A Healthy Smile and Self-Esteem
The smile: it is the core of one of our most fundamental expressions. Critical to that expression, is the state of our teeth. One of the hallmarks of modern and affluent societies has been the development and expansion of dental care: both professionally and as a large part of our personal hygiene routines. The extent of these efforts are well justified, after all, the permanent teeth that one develops in early childhood is the smile one must maintain for life.
There is something instinctive about the importance placed on our teeth. We may be millions of years removed from primate ancestors that bared fangs as a display of power, but we are not so far removed that the state of our teeth do not crop up in common phobias, concerns, and even anxiety dreams. Therefore it is expected that the possession of a healthy smile goes deeper than merely ‘looking good.’ And it is furthermore expected that the absence of a healthy smile can be particularly damaging for the tumultuous developmental period of the teenage years.
In the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research a study of adolescents concluded, “various dental disorders … (caused) a profound impact on aesthetics and psycho-social behavior.” The display of a healthy smile has deep ramifications to confidence and doubly so for teens. Orthodontics publications probe deeper into the effects of not only healthy but straight teeth on the self-esteem of teens. The summation of said research implores the sound investment of dental and orthodontic care, particularly for teens: whose acquisition of a healthy smile can mean a lifetime of improved social mobility and self-esteem.
It is for these reasons the professionals at Big Bend Orthodontics place such importance on their work, particularly with young patients whom they aim to equip, for life, with the very best version of one of the most basic and important human expressions: the smile.