We smile when we’re happy and when we’re flirting, but also when we’re nervous, embarrassed, and even frightened. Smiling has certainly evolved from the primitive display for social status we see in lower primates. One of the first social signals an infant recognizes and uses to communicate (other than crying) is smiling. It is universal. Darwin argued it was genetic.
In business, a smile can diffuse a difficult situation and build relationships, especially if you are in a people-centric industry. Would you want to shop in a store where all the employees looked like they didn’t want to be there? Probably not. A psychological study published this year even suggested that there was a relationship between smiling and perceived intelligence.
A smile can make you happier. The phrase “fake-it-til-you-make-it,” definitely applies here, and science agrees. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, chances are you’re holding yourself back from some pretty great opportunities to connect and build relationships with the people around you.
So what can you do?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. In certain situations, they are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their Translucency and Life-like Beauty. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.
Bonding is technique of applying composite resin to teeth to fix chips, cracks, discolored or misaligned teeth. Teeth Bonding can be an alternative to veneers although it has some limitations.
Dental bonding is among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are customized tooth coverings that must be manufactured in a lab, bonding usually can be done in one office visit unless several teeth are involved. Another advantage, compared with veneers and crowns, is that the least amount of tooth enamel is removed. Also, unless dental bonding is being performed to fill a cavity, anesthesia is usually not required.
Teeth Whitening can be used to correct tooth dis-coloration caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, whitening is nearly always worth a solid try.
Don’t let cracked or discolored teeth hold you back in business or in life. A great smile is your best asset. Use it!