If you have heard of the term 'smile makeover' then you will know that a trip to the dentist these days is a far cry from what a trip to the dentist used to be like. No longer does a typical visit to the dentists involve a long wait in a dreary waiting room followed by a man in a white mask drilling into various teeth with a machine that would not look out of place in a construction yard. One important reason for this is the advance of cosmetic dentistry and it's potential benefits.
During the Psychologist in Fourways past decade particularly there has been a steady increase in people choosing to receive cosmetic dentistry. In addition to this increase, the area of cosmetic dentistry has seen many improvements in what it can do for you. The treatment that best exemplifies this is the 'smile makeover'.
You may ask what exactly a smile makeover is. Well, a smile makeover is the process of improving your smile by means of one or more cosmetic dentistry treatments. This can range from teeth whitening to dental veneers, and is essentially something that people opt to have done as opposed to being forced by necessity to have, for example, a full mouth reconstruction.
A smile makeover, or any other cosmetic dentistry treatment, is not, however, simply chosen by people who want to look better than they do because they are unhappy with their appearance. In most instances of people choosing to have a smile makeover it is so they can feel more comfortable with their appearance, which helps to improve their self-confidence.
A smile makeover is performed with consideration of your facial appearance in general, which includes your skin tone, hair colour, lips, and the colour, width, length and shape of your teeth. Tooth colour and shading are particularly important during the evaluation stage and in preparation for various procedures, such as veneers, bridges, crowns, and composite bonding. Discoloured and stained teeth, for instance, suggest an aged mouth, whereas a whiter smile can give the whole face a more youthful appearance. Similarly, alignment and spacing are taken into consideration to straighten teeth that appear crooked or those that overlap or those that have gaps in between them.
Missing teeth can also be rectified through a smile makeover, which reduces risk of tooth decay and can improve your bite. As well as this, a smile makeover can give the patient a fuller smile by rejuvenating the lips and cheeks with the use of orthodontics. All of these procedures are customized according to the individual receiving the smile makeover and what is most appropriate for their needs.
Yet smile makeovers are not simply a case of giving the individual whiter teeth or filling any gaps there may have. Aesthetic components are taken into consideration too. This means that tooth length, the 'smile line' (an imaginary line that follows the edges of your upper teeth from one side to the other), tooth proportions, texture and characterisation are taken into consideration.
Finally, the good news is that a smile makeover can last for many years if the patient attends regular oral hygiene appointments. It may require maintenance, such as repeating the teeth whitening procedure on occasion so that the brightness does not fade. However a cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you on the longevity of your smile makeover when they first evaluate you and tell you about the wonderful possibilities a smile makeover can create.
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(NC)-Bullying behaviour may seem rather insignificant compared to the trouble that some kids can get into. In fact, it is often dismissed as just another part of "growing up."
It shouldn't be.
Statistics show that one in four children who bully will have a criminal record before the age of thirty. Teasing at bus stops, taking other children's lunch money, insults and threats, kicking and punching - it's all fair game to the bully. On the flip side, fear of bullies causes many kids to avoid school or carry and even use weapons for protection. While everyone is a potential bullying target, victims typically tend to be shy, sensitive, anxious, or insecure. Children are picked on for many reasons, including being overweight, being small, having a disability, or being an ethno-cultural minority.
If you suspect that one of your children is being bullied, here are some tips on what to do:
Listen. Encourage your children to talk about school, social events, other kids in class, and the walk or ride to and from school so you can identify any problems they may be having.
Take their complaints of bullying seriously. Probing a seemingly minor incident may uncover something more serious. Children are often afraid or ashamed to tell anyone that they have been bullied.
Watch for symptoms of victimization such as withdrawal, a drop in grades, torn clothes, or demands for extra money.
Tell the school or day care immediately if you think that your children are being bullied.
Work with other parents to ensure that the children in your neighbourhood are supervised on their way to and from school.
Don't bully your children yourself, physically or verbally. Use non-physical, consistently-enforced discipline measures. Don't ridicule, yell at, or ignore your children when they misbehave.
Teach them the social skills they need to make friends. A confident, resourceful child who has friends is less likely to be bullied or to bully others.
Praise kindness toward others. Show children that kindness is valued.
Teach children ways to resolve arguments without violent words or actions. Talk about self-protection skills - how to walk confidently, to stay alert to their environment, and to stand up for themselves verbally.
Recognize that bullies may be acting out feelings of insecurity, anger, or loneliness. If your child is a bully, try to get to the root of the problem. Seek out specific strategies you can use at home from a teacher, school counsellor, or child psychologist.
For more information on bullying and how early childhood intervention programs are helping to reduce bullying in communities across Canada, visit the National Crime Prevention Centre Web site at www.crime-prevention.org or call toll-free 1-877-302-NCPC.
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Life coaching is all the rage. Harvard Business Review reports that coaching is a $1 billion a year industry, but just what is a personal coach, professional coach, or life coach and why are so many executives and individuals using them to catapult their careers, break free from 9-5 jobs, and to create better, more fulfilling, richer lives?
First, what is a professional coach? The International Coach Federation (ICF) -- the leading global coaching organization and professional association for coaches -- defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."
Second, who's using coaches? In a 2009 study of the professional coaching industry by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), they found that coaching was used by 90% of organizations surveyed and that even in the economic downturn, 70% report that they are increasing or maintaining their commitment to coaching. Coaching is clearly popular, but what does a professional coach do?
As with any growing profession, there can be a lot of confusion. To help distinguish fact from fiction, click through the pages to read the top 10 personal coaching myths...
Top 10 Professional Life Coaching Myths
Myth #1: Life coaches are professionals who can help you achieve your goals.
Fact: Some, but certainly not all coaches are professionals who can help you reach your goals. One of the problems in the coaching industry is that anyone can call themselves a professional coach, life coach, personal coach, etc. Jennifer Corbin, the president of Coach U, one of the largest and oldest coach training organizations in the world, has said, "Technically, anyone can hang up a shingle as coaching is not regulated. Many people 'coaching' have no idea what coaching is as they haven't been trained or haven't been coached by a professionally trained and credentialed coach. There are 'schools' that will offer a credential after three hours of training and people read a book or watch a TV program and decide 'I'm a coach!'" As a result, the quality of coaches vary dramatically. I strongly suggest working with a coach that has been accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The ICF provides independent certification that is the benchmark for the professional coaching industry.
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