For a large number of people, an attractive, even smile has never been in reach. Many adults have vivid childhood memories of disliking their smiles, hiding behind hands when laughing or smiling close-lipped in photos. Adults who have had lifelong oral health problems can have so much more to deal with than someone who has mild gum disease or a few cavities.
Understandably, it can be the adults who are in desperate need of dental care who are the most anxious about it. These patients may avoid oral care altogether, leading to worsening dental problems. Because their problems have been ongoing since childhood, there is often a presence of very negative experiences while in the dental chair. In the past dentists could project a feeling of judgment or scolding, leaving children reluctant to return for care, turning into adults reluctant to return for care.
There are reasons for tooth problems, even serious ones, which are simply beyond a patient’s control. Patients can be born with problems affecting tooth enamel, or can be at a disadvantage since birth, resulting from a mother’s lack of proper nutrition or the consumption of some antibiotics while pregnant.
If you have a smile that has needed work for years, now is the time for you to schedule a consultation with a skilled cosmetic dentist. The first meeting is just to talk and to make a tentative plan. Once you know what your options are, begin taking steps toward getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of having. A good cosmetic dentist understands that so many factors affect a patient’s smile, and will help you achieve your smile goals while being supportive and helpful, not degrading or judgmental. You can turn a lifetime of hidden smiles into a beaming smile of confidence and positive self-esteem.
Our dental office is located in Conyers