We like the old saying: You’re never fully dressed without a smile. That old adage has never been more true than this past year, when hundreds of thousands of Americans have been forced to work from home, doing business via video calls and staring at their faces on a screen. (Fun times, we know.)

A great smile has never been more of an asset. But many people find they’re not loving their image on the screen. Perhaps not surprisingly, demand for plastic surgery and Botox is way up during these pandemic times. But there’s a simpler, faster, and far less invasive way to improve your appearance: a smile makeover.

The Science of Smiling

Don’t underestimate the power of a great smile: Researchers at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) discovered that smiling can actually make you look younger — and thinner!

Researchers have also discovered that smiling releases happy neurotransmitters — dopamine, serotonin, and those slippery endorphins you’ve heard about. According to one researcher, “Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” Sounds good to us.

One 2010 research project even delved into the correlation between smile width and lifespan (how they came up with this idea, we have no clue). Those researchers collected pre-1950s baseball cards for the study, and they discovered that the span of a player’s smile accurately predicted the span of his life. Baseball players who grinned widely in their pics wound up living an average of nearly 80 years; those who wore poker faces lived, on average, just shy of 73 years. That’s seven more years to spend with family or friends — definitely something to smile about!

Here’s one additional fact about your smile that you’re not going to believe (we couldn’t quite believe it either): Smiling creates more happiness in the brain than a piece of your favorite chocolate. We swear.trello

Ron Gutman, the author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, explained that British researchers found out that a single smile “can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.” Who knew?

But what if you’re not all that confident about your smile? In that case — and it’s a very common one — you may be feeling unnecessarily self-conscious. Trust us when we say that anyone feeling ashamed of their smile can look forward to a brighter, healthier grin, quickly, painlessly, and affordably.

Smile Makeovers: A Smart Move for Everybody

Many people desperately want to improve their smiles, but they’re not sure if they’re a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. We’ve got great news: Virtually everyone is a candidate for a dental glow-up. A smile makeover is no longer a big-cities-only possibility, either — Sherman’s Dr. Lance has pain-free, quick solutions for nearly every dental need under the sun. So what’s holding you back?

Maybe you’ve been putting off a visit to the dentist. You’re not alone — COVID-19 has many people fearing a trip to a doctor’s office.

Let us put you at ease: Dr. Lance and team are deeply committed to providing our patients with a safe, clean, and comfortable experience, during coronavirus times and for years to come. Our attention to cleanliness and stringent adherence to coronavirus guidelines means a dentist chair in our office is one of the safest places you can be. Relax, put your feet up — we’re here to protect you and your smile.

Maybe you’ve given up on your smile, thinking that cosmetic dentistry was only for people in the public eye. That’s a common misperception, to be sure. But a smile makeover is something just about everyone can benefit from — and it’s faster and more affordable than ever to upgrade your grin.

Top Three Reasons to Consider a Smile Makeover

  1. Improve your self-esteem: Confidence counts. A fab smile makes you more effective and self-assured in your day-to-day life. Who can’t use a little more of that?
  2. Cutting-edge technology: Advanced techniques make today’s cosmetic dentistry fast, affordable, and accessible to all. Our team can talk you through our amazing options — and don’t worry, we’ll talk directly to your insurance provider as well, to make sure you get the coverage you’re paying for.
  1. Oral health can affect your cardiac health: Don’t be fooled — cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about appearances. Any aesthetic procedure that improves your smile also keeps your mouth in tiptop health by preventing decay and removing bacteria and plaque. And did you know: A healthy mouth prevents heart disease.

Time to Get Serious About Your Smile

Have you been feeling like your smile isn’t quite up to snuff? Curious how you might improve your smile? Dr. Lance is happy to discuss options — and you might just be surprised at how much a smile makeover using our top-notch technology can change your life.

Crooked Teeth Getting You Down?

Who says straightening teeth is just for kids? More adults than ever are taking advantage of all this downtime at home by choosing to correct their bite and fix crooked smiles. Don’t believe the naysayers who say orthodontics is strictly for teens: It’s never too late for adults to herd wayward teeth into proper position. Crooked teeth aren’t just unsightly; they can also cause a host of awful problems, like gum disease, bad breath, excessive tooth wear and cavities, TMJ and jaw pain, and difficulty chewing properly.

Opt for low-profile braces in a material that best suits you, or Invisalign, a near invisible option that allows removal for eating or special occasions. No separate orthodontist visit required — Dr. Lance has got you covered, all at his Sherman location.

Chipped or Cracked Teeth: Go Ahead, Blame COVID-19

Life happens, and it takes its toll on teeth — especially during a pandemic. Would you believe dentists are reporting seeing more cracked teeth from stress grinding (bruxing) than ever before?

That’s where beautiful ceramic veneers come in. They shield your imperfect teeth from further damage, and look great doing it. And: Veneers aren’t just for movie stars. More regular folks than ever are enjoying bright, even smiles with the help of veneer artistry.

Get a Crown in a Day with Dr. Lance’s Royal Treatment

In the past, needing a crown was more a royal pain than anything else, often requiring two or more visits to get the job done. That’s because old technology required quite a bit of time to manufacture ceramics like crowns and veneers.

Not anymore: With Dr. Lance’s Crown-In-A-Day service, you can expect pain-free royal treatment and a brand new ceramic crown in just an hour or two — all in-house. That’s because Dr. Lance is an expert in cutting-edge CEREC technology, which

stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. (Fun fact: Dr. Lance even served as a CEREC mentor and trainer!). CEREC technology allows Dr. Lance to craft and implement powerful, long-lasting ceramics such as crowns in a single appointment — something that was unheard of in dentistry not that long ago.

Turn Back Time: Un-Stain Your Teeth

Stress and poor sleep is hurting everyone during COVID-19, which means increased amounts of coffee, wine, and tobacco for many. Hey, we’re not judging — we indulge, too! And we’re here to erase the stains caused by those substances. We offer tooth whitening processes to turn back the clock — and return your teeth to the youthful pearly whites they used to be.

Missing Teeth: Leave Those to the Hockey Players

Hey, we know it’s not just hockey players who have gaps in their grins. And there’s no shame in that: Missing teeth are commonplace. Not to mention some long-haul COVID survivors are reporting that their teeth are now falling out. (Thanks, COVID.)

Whatever the reason for your missing teeth, you’ve got nothing to be ashamed about. Dr. Lance is here to help get your smile back into fighting shape. He and his team have everything you need in-house to give you back your old smile (or improve on the old)

by replacing missing teeth with perfectly fitted dentures or bridges. Another option: secure, great-looking dental implants — without the stress of a separate trip to an oral surgeon.

So what are you waiting for? Give us a call at 903-893-2540 and let Dr. Lance and our team give you the smile you deserve — a smile you won’t mind seeing on your next Zoom meeting.