The eyes might be the window to the soul but it’s your smile that conveys how you feel about yourself and the world around you.
The truth is, not all of us are blessed with a naturally great smile. However, the good news is, it’s one of the easiest and most common areas of a physique that people are able and likely to fix.
If you’ve always dreamed of having a great smile, here are the top benefits of looking to a good orthodontist to make that wish come true.
You know what they say about first impressions, well according to research they’re made more swiftly than you think.
An article in Psychological Science notes researchers at Princeton found it can take as little as a tenth of a second for people to form an opinion of who you are.
This means within the blink of an eye the people you meet create a mental assertion, and the article continues: “Like it or not, judgments based on facial appearance play a powerful role in how we treat others, and how we get treated”.
Meanwhile Megan Willis, a Senior Psychology lecturer at the Australian Catholic University told The Conversation that first impression is often based on a smile.
“Facial expressions in particular have a profound influence on our first impressions. Smiling faces are evaluated more positively on a range of social attributes, including approachability, trustworthiness, and attractiveness.”
It’s all well and good to talk about a warm smile, but if you’re self-conscious about your teeth that genuine feeling can be challenging to muster.
A great smile, with beautiful teeth, allows you to feel confident about yourself, no matter the occasion at-hand.
From the school formal to the formalities of the boardroom, a confident, poised smile lets you flash those pearly whites in the knowledge they enhance the cool, calm exterior you portray.
Oral hygiene and Future Issues
Much emphasis might be dedicated to the cosmetic benefits of a beautiful smile, but it’s not just looks that count when it comes to straight teeth. Aligned teeth with the right bite also promote better oral hygiene, warding off future issues before they arise.
That’s why a good orthodontist will often work to treat problems like teeth that fail to meet correctly, or wear against each other, in addition to ensuring teeth are straight.
Adult teeth are for life, and long after the self-confidence of a great smile wears off, the maintenance of great teeth kicks in. A beautiful smile allows for easier ongoing teeth maintenance, enabling you to reach all areas of the mouth, while showcasing a good facial profile.
In fact statistics indicate those with orthodontic issues are more likely to suffer preventable teeth wear, tooth loss and decay in those hard to reach places.
Tooth loss can ultimately change the shape of the face as we age or require the use of dentures, so a beautiful smile now is a gift that gives long into the future.
About Norwest Orthodontics
Norwest Orthodontics specialises in helping you achieve a great smile, no matter your age. We feature a range of orthodontic treatments that span from early intervention right through to remedial adult work.
We also have a suite of treatments available that include discrete, removable Invisalign braces, and welcome the opportunity to work with you to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.