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Networking With a Smile: 7 Ways Orthodontic Treatment Can Enhance Your Social Life

By July 2, 2024Blog

Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult, having a healthy, confident smile can make a world of difference in your daily social interactions. At Fresh Orthodontics, Dr. Khanna knows firsthand the benefits of orthodontics — as a teenager, he was a shy kid with “Bugs Bunny teeth” but found a new confidence after he got his braces off!
Read on for seven ways a stunning new smile from orthodontic treatment can enhance your social life.

1. Boosts Confidence

Like Dr. Khanna experienced, one of the primary benefits of orthodontic treatment is the boost in confidence that comes with having straight teeth. And confidence from straight teeth makes sense since, according to one study, people with engaging smiles are perceived by others as happy, loved by others, healthy, and have professional success. And when you’re proud of your smile, you’re more likely to engage with others, initiate conversations, and participate in social activities.

2. Improves Oral Health

A straight smile is not just aesthetically pleasing; it’s also healthier. Misaligned teeth can lead to oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease more easily. Keeping crooked teeth clean is more challenging because of all the extra nooks and crannies your toothbrush and floss might miss. In contrast, straightening your teeth with braces or clear aligners (like Invisalign or Spark™ Clear Aligners) optimally positions teeth, making it easier to clean your teeth effectively for excellent dental health. Clean teeth and a fresh smile? Yes, please! They go a long way in helping you feel comfortable and confident in social settings.

3. Enhances Speech Clarity

Malocclusions like overbites, underbites, crossbites, or crowded teeth can make it hard to articulate certain sounds, making talking difficult and sometimes frustrating. Understandably, this can make you feel self-conscious when conversing with others and inhibit your comfort in social settings. Orthodontics can help align your teeth and jaws so you can speak clearly.

After orthodontics aligners your teeth, Dr. Khanna might chat with you about the benefits of myofunctional therapy, an oral physical therapy that retrains your tongue and lip function in their new alignment. From school presentations to work meetings and casual conversations, we’d say clear speech is one of the top benefits of orthodontic treatment.

4. Creates a Positive First Impression

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a smile is the most memorable attribute people remember, with 48% of adults believing a smile is the most memorable feature when first meeting someone. A straight, bright smile can create a positive impression, whether you’re on a date, meeting new friends, or attending a job interview.

5. Encourages More Smiling

Another reason why you should straighten your teeth? When you’re happy with your teeth, you’re more likely to smile at people — and you’ll receive smiles back. That mimicking response is natural and what’s called “sensorimotor simulation.” This review of several studies concluded that copying another person’s facial expression brings up the same emotion in ourselves. In other words, a smile spreads a happy mood and encourages others to feel more comfortable around you.

6. Reduces Anxiety in Social Situations

As we mentioned earlier, one of the benefits of orthodontic treatment like braces or clear aligners is confidence. A smile you’re proud of alleviates worry about crooked teeth or an uneven smile. Knowing your teeth look good helps you feel more at ease in social situations, allowing you to relax and be yourself. Plus, since you’ll be smiling more, you’ll also release endorphins, boosting your mood and making social interactions more enjoyable.

7. Promotes Better Eating Habits

Straight teeth make it easier to chew and enjoy a variety of foods, which can be a significant social benefit during meals. A family dinner, a business lunch, or a night out with friends, a straight and healthy smile from orthodontic treatment means you don’t have to think twice about what you’re eating. Instead, you can focus on enjoying the people you’re with!

Orthodontics For Changing Your Social Life

So, are clear aligners and braces worth it? Yes, it’s orthodontics for the win! As we’ve talked about here, the benefits of orthodontic treatment are far-reaching, including in your social life. Whether you’re considering orthodontics for your kids, teens, or yourself, your award-winning Brooklyn orthodontic team is here to help achieve a smile worthy of showing off. And you’ll enjoy the process, too! Our personalized treatment planning, high-tech approach, and friendly Park Slope office make getting a new smile a fun experience.

Let us help you transform your smile — and your social life! — with our expert orthodontic care. Schedule a consultation at our office today.