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June 13, 2019

Don’t Let Crooked Teeth Negatively Affect Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Healthy, straight teeth can give your child improved confidence, a positive self-image and an increase in his or her self-esteem: Sadly, a lot of times, crooked teeth cause a child to feel the exact opposite. Besides causing issues with confidence; did you know that crooked teeth can even negatively affect your child's overall health and well-being? These are all good reasons to take your child to an orthodontist for an evaluation early on.

What causes crooked teeth?

Genetics is the main reason for crooked teeth. If mom and/or dad had braces, the likelihood of their child needing braces is high. An injury to the mouth, poorly placed dental implants or fillings are some other reasons a child may need braces.

Understanding how crooked teeth affect your child's self-esteem.

Appearance means a lot, while some people are naturally blessed with a set of almost perfectly aligned teeth; others are not so lucky. Sadly, if your child is unhappy with the way his or her teeth look, smiles and laughing-out-loud may become a rarity. Consider how being afraid to laugh-out-loud and smile affects every happy moment that your child experiences: All your child needs is an orthodontist to help create the beautiful smile that he or she deserves.

Children who have crooked teeth may be shy and reserved.

Feeling embarrassed about his or her teeth could cause your child to be hesitant about doing the things that he or she would really like to do: For example, this embarrassment and low self-esteem could keep your child from joining the Speech and Debate team, running for class president, enjoying social activities or make it difficult to stand in front of the class and read an essay. The importance of having a high self-esteem and confidence in oneself is evident because it is these characteristics that allow an individual to accomplish the things that he or she sets out to do.

First impressions last forever.

When meeting someone new, one of the first things an individual sees is the other person’s mouth. First impressions are made based on appearance, and having teeth that look bad can lead to someone making a false judgment about your child. While unfortunate, first impressions always remain in the back of the mind. So, if your child feels bad about his or her teeth, making new friends may be difficult.

Use orthodontic treatment to boost your child's self-confidence.

There are several orthodontic treatment options available at Docbraces that are designed to help gently move your child’s teeth into more desirable positions.

The teeth-straightening and misaligned jaw treatments we offer at Docbraces include:

  • Invisalign Teen.
  • Clear Braces.
  • Damon Clear.
  • Friction-Free Braces.
  • Express Smiles.
  • Coloured Braces.
  • Various Expansion Appliances.
  • Mara.

With a little assistance from the orthodontists at Docbraces, you can give your child the self-esteem boost that he or she needs to feel confident and enjoy all the activities that he or she previously shied away from.

How crooked teeth affect your child's health and well-being.

Crooked teeth are definitely an aesthetic issue; however, they impact more than just your child’s confidence level. Many other aspects of your child’s life are affected by crooked teeth, including his or her physical health and well-being.

Some serious health issues linked to crooked teeth:

  • Gum disease
    • Even if your child’s teeth do not cause discomfort or pain, there may still be issues. When the teeth are misaligned and positioned at awkward angles, cleaning them correctly is a challenge. Being unable to properly care for his or her teeth can lead to an increase in bacterial growth.
  • A misaligned bite
    • Although a misaligned bite may not seem like a problem, this condition can affect your child's life in several unseen ways. Your child may have trouble chewing food properly, which can lead to headaches. Also, with misaligned teeth, the risk of breaking a tooth increases. Some people even choose not to eat very often to keep from having the pain that occurs when they do.

Gum disease, explained.

Bacteria are naturally in the mouth. Some bacteria are harmless and even necessary; however, there are also harmful bacteria. These harmful bacteria feed on the food particles and sugars that are left behind after an individual eats or drinks. As the bacteria feed, they create a sticky film on the teeth that is called plaque. Plaque is constantly being created: This plaque is harmful because it helps the bacteria stick to the teeth.The acid the bacteria create as they eat damages the tooth enamel, which is the hard, protective coating on each tooth. As this hard coating is damaged, the risk of developing tooth decay and cavities increases. Also, the plaque builds up on the teeth and, if not removed on a regular basis (within 24 to 72 hours), it hardens into tartar. Once plaque becomes tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional. Once tartar builds up on the teeth, it helps the bacteria-filled plaque thrive, eventually leading to gum disease.

The Docbraces Difference

At Docbraces, we are committed to treating the entire family, which is why we offer family discounts, flexible appointment times, a T-Link online patient portal, a rewards hub incentive program and convenient, interest-free payment plans that do not require a credit check. Each patient is unique, which is why Docbraces’ orthodontists take the time to create each patient an individualized treatment plan.Each of our facilities, which are in Ontario and throughout the Maritime provinces, offers orthodontic care from dental professionals who have access to, and are experienced with, the most innovative dental solutions available. All our orthodontists are devoted to providing high-quality orthodontic care to help our patients reach their aesthetic goals so when they look in the mirror and smile, they love what they see. To schedule your complimentary initial consultation, book online or contact Docbraces today at 1-866-639-7695. For individuals who prefer to contact us online, please click here.

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