No matter what your age, your smile has a big impact on your life. Aside from having a direct effect on your health, your teeth contribute to how you look, how you feel, and even how you interact with others. Orthodontics can play a positive role all of those things, truly improving your quality of life.
Improved Self Esteem
Smiling is a universal signal that means the same thing in every language on earth. Science has even proven that smiling is contagious! Subconsciously, we’re wired to smile at people who smile at us. It helps us engage with one another and feel confident. And the reverse is true: When you don’t smile, people take note, and their reactions can have a real impact on your self-esteem. So it’s no wonder then that having crooked, gapped, crowded, or otherwise misaligned teeth makes us feel self-conscious. The good news is, with the help of orthodontics, all of these issues are easily treatable with braces, Invisalign or Damon system solutions.
In addition to how our teeth and our smiles make us feel in social and professional settings, our mouths have a more primal purpose: They allow us to nourish ourselves. Believe it or not, there is a lot more to chewing than just grinding up food. A proper bite aligns teeth and jaws in a way that prevents unnecessary stress and premature wear, which can otherwise lead to chipping or flattening of teeth, gum problems, pain in the jaw and even headaches. Orthodontics correct bite and misalignment issues by gradually moving the jaw and teeth into their ideal positions, ensuring your mouth stays in optimal shape (literally!).
Better Teeth Means Better Health
Caring properly for your pearly whites can contribute to your overall wellness and straighter teeth are simply easier to clean. Our mouths are full of bacteria. Most of it is harmless, but keeping the right balance depends on proper care. What’s more, some studies show that the bacteria in our mouths and inflammation associated with severe gum disease can even play a role in more serious health conditions. Daily brushing and flossing is definitely made easier with the help of orthodontics, which straighten the teeth and jaw in a way that allows for better cleaning access, helping you maintain healthy gums and sparkling teeth.