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Did you know that there is compelling evidence that highlights the relationship between oral health and an individual's overall well-being? Well, there is, as extensive tooth loss and gum disease have been linked to the increased link of health issues like cancer. 

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The overall health of your mouth also has a psychological impact. Maintaining and having well-cared-for, clean teeth when you smile can boost self-esteem. Your teeth also influence the way you chew, taste, eat, speak, look and socialise. If you have great oral health and teeth, chances are you'd have better self-confidence. 

The social construct 

Social media is a core part of our everyday life and is a driving force behind unrealistic "ideal" body expectations. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that a lot of people are losing confidence in themselves. Everyone seems to be viewing the world via filters - and that is unhealthy. 

Unfortunately, unrealistic body image expectation among young children and adolescents is becoming more prevalent. It is leading to an increase in depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem in this demographic. 

There are a lot of factors that influence the way we feel about ourselves, and your set of teeth plays an important role. It is one of the first things anyone notices about you and also one of the most memorable. In addition, people tend to associate having bad teeth with an unhealthy lifestyle or a bad diet. 

The smile 

One of the very first things about you that people notice is your smile. No wonder we are all self-conscious about it. When you feel good about your smile, you feel good about yourself. So, why not make the most of your teeth by maintaining good oral hygiene. 

What the survey says 

There was a survey conducted in Great Britain which demonstrated that adults typically feel unattractive because they have not had correctly done orthodontic treatments. A large number say their unattractive set of teeth has stopped them from smiling and laughing as much as they would prefer. 

And now just about one million adults believe their smile has reduced their self-esteem and a similar number say it prevents them from socialising or frequently having meetings with other people in person. 

Cosmetic dentistry and how it can boost your self-esteem and confidence 

We are not all born with a perfect smile. In fact, the individuals who are - are rare. Even if you had straight teeth as a child, you are not guaranteed straight ones when you lose your baby teeth and the permanent ones take root. 

You might experience crowding, crooked teeth, have gaps in your teeth or underbite and overbite. Whatever it may be, it is not uncommon for people to feel self-conscious about their smile. Thankfully, there are dental solutions available to address these. Experts at suggest http://www.dentalartistry.co.nz/implant-solutions suggest the following options for people who’ve struggled with damaged or unattractive teeth. 

Dental implants: If you have a missing or damaged tooth or set of teeth, a permanent dental implant can be a perfect solution to regain your pearly whites and also your confidence and self-esteem. To create a dental implant, lifelike prosthetic teeth are inserted on a titanium dental implant ‘root’, which is anchored in the jawbone. What you get in place of one, a few or even all of your missing or damaged teeth are a stable and attractive set of teeth. 

Dental bonding: This process involves adding on outlays, inlays, porcelain veneers, white cavity fillings and other types of permanent materials to the teeth for cosmetic purposes 

Crowns and bridges: This is used to protect, cover and reinforce decayed teeth following a root canal treatment or other dental work that cause the teeth to become weak or brittle. 

Outlays and inlays: These are composite dental crowns or white ceramic that blend in with the real teeth when placed on top, on the crest or in the centre.

Gum contouring: This involves surgery. It has to do with the removal of excess gum tissue with a laser for a non-gum laden smile. 

Porcelain veneers: These are thin white shells that look like real teeth and are used to cover up gaps, cracks and yellow teeth and so on. 

Teeth whitening: Take-home teeth whitening teeth or teeth whitening procedures do what the name implies, they are procedures that help make yellowing teeth, whiter. 

In conclusion 

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of a patient smile, whether it is filling in gaps, whitening coffee-stained teeth, getting rid of excess gum tissue or any combination of dental problems. 

These procedures help people feel uninhibited in social settings and comfortable. You'll be surprised that sometimes all that is required might be some porcelain veneers, a dab of teeth whitening gel or just a little bit of laser work on the gum to get that beautiful smile. See a dentist today.

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