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Cosmetic Dentistry Can Change your Life

A Smile is Worth a Thousand Words


Updated: March 27, 2007

Have you ever noticed how drastically a smile can change a person’s whole appearance? If you don’t believe me, take a magazine cover with a beautiful person on it and make some marks on their teeth. See? It is their smile that puts the finishing touch on their appearance.

One of my favorite stories to tell from working in a dental office is that of a young lady in her early twenties. She came into the office to fix her smile. She was a very pretty girl, but was so unhappy with her smile, that she unconsciously covered it with her hand whenever she spoke, smiled or laughed. This was such a constant habit that she admitted she had been doing it for years.

After the dentist placed crowns on her 6 front top teeth, her whole appearance changed drastically. She was no longer a very pretty girl. She was a gorgeous young lady with a fabulous smile! She was so happy that she cried. I cried too. It is amazing to see someone’s self esteem lifted so much with something that people sometimes take for a granted…a smile.

A couple of weeks after her cosmetic dental procedure, the young lady returned for a dental cleaning. She was so happy with her new smile that she was determined to keep her gums and teeth healthy. When she came into the office, she smiled a great big beautiful smile. After a few moments of chit chat, I said something funny to her and her hand immediately flew to cover her mouth as she burst out laughing. Realizing what she had done, she removed her hand and looked sheepish. I told her she had to work on that habit because her teeth were too beautiful to hide.

Several months later, I saw this same young lady in a restaurant with some of her friends. I noticed that they were all laughing and having a great time. I also noticed that she was laughing openly and did not cover her mouth with her hand at all. I stopped by to say hello and she pulled me to the side and told me in a whisper that she had so much self confidence in herself now, that she felt like she could do anything! It was easy to see that her new smile had actually changed her life. I know that this might sound like some kind of dental fairytale, but I can assure you that this is a true story.

Whether it’s bleaching, veneers, crowns, bonding or orthodontics, you can have a beautiful white and bright smile too! Talk to your dentist about what type of cosmetic dentistry he / she can recommend for you!

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