What are the social, emotional, and even financial liabilities of having crooked teeth? Let’s talk honestly. We live in a superficial world that values youth, beauty, and a perfect pearly-white smile. Genetics account for the good fortune of being born beautiful, or tall, but if you’re struggling with crooked teeth cosmetic and dental surgery can help a lot. There are also numerous health implications that are caused by misaligned teeth and jaw bones. Let’s take a look at the true cost of not getting braces.
In 2017, a University of British Columbia study examined the realities of integrating incarcerated women back into society. One of the notable results of this study was the lack of access to regular dental care among low-income individuals. Regular dental check-ups are not just about cleaning your teeth; there are crucial medical issues that can be identified when you see a dentist regularly.
Diabetes and cancerous lesions, eating disorders and drug abuse can each be evident in your mouth. A Maclean’s article which focused on the study noted that hospital emergency rooms are filled with people who are suffering from poor oral health.
The physical effects are clear but what about the socioeconomic factors? How likely are you to hire a person who has missing teeth? Increasingly, teeth have become an indicator of social status and income. Have a beautiful, white, straight smile? You must have money because it can be costly to take care of your oral health. For those who are unable to afford it, there’s a visible indication of their financial status smack in the middle of their face for all to see.
Maybe you refused to get braces when you were a child and your parents went along with it because it seemed more important to pay for something else. Now, you may be looking at your own crooked teeth in the mirror or your children’s teeth and reflecting on what it has cost you over the years. Is a lifetime of bad teeth really what you want for your children?
There are many factors that lead to crooked teeth. Some of the most significant include:
Crooked teeth can cause self-esteem issues which may lead to depression and other related health issues that could follow you for life. In addition to the mental side effects, there are also physical problems that can manifest with crooked teeth:
It’s never too late to get braces and turn that frown upside down. Whether you’re investing in your own self-worth or the future happiness of your child, the cost of braces is minimal in comparison to the cost of lost job opportunities, low self-esteem, and possible depression. At Bradford Family Dentistry, we offer many options to help you get on your way to a beautiful smile. Our goal is to help you achieve an affordable, great-looking smile that you will be proud to show off.