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The impact of straight teeth and self-esteem

Orthodontic treatments that focus on straightening teeth such as clear braces do so much more than just fix the mechanics of teeth and jaw function. Correcting teeth alignment extends beyond dental benefits of a cleaner mouth and healthier gums, properly aligned teeth also have a significantly positive influence on general psychological health and especially on self-esteem and confidence. People with straighter teeth are more ready to display wide toothy smiles that are considered more attractive and appealing.

Why smiling triggers happiness

The smile is one of the most powerful of non-verbal cues available to humans. The gesture is widely recognised across cultures for its positive ripple effect in promoting good vibes. A simple smile can kick start a wondrous magical process in oneself and others. For example, it induces the brain to ramp up the release of happy-feeling endorphins.

It is not just conventional wisdom that accepts the smile’s instinctive positive impact on mood – scientists, too, concur. A research study put out by the journal Psychological Bulletin concluded that smiling translates into happiness. For the study, psychologists examined five decades worth of data from over 100 studies involving 11,000 people across the globe.

On physical health, smiling plays a similar role to that of a good night of restful quality sleep: alleviating mental stress and lowering stress-related conditions like high blood pressure.

Sharing authentic smiles with others will encourage them to reciprocate in return, as it is nearly impossible to remain sad when confronted with a smile. Also the more one smiles, the easier it becomes to do it more often.

The many ways to smile

People’s smiles differ as customs dictate what is acceptable. In East Asian cultures, for example, a person may be more comfortable in not showing their teeth, choosing to hide their smile by placing a palm over the mouth. In the West, those who practice wide open smiles are considered confident and attractive.

Smiles range from a ’felt smile’ which is characteristically wide and long and is associated with joy and positivity, to the ‘miserable smile’ which may indicate forbearance during hard times.

Why better looking teeth are good for you

smiling is good for you

Better looking teeth (usually straighter teeth) are healthier teeth. Teeth that are in a healthy condition and that are aligned properly offer many advantages:

  • They are easier to clean as there are no gaps or awkward places that can make brushing a challenge.
  • An even bite reduces the risk of tooth wear.
  • Aligned teeth improve the strength of the jaws and lowers jaw function complications.

The General Dental Council advises patients wanting straighter teeth to seek appropriate treatment from a qualified dentist. Anyone other than a professional dentist with the right credentials exposes a patient to possible damage to the mouth.

Orthodontic measures, while mainly relied upon for improving the aesthetics and optimal function of the mouth, also play another useful role – promoting bigger smiles which translate into a happier person.  For professional orthodontic treatments carried out by qualified dental professionals, contact your nearest reputable dental clinic.

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