Unattractive smile and self-esteem
What causes an unattractive smile?
An unattractive smile may be caused by crooked teeth or crowded teeth, tooth decay, chipped or broken teeth, trauma, missing teeth, gum and soft tissue problems, or a combination of these. Of course good oral hygiene is very important, and plaque or tartar on your teeth makes them not just unhealthy, but unsightly.
There is a great deal of personal variation, and this is what gives each of us a smile with its own character, and it’s important to consider this in any cosmetic dentistry. Showing “too much gum” can make you feel that you have an unattractive smile, and need cosmetic dentistry to create your new smile.
Stained teeth are another condition that may cause you to feel less confident about your smile. Over time, your teeth may become stained from drinks such as tea and coffee, wine, juice or soda. Pigmented foods such as soy sauce, blackberries or cranberries, can cause stains too.
Another cause of an unattractive smile can be ageing enamel, exposing dark yellow or brownish colouring underneath. More stains can be caused by smoking, medications and poor oral hygiene in general. Other visible marks affecting the quality of your smile may be caused by a history of trauma to teeth, the root canal and other treatments.