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Thwart Social Media Depression with a Stunning Smile

Our smiles are our calling cards to the world, even more so now thanks to the seeming omnipotence of smartphones with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram apps. More than ever before, every precious moment in our lives are now snapped, posted, tagged, and (hopefully) liked within seconds of the event’s happening. If you are smiling in any of these photos, your smile is being broadcast to the whole world, or at least to all allowed by your page settings, anyway.

For some people, bearing their pearly whites isn’t an issue, but for those who are remotely self-conscious, it can lead to low self-esteem and disdain for one’s self-image. If you are trying to suppress your smile because of bad teeth, people may think you look disheartened or grumpy regardless of whether you are documenting your happiest moment in the world.

According to psychologists, photos on social media are a projection of our ideal image, and trying to control how we look and present ourselves can become quite infuriating, especially when it is taken out of our control by friends and family members posting indiscriminately every JPEG in their camera roll. This worry is actually becoming a phenomenon known as “social media depression,” and can occur when our self-image—who we perceive ourselves as being—doesn’t match our ideal image. This leads to self-consciousness rather than “self-actualization,” a term coined by psychologist Carl Rogers, who believed that developing this instinct to reach one’s full potential by achieving an equilibrium between one’s self-image and ideal image the key to becoming a complete and satisfied person.

When people are asked why they don’t smile, more often than not it is because they are self-conscious of their teeth. People are often embarrassed by their smile when their teeth are discolored, worn, crooked, broken, chipped, or have gaps. These are all things that a few trips to the dentist and dental veneers can solve. Veneers are thin films of either porcelain or resin composite material that are customized to bond to the front of a patients’ tooth surface to create a correcting effect in coloring as well as in shape, size, and length. Veneers can treat dental issues in individual teeth and achieve a uniform effect.

There are many things to consider when getting a veneer. Porcelain veneers will give teeth a more white, clean, natural appearance and further assist in resisting further staining. Resin is often preferred because the process is less involved since not as much tooth surface has to be removed. If you are finding yourself untagging yourself from photos and hiding from cameras and selfies with friends because of bad teeth, Watts Family Dental is available for consultation and can help you figure out how to get the most out of your smile and come a bit closer to achieving your self-actualization.

This article brought to you by Watts Family Dental, your friendly Overland Park Dentist. We’re committed to healthy smiles for the whole family. Please call (913) 338-3384 or visit our Overland Park, Kansas office. You may also send an email direct to info@wattsfamilydental.com at any time.

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