At the beginning of the year, we all take stock of what resolutions we want to invest in. Whether it be healthy changes, organizational changes, or even small steps to be kinder to ourselves. An amazing resolution that many of our patients take advantage of is to invest in orthodontics for a straighter smile.
Top 3 Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth:
- Aesthetic Reasons
- Oral Health
- Improve your Bite & Help improve your Sleep
Straighter Teeth Give Better First Impressions
Aesthetically, straighter teeth are not only more appealing but also instill a greater amount of confidence. Studies show that 29% of first impressions in adults are due to a person’s smile and straighter teeth are considered a major strength. If you check out the image below from a study through Invisalign, straighter smiles lead to higher employment rates, salaries, more likely to attract a partner on dating sites, and even considered friendlier or happier people.
Straighter Teeth Lead to Better Overall Health
Another important reason to straighten teeth is to improve your overall oral health. Crowding and spacing issues can lead to plaque buildup since the teeth are harder to keep clean. If the floss is unable to reach certain areas the buildup could potentially lead to cavities and gum issues later in life. The American Dental Association even states that “correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more importantly, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth.”
According to the ADA, not correcting an abnormal bite could result in further oral health problems, including:
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- tooth loss
- affected speech and/or chewing
- abnormal wear to tooth enamel
- jaw problems
Straighter Teeth Can Help With Sleep
Last but not least, straightening your teeth this New Year can also help improve your bite and reduce your risk for sleep apnea. Those with a large overbite or improper jaw alignment can sometimes cause obstructive sleep apnea. If a patient’s sleep apnea is caused by an orthodontic issue in the mouth, such as an overbite, then braces or oral appliances can help correct this issue gradually over time.
Overall, investing in a straighter smile by utilizing orthodontics like Invisalign can not only improve your confidence but also improve your overall health. If you would like to speak to one of our dentists or orthodontists, contact Lane & Associates at the form below or schedule a free orthodontic consultation to see what our team can do for your smile!
Written by: Kaitlin Painter, Digital Marketing & Content Manager
IF YOU WANTED TO STRAIGHTEN your teeth back in the day, you really only had one option–traditional metal braces. Nowadays, our patients have a variety of different options when it comes to how they would like to have their teeth straightened and what is most convenient for them. At our office, we offer Invisalign®!
Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits
Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, but if you are, it may be a great option to achieve your dream smile!
As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.
Of course one of the best perks of choosing Invisalign is being able to eat whatever you want! Because you can take your aligners off while eating and drinking, you don’t have to worry about staying away from the foods that you love. Invisalign trays also don’t affect your oral hygiene routine as traditional braces do. You can brush and floss as you normally would!
You also won’t have to worry about getting used to metal brackets that may cut into your cheeks and lips at the beginning of treatment or during sporting events. With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
As an Invisalign patient, you’ll generally have fewer office visits than those with traditional braces. So if you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the thing for you!
Many of our patients tell us that Invisalign is the best choice they’ve ever made when it comes to improving their smile & confidence in a quiet way. Many adult patients say that since the trays are removable they can confidently change their smile over time without feeling like they have to miss that board meeting where they are giving a presentation. The stigma associated with metal braces is completely avoidable with Invisalign clear aligners.
Comparing the cost of Invisalign to traditional metal braces also weighs heavily on patients. The idea of Invisalign treatment being unaffordable is in the past with new payment plan options and many insurance companies allowing a portion of coverage for cosmetic adjustments.
Our offices offer FREE Invisalign consultations, so if you are on the fence about Invisalign there is no reason not to come in to talk to our dentists and orthodontists today. Why wait?!
Talk To Us About Invisalign
We want your treatment to reflect your unique smile, lifestyle, and personality. Call us today to discuss any questions you might have about Invisalign! At Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, we love to make you smile!
Thank you for choosing us. Please visit our Orthodontics page to learn more about our Invisalign offers at Lane & Associates.