A smile is more than just a way of expressing happiness.

Did you know that the act of smiling makes you feel more positive, confident and outgoing? A smile also naturally draws others to you as you will subconsciously seem approachable and trustworthy to them.

It’s therefore a major problem if you’re unhappy with your smile. If you are self-conscious about how your teeth look you will naturally smile less often, which cuts off all the benefits of smiling as mentioned above.

If you’re unhappy with your hair, you can get it restyled; if you want to change your eye colour, you can even get tinted contact lenses to do that. But what about uneven teeth?

When it comes to rejuvenating your smile, it’s not quite as easy to draw attention away from something you don’t like. Unlike dying your hair and putting in contact lenses, repairing your teeth is definitely not something you can do yourself.

Let’s face it, your uneven teeth are not going to go away by themselves, and that means your self-consciousness about them is unlikely to magically disappear either. In fact, the more you procrastinate about doing something about your unsatisfactory smile, the worse your anxieties about how it looks are likely to become

The things that you do to avoid showing anyone your teeth can seem small and are often done subconsciously, but can have a major impact on your personality and self-confidence without you even realising.

Look back at photos of yourself – are you staying uncomfortably tight-lipped whilst everyone else is saying “cheese”? A reluctance to smile can have a knock-on effect in other areas of your life of which you might not even be aware.

Your smile is your opening gambit – the thing by which you introduce yourself to others before you’ve said anything or even made eye contact. It’s an essential part of who you are and how you look throughout your daily life, as well as in important situations such as delivering speeches, going on dates and attending job interviews.

For most people, smiling isn’t even something they think about. So, if you find yourself mulling over how much you’ll have to have your teeth on show when you receive an invite to an event, it’s time to do something about your smile.

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. You could even opt for a cosmetic treatment, such as teeth whitening, to give you an extra boost in confidence about the appearance of your pearly whites.

It’s unlikely that this 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 to the level at which you deserve it to be is orthodontic treatment.

In the past, this had the potential to replace one set of worries with another, as the conspicuous wires and brackets of fixed braces would need to be fitted. Thanks to today’s invisible braces made of clear plastic, however, it’s possible to repair your smile without having to imprison it behind garish grey metal for months on end.

It’s not an instant solution, but spending time now on straightening your smile will permanently send your self-confidence soaring once your treatment is complete.


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