So, you want a Michael Jackson smile or, perhaps, you prefer the pearly whites of Jessica Alba or Will Smith. We all envy the smiles of famous celebrities. We want to be able to smile as broadly and openly as they can. It does not matter who it is. We all have our favorites. In this celebrity crazy world, we see everywhere – on the television, on the small and big screens, in videos and even in print, those whose smiles seem perfection.
Tell me you have never wanted to have the grinning, semi-mocking but totally endearing smile of mega Hollywood star, Bruce Willis. How about the frank but brilliant smile of television host and media star, Oprah Winfrey? Do you wish for the sexy smile of a Scarlett Johansson or Megan Fox? What about the totally winning smiles of Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber?
A smile is all about creating a persona. It reveals or enhances an individual’s character. Bright smiles and gummy smiles and empty tooth or crooked smile– these all craft a certain impression. This may be the first impression we convey. We all know how important first impressions are.
As compiled research indicates, emotional expression is significant for interpretation. Shlomo Hareli and Ursula Hess, in an article published in a 2012 edition of Cognition and Emotion conclude the following: "Finally, it should be added that when emotions are displayed in the face, they invariable carry context with them. This because on one hand, faces inform about the social group the expresser belongs to and thus provide stereotype information about the expressers' likely characteristics, which can be used in lieu of personalised information." Simply stated, a smile, like many other facial expressions, is capable of creating an impression that may or may not be accurate.
The old saying also holds true. "Smile and the world smiles with you." Smiles dental enhanced or natural do affect who we appear to be to others. Research continues to indicate that people want to see and have the perfect smile. Americans believe a smile brite and cheerful plays a role in mutual attraction and social success. A gummy smile, on the other hand, may result in feelings of self-consciousness and affect a career move in a negative fashion.
Many perceive smiles as winning. They describe them as confident. They remark upon how clean, bright and white a smile may be or mention the lack of it. This focus on a facial expression is one of the reasons why dental practices have begun a shift in focus. Now you can have a Michael Jackson smile too.
An article by P. K. Sharma and P. Sharma in Seminars on Orthodontics remarks on how esthetics or cosmetic procedures are increasingly becoming significant for dentists. They remark on the change stating, "Traditionally, dentists have focused on restoring health and functional elements of the dentition." The shift is the result of the client’s interest in and focus on the need to have a perfect or at least near-perfect smile.
The resulting interest in such facial aspects is linked to the developments in technology and skill. This allows the dentist to integrate various components: esthetics, gingival and individual wishes for a dental smile to exceed all expectations.
A quick look at the list of cosmetic dental procedures gives you an idea of the extent of potential procedures to get your own Michael Jackson smile. Consider the following:
All these procedures promise to help improve your smile. This all comes at a cost, but for many Americas, this is what they want. As a result, cosmetic dentistry is worth it.
A large percentage of Americans believe a bright, healthy smile is essential if they want to carve a good life out for themselves. Somehow, possessing a Michael Jackson smile will increase a sense of self-worth and esteem. It is useless to deny that a smile is important. It has become a social necessity. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve what nature has denied you.