Psychological Effects of Crooked Teeth on a Person
By Shen Chao of Smile Clinic
A smile is one of the first things that anyone notices in a person. But, if anyone has crooked teeth then they would be very conscious to smile. Though this aesthetic issue isn’t big, it can cause deep emotional and psychological issues for some people with crooked teeth and an imperfect smile.
5 Ways Crooked Teeth Affect Someone – Mentally & Socially
Not many associate crooked teeth with something that can affect an individual’s emotional and mental state, but here are some ways in which it does affect some people:
– Don’t Smile Often: People with crooked teeth get really conscious about their smiles exposing their irregular teeth. So, they try to hide their teeth and rarely smile.
– Isolate Themselves: Some people are so conscious of their crooked teeth that they cut down socializing and stay at home instead, completely isolating themselves from others. Their self-esteem also takes a massive hit and they avoid participating in any group or public activities.
– Avoid Public Speaking: There will be instances where you would be required to speak in public, but crooked teeth have stopped many people from doing so. They might miss out on wonderful opportunities just because they don’t speak in public.
– Social Anxiety: People with wonky teeth suffer from social anxiety. They constantly feel embarrassed about how their teeth look. This instils in them a fear about being ridiculed or teased about their teeth by their friends and colleagues.
– Avoid Conversations: Some people go as far as even avoiding conversations with people around them as they are conscious of their wonky teeth.
Dental Treatments to Fix Crooked Teeth
If you have crooked teeth, don’t let it affect you mentally and emotionally. There are some cosmetic dentistry procedures which can help you get rid of crooked teeth, and give you a nice smile with the pearly whites you always dreamed of.
Your dentist will make a thorough diagnosis and decide which of the following treatments would be the best for you.
– Invisible Braces: Invisible braces help in straightening the dentition in a short period of time. It may take about six months to two years, to fix the crooked teeth using invisible braces, depending on the individual’s need.
– Porcelain Veneers: These are the long-term alternatives to repair crooked teeth.
– Dental Bonding: This is a pain-free and quick procedure that corrects crooked dentition by applying a composite resin material on the front of the teeth. The bonding helps in re-contouring and aligning them properly, thus eliminating the crookedness.
Consider all the options you have and zero in on the ones you can afford and are suitable. Some of the treatments require proper maintenance beyond brushing, flossing, regular dental cleanings and routine dental checkups. Understand clearly on what the procedure involves and gather all the information you can about the restorative techniques, before undergoing the chosen procedure. Ask your dentist all the questions you have in mind so that together you can pick the right option.
Don’t let your crooked teeth be a matter of emotional and mental concern anymore! Get them fixed and feel free to smile. Because a smile is the most beautiful ornament you can wear!
Shen Chao is part of Dr. Joshua Hong’s Smile Clinic. While working for the Smile Clinic, he’s gained first hand experiences into the questions and concerns that dental patients have. He has been writing to inform people about various dental topics to help his readers improve their oral health. When he’s not working, you can find him on a hiking trail with his dog or having a Sunday cook-out with friends.