Self-image is the mental picture you form of yourself, based on your own perception of your personality traits, abilities, and appearance. A positive self-image is vitally important to business success, meaningful relationships, and a contented state of mind. Self-image influences how you interact with others, and how you continue to develop throughout life – spiritually, emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically. Dr. Sameet Koppikar and his team at Biltmore Dental Center use cosmetic dentistry to aid in building positive self-image for Glendale, AZ area patients.
The role of appearance in self-image
Feeling good about your character and skills goes a long way toward fostering positive self-image. However, appearance also plays a big role for two reasons. First, you see it every day. Your morning routine, a glimpse into the rearview mirror, passing a department store window, or stepping onto a scale sends a message to your psyche about self-worth. It may be accurate or distorted, but it happens continually.
Second, you have choices about your appearance. You choose how you dress, wear your hair, and groom your body. A proactive approach to changing your appearance gives you the power to like your self-image. An attractive smile is appealing in itself. It also balances and strengthens all of your facial features. You aren’t stuck with the smile nature gave you. Cosmetic dentistry empowers you to love your smile.
How cosmetic dentistry can help
Dr. Koppikar is trained and experienced in techniques to improve the appearance of most smile aspects. Here are a few examples:
- Color of teeth. Over time, teeth lose their natural brilliance from foods and beverages, health conditions and medications, smoking, and wear. Professional teeth whitening restores youthful brightness. Porcelain veneers are a good choice to disguise deep stains that don’t respond to whitening, and old, dark dental work. With tooth-colored composite fillings and porcelain inlays and onlays, decay repair isn’t noticeable.
- Shape and size. Teeth that look too short can be brought into balance with gum contouring and porcelain veneers. A crown is great for reshaping a tooth, and veneers cover all sorts of enamel flaws (cracks, chips, bumps, and pits).
- Alignment. Maybe your smile is healthy and white, but you have overlaps, gaps, or twisted teeth. Invisalign clear aligners, unobtrusive Six Month Smiles, or traditional braces can give you an even, symmetrical smile.
- Missing teeth. Gaps mar your smile and your self-confidence. Dr. Koppikar restores missing teeth with crown and bridge units and dental implants.
Are you ready to learn more about the look good-feel good connection? Call Biltmore Dental Center today at (602) 954-8200 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Koppikar.