Did you know that every time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain? Smiling activates neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. The release of serotonins and endorphins not only relaxes your body but can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Serotonin release brought on by a smile can act as a mood lifter without a prescription from your doctor! Sadly, there are those people that actually hold back a smile for the simple reason that their lackluster smile or unattractive teeth keep them from enjoying this natural phenomenon.
We have entered into an era where the materials in dentistry rival replacements that are as close to natural teeth as ever before. Procedures and new technology allow diagnosis and treatment to be more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Especially when the comprehensive treatment allows one to happily admire their smile in the mirror afterwards.
The art of aesthetic dentistry can be defined as combining beauty in form along with ideal function. The smile actually is considered by many to be a reflection of a happy, comfortable and successful life. The truth is the teeth are more than just a part of our masticatory system for digesting food. The mouth is intimately linked to our well-being, our pleasure and sensations with food and communication, both verbally and non-verbally.
There are a multitude of sophisticated technologies and materials that allow recreation of dentistry to be more predictable, more comfortable, efficient and natural looking. Procedures that required multiple trips we can now perform in only one or two visits.
With the advent of lasers, we find the need for profound anesthesia and post treatment pain is diminished and often eliminated. Gummy smiles can be modified and evened out to be more harmonious with that lip line. Early detection of decay can be found with lasers to treat prior to extensive cavities that are more painful and costly to treat. Low level lasers are used to decrease pain and inflammation in the TMJ while corrections to the bite are accomplished to solve the joint problem. It is a very exciting and wonderful world in dentistry when treatment is well thought out and treated comprehensively.
Digital x-rays now reduce patient’s exposure to radiation by over 80%. Digital x-rays allow us to enhance, enlarge or contrast the image to improve our ability to detect disease. They are viewed instantaneously with surpassed quality of traditional methods. A study published in the Journal of Neuropsychologia, reported that seeing an attractive smiling face, activates a region in your brain that processes sensory rewards. This process actually allows you to feel rewarded when a person smiles at you. Often this coaxes the brain to return the favor, thus releasing feel-good chemicals increasing healthier, happier lives. The world is really a better place when you smile!