If you or your child has crooked teeth, you may be wondering if orthodontic treatment is a worthwhile investment to make. After all, orthodontic services can be expensive depending on the nature of the treatment, and you may also be concerned about the perceived pain and the amount of time the treatment may take. The fact is, however, that there are clear benefits associated with having straight teeth, and these benefits can be enjoyed throughout the rest of your life.
At M. Scott Runnels Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in Destin and Panama City Beach, we want to help you get your best smile. We can help you decide which treatment options are right for you or your child. Contact Dr. Runnels today to learn more or to make an appointment.
Aesthetics of Straight Teeth
It is an unfortunate but true fact that others do form an opinion about you based on the outward image you portray to the world. It is also true that one of the features that individuals most commonly notice first about a person is their smile. Therefore, if you want to put your best foot forward in a professional environment or in social situations, straight teeth and a beautiful smile are important.
This tells others that you are healthy and that you care about your personal appearance. It also allows them to focus on other features, such as your eyes or hand gestures as you speak, rather than on your mouth. Furthermore, some people find that they feel more confident to speak in front of others when they have a beautiful smile with straight teeth, and this confidence can impact all facets of your life.
Improved Oral Hygiene
Crooked teeth affect more than just your physical appearance. They also can be difficult to keep clean, and you may be more prone to developing cavities and other dental issues if your teeth are not straight. Crooked teeth may have hard-to-reach places that make brushing difficult, and it can also be difficult to floss when teeth are located too close together.
With orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, the teeth can more easily be cared for. Keep in mind that superior oral hygiene can promote total body health for years to come, and straighter teeth make this possible.
The Function of Teeth
Teeth are used for a wide range of functions on a daily basis. While chewing food may be the most commonly thought of activity using teeth, teeth also play a role in talking and drinking. In addition, healthy teeth also are used to keep facial bones strong and healthy, so they do play a role in the overall look and structure of your face. When teeth are crooked or misaligned, each of these functions may be impaired in some way, but straightening teeth can remedy the situation with beautiful results.
Many people who make the decision to straighten crooked teeth ultimately do so because of their desire to look better. This is a clear and important benefit associated with straightening teeth, but there are also other benefits that you can enjoy. These are benefits that can impact you for the rest of your life, so straightening your teeth may be a truly cost-effective step to take.