The transformation from when they first entered our office is nothing less than miraculous. When they first came in for a consultation, many are the exact opposite: unwilling to show their teeth, shy about their smiles, and nearly crying because of how distraught they are about their smiles.
They’re not alone: many people feel powerfully about the state of their smile. There are very good reasons why our teeth can make us so emotional.
Teeth Don’t Heal
Many injuries we suffer will heal. Cuts, bruises, and even broken bones can be knitted together, but our teeth don’t heal. Instead, damage to your teeth or the loss of teeth can be a permanent reminder of things we’d rather forget.
Drug use, tobacco use, alcoholism, physical abuse, poverty, and other unpleasant aspects of our past can all leave their marks on our teeth, and those marks will stay there until we have them removed. Every time we look in the mirror, we see the person who experienced those things, which makes it hard to move on.
Teeth Help Us Communicate with Others
Teeth don’t just shape our relationship with ourselves, they shape our relationships with others, too. Speech depends on healthy, straight teeth, so if we have serious tooth damage, it can make it harder to speak clearly.
Not only that, but smiling itself is an important form of nonverbal communication. Not feeling comfortable smiling will make it harder for you to form the kinds of restorative personal relationships that help you overcome hardships in the past.
And your discomfort with your smile can be reinforced by some of the responses people have when you smile, making you feel more isolated than before.
Smiling Makes You Happy
It’s not just that people smile because they’re happy, they’re happy because they smile. If you don’t feel comfortable showing your smile, if you feel you have to stifle your smile anytime it starts to show, this can keep you from feeling happy, and can, ultimately lead to depression and other negative moods.
Turn Your Mouth and Mind around
If you currently find yourself limited and impacted by your smile, it’s time to find a better way to be. A smile makeover can give you a smile that will erase those marks of the past, giving you a fresh start. It will help you enjoy your ability to smile and form better relationships with people around you.
Most of all, it will make you free to enjoy your smile whenever the mood strikes.