Social media is responsible for making people more aware than ever before of their bodies. With the proliferation of social media and the documentation of every moment, every smile, every occasion for all the world to see, people are obsessed with looking good. But when it comes to oral and dental health, experts found out that the link between good teeth and confidence goes way, way back.

One research showed that one-third of people surveyed are generally unhappy about how they look when they smile. There’s a myriad of reasons, but most of them have to do with the misalignment of their teeth, its crookedness, discoloration, and tooth decay. As a result, about 27% of the survey participants avoid showing their teeth when they smile and 22% avoid having their pictures taken at all. About 18% of them feel the need to cover their mouth with their hands when they laugh or smile.

Isn’t that a jarring reality of how unhealthy it is for one’s confidence and self-esteem to never show his/her teeth? Without having the confidence to show that bright smile, people will never feel comfortable about their own bodies in public. In fact, they may even not like seeing themselves in the mirror at all.

Discoloration

Discoloration of the teeth occurs when the outer enamel of the teeth is stained by coffee, wine, cola, and other drinks and foods. Smoking also has something to do with discolored teeth. People with yellow-tinted teeth are more likely smokers. Unfortunately, no amount of great smartphone camera can hide discolored teeth. In fact, because cameras are so much better now than before, they can capture every imperfection. That includes discolored and stained teeth.

Thankfully, there’s a solution to this. Go to your dentist and book a professional teeth whitening service. Stop trying to solve this problem on your own because you might exacerbate the issue more than address it.

Misaligned Teeth

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Crooked teeth are one of the most common dental problems. Your upper teeth are supposed to fit slightly over your lower teeth. However, many people suffer from overbite and underbite. Realigning the teeth is super easy and even affordable, so it’s a wonder why many people are still allowing their confidence to take a hit. Braces, retainers, headgear, Invisalign, and dental veneers can realign your teeth and give you that confident smile.

Tooth Decay

If you have bad dental and oral hygiene, chances are that you’re going to suffer from tooth decay. The problem here is not just your teeth decaying. It’s having foul-smelling breath, too. Bad breath comes from having tooth decay. Imagine something decaying in your mouth. Will you feel confident talking with a blind date or a client? Not likely.

Like misaligned teeth, tooth decay is easy to treat. Plus, all you need to do after is establish good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will help improve the smell of your breath. You will regain your confidence in no time.

Do Not Let Your Confidence Take a Hit

It is bad enough that the world has become filtered than real. People live in constant fear that someone will discover their imperfections. It was not supposed to be this way. Taking care of your dental and oral health should not just be about looking good on Instagram. It should be about how you feel and how it will impact your overall health.

To survive in this dog-eat-dog world, you need to be confident with how you look, what you can do, and who you are. If you let any one of these suffer, you will only find it harder to compete in an ever-challenging and competitive society. Taking care of your health—physical and dental—is the first step to ensuring you have what you need to thrive.