Our teeth serve two important functions. Perhaps the most obvious of these is beginning the process of digesting our food. The teeth tear and grind our food into smaller pieces which facilitate the process of changing the food we eat back into simple compounds that our body can use for energy, growth, repair, and maintenance.
When our teeth are insufficient in number and position to accomplish the task of tearing and grinding our food, the process of digestion breaks down. In the same way, if our individual teeth are broken or loose or painful, the end result is often the same – incomplete or improper digestion which results in inadequate energy and/or nutrition and quite possibly pain.
The other important function of our teeth is affecting social interaction. This occurs in two principal ways. One is that the display of our teeth provides valuable information about our current state of mind and our emotional state. We all know the value of a smile in influencing social interaction. While we don’t bare our teeth when we are upset as our canine friends will do, that picture is very clear in our minds.
The second is the judgment people make about us based on the condition of our teeth, the number of teeth that are visible compared with those that should be visible, and the general appearance of our smile. Our smile sets the tone for personal interactions and, rightly or wrongly, people make broad assumptions about us based on our smile. The more attractive our smile, the more people are willing to accept us and interact with us.
Some people naturally have a beautiful smile. Fortunately, if you want to improve your smile, today we have many tools and techniques to create the beautiful smile that you have always wanted.
In the next few articles, I will discuss some of the techniques we have to give you a smile that you will love.