It is a fact of life in modern society that we are frequently judged solely on our appearance. Psychologists have found that we tend to make snap judgments of others; within 30 seconds, or less, of meeting someone, that all-important first impression is formed. Perceptions about our health, wealth, success, likeability, competence, trustworthiness, and more have been established in that first glance. Our clothes, shoes, hair, skin, smile, and even the alignment of the teeth in the smile affect those perceptions.
Kelton research consultancy conducted a perception study for Invisalign. The survey looked at 1,047 Americans’ perceptions of straight teeth and crooked teeth. The study results indicated that people with straight teeth are perceived to have more quality attributes than those who had crooked teeth. The study demonstrated the affect the appearance of our teeth can have on our social life, and the way others perceive us. It is not surprising that the demand for orthodontic treatment, especially for adults, is escalating.
In the past, many people avoided correcting misalignment because they did not want to wear metal bracket and wire braces. Thanks to the incredible advances in dentistry, modern orthodontic treatments are much more patient friendly. Traditional metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than ever before. Six month smiles utilize clear brackets and ultra-fine wires for a more esthetic appearance. They can straighten the visible teeth in a smile in as little as six months. The Invisalign system is a favorite with image conscious patients because the treatment is very discreet. Invisalign offers a number of benefits:
- The aligners, which are similar to teeth whitening trays, are crystal-clear, making them virtually invisible when worn.
- The aligners can be removed for meals, eliminating the restricted foods list inherent whit traditional braces.
- Oral hygiene is as easy as ever; patients simply brush and floss normally and clean the aligners in cool water before putting them back in their mouth.
- The aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, but they can be remove as needed for situations such as taking photos and making business presentations.
Dr. Koppikar can guide you to the best orthodontic solution for your smile. Call (602) 954-8200 and schedule a consultation today.