Are you happy with your smile?
Your smile is one of the first things people notice when meeting you for the first time, so you should feel confident flashing it in public. If you find yourself shying away from photos or covering your mouth when you laugh, don’t lose hope. If you want to feel better about the appearance of your smile, there are many options that can help you. There are remedies you can perform at home, such as teeth whitening kits or improving your oral health regimen. But for those teeth that need a little more work, orthodontics may be the answer.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is any corrective treatment that straightens teeth. Using corrective appliances such as braces, orthodontic treatment improves one’s smile by adjusting the position and appearance of crooked or misaligned teeth. Braces are affixed to the teeth, applying continual pressure which over time reposition and straightens them.
So how can an orthodontist help you transform your smile?
One of the main reasons people opt for orthodontic treatment is because they don’t like the way their teeth look. An uneven smile can affect people’s confidence and in some cases, lead to psychological problems such as low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Orthodontics can correct teeth that are crooked or crowded, as well as the positioning of the jaw in more severe cases. And if you’re worried about the appearance of braces, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are much more discreet options such as Invisalign aligners which are practically invisible.
Orthodontics is not just about looks. Sometimes it is necessary to improve the function of your teeth, as well as the appearance. Issues with the shape of your bite can cause problems with eating certain food items, making it more difficult to enjoy a full, healthy diet. Crowding and malposition of the teeth can also cause difficulty speaking for some people.
When teeth are crooked or misaligned in the mouth, their position can make it difficult to clean them properly. Poor oral health can lead to staining, bad breath and eventually tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment to correct your teeth makes it easier to reach every surface and maintain the health of your mouth so you can feel confident about flashing your pearly whites whenever the mood takes you.
Although orthodontics is not an immediate fix, over time, it is proven to improve long term confidence and physical health. There are other, quicker cosmetic options available such as veneers. But orthodontic treatment offers more long term benefits and less risk of damage to the teeth. With braces, as long as you continue to wear retainers after your treatment is over, you will never have to worry about your smile again.
At Aspen Smile Dentistry, we provide a full range of orthodontic services in Aspen, CO including braces and Invisalign. Get in touch now to book an appointment and find out how we can help you feel more confident about your smile.