Why Get Braces?
Post by: / March 8, 2013

Why Get Braces?

Have you wondered why straighten my teeth? Well, there are three factors that usually contribute to why people get braces. Some get them to improve their oral health, others to prepare for dental work and some make the decision to build their self-confidence. We’ll outline these reasons for you.

Improvement of oral hygiene

Crooked, crowded teeth are harder to clean.  Food can get stuck in hard-to-reach places while bacteria grows in nooks and crannies. When plaque and bacteria thrive, tooth decay and gingivitis are inevitable. Having a set of straight teeth makes it easier to clean your teeth properly and prevent plaque and tooth decay.

Helping align your teeth for other dental work

Sometimes your dentist can need teeth to be in a different position to allow their work (crown, bridge, implant or filling) to look esthetic and/or be placed in a healthy way.  Orthodontics to align teeth in these situations can not only improve the appearance, but also increase the longevity of your dental work.

Boost self esteem

  1. In a twenty-year-long psychology study, patients who had undergone orthodontic treatment reported a higher quality of life than those who needed treatment but did not do it. (Psychology Bulletin 2000)
  2. Parents consistently underestimate the impact of teeth and smiles on their children’s emotional and social quality of life. (Seminars in Orthodontics 2007)
  3. Patients who expected to be embarrassed by wearing braces actually found their social well-being improved during the first six months of treatment. (British Journal of Health Psychology 2007)

You just can’t underestimate the importance of a winning smile. People who have crooked teeth or bite issues may suffer from confidence issues and be less likely to smile. Modern technology means that getting braces is more comfortable and less obvious than it once was. Don’t delay! Visit us for a complimentary consultation.  You will be so glad you did, for many reasons!