Appreciating your unique smile in the social media age.

Have you ever been scrolling through your Instagram feed and felt a twinge of envy when you see someone with a Hollywood-perfect smile? Maybe it triggers feelings of self-consciousness and you start wishing your smile was equally as perfect. Straight teeth and glaringly white smiles seem to be what’s most popular after all.

If this sounds like you, you’re definitely not alone.

Social media can negatively impact our smile confidence.

Social media has given us the gift of connecting easily with friends and family across the world, but it also brought along body image issues for users of all ages. With many influencers now marketing products for oral hygiene, teeth whitening, and even at-home orthodontic systems, we’re even more aware of how our smiles look.

Here at Duvall Dental Center, we’re passionate about helping our patients achieve their smile goals.

Whether it be achieving optimal oral health, repairing a chipped tooth, or accomplishing a total smile makeover, we want to do what we can to help you feel confident about your smile.

While we are proud to offer modern cosmetic dentistry services to our patients, we also believe in the power of loving and appreciating your smile as it is right now.

The journey towards a great smile is very similar to the journey towards better physical health.

If you start hitting the gym and eating a clean diet out of love for your body and a desire for it to be healthier, you’ll mentally and physically see great results. However, if you start overdoing it at the gym or taking up unhealthy yo-yo dieting practices because you dislike how your body currently looks, you’ll likely suffer mentally and physically.

This very same idea applies to your oral health, and for this reason, we really encourage patients to develop a good relationship with their teeth right away.

If you feel unhappy with your smile right now, here are 5 things to remember.

1. A healthy smile is more important than a perfect smile.

The foundation of a stunning smile is optimal oral health. Even if a smile looks aesthetically beautiful, if there’s tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues lurking, damage will eventually occur.

We encourage every patient to focus on health first. Even if you  plan to get a smile makeover, it’s important that your smile is decay- and disease-free and ready to support restorations like porcelain veneers or dental crowns. The healthier your smile, the happier you’ll feel and the longer-lasting any future dental work will be.

2. Smiles are photoshopped on social media, just like bodies.

While you’re scrolling through social media, keep in mind that pictures are often enhanced. Photo editing software allows teeth to be whitened, chips to be erased, and even teeth to be straightened and lengthened. It doesn’t take professional software to accomplish this either.

Social media can be a great source of smile inspiration and motivation to care for your oral health. Just keep in mind that some of the impossibly perfect smiles may very well be just that—impossible without photo editing.

3. Your smile is uniquely yours—”flaws” and all.

Smiles are unique and aren’t meant to be exactly the same for everyone. In fact, it would be pretty boring if all of our smiles looked exactly the same. You might even have a friend or loved one who has a unique smile, such as a gap between their front teeth, that you find beautiful and charming.

Try practicing the perfectly imperfect mindset of recognizing that not everything has to look “perfect,” including your smile. What you see as a flaw in your own teeth may very well be what friends and family love about your smile.

4. Your smile deserves appreciation for everything it allows you to do.

Although your smile may not look exactly how you want it to right now, take a moment to think about everything it’s allowed you to do thus far. Appreciate all of the delicious foods you’ve enjoyed and the meals you’ve shared with friends. Think about how your smile allows you to share your excitement, happiness, and joy with everyone around you.

5. A skilled dentist can help you achieve your best smile yet.

Remember that the smile you have right now doesn’t have to be the smile you have forever. A dentist like Dr. Tyler can help you learn to love your teeth and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Cosmetic dentistry is a versatile field of dental care, encompassing everything from teeth whitening to full-mouth restorations after massive tooth loss or widespread decay.

Cosmetic dentistry can unlock a smile you never knew was possible.

Once your smile is healthy and free from tooth decay or gum disease you can make the decision to pursue cosmetic dentistry. If you like the way your smile looks overall but you’d like a more youthful appearance, professional whitening is an easy but effective solution. If you have a tooth with damage, such as a crack or large chip, a dental crown can cover the problem. We can also replace old silver fillings or crowns with beautiful tooth-colored options that blend in with your smile.

For a completely new look, we can also create a smile makeover treatment plan that combines multiple cosmetic and restorative services. For example, we can replace a missing tooth with a dental implant and also place porcelain veneers for a beautiful, youthful new smile.

Still not completely sure about cosmetic dentistry? Dr. Tyler can give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision. We also offer Smile Test Drives so you can see first-hand what your new smile could look like.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyler and start loving your smile today.

Whether you’re overdue for a cleaning, have questions about cosmetic dentistry, or already have a treatment plan in mind, Dr. Tyler and the team are ready to help. You can book your consultation today by calling our office or filling out this online form.