If you’re self-conscious about the way your teeth look and feel, you may be missing out on all the benefits a beautiful smile has to offer. Here at Saddle Creek Orthodontics, we’re all about helping patients discover just how powerful a healthy smile can be! In fact, straightening your teeth with braces or aligners can change your life in a number of ways. When your teeth and jaws are aligned, it can enhance your appearance, boost your self-confidence, and improve your health. To learn more about what a confident smile can do for you, keep reading below!
Increase your self-esteem
Multiple studies have shown the positive impact straight teeth can have on our lives.ign recently conducted a study to find out how straight teeth affected people’s lives. When you feel good about your smile, it promotes confidence and can improve both your personal and professional life. Invisalign conducted their own survey recently to understand more about the impact a healthy smile can have, and reported that:
- 70% of respondents said that straightening their teeth changed their appearance for the better and boosted their self-confidence
- About 60% of those surveyed said others perceived them as happier, more successful, and even more intelligent after they achieved a healthier smile
- Approximately 80% of people who responded said having a confident smile gave them the push they needed to accomplish something or achieve a goal they otherwise wouldn’t have
Almost everyone polled said they felt far more confident in themselves and their smiles after completing orthodontic treatment!
A healthier, happier mouth
It’s much easier to maintain a healthy mouth when you have straight teeth. Overlapping teeth can trap food particles between them, and even if you’re following a strict brushing protocol, you could be missing all kinds of bacteria and plaque that have built up in those crevices. Flossing is also an essential part of any dental hygiene routine, but if your teeth are crowded without a lot of space in between them, it can be a struggle! If you aren’t able to floss effectively, there’s even more opportunity for bad bacteria to flourish. Over time, this kind of build-up can increase your risks of developing cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease. Improving your dental alignment with orthodontics will make it easier than ever to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Improved health for your whole body
Straightening your teeth will have a positive effect on not only your dental health, but your total body health, too. Straightened teeth do not only increase your dental health. In fact, straight teeth contribute to an overall better health. Orthodontic appliances like braces and aligners are functional in nature, but they also offer aesthetic and health benefits that can last a lifetime!
When orthodontic issues are not corrected, it may result in a variety of health problems, including TMJ pain, chronic headaches, and soreness in the jaws and neck. Misaligned teeth can also interrupt the ability to properly chew, swallow, and absorb nutrients. Some researchers have even found a possible link between gum disease and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis! When your whole mouth is healthy, it can make you feel better than you have in years.
Easier to eat
If your teeth and jaws are out of alignment, you may have a hard time biting and chewing your food properly. This can lead to excess wear and tear on your teeth and weaken the muscles in your jaws, causing painful chewing. This is important because chewing is actually the very first step in the digestive process, converting large pieces of food into smaller particles that are easier to digest. Doing so gives our intestines the chance to absorb nutrients more readily. If your teeth are preventing you from chewing your food well before swallowing, you won’t be able to digest it as effectively. As a result, your body will be forced to use up extra energy in order to properly absorb all the necessary nutrients.
Speak with clarity and ease
Many people are surprised to learn that your speech can also be affected by how your teeth and jaws are aligned. Some misalignments can influence the placement of the tip of the tongue, which is essential to properly form certain sounds, including ‘t’, ‘n’, and ‘d.’ This can cause certain speech difficulties and impediments that may impact clear communication at school, work, and in your social circles. If this is something you’ve struggled with, Dr. Fagala will be able to identify any speech issues related to misalignment, assess them, and customize a treatment plan based on your unique needs. By straightening the teeth with braces or aligners, proper placement of the tongue can be achieved and allow you to speak with clarity and ease in any situation!
Change your life with a straighter smile from Saddle Creek Orthodontics
When you choose to straighten your teeth and improve your oral health with orthodontics, it can have a positive impact on your confidence, health, and general well-being. That’s why Dr. Fagala and the rest of our talented team are committed to providing patients of all ages with the highest-quality orthodontic care and treatment options. We’re thrilled to be able to offer children, teens, and adults across the Mid-South the chance to straighten their smile—and change their life!
If you’d like to learn more about how orthodontics can transform your smile, get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Fagala. With conveniently located offices in Germantown and Collierville, it’s never been easier to take the first step towards straighter teeth that look good, feel great, and give you the confidence to share your smile with everyone around you.