What do people do the world over when they hear a joke, see someone that they love, or enjoy a moment with their friends and family? No matter who we are or where we have come from, our instinct is to smile. There is something marvellously universal about the smile; we all have a smile that is slightly different to everyone else’s smile, and often a person can start to smile just be seeing the smile of someone else!
But for some people, a great evening or a wonderful picnic in the park is a terrifying event, because they feel incredibly self-conscious about their smile. This is usually because there is something that they consider to be ‘wrong’ with their teeth or gums. There are many different reasons why a person may not want to show their teeth: some have teeth that have yellowed over time, and others have chipped teeth. Some will have obvious fillings or even gaps where teeth used to be – and of course there are many people with gum diseases that make it very stressful for them to smile with their teeth showing.
We do not want people to have to control the urge to smile, or feel awkward and embarrassed when they do smile and they notice that someone is now staring at their teeth! A smile should be spontaneous, with no worries or fear attached, and being restrained in that way is no fun at all. That is why we would recommend that you go and visit your (hopefully holistic) dentist right away, as they should be able to help you work towards your perfect smile.
Many people do not believe that it is possible for a dentist to help them remove their anxiety about their teeth and gums – mainly because it is a historic problem that happened to them many years ago, and they do not believe that anything can be done now. In a few cases, it was a fear of the dentist in the first place that prevented them from going to consult with a dentist when the incident or problem first happened. However, in many situations that is simply not true. It is simply astounding how much a dentist can do when they are given the chance to work on a person’s teeth, but if you never go and ask them, you’ll really never know.
Dentistry has moved on so much in the last twenty years: in many ways it is completely unrecognisable to the dental practices that were around at the turn of the millennium. Sadly, many people who do not like to go to the dentist that often may not realise that practices have changed and there has been a huge increase in the amount of medical knowledge and technology that is now available. Procedures and solutions that were simply not available five years ago are now standard practice for many dentists, enabling them to offer their patients excellent chances of creating the perfect smile.