The Cosmetic Dental Industry is a multi-Billion dollar Industry and demand for Cosmetic Dental Procedures such as Teeth Whitening, Composite or Tooth-colored Fillings, Porcelain Veneers, Lumineers and Orthodontic options such as Invisalign is at an all time high and growing. People from all cultures, backgrounds, and heritages now seek these services, are ready to pay huge sums of their discretionary incomes each month to beautify themselves and to boost their Self Image. Why is that?
Studies show that when a person feels good about himself/herself, it triggers a series of emotions that play out into series of life events that can bring about Joy, Peace and lasting Happiness. Man as you know, is in a state of perpetual pursuit of Happiness as defined by his beliefs and environment.
Your Smile is one of the first things you notice about yourself in the mirror and what others notice first about you. An Attractive Healthy Smile has been shown to erase years off a person’s appearance, lead to better relationships, and has even been shown to increase Career and Personal Success. The American Dental Association (ADA) has reported an increase of 300%+ in the rate of teeth whitening by consumers in just the last few years alone.
White, Evenly shaped and Aligned Teeth, supported by Healthy Gums and housed within a Healthy Mouth devoid of pain, disease and odor-causing bacteria is the ultimate goal of every dental consumer and the market is saturated with a plethora of products and services to meet this high demand.
While most products and services can bring about instant gratification and feelings of well being, if it not coupled with some internal work such as an analysis of habits and belief systems and the proper understanding and alignment of thoughts and actions, these Cosmetic dental enhancements will only serve as a ‘band aid’ and its temporal nature will manifest. The old classic visual of a dog chasing after its own tail will be the result and no long-term gain or gratification will ensue.
Habits such as excessive intake of Sweets, Smoking, chewing Tobacco, excessive ingestion of Tea, Coffee, red and dark Wines, staining foods and drinks, Mouth Breathing, Use of Desiccating Mouth Rinses, Drugs necessitated by poor health, Grinding and Clenching, ineffective Brushing techniques, and infrequent visits to a Dentist will all negate any attempts to whiten and brighten your smile and have a healthy mouth.
Diet, Stress Management, and Lifestyle Analysis and Modification should play leading roles in every Smile Program and healthy daily habits coupled with frequent visits to your dentist and following through with health-enhancing treatment recommendations is vital protocol in the quest for a lasting Beautiful Smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry may be a Band-Aid, is never a Cure, and the process of acquiring A Permanent Beautiful Attractive Healthy Smile is a Life-long Journey. It is a Lifestyle and a valid ‘means to an end’. It is definitely here to stay.