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3 Non-Dental Benefits to Having a Straight Smile

Almost everyone wants straight, white teeth, but for some, a straighter smile takes longer to achieve than others. A poor bite position, unhealthy oral habits or something as simple as genetics can cause crooked and overcrowded teeth.

You might be able to tolerate the current condition of your teeth, but your orthodontist at Central Florida Smiles may recommend braces instead. Although braces may not be your ideal solution for a better smile, they’ll improve the appearance of your teeth and make them healthier in the process.

You’ve likely heard this argument before — that braces improve your dental health — and it may or may not have convinced you to move forward with orthodontic treatment. But what if we told you there were non-dental benefits as well, benefits that could improve your lifestyle or self-esteem? We’ve come up with 3 in hopes that you consider braces as a viable treatment option.

You Will Speak Easier

When you think of your ability to speak efficiently, you might not give your teeth a second thought. While it’s true that other structures contribute to your speech patterns, your teeth do, in fact, play a major role.

Depending on the severity of your bite alignment, your teeth can make it difficult to speak without an impediment. Lisps, whistling sounds and poor pronunciation are common side effects of crooked teeth. Not only does it sound abnormal, but also it can make you feel self-conscious about your ability to speak. Younger patients, in particular, may feel embarrassed to speak out loud if they have a speech impediment.

One of the most efficient ways to improve your speech is to receive braces. By straightening your teeth, you’re giving your tongue enough room in your mouth to pronounce letters correctly, eliminating any discouraging speech patterns.

Eating Becomes a Breeze

Even if your teeth are crooked, they’re still able to chew food properly, right? Not quite. Misaligned teeth can actually make it more difficult for you to eat your food efficiently, which can, in turn, affect your digestion.

Depending on the current placement of your teeth, they can have less surface area available to chew your food, which can cause you to chew with added force or more repetitiously. The combined frequency can place unnecessary stress on your jaw, leading to soreness and discomfort.

When you straighten your teeth, you are shifting them to a natural, healthy alignment, which will make chewing more productive. Oral hygiene will also become efficient, allowing you to brush and floss those hard-to-reach areas easily.

Your Concentration Will Improve

Because straighter teeth are often seen as a social norm, not having them can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. When you don’t feel like your best self, you might not be able to focus on the aspects of life that truly matter.

Schoolwork, sports and other social occasions may take a back seat to your smile if you don’t like the way it looks. It’s not uncommon for patients to become so distracted with the appearance of their teeth that it's difficult for them to focus on anything else.

Although the health and appearance of your smile are important, there is more to life than the way you look. To help you appreciate all that life has to offer, you might consider receiving braces to straighten your teeth.

When you’re not consumed by crooked teeth and the way you’re perceived by others, you can begin to concentrate on feeling your best and finding joy in life. Academics become more of a priority, and you may even turn into a more social person as a result of straighter teeth.

Boost Your Quality of Life and Your Health

Your oral health is important, and it’s a great reason to get braces, but it’s also essential that you are personally benefited as well. Straighter teeth can help you take pride in your appearance and share your confidence with others.

If you would like more information about the orthodontic options available, contact Central Florida Smiles in either our Lake Mary or Long Wood offices and schedule a consultation today