Seven in ten people are self-conscious about their teeth. Chances are you’re one of them — and many of us on the Madison Family Dental team have been there, too.
As the size of the average human jaw decreases through time and generations, almost no one is born with a perfectly aligned smile anymore. You’re not alone! It’s completely normal to have teeth that don’t quite perfectly line up — but no matter how common it is, we understand how difficult it can still be.
Your healthy teeth are amazing no matter what they look like, but if worries about your smile are keeping you from fully enjoying your life, orthodontic treatment can help. Orthodontics are more common, more affordable, and more efficient than ever. Now is the best time in history to get a straighter smile.
Being comfortable with your teeth is far from superficial. Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of having a smile you love!
You’ll be willing to smile and laugh more often
It turns out that smiling is really good for you. If you try to stop yourself from smiling or stifle your laughter because you’re self-conscious about your teeth, you’re missing out on several key benefits:
- Smiling boosts your mood. Yes, really — evidence suggests that the physical act of smiling can actually alter your brain’s chemistry to help you feel more positive.
- Smiling might be able to lower your blood pressure. Did you know that a big smile or burst of laughter can cause your muscles to relax and your blood pressure to decrease? Over time, frequent smiling can even help reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Smiling reduces stress and pain. When you smile, your heart rate slows, which can help you feel more in control during stressful situations. Smiling also helps your body create its own painkillers and build a stronger pain tolerance — a win-win!
- Laughter can strengthen your immune system. Smiling, laughing, and positive thinking all release signaling molecules in your brain that help your immune system fight illness. The research supports the old adage that laughter really is the best medicine.
- Smiling helps you build relationships. Evidence suggests that people who smile frequently are perceived as more likable than those who don’t! Confidently sharing a smile can help you create new ties and strengthen your existing connections.
When you’re comfortable with the way your smile looks after going through traditional braces, invisible aligners, or other cosmetic treatment like veneers, you’ll be able to smile more often without worry. Your physical health and mental state will both thank you!
You’ll be able to eat your favorite foods without pain
For many people, misaligned teeth are more than a cosmetic issue — they can also prevent your jaw from working properly. If you experience pain while chewing or doing other normal tasks, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and alone.
Thankfully, going through treatment to create a smile you love can help you eat your favorite foods without pain. Imagine being able to enjoy more restaurant dates, holiday parties, and coworker get-togethers without stress!
Your self-confidence will grow
When you can enjoy all the situations life throws at you without worrying about pain or superficial judgment, you’ll become more confident. Taking control of your life and making a change is an extremely empowering experience. In the long run, creating a smile you love can help you feel braver, stronger, and happier.
If you’ve been considering making adjustments to your smile in the new year, now is the time! At Madison Family Dental, our entire team of experienced dentists and hygienists is here for you. Many of us have undergone orthodontic treatment ourselves, and we’ll walk you through every step of the process to create a treatment plan that’s just right for your unique situation.
Get in touch with us today to get started!