La Grange, IL – A staggering 75% of people don’t have straight teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontics.
If you’re one of them, don’t worry. There is always time to fix your smile. Your teeth can be moved into place no matter what age you happen to be.
If you are wondering why you should straighten your smile, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.
Below are the top ten reasons you should make an appointment with a Board Certified Orthodontist today. By doing so, you’ll be improving your life exponentially. Keep reading to find out how.
1. Enjoy A Healthier Mouth
When your teeth are crooked or crowded together, it becomes harder to clean those teeth and remove plaque. This results in an increased risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease and, if these conditions are allowed to worsen, tooth loss.
Of course, the very act of wearing braces won’t automatically protect you from these tooth problems. But by seeing your orthodontist and taking the first steps towards a straighter smile, and by engaging in good oral hygiene along the way, you can enjoy a much healthier mouth for a lifetime.
2. Greater Overall Health
If your bite is off, you may suffer from jaw pain and/or headaches. Some even experience earaches as a result of their misaligned teeth and mouth.
And, not to alarm you, but there have been studies that show a link between tooth decay and long-term health problems, such as dementia, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer.
By straightening your teeth with orthodontics, you can eliminate some aches and pains and keep your teeth – as well as your entire body – healthier for years to come.
3. Breathe Easier
When your teeth are misaligned, you can experience breathing problems, especially when sleeping. When your breathing is obstructed during sleep, also known as sleep apnea, it can lead to snoring and other more severe problems.
Furthermore, when you don’t sleep very well, you wake up groggy, you may be tired all day long, and this can affect your job and even your health (particularly when driving).
A straighter smile clears your airways, allowing you to breathe properly and get a better night’s rest.
4. Improved Self-Confidence
Having a crooked smile can cause you to hide your smile with your hand or avoid going out in public altogether.
When your teeth are straight and beautiful, you’re ready to show them off. You can’t wait to smile and laugh, and as a result you begin to feel better about yourself.
What’s more, when you get fitted for braces (and ultimately get them off), you’ll actually get compliments on your smile – something you may never have experienced before. There’s no describing the feelings those compliments can elicit when they occur.
You may also feel that you have a new lease on life, allowing you to reach for goals you may not have even considered due to your previously crooked smile.
5. Speak More Clearly
If your teeth don’t fit together properly, you may find that your speech is affected. You may have a lisp or even a stutter if you try to overcompensate for your speech problems.
Don’t think this matters? What if you’re required to give a speech at someone’s wedding? What if you’re in school, and you have to speak in front of the class? What if you’re on a date or a job interview?
An orthodontist can help you sound more professional and make word pronunciation easier, allowing you to speak with extreme confidence in any situation.
6. Eat More Efficiently
When your teeth are crooked, you may find that you can’t chew your food properly. This may lead to poor eating habits and, worse, gastrointestinal trouble.
Straighter teeth are more aligned for proper eating and digestion. Getting braces also makes it easier to restore teeth that may be lost in the future, keeping your eating and digestion on track for years to come.
7. Look More Attractive
Did you know that having a straight, white smile can make you look up to five years younger? Those results were discovered following a study by VisionCritical. What’s more, an aligned smile improves the appearance of your face and smile.
All one has to do to see the difference straighter teeth can make is look at the Silver Screen. Most movie stars have straight smiles. The ones that don’t, like Steve Buscemi, don’t look as attractive as the ones that do, like Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise, in case you didn’t know, started wearing braces when he was 40 years old.
8. Better Job Opportunities
That same study by VisionCritical found that a straighter smile could improve your employment potential by 10%.
In fact, one study showed that you are 58% more likely to get a job with straight teeth when competing with someone of similar skillset.
So if you’re currently job hunting, you may want to consider an orthodontist appointment. That same study also showed that roughly a third of people with straight teeth make more than $50K a year.
9. Better Dating Prospects
A recent Kelton study said that teeth are a standout feature when it comes to meeting someone for the first time. A beautiful smile is also what they remember most after that initial meeting.
If you’re dating, or even if you’re just looking to make more friends, having a whiter and straighter smile can improve your chances of finding “the one”.
This is especially true when it comes to online dating. A person is more likely to swipe right on your photo if you have a ravishingly beautiful smile. In fact, 55% of people are more likely to get a date with straight teeth based on a photograph alone.
10. More Happening Social Life
People with straighter teeth are seen as happier, more popular, healthier, and trustworthy, which also makes it easier to make friends.
In fact, three out of four Americans would be more likely to trust someone with straight teeth, more than if they had a nice car, job or fancy suit.
You now have ten excellent reasons to change your life for the better with braces.
Schedule a consultation with Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics and transform your life today.
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