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Why do people straighten their teeth?

The editorial team polled 200 patients at Octagon Orthodontics for the reasons why they enhanced their smiles using braces including Invisalign and fixed braces

Persons with ideal smiles are considered more intelligent and have a greater chance of finding a job when compared with persons with non-ideal smiles. The demand for orthodontic treatment suggests that patients desire improvements in the esthetics of their smile, which might be reflected as greater social benefits.

Sourced from American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Volume 146, Number 4, October 2014

  • Major life changes 14%
  • Personal 27%
  • Self – Confidence 17%
  • Special occasion 8%
  • Dental problems 11%
  • Parental guidance 23%
Major life changes

Major life changes

“I’m newly single and I felt it was time for a new image – starting with my smile!”
“My new job involves public speaking; I want people concentrating on my words and not my teeth.”

%

Personal

Personal

“I just want to have good looking teeth. My kids have finally left home and I wanted to do something for myself!”

%

Self Confidence

Self Confidence

“I used to cover my mouth in public. Now I don’t feel so self-conscious.”
“I want to go through life without worrying that people are looking at my wonky teeth.”

%

Special occasion

Special occasion

“I’m getting married in a year and I want my wedding day to be perfect, which means smiling in all the photographs and videos.” “What better way to celebrate achieving my degree than also achieving the smile I’ve always wanted.”

%

Dental problems

Dental problems

“My dentist advised me to get braces to correct my crowded teeth, which she said could lead to even more problems in
the future.”
“Whenever I ate my teeth would hurt because of my crossbite. After talking to my dentist he recommended orthodontic treatment to help solve the problem.”

%

Parental guidance

Parental guidance

“Everyone else was having braces and I didn’t want to be the only one in two or three years time with bad teeth. I used to get called ‘Goofy’ at school and so I decided to make a change.”
“My parents always wanted the best for me and thought I should have it done now while I’m still young.”

%

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