For some people, the connection between the two could be described as a love-hate relationship. These people love the end result of straight teeth and a healthy mouth, but dislike the means to reach it.
However, visible orthodontic treatments are not to be feared or dreaded. They are a great opportunity to give you that smile you’ve always wanted. In this article, we’ll discuss how you or your children can have self-confidence while wearing braces.
Remember that Crooked Teeth Can Lower Self-Confidence
A large number of patients who end up in an orthodontist’s office are already dissatisfied with or embarrassed by their teeth. Crooked teeth can cause people to avoid smiling or shy away from conversations, which can then affect how they present themselves in professional or social situations.
In fact, an online perception survey completed by over 1,000 participants confirmed this effect. The results showed that, “about two-thirds of Americans are more likely to remember attractive features than those they find to be unpleasant.”
Furthermore, in a society that, for better or worse, prioritizes first impressions, teeth are a memorable trait. In the same study, “nearly one-third (29 percent) of the respondents said that his or her teeth is the first characteristic of someone’s face they typically notice.”
Crooked teeth may also be a sign of an underlying dental problem, such as overcrowding, overbites, underbites, or spacing. These issues could cause pain or oral health problems. Feeling healthy and being healthy is often closely tied to feeling confident.
You Can Still Maintain Your Self-Confidence with Braces
So, whether for aesthetic or for health reasons or both, you decide to take the plunge and get braces, don’t fret. You can leave the orthodontist’s office holding your head high.
The stigma that some feel about visible orthodontic treatment does not need to affect you. There are many ways to maintain self-confidence during the time you’ll receive orthodontic treatment.
Choose the Right Type of Braces for You
There are now different types of braces that are used to straighten teeth and correct dental problems. If you worry about opening your lips to reveal a mouth of metal, inquire about non-metal forms of treatment. You may be a perfect candidate for ceramic braces or invisible aligners, both of which are less noticeable on your teeth than traditional metal braces.
Add Personality to Your Braces
Braces can be customized to express your personality. If you have metal braces, then the bands that hold the wire to the bracket come in an array of colors. Wear the colors of your favorite sports team for the big game, the colors of the holiday season, or just colors that show the world how vibrant you really are.
Remember Who You Are
Braces do not define you. Concentrate your thoughts on all the positive qualities, hobbies, interests, beliefs, or personality traits that make you, YOU. Remember, your friends and family will not discontinue their relationship with you because you’ve made a positive decision to take care of your mouth.
If your child is the one with braces, make an effort as a parent to encourage them. Remind them how they are loved no matter what, and support them throughout the experience. If you had braces yourself, you can tell them how happy you are that you got braces as a child.
Keep Your Braces Clean
If you look after your braces well, they will not only do their job more efficiently and effectively, but you may find that smiling becomes easier and easier. If you clean around your braces well, being sure to remove food particles by flossing and rinsing, you’ll run into fewer embarrassing moments.
Keeping your braces clean will reduce bad breath, ensure there are no chunks of food on your teeth all day for people to see, and reduce the risk of gingivitis. When your gums get swollen from gingivitis on top of braces, it can get painful and make your teeth stick out more.
Remember that braces are only temporary. Just think of how you’ll look and feel once they’re off and you’ve achieved the smile you’ve longed for. Not only will you have straighter teeth, you’ll have a better bite that leads to a healthier mouth. You’re not just making an investment in your looks, you’re also making a lasting investment in your health.
If you’re having trouble focusing on the future, try visiting our reviews page. You can read first-hand accounts from adults, parents, and children who have crossed the finish line. Their stories will remind you that braces are worth the effort.
Although you may feel uncomfortable or timid about your appearance for the brief time you’ll have your braces on, there are ways to manage it. Remember that the positive change before and after braces is considerable, and when you’re finished with treatment, you’ll be left with a straight and healthy smile for many years to come.
Contact us at Jordan Orthodontics to get started on your perfect smile today.