The Psychological Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Treatment

by Dr. Follette | Date Published: 2017-09-14

Not everyone is born with perfect teeth. However, there are plenty of cosmetic dental interventions that can give us what nature didn't. If you aren't happy with your teeth, there are many procedures out there that can make them look better. Here are just some of the solutions we offer.

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Dental Bonding
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Implants

When You Don't Like Your Smile

There are real psychological effects from not liking your teeth. In fact, a recent study in the UK reveals that being unhappy with your stained, chipped, or gapped teeth can have any of these results.

Hiding your teeth when you laugh or restricting how much you smile

  • Low self-esteem
  • Low confidence levels
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Depression (in rare cases)
  • Love life is negatively affected

The good news is that these situations can be reversed with the help of an experienced cosmetic dentist. The right procedures can conceal and correct common tooth problems like stains, chipped teeth, missing teeth, tooth decay, misshapen teeth, and tooth gaps.

The Psychological Benefits of Cosmetic Dental Treatment

Correcting damaged or imperfect teeth can do mounds for a patient's outlook on life. As much as we want to say that it's only what's on the inside that counts, modern psychology affirms that our mental outlook on life is deeply connected with our physical selves. How our teeth look are part of our body image, which people constantly battle with today. It can't hurt to correct a bad tooth if it helps you feel better about looking in the mirror!

For example, when someone gets professional teeth whitening to correct their stained teeth, they'll no longer feel the need to cover their smile. They may also feel more confident in striking up a conversation with someone new. A simple procedure has just given more positive social interactions and a happier life.

Veneers that replace chipped or partially decayed teeth are also immensely helpful. In fact, the Journal of Dentistry reports that in a study that those who received veneers reported a higher self-esteem after the procedure.

When someone loses a tooth, it affects one's social life and enjoyment of favorite foods. This loss can be quite traumatic. In fact, studies have shown that when someone loses a tooth, they go through the stages of bereavement. Teeth are a significant part of one's looks and livelihood. losing one can have a large impact on one's self-image and happiness. However, getting dental implants can restore the lost tooth and make life more enjoyable.

Gain Confidence

If you have more questions about the psychological benefits of restoring your teeth, then come visit our cosmetic dental office. Our Santa Monica cosmetic dentists are always here for you. You can also give us a call or fill out a simple form on our contact us page. We look forward to bringing out the best of your looks and confidence!