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Your smile plays a bigger role in your life than you might think. If you’re unhappy with your teeth, it’s very possible that you’re unlikely to want to smile in public, affecting your confidence and self esteem. 

The way your smile looks could have a big impact on how you feel about yourself, which may be far more detrimental than the physical impact of poor smile health. When you like your smile, you’re more likely to be happy with your appearance, which has a knock-on effect on your confidence. Numerous studies have shown that a person’s smile plays a leading role in personal and professional success due to the confidence a nice smile can bestow.

Research from Bupa Dental Care has found that approximately a third of adults admit to being unhappy with their smile; with 27% avoiding showing their teeth when they smile, 22% avoiding having their photo taken and 18% feeling the need to put their hand over their mouth when smiling. As a result of the increasing awareness of how important a healthy smile can be, record numbers of adults are seeking life changing treatment. It’s important to realise that it’s never too late to improve your smile.

Why Your Smile Matters

The way your smile looks can have an impact on incredibly important areas of your life including:

Self confidence

The way a smile looks can have huge effect on a person’s confidence, the affect of which can be incredibly saddening to hear. We have met a lot of patients who have shared their distress and unhappiness about the appearance of their smile and how it has impacted their life and their relationships with others. Without having a confident smile, it can be hard for people to be confident in social situations and look forward to meeting new people.


If you’re unhappy with your smile and are self-conscious about how your teeth look you will naturally smile less often and this can actually affect your mood. When we smile, endorphins are released, which are the hormones responsible for happiness in the brain. When you repress a smile, these hormones become stalled, leaving you feeling low. The act of smiling makes you feel more positive, confident and outgoing.

Career prospects

Numerous studies have shown that a healthy-looking smile improves career prospects as it can be suggestive of someone who cares about their appearance and therefore has pride in the work they do. A smile plays a large part in the initial visual impression we each create in meetings Interviews, presentations, sales interactions etc. If you don’t feel able to present your best self, you could be avoiding progress in your own career, potentially avoiding fulfilling your aspirations and objectives.

Physical health 

There are a number of health complications related to having an unhealthy smile including heart disease as a result of bacteria (namely plaque) building in the mouth, entering your bloodstream and making its way directly to the heart. Stroke is also linked to plaque bacteria causing inflammation of the arteries. While research is still ongoing into the link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s, studies appear confident there is a direct link between the two. 

How To Care For Your Smile

Caring for your smile at home in a consistent way can change your life for the better. Having an excellent daily oral health routine – brushing twice a day, as well as flossing and using mouthwash regularly – can help to improve your feelings about your smile. 

How We Can Help Restore Your Smile

It is unlikely that just improving your daily oral care will truly remove any deep-seated anxieties you have about the shape and position of your teeth, however. The only option to truly do something about it and elevate your self-confidence is treatment that will restore your smile. Regardless of the condition of your teeth, we can help you. We have a wide variety of different cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments to restore your teeth and smile including:

  • Teeth straightening
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Dental bonding
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dentures
  • Teeth whitening

There’s no need to be embarrassed about the current condition of your teeth, we’ve seen numerous cases – there is really nothing we haven’t seen before! Let us help you achieve your dream smile with our popular treatments. 

Please call to speak to our friendly team to book an appointment. We can provide you with professional treatment with the most up-to-date techniques, to give you a smile that looks good, and makes you feel even better!

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