The under-the-microscope scrutiny of our smiles can be accredited to numerous factors that have been placed in a prominent position in our consciousness in the modern era, among which are the influence of social media and the need to emulate the look of reality TV celebrities. A scientific study has found that the millennial generation (defined by those under the age of 35), more than previous generations invest in dental care to improve their dental aesthetics – 53 per cent are said to have received cosmetic dental treatment as compared to 9 per cent of adults over the age of 35.
The money spent on dental care by a young person is more likely to correct minor dental issues that have more to do with improving aesthetics, as the young are not usually found to have symptoms such as receding gums and tooth loss which are common age-related clinical problems affecting older patients.
How smiles shape confidence
No matter the reason behind correcting a crooked smile, there is no denying that a smile can have a transformative effect on a person’s wellbeing thanks to the boost of confidence it delivers.
In studying the effects of a smile, researchers have found that the confidence boost derived from an aesthetically-pleasing aligned smile can contribute to a happier and rewarding life. A warm smile is a significant visual indicator of confidence, friendliness, openness, intelligence, kindness and trust which is why those who smile wide, open smiles are more likely to enjoy healthier and happier social and professional relationships. Research even goes so far as to prove that an attractive dental appearance can fling open the door of career-building opportunities. This creates a sound argument for investing in orthodontic treatments such as braces Liverpool to give one an attractive smile – the rewards are lifelong.
In attending to the aesthetic goals of orthodontic treatment, a dental practitioner will first need to analyse the patient’s smile to identify positive and negative elements. Components that will be analysed include the lip line, smile arc and smile symmetry and lateral negative space which is the space between the maxillary posterior teeth and inner cheek. Also analysed will be dental components such as the alignment size, shape and colour of teeth
An attractive aligned smile can be viewed as a valuable personal asset as it conveys positive personality traits to others, as well as having a profound impact on one’s self-esteem.
While attending to one’s smile is certainly a worthy goal, patients should be aware that any orthodontic treatment should be carried out by a professional dental practitioner and begin with an in-person consultation at a dental clinic.
A statement released by the General Dental Council (GDC) warns against opting for remote interactions with a dental practitioner and ‘direct-to-consumer’ orthodontics which may compromise the effectiveness of treatment and safety of patients. Registered dental practitioners are obliged to abide by the Standards for the Dental Team as outlined by the GDC.
It is worth doing research to ensure safe and efficacious dental care carried out by conscientious and competent dental professionals for yourself.