Fall in Love with Your New Braces

Do you want to love your smile? With the multitude of teeth straightening options available and the health and aesthetic benefits of braces, there’s lots to love when it comes to correcting your bite or creating a beautiful straight smile that you can show off.

1. There Are More Options for Braces Than Ever Before

If you are worried about negative effects to your appearance while you wear braces to straighten your teeth, you should know that there are more teeth straitening options available today than ever before, and many of those options won’t dramatically affect your appearance. This is especially beneficial for adults, who may have social and professional obligations and teenagers who may feel self-confident or awkward with a mouth full of metal brackets and wires.

Depending on the severity of your crooked teeth or bite problem, you may be eligible for Invisalign or Simpli5, which both use clear aligners to straighten teeth. Clear aligners are virtually invisible, and they can be removed if you have a social or professional event you must attend. If your bite problems are more severe, you may want to consider Damon Clear Braces, which involve adhering clear brackets to your teeth instead of metal brackets, which are less noticeable because they blend in with your teeth. The only noticeable part of the Damon Clear Braces system is the thin, metal wire that is used to help move your teeth into their optimal locations.

2. Reduce Your Risk of Oral Health Problems

When your teeth are crooked, closely spaced or twisted, you may have difficulty reaching all the surfaces of your teeth. This can lead to an increase in cavities and tooth decay because food particles are left in the tight, unreachable spaces. You may even develop gingivitis or periodontal disease due to your inability to properly clean your teeth. Once your teeth are properly spaced and aligned, you will have an easier time brushing and flossing, which can help you maintain the health of your teeth, gums and jaw.

3. Reduce Jaw Pain

If you have a severe under, over or crossbite, you may experience acute or chronic jaw pain as well as an increase in your headache frequency, and having a misaligned bite can cause your tooth enamel to wear unevenly. You may even bite the sides of your mouth or tongue more often. If you have TMJ, your bad bite may be contributing to the pain and discomfort. Correcting your misaligned bite can help you chew your food better, avoid biting your cheeks and tongue and reduce jaw and facial muscle pain.

4. Improve Your Confidence

When your teeth are not straight, you may be reluctant to show others your teeth and smile in pictures. If you are extremely dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, you may even suffer from low confidence, which can negatively affect every aspect of your life. Straightening your teeth can help you improve your confidence and feel better about your appearance.

5. Smile More

After you finish your treatment program, you may find yourself smiling more, which will improve your mood and your overall happiness. According to Psychology Today, smiling helps relieve stress by prompting your brain to release a variety of feel-good chemicals, including neuropeptides, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, and when you flash your smile, you may even brighten someone else’s day.

Learn About Your Teeth Straightening Options at Steven’s Orthodontics in Tallahassee

Here at Steven’s Orthodontics in Tallahassee, our orthodontist, Andrew E. Clark, DMD, MS, can examine your teeth and mouth to determine which type of braces would most benefit you. We offer Invisalign, the Damon System, Damon Clear braces and Simpli5 to help you achieve the straight smile you desire. After your treatment is complete, you will feel more confident and be proud to show off your new, straight smile.

To get your questions about aligners and traditional braces answered and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist in Tallahassee to see if you would benefit from teeth straightening, call us at 850-385-2822.