There are a number of reasons why someone would seek out orthodontic treatment.
While the long-term health of their teeth or discomfort to the mouth and jaw are common concerns, one of the most common reasons that people seek straighter teeth is for aesthetic purposes. Basically, they are not happy with the look of their teeth and having straight teeth can have a big impact on confidence.
So if you weren’t born with perfectly aligned teeth, orthodontic treatment can be a great solution for a number of reasons. Straight teeth and confidence are at the top of the list.
Straight Teeth and Confidence
It’s no secret that people who are happy with the way they look usually benefit from higher levels of self-esteem and confidence. How a person feels about their teeth can have a huge impact on how happy they are with their overall appearance.
On the flip side, people who are not confident about their teeth are likely to be more shy and self-conscious. They may even try to keep their teeth covered around others. You can usually spot these people smiling with their lips closed or covering their mouth when they laugh.
In one study by Invisalign, 50% of participants said they felt others saw them as more attractive and more successful after straightening their teeth. We see similar transformations everyday.
Regardless of age, straighter teeth lead to higher confidence and self-esteem.
I Don’t Like My Teeth, But Do I Really Need Braces?
In most cases of poorly aligned teeth, braces are the best and most common solution. However, there are also other treatment options, like Invisalign, that can be a great option (consult your orthodontist).
But, if your teeth aren’t “too bad” is it really worth getting braces?
Nobody can answer that question, except you.
If you are happy with your smile, and your dentist doesn’t see any potential long-term health issues, then braces or other treatment options may not be for you.
However, if your teeth keep you from smiling as big as you want or from laughing out loud, then orthodontic treatment could be a great option for you. Especially if it will boost your confidence and self-esteem through various areas of your life.
How Others Feel About Your Smile
Your smile has more of an effect on how others perceive you than you may think.
According to one study, “many Americans say teeth are a standout feature when it comes to what they notice and recall when first meeting someone. About two-thirds of Americans are more likely to remember attractive features than those they find to be unpleasant. Perhaps this is why so many realize a nice smile is important.” Source: Invisalign
Smiling with confidence can be a game changer for your personal and professional life.
In a world where looks have a lot to do with how people feel about you, it can really pay to have a great smile. In fact, straight teeth can actually be the difference between getting hired or not, or getting that second date.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Worth the Investment?
At any age, getting braces means more than just having straight teeth and confidence. An investment in orthodontic treatment can positively impact your personal and professional life for many decades. More important are the boosts in self-esteem that having “that smile” can bring.