Increased Confidence and Oral Health through Orthodontics

Studies show that a better smile can automatically make people more confident in every aspect of their life. Even studies with children show that their confidence can increase through dental work that gives that a better smile. With modern technology, you too can boost your confidence while getting a better smile, and you can do it invisibly. Invisalign treatment is modern orthodontics that can straighten your teeth and give you a smile worth showing off.

Building Confidence with a Smile

Studies show that most people would like to have a great smile. A person’s smile is one of the first things others notice, especially during a first impression. Invisalign studies found that at least 24% of people remembered a person’s smile the most when thinking about them. They also found that first impressions were vastly different depending on if a person had crooked teeth or straight teeth:

  • Out of more than 1000 people studied, 58% of people viewed those with straighter teeth as wealthier and more successful based on a first impression.
  • 73% were more likely to trust a person with straighter teeth or a great smile.
  • Those with straight teeth seemed to exude more confidence and felt that they had more confidence as well.
  • They were 47% more likely to be perceived as healthier just because they had a straight smile.
  • Potential employers were more likely to hire someone who had a straight smile over the competition that didn’t.
  • Common consensus found that study participants were viewed as more attractive and likely to get a date than someone that didn’t have a straight smile.

From these statistics, there is no doubt that a straighter, more beautiful smile could do wonders for a person. It can boost confidence immensely and also help you be happier and healthier. Who wouldn’t want that?

Oral Health and Your Smile

Maybe you are already confident in your smile, and that is great! However, did you know that crooked teeth can actually cause you more oral health issues in the future. Studies show that because crooked teeth are harder to clean than straight teeth, your risk for tooth decay and gum disease goes up significantly. There are simply areas that become hard-to reach by floss and bristles, making pockets in your smile that are susceptible to decay.

When the teeth are straightened, floss can easily pass through the spaces between the teeth and bristles can reach the tooth surfaces they are supposed to. The National Institutes of Health report that tooth decay is actually the most “prevalent chronic disease” that both American adults and children face. Part of that is due to poor oral hygiene and a lack of oral health knowledge, and part is contributed to crooked teeth. Gum disease affects even more Americans, as 64.7 million American adults have it.

The cool thing about these diseases, however, is that they are completely avoidable with good oral hygiene habits and help from a dentist. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste. Floss the teeth at 1-2 times a day, making sure you get up into your gum line and scrape your teeth as you go. Add mouthwash into your routine to kill decay-causing bacteria, especially between the teeth. If you or your child have crooked teeth, consider having them straightened to significantly reduce your risk of oral health problems.

Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment that gets your teeth straight often in less time than traditional metal braces take to straighten. It is one of four orthodontic options that patients typically get. Metal braces require metal brackets to be placed on the front of every tooth, with a metal bar passing through those brackets. Lingual braces are the same, except they are attached to the back of your teeth. Ceramic braces are a whiter version of metal braces that also go on the front of your teeth for 18-24 months.

Many teens and professionals don’t want to have metal in their mouth for more than a year, especially in a professional or school setting. That is why Invisalign treatment was invented. Invisalign is a series of transparent, sturdy aligners that can straighten the teeth in the same time or less than traditional metal braces. Your mouth is digitally scanned at the start of your treatment, where custom-made trays are then created and given you to switch out every week. Over time, your teeth become straighter and straighter.

Any permanently-bonded orthodontic options can’t be removed. Invisalign aligners can be taken out to brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. You can remove them for eating, drinking, playing sports, playing instruments and more. What’s best is that most people will never even know you’re wearing them! You get the benefit of keeping your current, white smile as you make it straighter.

Increase Your Confidence

Crooked teeth and bite problems can do more than interrupt your smile. They can cause gum disease, create tooth wear, increase risk for tooth injury, trigger chewing difficulties and jaw pain, cause bad breath and impair cardiovascular health. More immediately, crooked teeth can damage your day-to-day confidence. Don’t let that be you! Call Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies today at (970) 223-8425 and ask how you can boost your confidence with Invisalign treatment!