It’s World Smile Day tomorrow! But are you comfortable with your smile? The research from Lumino The Dentists shows that almost half of Kiwis feel uncomfortable smiling because of their teeth.
“At Lumino the Dentists, we believe everyone should have the confidence to show off their pearly whites. Smiling is proven to have a number of positive health impacts, so the fact that four in ten Kiwis are smile shy is something that needs to change. With World Smile Day here, we want to do what we can to help Kiwis love their smiles,” said Lumino Clinical Advisor, Dr Prashant J Kalyan.
For many Kiwis, smile confidence is affected by misaligned or crooked teeth, discolouration, missing and/or damaged teeth. These are all examples of fixable concerns, yet the rise of quick fixes promoted online, mainly via social media, can lead to results that don’t meet expectations and don’t stand the test of time.
Services such as teeth whitening kits and various teeth straightening programmes may not follow the same regulations as those provided by qualified dental practices. Therefore, they cannot guarantee the long-term results Kiwis believe they’re paying for. Lumino the Dentists urges New Zealanders to think twice before opting for products and procedures advertised online and across social media.
“A quick fix that you may stumble across when scrolling on Instagram may seem appealing, especially because of the price, but without qualified dentists behind it, it’s hard to know what your outcome is going to be in the long run,” Kalyan concluded.