General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267

Mon-Thur
8am–5pm

Orthodontic Work is Not Just For Aesthetics

relaxing in dental chair

Orthodontic work is about more than just making your smile look good. Sure, like everyone you want your teeth to be straight and project confidence and beauty when you smile, but orthodontics plays a huge role in how well people live their lives.

In fact, orthodontics can influence your self-esteem and quality of life for decades. Here’s how.

Prevents Decay

The straighter and more aligned your teeth the less prone they are to decay. This is because teeth that are crooked have more nooks and crannies that food particles can get into and that your toothbrush can’t reach.

By straightening your teeth you are also giving them the best opportunity at being healthy for many years to come.

Influence Speech

Crooked teeth can influence how you speak and sound. By getting your teeth perfectly aligned you’ll change how you speak as well as how others hear you. This can make a world of difference when it comes to your confidence.

Better Mental Health

While the way you look shouldn’t influence your mental health, it does. When a person has what they think of as an unattractive smile they are likely to suffer from low self-esteem, poor self-image, and an overall lack of confidence.

Oftentimes once their smile is fixed they begin to feel better about themselves and are less self-conscious than they were prior to experiencing the improvement.

Get More Out Of Your Dental Cleanings

When you go to the dentist for your regular cleanings you are more likely to have a better experience and get better results when your teeth are straight. This is because it is easier for the hygienist to get in between tough spots and ensure your teeth are squeaky clean.

If you are interested in orthodontics or have questions about whether you would be a candidate or not, contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help get your teeth on the road to the best version of themselves possible.