Braces improve self-esteem: Study
A new survey has found that getting braces to align crooked teeth not only helps improve the stability, function and health of an individual’s teeth, but also gives their self-esteem a boost.
The spokesperson of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), James G Richeson, Jr, DDS, FAGD, said that orthodontics makes people feel better about themselves for they no longer have to be conscious of their teeth.
“Orthodontics can make people feel better about themselves. Many patients, prior to orthodontics, smile with their mouth closed, because they are self-conscious about their teeth, but after orthodontics, they usually smile naturally, showing off their new look,” he said.
Dr. Richeson said that by the age of 7, children start getting adult molars in place, and the position of these, along with the primary teeth give idea to the dentist whether or not braces will be required.
“By age 7, a child will have started to get adult molars in place, and the position of these and the primary teeth provide the child’s general dentist with a good perspective of the development of the child’s dentition and any need for orthodontics,” explains.
The article also showed that proper alignment of teeth is essential to combat gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
The article is published in the January 2006 issue of AGD Impact.