The Psychology of a Smile
Good day, Southern Indiana! In previous blogs from the office of New Albany Implants, we have focused quite a bit on the health and functionality of your teeth and not so much on how they look. To a certain extent, this makes sense because the health of your teeth affects so many other aspects of your overall health, but it does not mean that your appearance isn’t important. The truth is there is much more to a healthy set of teeth than the ability to effectively chew healthy foods.
Having a healthy and beautiful smile can affect your emotional state as much as can your physical. The way you look has a direct effect on the way you feel, for better or worse. Your appearance influences how others perceive you, which in turn, influence how you perceive yourself. Here at New Albany Implants, we recognize the full importance of a healthy and good looking smile, so let’s take a moment to examine the effects your smile has on the way you feel, outside of your ability to chew.
The Way You Look
Being happy with your appearance is a key component to being successful in the workplace and in social situations. It may seem like your appearance shouldn’t be that important because it’s what is on the inside that counts, right?
Absolutely. But how you look is one of the ways you let people know what is on the inside. Your appearance is a form of communication, and nowhere is that more true than with a smile. Smiling is one of the commonly used and effective forms of nonverbal communication. So, having a smile you are happy with will benefit you a number of ways.
More Confidence – A smile that shows your teeth is a quick and easy way to show that you are comfortable in whatever situation you have found yourself in. If you are in a position of leadership, a smile will show that you are confident and in control. As a result, your team will be more confident.
Going into a tense situation visibly upset will usually just make things worse. The last thing you want to do is project the idea that you are nervous or disinterested, and if you are hiding your smile, that could happen.
Don’t let insecurity about your teeth give those around you the wrong impression. If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, come see us at New Albany Implants and take steps to change that.
Aging Prematurely – The shape and contour of your face is greatly affected by your teeth, or lack thereof, as the case may be. Missing teeth, even molars, which typically aren’t visible when you smile, can make you look different. Your checks will sink in, creating lines and shadows that will make you look older than you actually are.
Replacing missing teeth will fill out those cheeks, taking years off of your face, rather than putting them on.
Tooth Replacement in Southern Indiana
As you can see, the value of a full and healthy smile is more than just the functionality of the teeth. It actually increases your quality of life and makes you feel better about yourself. Others can see that in your smile, and will respond favorably.
So, don’t let missing or unhealthy teeth keep you from feeling confident about your appearance. At New Albany Implants, we have the tooth replacement solution that will make you happy about your smile once again. Whether you are missing one tooth, or several, we can get that smile back into shape.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to find out how we can help you.