In this Dental Minute, Dr. Uhland discusses the proper use of a retainer during your orthodontic treatment. With proper care and usage, your retainer will play a vital role in keeping your smile straight, healthy and beautiful.
Studies show that about 45% of adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Read about the surprising benefits for achieving a healthy and beautiful smile below.
You might make more money
Studies show that those who are considered attractive make more money than their less attractive counterparts. Men with bad teeth earn on average 18% less than those with good teeth, and women with bad teeth earn about 11% less than women with good teeth.
People with straight teeth are also seen as smarter, thus have the ability to potentially earn more money.
You will have better health
In addition to relieving physical tension and stress, smiling helps to boost the immune system. Smiling decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter also improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can protect you against heart attacks.
You will have social success
About 48% of 18-24 years old have “detagged” themselves from a photo on Facebook because of their smile. Having good teeth increases self-confidence and there is no need to worry about making a bad impression with crooked teeth. About 97% of adults think a great smile is an important social asset.
You might get a date
The first thing that people notice upon meeting someone new is his or her smile. People with straight teeth are more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.
Our team can help you achieve and maintain the smile you have always wanted! Contact our office to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.
You may be unaware of how your oral health can be an indicator of your overall health. The warning signs of systemic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can often be found by during a routine examination at our orthodontic office. You may be surprised to find out that hypertension (high blood pressure) may also be linked to your oral health habits.
A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that there is a link between oral hygiene and high blood pressure, based on the results of almost 20,000 adults surveyed in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). It was found that individuals with poor oral hygiene habits, such as infrequent brushing of teeth, were more likely to suffer from hypertension. Individuals that brushed their teeth more than once daily and also utilized other oral health products such as floss or mouthwash were less likely to suffer from hypertension. The study concluded that maintaining good oral hygiene habits may help prevent or control high blood pressure.
Good oral hygiene is essential to a healthy life and regular dental visits are important in maintaining good oral heath. Contact our office to schedule your appointment for an examination and cleaning.
Northbrook and Glenview orthodontist, Dr. Uhland, sits down and discusses “What is Orthodontics?”
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities. Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children, and at Thometz and Uhland Orthodontics we can treat children, teens and adults.