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The Psychological Benefit of a Straighter Smile

We all have our own ideas about how a straighter smile may make us look and feel, but don’t often think too much about how the psychological benefit could provide far-reaching advantages in many areas beyond just our appearance. More than impacting how we look, many people that have sought straighter teeth – particularly after feeling self-conscious about them – have experienced a profound change in the way they perceive themselves.

In this guide, we’ll explore the range of psychological benefits that having a straighter smile could offer. We’ll also look into some of the ways you can achieve this with our team at Ringway Dental.

Boosted Self-Confidence

Many people do report increased levels of self-confidence following a successful orthodontic treatment. This can have lasting effects on other areas of your life, from your career to personal relationships. Feeling more confident can be a huge positive change for many of our patients, and they often don’t realise the powerful impact that such a seemingly minor alteration can make! Having anxiety about the way we look can have a detrimental impact on how often we interact with others on a social basis, reducing our overall wellbeing and leading to some patients becoming very withdrawn.

The British Orthodontic Society explained in 2022 that there was a 75% increase in patients seeking orthodontic treatment, and that much of this may be down to the psychology behind our smiles. Even putting on a fake smile, The Journal of Experimental Psychology explains, can make us feel more upbeat. If you’re not happy with your teeth, you’re much less likely to feel inclined to do this in the first place – making this happiness hack one that won’t really work for you.

Better First Impressions

Social psychology says that people make their first impression of you within 7 seconds of meeting them. As it happens, your smile (and how straight it is) can play a big role in determining how others perceive you. The influence of making a positive impact from the very moment you meet someone is evidently important, yet difficult to do if there’s an aspect of your appearance you’re not comfortable with.

One way we do make a good first impression on others is by showing our warmth and friendliness – something that we portray via our smiles. Smiling can be catchy, and even smiling at strangers can elicit a smile back from them. It shows you’re in tune with others’ emotions and can leave a lasting, positive impression. Having straighter teeth can help make you more comfortable smiling in the presence of new people, which will in turn leave an even better first impression. Smiling and laughing helps us form genuine connections with others, and it often shows when someone feels uncomfortable about the fact they are smiling.

Professional Success

One area our clients often overlook when considering treatment for a straighter smile is the impact it can have on your success at work. Many careers today come with highly competitive job markets, where every advantage can help put you that little bit further ahead. For those with customer-facing roles, a confident and appealing smile makes all the difference when dealing with people at work; and can even help consumers feel more comfortable as it means you seem more approachable.

Having a straighter smile might also boost more than your professional success. It can also encourage the perception of success from others, as they determine you to have the means and motivation to look after your teeth and appearance to a high standard.

Psychological and Physical Benefits to Straighter Teeth

So, it’s true that having straighter teeth can make us feel much better about the way we look, but why? The aesthetic appeal of straighter teeth may be due to the way they signal health and hygiene, self-care and a dedication to looking good. The media and social norms also influence how we view straighter, whiter teeth as being more appealing – in popular media, films and online, celebrities are rarely seen without perfectly straight teeth.

One thing to remember is that straighter teeth aren’t just a bonus when it comes to how we look. They can make it much easier to maintain effective hygiene regimes and overall dental health. For example, bigger gaps can cause a build-up of food and debris to gather, leading to plaque which may turn into gum disease. A crooked bite can lead to parts of our teeth wearing down faster than others, as increased friction and tension in certain areas can cause cracked teeth due to ongoing pressure.

Get a Straighter Smile with Ringway Dental

If this article has left you wondering which benefits having straighter teeth may leave you with, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Ringway Dental. Based in the easily accessible heart of Heald Green in Greater Manchester, our expert team is well-versed in all things related to orthodontics and corrective dentistry.

We have a range of subtle orthodontic treatment plans available, with free teeth whitening included after your treatment is finished to ensure that perfect white smile. We also offer zero-interest payment options so you don’t have to pay it all up in one.

  • Invisalign is our renowned, ultra-discreet solution for straighter teeth without the use of traditional braces. This is where we make bespoke, custom-fitted aligner trays that are regularly updated to gradually shift your teeth. Prices start at £2800.
  • Ceramic Fixed Braces are another subtle option, featuring clear ceramic blocks rather than metal braces. They are just as effective as traditional braces! Prices vary.
  • Hidden Braces are designed to straighten teeth from the back, rather than the front of the teeth. This means they are a more subtle orthodontic option, but offer the same effectiveness as traditional metal braces. Prices vary depending on length of treatment.

If you’re interested in a smile that makes you smile, call our team on 0161 437 2029. Alternatively, get in touch with us online so we can get back to you.

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