Imagine this classic American scene: a well kept house with a white picket fence. The fence sits perfectly straight and brilliantly painted, not a board out of place. That fence greets everyone who pulls up, making a first impression that’s not always consciously noted.
Yet a crooked fence, an uneven post, or peeling paint all change the appearance of the entire scene...dramatically.
A Happy Grin
Smiles matter, probably more than we realize. Studies confirm the powerful role of smiles in our relationships and on our self esteem, just as romance may spark with a simple smile across a crowded room, and a child's self worth is partially built through mom’s beams of approval. Salespeople who use the 13 muscles needed to smile rather than the 113 muscles to frown, sell more. In fact, one study recently quantified the monetary value of a smile! Researchers found that in sales situations each genuine smile was worth about $0.43. Regardless of the measure, a genuine, attractive smile bolsters success in every aspects of your life.
If you’re confident, you smile more. If you smile more, you feel more confident. But what if you don’t want to flash your smile because you’re embarrassed by crooked teeth? It becomes a psychological short-circuit, with effects that can ripple through your entire life.
At Union Avenue Dental Center, watching the transformation in patients discovering a brilliant new smile highlights our day. With specialized training in modern materials and techniques, Dr. Pal holds solutions to correct every imperfect smile.
Could It Be That Simple?
Sometimes a new smile emerges from the simplest steps. Professional whitening removes years of dingy stains, alongside some gentle polishing and reshaping of chipped, uneven edges, can create an unforgettable transformation as well. But like a crooked fence post, teeth may need to be gently lined up to complete the scene.
Fortunately, Dr. Pal has several methods to discuss with you that provide alternatives to traditional braces. These current techniques bring the possibility of a straight, white smile into focus. And it may be simpler than you’ve imagined.