When you smile, are you self-conscious? Do you have cosmetic flaws that make you feel like you don’t want to smile widely and proudly? If you do, you may be a perfect candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Numerous studies in numerous countries have revealed that people judge each other based on their dental appearance. A study published in 2001 by Dr Liana Eli et al at Tel Aviv University in Israel covered three categories: social, esthetic and professional. When test subjects were shown pictures of people that had been manipulated to show apparent decay in the front teeth, they downgraded those people in all three categories compared to pictures in which they had perfect teeth.
Not only did the test subjects perceive the people with “bad teeth” to be socially, esthetically and professionally inferior, the results were amplified when evaluating photos of the opposite sex.
How Does This Study Relate to Self-Confidence?
So, how does a study about judging others relate to self-confidence. Two ways. First of all, we can all feel when we are being judged. We pick up subtle changes in the way people are looking at us or reacting to us. If someone has less respect for your intellect than they should, it is easily discerned in the way that person talks to you.
But most of all, there is one overriding factor that ALWAYS affects self-confidence: the mirror. You have to look in the mirror every morning when you wake up. You look in the mirror countless times each day, even if you don’t intend to. And whether you want to admit it or not, you are judging that person in the mirror as harshly as you would judge anyone else with a visible dental deficiency.
Speak to us about Cosmetic Dentistry Today
At Joondalup City Dental, we offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services from dental implants and porcelain veneers to Invisalign invisible braces. Our professional and friendly staff will make you feel comfortable and like part of our family. We can tell you about your options and answer any further questions you may have.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.