Can Going Without Dental Care Damage Your Self-Esteem?

 

What’s the first thing you look at when you meet someone new? For many, the answer would be: their smile. In fact, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), almost half (48%) of respondents said that the smile is the feature they remembered most after a first meeting. The next most remembered thing – the first words – came in a distant second, with just 25% of the vote.

On the other hand, according to the survey, about 37% of respondents considered people with flawed smiles to be less attractive, and 25% said they appear less confident. Maybe that’s why a whopping 62% said they would be willing make an investment in maintaining a good smile. That’s about twice as many as would spend money to fix thinning hair or treat veins on their legs.

The importance of a good-looking smile comes as no surprise to dentists. Over the past decades, they have developed and utilized state-of-the-art treatments like veneers, crowns and implants to remedy a variety of dental issues, including stained, chipped, and missing teeth. And today, more people than ever stand to benefit from these safe and effective treatments.

But what if you don’t get dental care when it’s needed: Is there a cost of not acting? The answer may not be as well-defined, but most would agree that people who don’t take care of their teeth do pay a price. And that price may not only be financial – it may also come out of your self-esteem.

Job seekers report that it’s more difficult to find work – especially when the job involves face-to-face contact – when your teeth aren’t in good shape. That’s because smiling helps smooth customer interactions and win over potential employers… but it’s less likely to happen if you’re ashamed of your teeth.

It’s a similar story with social interactions. Smiles are contagious, and people enjoy seeing them. But if you’re hesitant to smile because you feel insecure about your how teeth look, you may be missing out on social opportunities. And that’s an important facet of life, whether you’re 22 or 88.

One day, if dental problems get bad enough, most people will decide to seek treatment. Unfortunately, the longer those problems have gone untreated, the more difficult and costly it may be to remedy them. Tooth decay that once could have been treated with a filling might, if neglected, require a root canal and a crown restoration. Or, too much bone loss might mean the tooth would need to be extracted and replaced by an implant or a denture. Either way, the costs and inconvenience may mount up.

But even if you’ve let things go, remember that it’s never too late to take care of problems with your smile – and having a great-looking smile can really boost your confidence. How much could it help? According to the AACD survey, about 45% of people said that a smile is a person’s most attractive feature, regardless of age – and for respondents over 50, that number increased to 54%! That’s why investing in a bright, healthy smile may just be one of the best things you can do for yourself. Get the details, and discover what plans are right for you by calling us at 1-800-238-5163 today.

 

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