La Grange, IL – What is the first thing you notice about someone when they meet? If you’re like the majority of people, it’s the smile. A smile is an outward sign of warmth and friendliness, confidence and self-assurance. But what if you are embarrassed by your smile, and because of that, don’t smile often?
You might be happy to know that it’s never too late to get the smile of your dreams, and greet with world with a beautiful grin. Even if you didn’t receive orthodontic treatment as an adolescent, or if you did and it wasn’t as successful as you’d like, you can still visit an orthodontist for an improved smile.
“We treat patients of all ages, and our adult patients are often amazed at not just the changes in their smiles, but the changes in their life after their braces treatment,” says Dr. William Beam of Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics. “And research backs up the idea that an improved smile does, in fact, improve lives.”
One survey from the American Association of Orthodontists found that 75% of the people surveyed reported an improvement in personal and professional relationships that they attributed to their orthodontic treatment. But that’s not all:
- 92% would recommend orthodontic treatment to other adults
- 85% of young adults report an improvement in personal relationships
- One in every five orthodontic patients today is an adult over the age of 18.
A straighter smile is more attractive, helping patients to greet the world with increased self-confidence. But did you know that smiling actually makes you happier and can decrease stress levels?
We often think of a smile as a reaction to something happy or pleasant that we have experienced. But research has shown that a smile, rather than being the result of happiness, can actually be the stimuli itself. Smiling releases endorphins, so even a forced smile can trick our brains into thinking we are happier.
Smiling can also lower our stress levels. A University of Kansas study found that when we smile, even when under stress, it actually can help lower the stress levels and make us feel better. Smiling reduces the level of stress-inducing hormones produced by the body, while increasing the mood-enhancing hormones. This can then lower our blood pressure, helping us feel more at-ease.
“According to psychologist Albert Mehrabian, body language contributes to more than 50 percent of our overall likeability to others,” says Dr. Richard Battistoni, a La Grange orthodontist. “When we are afraid to smile because our smile isn’t ideal, we may be signaling through our body language that we are unapproachable, upset or unfriendly.”
If you’ve been living with a smile that you want to hide, there is no time like the present to take on the world with a renewed sense of self-confidence. Today’s orthodontic options are sleeker and more efficient than ever. And there are more options that ever before.
“We treat adult patients with a variety of orthodontic treatment options, depending on their needs and desires throughout treatment,” says Dr. Beam. “For patients who don’t want to draw more attention to their problem while they are fixing it, we offer lingual braces that fit on the tongue side of teeth, as well as Invisalign aligners. They both allow patients to straighten their teeth without anyone even realizing it.”
And traditional metal braces are better than ever. The brackets and wires are sleeker than ever, and for those looking to have their braces blend in a bit more, there are clear and ceramic options available.
A beautiful smile can increase our self-confidence, make us more approachable and likeable, and lower stress levels. So what are you waiting for? Schedule a consultation with Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics today.
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