But even more than eating, we show our teeth off when talking. Studies show that people may spend 70-80% of their waking hours in communication, of which 30% is conversation. That’s a huge chunk of time, about three hours spent in conversation every day. If you are a good communicator and split that time with your partners, you’re showing off your teeth about and hour and a half every day when talking, over ten times as much as you show them when smiling. And you’re showing more of your teeth because many sounds require you to open your mouth fully, exposing back teeth you might have thought were hidden.
And, like smiling, this tooth show is often at vital moments. When a person is considering your words, their eyes are focused partly on your mouth to interpret what you’re saying, and they’re making vital conclusions about how they feel about you as a speaker.
How Does This Change Your “Smile Makeover”?
When you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we have to keep our minds open about what cosmetic improvements might make the biggest improvement in the appearance of your teeth. Sure, porcelain veneers can give you a nice smile, but maybe it’s also important to address some old, black metal fillings in the back of your mouth, too. And a missing molar may not be as out of sight as you think, which may make dental implants a priority.
During your consultation, we will consider all the options and offer you several treatment plans that can get you great results.
To schedule your smile makeover consultation with a Tulsa cosmetic dentist, please call (918) 528-3330 for an appointment at élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges.