What You Should Know About Emotional Dentistry

A young woman wearing sunglasses and smiling while standing against a gray wall outdoors.

People often greet others with a nod and a smile. The smile they share could reveal their level of self-consciousness, or confidence. Many dentists help people improve their smiles to help them feel better about themselves. Here’s what you should know about emotional dentistry.

Emotional appeal

The goal of emotional dentistry is to give people a smile that represents who they are. For many reasons, people are embarrassed by their smiles. They may have a deformed jaw, misaligned and crooked teeth, or show too much of their gums. People who don’t like their smiles often struggle with depression.

Dentists who specialize in emotional dentistry can help change people’s smiles. They want to make sure patients feel good about the smile they share with others in every situation.

Treatment options

The dentist will take pictures of your teeth, gums and smile during the initial exam and discuss concerns. The photos will be uploaded to special dental software, so that the dentist can show you before and after pictures. Then you’ll learn about options that can make your smile one that you’re proud to share with others. Treatment options may include:

  1. braces to straighten teeth, fix bite problems
  2. veneers, bonding or crowns to cover discolored enamel, gaps in teeth
  3. bridges and implants to fill in for missing teeth
  4. gum contouring to show more of your teeth
  5. teeth whitening for whiter teeth, a brighter smile

Value of daily oral care

Sometimes people are born with a small or large mouth or jaw that naturally affects their smile. That’s what makes people unique. But other problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, can be avoided.

Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, usually in the morning and at bedtime, and flossing once daily. Using a mouth rinse without alcohol (because it dries oral tissues) can help kill harmful oral bacteria and keep your breath fresh. Learn more oral care tips.

It’s also essential to schedule an annual dental exam for a professional teeth cleaning and checkup. During the appointment, the dentist will check the healthiness of your teeth and gums. The dentist also will look for signs of medical conditions that could lead to serious health problems.

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