In recent years, increasing numbers of adults have sought orthodontic treatment in order to achieve straighter teeth. The idea that straighter teeth can help to improve your appearance certainly isn’t a new concept, however, with recent advancements in discreet orthodontic treatments, the stigma behind adult braces is starting to disappear.
For adults who feel self-conscious when they smile, discreet orthodontic treatments like Invisalign, lingual braces and clear braces, as well as traditional metal braces, can be a fantastic way to help them to gain more confidence in their smile. However, whilst the aesthetic benefits of straighter teeth are certainly important, there are many ways that we can benefit from orthodontics and straighter teeth.
Improved self-confidence and happiness
Straighter teeth can help us to feel more confident in our smile and less self-conscious about our appearance. People with straighter teeth are often happier to smile at any opportunity as they have no reason to feel that they should hide their teeth. Smiling helps us to release endorphins and feel happier, as well as helping to make other people around us feel happier.
Being self-conscious can hold us back in a variety of situations, whether they be social, romantic or even professional, so seeking orthodontic treatment to improve our self-confidence can certainly be beneficial.
Improved oral health
Straighter, properly aligned teeth are certainly much easier to brush and floss as there are fewer places for plaque to hide. In contrast, crooked, overlapping teeth can lead to many oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease and eventually tooth loss.
By closing the gaps between your teeth through orthodontic treatment, less places for food and bacteria to hide and build-up and attack the sensitive areas of our gums is created. By investing in straighter teeth, people can avoid the pain and discomfort caused by tooth decay and gum problems, as long as they follow good oral health practices. By looking after your teeth now, you stand to reduce your dental bills in the future.
Bad breath can be a side effect of tooth decay caused by crooked teeth. As well as attacking your teeth and gums, bacteria that builds up in your mouth can also smell unpleasant. However, with straighter teeth, it’s much easier to clean your teeth and gums therefore ensuring your breath stay fresh.
Improved jaw health
Bite problems can have a negative effect on the health of your teeth and jaw bones, causing extra wear on the affected teeth and impacting on the strength and stability of the jaw. Orthodontic braces can help you to avoid these problems and allow your teeth and jaw to move and function properly.
Improved career prospects
A study carried out in 2007 showed that people with straight teeth and white smiles were 58% more likely to make positive first impressions, making them more successful in job interviews and first dates. Straight teeth can be a sign of confidence and general wellbeing, making you more appealing to employers.
Orthodontic treatment in South East London
Dulwich Orthodontic Centre is a specialist orthodontic practice in South East London, providing a wide variety of treatments for adults and children, helping them to achieve straighter teeth, confident smiles and better oral health.
To learn more about the range of teeth straightening treatments offered by Dulwich Orthodontic Centre, please call 020 8265 9797 or visit dulwichorthodontics.co.uk.