How Straight Teeth Affect Your Self Confidence

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Posted Feb 15th, 2017

How Straight Teeth Affect Your Self Confidence

If you suffer from teeth misalignment issues, you may not feel that confident about your smile. Orthodontics can help!


Oftentimes, people don’t recognize the things that trouble them until those things cease to be a problem. Our BC orthodontists find this is very often true for their patients.

Many of them only realize how much their misaligned teeth have affected their confidence when their orthodontic treatment is complete, and they feel the renew confidence that comes with a straight, even smile.

Before Treatment

There's no question that misaligned teeth can affect your health in lots of different ways. What you may not realize, though, is that the very same factors that have a negative impact on your health can also make certain social situations stressful or intimidating, and result in a lack of confidence.

You likely know that malocclusions (misaligned teeth) can be an aesthetic problem, but they can also have less obvious social implications, like making breathing, eating, and even talking difficult. These  are health problems, to be sure, but they can also make social situations uncomfortable for patients with misaligned teeth.

Most people, particularly adults, just get used to to dealing with these social problems over time, accepting them as an inevitable part of life. They tend to come up with subconscious 'bandaid' solutions for dealing with them.

After Treatment

After their orthodontic treatment is finished - and indeed, during the treatment process in some cases - many orthodontics patients start noticing just how much their feelings of self-consciousness about their misaligned teeth and the related problems had actually been holding them back.

Many of our patients comment on how they feel much more confident during normal daily social activities, like laughing, having their pictures taken, eating or talking, than they did before they had their teeth straightened.

It's like a weight has lifted! Patients who didn't totally comfortable eating around others now do so without thinking twice. Those who avoided smiling or laughing in photos now do so with pleasure. 

Some have even felt and increase in confidence when they speak and offer up their opinions at work or school, since they’re no longer concerned about what others will think of their teeth.

If you’ve been avoiding orthodontic treatment or are unsure if it's right for you, schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our BC Orthodontists today! We’d love to help you get started on the path to a healthier, more confident smile.

Ready to set off on the path to a beautiful new smile? Contact us today.