When we hear the words, ‘Go on! Pamper yourself!’, we imagine days spent lolling around in saunas and on massage tables, or delicious afternoon champagne teas, or perhaps an entire afternoon at the hairdressers. Rarely do people think that going to the dentist could be a form of pampering, and yet these days there is so much more to the dentist in NW3 than fillings and root canal treatments.
There is a feedback loop between physical health and mental wellbeing. Feeling good is reflected in looking look good. Looking good tends to make people feel good. Dentists in NW3, such as RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre, apply this philosophy in their treatments. That’s why many dentists are keen to offer cosmetic dentistry alongside the usual general, paediatric and restorative dentistry treatments that have always been available.
Research into smiling has been gaining in importance over the last few years, and for good reason. Scientists have evidence that smiling makes you feel good, literally. Smiling a genuine grin releases feel-good chemicals, such as serotonin, the happiness neurotransmitter. When serotonin enters the right receptors, which are located in the central nervous system, mood is better regulated. We feel happier, smile more, and then release more serotonin.
Sadly, not everyone has a beautiful smile. Some people may have healthy teeth, but they don’t smile. Often the reason that people are not smiling is not because they are depressed or unfriendly. It’s because their teeth don’t look all that great. Most people have something a little bit wrong with their healthy teeth. They may be a bit wonky, or discoloured or stained, or have sustained some damage. But, in these days of image consciousness, even a tiny imperfection can become a source of self-consciousness and smile suppression. And when someone suppresses their smile, it can lead to depression and social isolation.
Knowing this, a good dentist in NW3 will have expanded their menu of treatments to include various ways to enhance patients’ smiles. Teeth straightening is increasingly popular since the advent of materials that make straightening much quicker and more discreet. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment around the world, and veneers are also highly favoured.