Teeth are like cars???

Hey everyone! Happy Summer 2015! I’m so glad it’s summertime. it’s beautiful here in Maine, and everyone seems to be in good spirits (yes, even when going to the dentist!). Right now I’m sitting on my porch, listening to the birds, and enjoying the unique peacefulness that Maine summers have to offer.

This month I want to share with you an analogy that might put your oral health into a framework that’s easy to relate to. Cars.

Let me preface this by saying, teeth are not hearts. Teeth are not lungs. Teeth are NOT essential for living life as a human being! Teeth can most certainly affect your health, yes…but at their very essence, teeth…are optional for life as a human being. Now, this may sound crazy coming from a dentist, because honestly, I want people to keep their teeth – and I also want people to see the value in maintaining good oral health. But I am also a realist.

Teeth are not hearts. Teeth are cars.

More specifically, teeth are quality of life. Your teeth – like your car – provides you with a better quality of life. Let’s think about this some more. Your teeth, in their most basic function, get you from point A to point B – they allow you to effectively chew and consume your food. Your car also get’s you from point A to point B. But the fact is, cars and teeth are much more than that. If cars were just about getting from point A to point B, we would all drive the cheapest functioning car that we could find (and if you’re at home thinking : “Hey! That’s me! I do drive the cheapest functioning car I could find!” I promise you, unless you’re driving a 1989 Toyota Corolla with 225,000 miles on it, you are NOT driving the cheapest functioning car you could find!).

Most of us want our cars to have safety, comfort, a good stereo, nice tires, great gas mileage and even some luxury and style. We want our cars to say something about us too, sending a message to other drivers like “I care about the environment” or “I have a big family”. We use our vehicles not only to get from point A to point B, but also as an extension of how we view (or want others to view) our self image.

Whether we like it or not –  or even think about it or not for that matter –  our teeth are sending a message to the world too…

Let’s take this idea for a “test drive” (pun intended!)

What does this young man’s smile “say” about him? What are your first impressions?


How about now? smile1_47767

What about now?


And now?

As you scroll up and down and look at the different pictures, ask yourself how your feelings differ toward this person. Which person would you rather hire for a job? Which person looks the most trustworthy? Which person looks the LEAST trustworthy? I promise you, all of the pictures are the same exact person, the only thing I have changed are the teeth.

Now look at yourself in the mirror, look at your own teeth. What message are you sending the world? Does your smile convey the message you want the world to hear about you?

Now watch this…I’m going to tie all this together. 🙂

A smile makeover like the ones above might cost anywhere from $10k to $20k. What kind of car or truck can you get for $10-$20k? Probably a pretty good car, but where will that car be in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? how about 30 years? What will it’s value be then? A well built smile makeover can retain it’s value and look just the same in 10, 20 and sometimes up to 30 years. You’ll utilize that smile in every encounter, every relationship and every opportunity in your life. The return on that initial smile investment can reverberate not only in your life but in generations to come. After all, which guy above would you want your daughter to marry? Haha! 🙂

Thanks for reading this month’s blog! If you, or someone you care about wants dentistry that can change lives, give me a call. This is my true passion, and I’d be honored to help you in your personal self fulfillment journey.

Until next time!

Dr. Palmer

Don’t live your life with a smile like THIS! 


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