It’s hard to believe the year 2018 is upon us! As a new year begins, we tend to think about what we’d like to accomplish in the coming year. For many people, this often means setting weight loss or personal achievement goals, while for others it means establishing business or family goals. While considering your new year’s resolutions for this year, be sure to include improving your smile to your list. And what better way to improve your smile than with orthodontic treatment?
What are some reasons to make orthodontic treatment a priority this year?
- Improved overall oral health. Believe it or not, orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign do not just make your teeth look pretty. If your teeth are misaligned you may in fact have issues with brushing or flossing properly, which can mean that you’re more likely to develop cavities or gum problems. You may also have problems with your bite, which could lead to issues with chewing and eating. While orthodontic treatment will give you a straight, beautiful smile, it will also ultimately help you take better care of your teeth and your oral health for the rest of your life.
- Increased self-confidence. Another benefit of improving your smile through orthodontic treatment is that it elevates your self-assurance. There are a lot of patients who find themselves smiling and laughing more openly after receiving orthodontic treatment, simply because they are proud of their beautiful straight smile. I have personally witnessed countless cases of patients who would not even smile for photos prior to having braces and then were beaming from ear to ear after their orthodontic treatment. This is especially the case for tweens and teens that are often already going through a rough transitional time in their lives.
- New technology and shorter treatment times. If you grew up hearing horror stories about braces, you may be hesitant to jump into orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, the days of uncomfortable adjustments and needing to wear braces for four years or more are over. Today’s braces are smaller, smoother and more aesthetically-pleasing. Additionally, orthodontic wires are now more forgiving, leading to lighter forces on teeth (hence less discomfort) with higher efficiency. This allows for shorter treatment times, often less than two years, as well as less frequent adjustment visits.
- Numerous options. New advancements in technology have led to more treatment options for straightening teeth. In addition to traditional metal braces, there is the option of clear braces. This is a more cosmetic alternative to metal braces and equally as effective, hence commonly the treatment option of choice for adult patients. Another option that is popular amongst adults today is Invisalign, which involves tooth movement through a series of clear, virtually invisible, removable “aligners.” While braces have been around a lot longer than Invisalign, advances in technology have made Invisalign a very effective and highly esthetic means to straighten teeth in many cases. And now, younger patients can even improve their smiles without braces through Invisalign Teen.
Now is a great time for anyone to start orthodontic treatment, whether for major corrections or just a minor issue. Transforming your smile today is a lot easier than ever before, both from a comfort standpoint as well as an aesthetic one. Not only does orthodontic treatment lead to a straight smile and increased self confidence but also to a healthier mouth overall.
So don’t hesitate… make a beautiful smile your priority this new year! Your smile is important to us at Pinecrest Orthodontics– please call us for a complimentary initial orthodontic evaluation and let us help you achieve your resolution to have a spectacular smile this coming year!
Pinecrest Orthodontics is located in the Dixie Belle Shops at 12197 S. Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, FL. PH: 305.423.4130 www.pinecrestortho.com. Please email Dr. Rothman with your orthodontic questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.