Top 5 Reasons to Get Straight Teeth in 2020​​​​​​​

Top 5 Reasons to Get Straight Teeth in 2020​​​​​​​

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Are your teeth twisted, crooked or overlapping? Do you have small gaps between some of them? These alignment issues are extremely common, yet they can cause us to feel self-conscious or even embarrassed about the appearance of our teeth. Unfortunately, our concerns aren’t unfounded. There is no doubt that there is greater pressure to have a healthy and attractive smile than ever before. Part of this means having straight teeth and, if necessary, using orthodontic solutions such as braces or clear aligners to achieve it. 

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should make getting straight teeth in 2020 a priority. 

1. Straight teeth are great for your oral health

You could be forgiven for thinking that getting straight teeth is all about appearance, but there is another, far more functional reason for undergoing orthodontic treatment. When your teeth are straighter, provided you look after them well, you will be able to enjoy much better oral health. This is because well-aligned teeth are easier to clean. There are fewer tiny gaps and difficult to reach areas of your teeth which are so common in those which are crooked and overlap. If you clean your teeth more effectively, your overall dental health will be better. This will also help to keep gum disease at bay. 

2. Make a great first impression

There is no getting away from the fact that the appearance of our smile is of vital importance. Our teeth are one of the first things that people notice when they meet us, with research suggesting that lasting impressions are made within the first 3 seconds of an introduction. When you feel happy and confident in your smile it shows and people with straight teeth are thought of as being happier, healthier and smarter than those who have misalignment problems. 

3. Boost your love life

People who have straight teeth are often thought of as being more attractive and more successful in their relationships. And although I may not necessarily mean to, we do make judgment calls about potential partners based on what they look like. In fact, we are more likely to refuse a second date with someone because they have misaligned teeth than because they live with their parents! Studies suggest that almost 2 in 5 of us (around 38%) would turn down a partner based purely on them having crooked teeth, whilst only 23% of us would terminate a budding relationship because the other person lives at home. 

4. Enjoy greater success at work

You may not think that your teeth could impact your success at work, but this isn’t strictly true. Confidence is just as important in our professional lives as well as our personal ones, and when you feel self-conscious about an area of your appearance, it could hold you back in your employment. For example, research has shown that more than half of us believe that we would be unsuccessful in a job interview when competing with someone of a similar professional caliber, but with straighter and more attractive teeth. 

If you have straight teeth and a confident smile, you are much more likely to put yourself forward for opportunities at work. This could be anything from talking during meetings, public speaking and feeling confident to represent your company, to snagging a promotion. The sky is the limit. 

5. You have more options to straighten your teeth than ever before

In the past, patients had little choice in terms of treatments to straighten their teeth. Traditional orthodontic braces were and are highly effective, but they are also very cosmetically obvious and require the patient to make a number of compromises regarding what they eat, how often they visit their dentist to have their braces adjusted and how they clean their teeth. These are just a few of the considerations that they will have to make. 

However, there are now also other options when it comes to addressing the misalignment of teeth, with clear aligner solutions such as Invisalign swiftly becoming the preferred choice of many patients. There are multiple reasons for this, including greater comfort, discretion and fewer limitations when it comes to what you can eat during treatment. Your dentist will be able to explain what orthodontic options are available to you and make a recommendation. The benefit of choice means that there is no need or reason to delay straightening your teeth. 

While there is no guarantee that straight teeth will give you success in your personal and professional lives, the confidence that you will gain from your new and improved smile will make it more likely.