Smiles Go Deeper Than Teeth
It is often said that smiling shows confidence and a positive outlook. However, for many people, a smile is not a true representation of how they feel inside. When your smile is guarded due to insecurities related to the shape or appearance of teeth, feelings of low self-worth will soon follow.
This unconscious process can have a cumulative negative impact, reinforcing the reluctance to show your brightest smile. You may be using all the right muscles while presenting a somewhat outward appearance of happiness, but there is an underlying inability to fully experience happiness in a moment.
Smiling from the Heart, Not the Head
Smiling confidently and from the heart also creates unconscious reactions in the brain. Large bodies of research have shown that there is a connection between smiling and emotional well-being. An individual who can smile without restraint is more likely to feel uninhibited joy.
A compromised smile can rob you of the happiness you deserve. What starts out as a conscious effort to hide damaged or missing teeth will quickly become an unconscious habit. Changing the communication that goes on between the smile and the brain is therefore important in achieving a more positive outlook.
Smiling for Yourself
It is interesting to note that how individuals feel about smiling may have more to do with self-confidence than aesthetic appearance. That is to say, a smile is often a reflection of how we feel about ourselves, rather than a tool to impress others. Taking care of your emotional well-being may involve pursuing treatment for contributing health problems, including poor dental health.
In many cases, dental health problems are not as noticeable to others as you may think. However, if you do not have confidence in your own smile, it will impact how you present yourself to the world. No amount of reassuring words from family or friends are likely to change those feelings of low self-worth. Until you can smile for yourself, those negative thoughts will continue to bubble below the surface.
Transforming Your Smile
Transforming your smile will completely change the way you feel as an individual. Improvements made through appropriate dentistry restore confidence and result in a more natural smile. When expressions of happiness are no longer forced, the brain chemistry will react to your more comfortable sense of self.
Being joyful is not a state of mind that individuals can achieve when natural expressions are being suppressed. A smile that is forced or compromised in any way will leave you feeling unfulfilled emotionally. The psychological damage from a broken smile does not have to last forever.
You can take that power back by speaking to a dentist who values the true power of smiling. The first step is recognizing that feeling incomplete or lacking confidence may be directly related to how you see your smile. The right dentist can help you change your outlook for the better.
To further discuss lack of confidence in your smile and effective treatment options, reach out to Dr. Nishan Halim for a consultation today.