There’s more to teeth straightening than just a prettier smile. North Dallas orthodontist Dr. Darian Hampton shares the tops reasons why straightening your teeth can lead to a healthier, happier life.
Anything less than a perfect smile can stop you from smiling at the camera or feeling confident around others. Straightening your teeth can help you gain a more attractive smile, one that you’re proud to show off. A more attractive smile can also mean you feel better about your overall appearance, and feel happier and self-confident.
Nicer Smiles Equal More Opportunities
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and it may be the difference between making a good first impression or not. A recent study shows people with whiter, straighter teeth are judged as more attractive, intelligent, happy, friendly and successful. An attractive smile may help you seal the deal on a job opportunity or help open the doors to new relationships.
Straighter Teeth are Healthier Teeth
Straight teeth are easier to floss and brush properly, reducing the risk of cavities, decay and tooth loss. Crooked or crowded teeth can cause bacteria to build up, which can lead to gum inflammation and eventually periodontal, or gum, disease. Symptoms of periodontal include bad breath, bleeding gums and mouth sores.
Protruding or “buck” teeth are far more likely to be chipped, broken or damaged in an accident. By straightening your teeth, you reduce this risk and increase the longevity of your teeth. A tooth fracture can be quite painful and can lead to jaw pain and headaches.
Straightening your teeth also helps you avoid costly procedures needed to repair or replace a fractured tooth.
Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Crooked or crowded teeth increases bacteria build-up, infection and inflammation in your gums. Gum inflammation is a well-known risk for heart disease. If left untreated, oral infections can spread to the rest of the body and increase the risk of serious conditions such as stroke, diabetes and pneumonia.
Learn More about Your Teeth Straightening Options
Leading North Dallas orthodontist Dr. Hampton offers several nearly invisible teeth straightening options to help children and adults achieve brighter, more attractive smiles. To learn more about your teeth straightening options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hampton. Please contact the Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (972) 395-9292 today.