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Smile anxiety – what is it and what are the common causes?

Do you find it difficult to smile in public and around people you don’t know? There are a number of reasons why you could be self-conscious about your smile and in this blog we’ll take a look at some of the most common anxieties people have about their smile and potential treatments. Many people choose to hide their smile because of insecurities about the way they think their teeth look, but thankfully a lot of these fears are easy to prevent while others are perfectly natural.

Tooth whiteness

For some reason, probably to do with the iconic Hollywood smile, tooth whiteness has been treated as one of the signs of healthy teeth. The reality is that just because someone has white teeth, doesn’t actually mean they have healthy teeth. Celebrity culture and social media has made whiter teeth something that everyone wants but the Hollywood smile is artificial and a shade of white that doesn’t occur naturally.
You don’t have to have pure white teeth to have a beautiful and natural smile. Of course if your teeth are discoloured or stained then tooth whitening can help to restore your teeth and bring their natural sparkle back. The dental team at Smile Pad will be able to advise you on teeth whitening and will properly assess the health of your teeth prior to any treatment.

Tooth loss

Missing teeth are one of our biggest anxieties when it comes to our smiles but the good news is that there are plenty of options available to replace a missing or severely damaged tooth. From dental crowns and bridges to partial dentures and implants, a missing tooth can now be replaced with the latest dentistry procedures to bring back your smile confidence.

Bad breath

Are you constantly worried about your breath? Thankfully this is one of the easiest things to remedy and is all down to good oral hygiene. One way to test your breath is to lick the inside of your wrist, let it dry and then give is a sniff. If the lingering smell is unpleasant then this could be a sign that you have bad breath. Of course you could just ask a loved one for their honest opinion. If you do have bad breath then there are a couple of simple remedies to help you clean up your oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily
  • Chew sugar free gum after eating and drinking
  • Introduce a daily mouthwash routine
  • Floss your teeth regularly
  • Crooked teeth

    Over time teeth can become crooked particularly during growth periods such as when you are a teenager and even later in life when your wisdom teeth come through. This can lead to a crooked smile and anxiety. Luckily there are modern alternatives to the traditional metal train track braces that used to be so common. From invisible braces to dental retainers, even the most crooked of teeth can be effectively treated with modern dentistry giving you a beautiful smile and more confidence in as little as 3 months.

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