As we age, there are situations where we may find ourselves dating again. Whether it is due to a divorce or death, starting over again can be terrifying for some of us. We are especially hesitant if we are embarrassed by missing teeth or teeth that may be beyond repair. Even if we are not starting over, problems with our teeth can hinder simple pleasures like going out to eat with our spouses.
Poor oral health reaches far beyond just the issues we have with our teeth. It can affect how we feel about ourselves, our overall mood, and even our health. However, you do not have to live a lonely life because of your teeth. Dental implants can improve your smile, improve your mood and even improve your health. When we are feeling our best, our relationships grow. Read on to see how dental implants can change your life.
1) Getting Your Smile Back
Based on a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), almost all adults (99.7%) think that a smile is a valuable social asset. A large percentage (nearly 96%) of adults believe that a charming smile makes a person more attractive to the opposite sex. We not only think a smile affects your social calendar, but we feel that it can also affect your chances for career success. Of the adults asked in the study, 74% assume that a lackluster smile will prevent career advancement.
The University of California conducted a study recently revealing that a pleasant smile makes people more attractive to others. Their research shows that people who are perceived to be more attractive also earn an average of 12% more money than their counterparts. They are also seen as being more helpful in the workplace and viewed as team players.
It seems to be a universal truth that we value a smile in another person. Match.com surveyed 5,000 men and women, and their research showed that we believe a beautiful smile is the most attractive attribute in a person. Oral-B dug a little deeper and concluded that a beautiful smile not only improved a person’s attractiveness by 20%, but made them look five years younger.
2) Dental Implants Can Increase Your Self-Confidence
Humans are very complex. We think, we feel, we overthink, and all of this feeling and thinking can affect our self-confidence. Suffering from one or more missing teeth can have a significant impact on many aspects of our life. It can hinder conversational abilities by causing mumbling or inarticulateness.
Social interactions that involve eating can be awkward due to difficulty chewing from lost teeth. Missing teeth can also negatively impact overall oral hygiene which increases the risk of additional tooth loss. Not only is the risk of losing more teeth a scary prospect, but the holes from the missing teeth can also be a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.
For many people, however, the worst side effect of missing teeth is the damaging blow to one’s self-esteem. When we have missing teeth, we are far less likely to smile or feel comfortable talking to new people. There are many qualified dental implant specialists available that are committed to boosting the self-confidence of their patients with the intelligent use of dental implants.
3) Improving Your Social Life One Smile at a Time
Whether it is speaking publicly, networking, attending parties, or going on dates, there are a lot of us that have learned to navigate and dodge social situations for most of our lives. However, there comes a time that a lightbulb goes on and we realize that by not going out or speaking to that group, we are missing out. It is at that point that we finally are forced to confront that nagging little voice that is holding us back.
Confidence is the strength and ability to be your true self. It brings to attention the belief that we are worthy of all the good things that can happen to us. It brings forth the feeling that we are making a positive impact on the world around us. It can open our hearts to the willingness of trying new things.
Confidence can also restore the self-belief that we can do anything. We gain confidence when we overcome real or perceived hurdles, by proving to ourselves that all the negative beliefs taught to us about our abilities are not always true. By being ashamed of our smiles, we are limiting ourselves. If we do not remedy the cause of our lack of courage, we risk holding back in any number of circumstances. When we withdraw ourselves from new possibilities, we place ourselves at the risk of losing the love of our lives or friendships that help us flourish.
Imagine speaking in front of a group without worrying that everyone is looking at your teeth. Don't you want the ability to laugh wholeheartedly at a joke without being self-conscious about your smile? Dental implants can help you achieve this.
4) Living a Healthier Lifestyle
When we lose our teeth, we lose the ability to chew nutritious foods. This inability to process nutrient-rich foods can lower our energy levels. Eating low-quality foods because they are easier to chew does not provide our bodies with the energy they require in order to engage in everyday social activities. Dental implants offer a permanent solution that allows anyone to eat the wonderful foods that provide lasting nutrition.
When our bodies are performing at their best, we can get out and enjoy hiking or biking with friends, or join the running club we always wanted to but never had the energy to.
Being able to enjoy life leads to new adventures and meeting new people. It can also allow us to discover new activities with our spouses. It is never too late to start living the life that we have always dreamed of. Fixing missing teeth with dental implants is just the first step to a healthier happy life.
With the advances in modern dentistry, suffering from pain and discomfort are no longer necessary. Dental implants can correct years of damage in just a few visits. Start a conversation with your dental provider today to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.
5) Improve Your Overall Mood
Have you ever noticed that foods that are the easiest to chew, are not always the healthiest? Another side effect of eating poorly due to teeth problems is how it makes us feel. We may feel tired, which causes irritability. Discomfort and chronic pain with dentures due to tooth loss can make us cranky. No matter the cause, when we are agitated other people are not going to be flocking to be in our company.
Having a “Debbie Downer” attitude can cause problems in our relationships with friends, coworkers, and especially our romantic partners. When we are feeling bad about ourselves, we tend to take this feeling out on others, which leads to isolation. Nobody wants that. The good news is that if missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures are the cause of the unhappiness in your life, dental implants can help. Dental implants are a permanent solution that is more comfortable than dentures and can restore your smile.
What Are You Waiting For?
Life goes by too fast to waste it feeling bad about our smiles or living in discomfort. Dental implants can help improve your quality of life in just a few weeks. Don't wait any longer to schedule a consultation to discuss your options for dental implants. You never know what wonderful person might be out there waiting to meet you. Being able to enjoy your life again is just a phone call away, why wait any longer?