Personal well-being is a major value today in modern popular culture. For most, well-being is expressed through two major facets of life: health and self-esteem. Orthodontic work can truly contribute to both of these factors. As more and more money is spent each year on whole or organic foods, gym memberships, diet plans, or self-help books, I suggest people consider a procedure or process that would improve both! Take a look at improving your oral health. Orthodontic health is something that most people don’t consider. While orthodontic health may be considered old fashioned, the improvement it can have on one’s total health can be incredible!
You may be wondering, “Someone having crooked teeth isn’t a big deal, right? It’s not like health risks increase simply due to crooked teeth.” Wrong! Orthodontic procedures are actually tools to combat what could be a domino effect in health decline for many. Crooked teeth leads to plaque buildup since there is more room for bits of food and bacteria to hide in the mouth. Since most Americans forget to floss, relying on that activity just won’t cut it. As plaque buildup increases, so does the chance of periodontal disease and other types of gum disease. Also, crooked teeth prevent food from being chewed appropriately. This can cause digestive difficulties resulting in gastrointestinal problems. Orthodontic health is a great way to avert these health risks. There are also other benefits of having Orthodontic procedures done, but what effects can a smile have on someone’s self-esteem?
Whether we’ve considered it or not, orthodontic health can affect the way we approach, respond, and are responded to in a variety of situations. Imagine you are a businessman making a major proposal to your department that has potential to move you up in the corporate ladder. However, those listening to your presentation can’t focus on what’s coming out of your mouth due to what’s in your mouth! Orthodontic health can prevent that situation from ever occurring. Think about the social realm. Confidence is more common to those who aren’t preoccupied with what their smile looks like to others. Those who are satisfied with their smile are much more outgoing and willing to engage people in conversation, leading to friendships or relationships. Orthodontic health is one factor to the success of many in their respective professional and social realms. Simply on the personal level, people are much more pleased with themselves when they don’t have to be afraid of smiling. It makes them want to smile when they see their own smile. Orthodontic health can be an incredible thing!
I had orthodontic work done in middle school. While my smile isn’t perfect, the decision to have the work done has never been regretted. Actually, having the work done has been extra motivation for me to take care of my teeth now since I know that so much money and time has been invested to get my teeth looking great. Not only do I receive the benefits of better health and improved confidence for life, but I’m also more content with my own self-image. Orthodontic health has played a big part in that. I encourage you to reflect on what orthodontic health could do for you today!