Your appearance significantly impacts both your physical and mental health. When you feel good about how you look, you are more likely to be healthy, feel confident in yourself, and make healthy choices. Studies on appearance-based rejection sensitivity have found that when you fear that people around you will reject you based on your appearance, negative mental and physical health complications often occur. Your smile plays a role in how you feel about your appearance. Bad teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and increase your fear of rejection.
Appearance-based rejection sensitivity refers to the fear that other people will reject you based on your physical attractiveness. People who experience this sensitivity have heightened anxiety about their physical appearance and how other people perceive them. They often feel unattractive, and expect rejection based on this perception. Feelings of inadequacy can motivate people to try and improve their attractiveness at great physical cost to themselves.
The way your smile looks significantly impacts how attractive others perceive you. Your teeth also influence how attractive you feel. Even if you have the looks of a brand-name clothing model, bad teeth can mar your handsome or beautiful face. A study published in April 2015 found that people’s attention focuses on dental aesthetics. Using eye tracking on 76 people viewing 24 unique female composite photographs, researchers found that participants focused their eyes on the mouth longer in photos displaying more orthodontic and tooth problems. Attractive faces with bad teeth showed the longest span of time where viewers focused on the mouth.
People suffering from appearance-based rejection sensitivity run the risk of developing eating disorders. These disorders often cause more damage to your teeth, which in turn decreases self-esteem in a never-ending cycle.
Binging often damages your teeth because many of the foods consumed during this destructive behavior contain high in sugar content, and the excessive consumption of food wears hard on your teeth. Purging constantly exposes your teeth to damaging stomach acid that corrodes your tooth enamel and leaves your teeth vulnerable to decay.
If you feel embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help you change your smile and reclaim your confidence. At Collins Dentistry and Aesthetic, we rejuvenate your smile using the best dental techniques and latest technology. If you suffer from crooked, crowded, or unevenly spaced teeth, we offer Invisalign to realign your teeth and give you a more uniform smile.
For chipped, broken, and cracked teeth, we create custom porcelain crowns and veneers that cover the damage and protect the remaining tooth. For severely damaged or missing teeth, we create durable dental implants that fill unappealing holes in your smile. We carefully color-match all of your restorations with your natural teeth so that they look natural. Even if your only concern is color, we offer Zoom! Tooth Whitening to give you the brilliant smile you deserve.
For more information about restoring your smile with cosmetic dentistry, please call 509-368-7788 for an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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Our office in Spokane Valley is located at:
507 N Sullivan Rd. Suite 2
Spokane Valley, WA 99223
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