The other day, I was thinking back to the days when Extreme Makeover was so big on television a little more than ten years ago. The idea of a complete cosmetic dental reconstruction seemed so dramatic back then! And, on that show, where people would undergo many phases of a makeover, including fitness, cosmetic surgery, hair, make-up, fashion and more, the single biggest impact on the patient‘s appearance.
As a cosmetic dentist, I see it all the time. Following cosmetic dentistry, specifically a full mouth reconstruction where I can design a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers, I often see a major change in the patient’s expressions. And, it’s not because of the actual cosmetic dentistry or porcelain veneers. It’s because of the effect of the cosmetic dental work has on the patient.
Every smile I design is different because we all have different genetics, so there isn’t a certain size or shape for a perfect smile. Rather, it is a matter of proportion we work with when using porcelain veneers or any other cosmetic dentistry. So, if it isn’t the veneers, what is it that is so different with patients after the procedure? It’s their confidence. It makes such a difference.
A new beautiful youthful smile doesn’t suddenly make your handshake stronger nor does it make you taller or stronger. But when you know you have a beautiful smile, you smile more freely with more emotion. You are not holding anything back. If you are less than confident about your smile, you may not realize the many ways you hold yourself back.
Think about something that makes you truly happy. That smile you have.. while you are really happy… may not be coming out all the time if you aren’t fully confident in your smile. When you know your smile is beautiful, which my cosmetic patients do know that, they are free to smile fully all the time. This translates as openness, freedom and confidence. It’s the intangible that comes with porcelain veneers.