It’s February – the month for lovers. It’s also Dental Health Month which is essentially focused on the awesome goal of helping children have healthier and more comfortable mouths. It’s also American Heart Month, Black History Month, and the National Organ Donation Event is on Valentine’s Day. For a great many people I know, the most important part of February is that it is the SHORTEST month of the year – the one they celebrate when it’s over since that signals that spring is coming....
So no matter how you view it, there’s actually a lot going on in this month beyond simply waiting for it to be over! While I don’t ski or do other active outdoor winter activities, I happen to LOVE winter. When I looked out this morning to see 4" of fresh snow, I truly loved it. I think it is awesomely beautiful. And I still felt that way after spending two or more hours this morning plowing the road for the subdivision I live in and shoveling my driveway (and I still have half of that to go...!)
Which leads me back to that word “love”. The Webster’s dictionary I have sitting here offers many definitions of the word, and the one that I like the most is also most fitting for what I’m writing about: “Warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion”. That’s how I like to see people feeling about their smile – enthusiastic about it, devoted to caring for it and keeping it healthy and attractive, and being attached to it in a very positive way.
Sadly, my experience is that many people either aren’t happy with their smile or want it changed in some way or other...but don’t make the commitment to do so. How many people do you know that you never see smile? Or whenever they do, they have their hands in front of their mouths so you can’t see their actual smile.
The reason I’m asking this question in February – the month of lovers – is that I personally believe that people need to feel good about themselves and love themselves before they can truly love others. Which leads me to believe that before they can form honest connections with another, they need to have that connection with themselves.
Of course we can fake out other people and work around the things that we don’t like about ourselves, but we are most authentically ourselves when we’re happy with who we really are. We can more effectively share our joy with others when our smile shines through. I also believe that lots of the beauty of a smile comes from within each of us – we don’t need to have perfect teeth to have a beautiful smile. But for some people they really want to have a beautiful smile so it truly represents who they feel they are. And that’s awesome.
My experience in helping people get that smile is that what each person expects or wants is very different while almost everyone is reluctant to ask us about it because they are afraid of what it will cost. While some situations do require very extensive treatment that involves a substantial investment of time, money, and energy, some desires are easily fulfilled. I treated someone last week who was convinced that his problem was going to require several thousand dollars to resolve. We did it for him for a few hundred dollars, and he was both stunned and thrilled.
That’s the time that we have fun – bringing smiles to people’s faces! And what it really takes is good communication. If you don’t like something about your smile, talk to us about it. Get ideas from us and then let us work with you for solutions that fulfill your desires in ways that allow you to be able to have it done. Then you can really be the “lover” you want to be whether it’s with your kids, your significant other, or some new acquaintance. Most importantly, so you can fall in love all over again with your smile!