Your Smile and Your Relationships

BY DR. RUDY WASSENAAR DMD, MAGD, DICOI, DABOI

When you meet somebody new — personal, social, work or otherwise — the first few seconds are important. You never get a second chance to make that first impression. Everybody is judged in an instant and usually it sticks. In terms of your smile, it probably is the single most important aspect of your presentation in general. A nice smile exudes confidence, health, happiness and more. Do people smile because they are happy, or are they happy because they smile? Who is to know, but in any case, studies have shown that a person with a better smile is considered to be more trustworthy and likeable.

relationships and your smile

So it is fair to say that when we meet someone new, it is the appearance, that ‘out-side stuff, that first gets our attention. It breaks the ice, and curiosity opens the door to a new beginning, possibly something different or exciting. Once the at-traction is there it still is the personality of the parties that keeps it going. Obviously, if a  person only looks more confident but in fact their personality does not match what they project, things will not go very far.

Those who are self-conscious of their smile as part of their overall presentation tend to hide their dental flaws by not smiling, avoiding eye contact, or simply not interacting socially at all. And yet, they have so much to offer and so much to say.

Dentistry has much more to offer these days, more than ever before. So what is holding us back from simply going ahead and getting things taken care of? It is not always fun to go to the dentist, and wouldn’t it be nice if we could have the results without the process? A good under-standing of your dental needs, as well as good communication with your dentist will help in meeting your expectations.

Dental health is like a lot of things; do a number of little things right all the time and it will work out. Have a conversation with your dentist and find out what the issues are and how to best deal with them. A well thought out approach should produce results that look good, feel good and that last a long time. The same goes for those first impressions we just talked about.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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