In recent weeks, studies in newspapers have been highlighting that the reason so many humans have overbites is due to our ancestors switching to soft foods, such as bread and pasta. This shift in dental positioning also gave us the ability to pronounce the letter ‘f’. Interesting stuff and a very cool fact.
And while that is all very well and good, overbites, underbites and crossbites are now commonplace in dentistry and, in many instances, can cause havoc with hygiene, pronunciation and confidence. If you are an adult with a pronounced overbite, you may find yourself shying away from parties, meetings and other social interactions for fear of being judged.
Wearing an aligner or other orthodontic appliance may seem like a bit of a burden; however, wearing braces Stoke-on-Trent as an adult has many advantages. The top 5 of which will be discussed here, so enjoy!
It was mentioned earlier, but a key feature of undertaking any type of orthodontic appliance is better dental hygiene. Teeth that are better aligned are easier to clean, for both you and your dentist. So, wearing aligners from Stoke-on-Trent can reduce the occurrence of cavities and plaque, improving your overall dental health.
Following on from the first point, if you have misaligned teeth, you are more likely to have hidden areas of plaque in your mouth which you cannot reach and an accumulation of plaque is not just a bad thing for your teeth. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancers and even an increased risk of strokes. So, by undertaking an orthodontic appliance as an adult, you can drastically cut your chances of suffering from such diseases. What is not to like about that?
Okay, yes, having an overbite or a modern tooth arrangement helps with the pronunciation of the letter ‘f’, but if your teeth are crooked, spaced out or crowded, you may have issues pronouncing the sounds ‘th’ or even the letter ‘s’ and that is before other speech impediments, such as lisps, are explored. Straightening your teeth later on in life can help you improve your pronunciation and inflexion. You may sound slightly different than you did before you began the treatment but surely having a straighter smile is worth it.
They say a person forms an opinion of you in the first 3 seconds that they meet you and one of the things they use to judge you is your teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, it can change how people see you and how you see yourself. Having a straighter smile is not only good for your confidence, but it also increases your chances of being heard in the workplace, getting a promotion and being taken seriously by others.
Wearing an orthodontic piece does not have to equate to metal headwear. Many aligners are now made from clear plastic and of course, lingual options are placed at the back of the teeth, so no one will see them. Perfect!
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