Fixing your teeth can improve your happiness, and you won’t be afraid when the photographer says “smile!”
By Dr. Jeffrey Haddad
Sponsored by Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry
When taking a picture, are you happy with the person smiling back at you? Most people assume that nice-looking teeth is a vanity issue, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. For many people, the appearance of their smile can affect their confidence, which affects how they interact with others personally and professionally. It could also affect their overall quality of life.
Every time people talk, shout, smile or laugh, their teeth are revealed to the people around them. It is an important part of a person’s appearance and opinion of themselves. A person’s smile may even play a large role in how successful they are in life. Over the years, this has become a common theme for people who feel they are unable to reach their potential with their present smile.
Many reasons can motivate people to address their smiles: wanting to look and feel their best, their job, senior pictures, and many times, events in their lives. For Erica and David, they wanted to have the perfect wedding day — and that included their smiles.
Erica and David were determined to make their wedding day the most memorable day of their lives. Anyone who has been through the wedding planning process knows how many aspects of your special day need to be considered: the venue, the flowers, the food and especially the photographer, who will capture the precious memories of this amazing day. “We wanted the photos at our wedding to be perfect, and we knew that addressing our smiles would only enhance them,” the couple told me.
The biggest problem is that most people are unaware of the breakthroughs in dentistry that can give anyone the smile of their dreams. The latest materials and advanced techniques available in cosmetic dentistry allow us to provide patients with the most natural and beautiful smile possible. This can all be accomplished painlessly and even under oral sedation if preferred. Most people just have not been given the opportunity to discuss what they can do to improve the appearance of their smile.
When Erica and David came to their consultation appointment, we discussed their goals and listened to their concerns and requests. We took photos and made them part of the entire smile design process. It is our role to help educate patients on what is possible when giving them the smile of their dreams, but the patient guides us so we know they will be thrilled with the end result. A combination of porcelain veneers and advanced whitening was the solution for Erica and David, and their results speak for themselves (see photo).
Many options are available to correct these issues:
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental implants
- Bonding or advanced whitening
People visit their dentists to make their teeth look and feel as healthy as possible. A new smile will boost your self-esteem and could help you become more successful. It can also give you the ultimate “accessory” to your overall look, especially on important days like your wedding.
Although circumstances vary, most patients regret not addressing their teeth sooner. They now exude confidence without the fear of showing their teeth in conversation. I have watched patients change from introverted people who hide their smile, into the outgoing, confident people they wanted to be.
No one should fear expressing their happiness, humor or compassion in the most universally understood form of expression: smiling. If you have ever thought about addressing your smile, discussing your options with a dentist who focuses on cosmetic dentistry could be the best decision of your life. According to Erica and David, this decision helped make their wedding photos as beautiful and perfect as their wedding day was.
Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry
433 W. University Drive, Rochester