and bright smile, while the other person looks like they just gargled with butterscotch syrup.

Which person do you think would hold your attention more, or project more self-confidence, or communicate more effectively???

We’ll venture to say the healthier looking smile would come out on top by a more than any standard deviation in most social encounters.

In fact, or at least in conjecture within said blogosphere – wouldn’t the subject with the more attractive and healthier looking smile actually command more trust in what’s being said, or communicate more validity than the corn colored tooth talker?

Try this one on for size; you’re having dinner with an important colleague when you notice a piece of food stuck in their teeth – do you say something?

Never mind that social conundrum; think about how effective a communicator this hypothetical person would be with a visible hunk of grub stuck up in their teeth.

Would their words resonate, would you believe what they’re saying, or would you just be fixated on that piece of food for the duration of the conversation?

We can go back and forth with the make-believe and unscientifically supported guesses, but one thing is certain when it comes to dentistry and communications skills. A great looking smile certainly enhances the conversation.

That point has to be free from scrutiny…but we welcome the inquisition.

The next time you have that big interview coming up, a stellar party, a big deal, or you just want to feel better about yourself when talking to friends and strangers alike…go see your dentist and shape up your smile!

Form Follows Function with Cosmetic Dentistry

In Cosmetic Dentistry on May 12, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Sure, dental veneers are a great way to snazz up your smile. And teeth whitening once or twice a year will certainly brighten up those stained and discolored teeth. But if things are not copacetic under the surface, then what’s the point?

Cosmetic dentistry has gotten a bad rap over the years, with most of us thinking most cosmetic procedures were generally reserved for the aesthetically inclined dental patient that can afford the seemingly expensive cosmetic procedures. Truth is, cosmetic dentistry is just the practical application of finishing the job and ensuring your smile is as dazzling as it can be.

Just like it makes no sense to slap a shiny veneer on an unhealthy tooth, it also is a disservice to not complete the job and give your smile the credit it deserves. After the drilling and filling, doesn’t there need to be some attention given to the contouring and appearance of your teeth?

A healthy smile is great…but a healthy and dazzling smile is better!

After all, we probably keep our regularly scheduled dental appointments in order to maintain optimal oral health; but we’re also concerned with how our teeth look to others. Call it vanity, or call it self-confidence. But whatever you call it, just don’t ignore the aesthetic value of cosmetic dentistry.

We all buy the latest and greatest techno gadgets, and don our automobiles with all sorts of after-market cosmetic adornments from rims to radios. We go to the gym to buff out our bodies and improve our overall health, cosmetic dentistry is the same thing. Ask your dentist how they can finish the job and you’ll be presented with an array of cosmetic procedures from efficient to extravagant. We spend money on products to grow hair, creams and gels to reduce cellulite; forget about the amount of money spent on make-up.

Don’t ignore your teeth any longer, it could be your ticket to new love or even a new job. Once your grill is prepped and patched, take advantage of the aesthetic value cosmetic dentistry provides. It doesn’t have to break the bank.

If you were doing some home remodeling would you leave the paint off the walls once the structural work was complete?

Of course not, so don’t continue to ignore the appearance of your teeth after the normal drill and fill is complete.

It’s already been proven, a healthy and dazzling smile makes for a more memorable first impression. Click here to see the Top 4 reasons why cosmetic dentistry will immediately provide a return on investment.

From bleaching to bonding, to tooth reshaping and contouring, most of us have at one time or another undergone some type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. After our dentist is finished drilling or scaling (or lasing) whatever oral malady befell us in the first place, there often needs to be some window dressing work to be done. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bleaching, and tooth bonding are all procedures performed every day in your neighborhood dental office.

And here’s a news story from today involving the practical application of cosmetic dentistry. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, if cosmetic dentistry procedures can benefit our oral and overall health while simultaneously improving our appearance, that’s what we call a WIN-WIN situation!

When it comes to treating and correcting chipped, stained, broken, or missing teeth, our cosmetically-inclined dentists are there for us. To find out what option is best for you, ask your dentist.

Maybe they’ll even bust out the iPad to illustrate the before and after possibilities of your smile situation.

Is there an app for that?

And if you’re proud of the cosmetic work your dentist provided, let them know. Search them out on Facebook and post a comment to their wall!

Can you think of any other dental or cosmetic procedures that seem like pure vanity but are actually effective treatments to better our overall health?