by Dr. Christine Coughlin DDS
This one thing could change your life forever. It did for me.
I’m talking about braces. If you’re thinking about getting them for yourself, your child, or loved one, let me tell you that it will be the biggest gift you ever give to yourself or your loved one.
Braces do so much more than straighten your teeth.
I get it. Braces can be annoying to deal with. The constant food getting stuck in your teeth and having to use those weird mini “Christmas tree” picks to dig in those tiny crevices can be a pain. Flossing seems like an impossible task in itself. And good luck playing any contact sports ’cause the inside of your mouth may look like ground beef when you’re done.
But, you know what? I would get braces again in a heartbeat because of the powerful impact it has made in life.
Most people think getting braces is mainly for looks, but there is SO MUCH MORE to beautifully aligned teeth beyond just having straight teeth.
Let me tell you my story.
My braces story
When I was a teenager, my parents made me get braces. Like most teens, I saw this as a form of punishment since I was already going through an awkward and pimply stage in life. Plus, my teeth were considered “straight enough.”
But I now understand why my wise parents told me that I’d thank them when I got older.
They were right.
After I finally got my braces off, I blossomed into my true self. I began smiling so much more and receiving tons of compliments everywhere I went. My self-confidence soared, and I became a happier and more outgoing person. I even performed better in school and my extracurriculars.
This marked the beginning of my love for dentistry for its incredible power to change your life.
Now, as a dentist, I’m an even bigger proponent for braces and Invisalign. I not only experienced, first hand, the life-changing benefits of both braces and Invisalign (Yep, I went through orthodontic treatment twice!), but I now understand the crucial role of an aligned smile in your dental health AND your overall happiness and success in life. I believe I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t had braces.
The first thing my husband noticed about me when we met was my smile :). So don’t underestimate the power of braces to impact your future.
Here are five ways braces change your life.
Braces make you more attractive.
Braces improve your overall appearance. By beautifully aligning your teeth, braces create an esthetically pleasing result that significantly boosts your attractiveness and self-confidence.
And when you have a smile that you’re proud of, you naturally smile more. And we know that smiling boosts your overall health and wellbeing.
Braces Improve Your dental health.
Aligning your teeth not only makes you look more attractive, but it improves your oral hygiene.
When your teeth are crooked and crowded, it’s almost impossible to keep them clean from the buildup of food particles, plaque, bacteria, and stains.
It’s also more challenging to brush and floss between your teeth.
That’s why it’s no surprise that people who have crooked teeth tend to have higher incidences of tooth decay and gum disease.
Braces correct your bite to save your teeth from damage.
When your teeth are misaligned, they may hit against each other incorrectly and, eventually, chip and wear away your teeth.
If you have a deep bite or your teeth stick out, you tend to chip your front teeth.
If you have a crossbite, you tend to fracture your back teeth.
Braces improve your social life and overall happiness.
Studies show that people with “bad teeth” are viewed as less attractive, less intelligent, and less successful. Studies also link attractive smiles to positive traits and characteristics such as kindness, friendliness, and intelligence.
It is assumed a person with a pleasing smile tends to have a better social life and love life because they attract others with more confidence and ease. Conversely, a person who feels insecure about their smile tends to be less outgoing and more closed off.
According to a recent study commissioned by the AAO (American Association of Orthodontics), bad teeth represented the biggest dating turn-off among men and women. And almost 80% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline in a potential love interest. They also found that 22 percent of Americans who are dissatisfied with their smile think that better teeth would lead to a better love life.
So if nothing else has you convinced, maybe the risk of losing out on meeting the love of your life will motivate you!
Braces improve your success in life
Research also shows that people with attractive smiles tend to be placed in higher positions at work and perform at higher levels.
Who knew that our smiles impact even our professional success in life, right?!
In conclusion, braces have the power to improve your health, wellbeing, and your success to live your best life.
Your smile is SO important, friend (yes, I may be a little biased because I’m a dentist, BUT it’s true). It’s a reflection of your identity. It’s the first thing people notice about you, and the first thing that draws others in your personal and professional life.
You deserve to have a smile that you’re proud of, not one that holds you back from the life you were created for. Without a smile you’re proud of, you can’t shine as your best self. And I genuinely believe the world needs your light to shine in it, friend.
You might be saying to yourself that you missed out in life because your parents didn’t get braces for you as a kid, but let me tell you. It’s never too late to improve your smile.
Give yourself (or your child or loved one) the priceless gift of a beautiful smile. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving over and over again.
I can honestly say that getting braces was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
In fact, since teeth tend to shift as we get older, I plan to get another Invisalign refinement treatment soon by none other than my husband, of course, Dr. Nate – the best board-certified orthodontist I know 😉 (he also did my Invisalign while we were in dental school! Ha)
Don’t waste another day missing out on your best life! Book now or call us to see Dr. Nate for a free orthodontic consultation today! I promise you won’t regret it.