Are you embarrassed about missing teeth? If so, you aren't alone. Seven out of ten adults age 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth, and a good many of them have lost teeth in prominent places, creating noticeable gaps that impact their appearance. Most people living with this problem are self-conscious about their dental issues and devise a number of camouflage techniques to hide missing teeth. The top 10 ways people hide missing teeth are:
- The pressed-lip smile – Keeping teeth under cover with a closed-mouth smile is by for the most common camouflage for missing teeth. People embarrassed by gaps in the front of their mouth tend to become very guarded as they smile, always careful not to allow a wide, spontaneous smile in public.
- The laughter hand clap – A spontaneous, open-mouthed laugh can make missing teeth obvious even in the back of the mouth. Many people avoid this by clapping a hand over their mouth as they laugh.
- Chin/face cradling – Missing teeth can become noticeable during conversation, so many people have become adept at creating cover in business meetings or social situations. Often, it becomes a habit to sit with elbows on the table, resting the chin on the heel of the hand with fingers loosely curled in front of the mouth.
- Strategic head tilt – People with a gap at the side of their mouths often camouflage by tipping, turning or tilting their head in a manner that makes gaps less obvious.
- Talking to the floor – Many people avoid looking people straight in the face during conversations, studying the floor as they speak. Looking down leaves people looking at the top of your head, rather than the gaps in your mouth.
- Mustache overhang – Some men use long mustaches to provide cover for lost teeth and other dental problems.
- DIY tooth replacement kits – Many have tried DIY tooth replacement kits to cover lost teeth, often for special social occasions, job interviews or important business meetings.
- DIY cosmetic teeth covers – A variety of removable cosmetic teeth covers are sold that are meant to cover missing teeth or other dental issues. They come in varieties that are fixed in the mouth with adhesives or snap onto existing teeth, generally built to cover the entire row of visible front top or bottom teeth.
- Eating alone – Gaps are often quite noticeable while a person is eating, and DIY tooth replacement solutions or cosmetic teeth covers often must removed to eat or may fall out during meals. This leads many to strictly limit eating in public or avoid it entirely.
- Social avoidance – Self-consciousness over appearance issues created by lost teeth leads many people to avoid social situations as often as possible. Often, social interaction becomes limited to close friends and family to avoid the embarrassment and discomfort they feel around unfamiliar people.
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Missing teeth are a problem that many of us live with every day. Many people just learn to accommodate, often at the expense of emotional health, the issue causing a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem, and in many cases, leading to self-imposed isolation and depression. If this sounds familiar, you should know that help is available.
Today's advanced dentistry techniques can make amazing changes in the appearance of your smile. If you're in the Indianapolis area, call us for a consultation. Dr. Falender offers a variety of options that can help you achieve a smile you'll be proud to flash at anyone in any situation. Why live with the day-to-day discomfort, cover-up and embarrassment when real solutions are available?
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