The question is… why should you care if you don’t have straight teeth?
You may be one of the many who were not blessed with well aligned teeth, along with 70-80% of the population. Or, maybe you had braces when you were younger and now think… “I should have worn that retainer”, because things don’t look like they did when you got them off.
We see “malocclusion” or improper alignment of dental arches, everyday in our office and I want you to know it is your choice whether or not to treat it. At New Image Dental, we have many patients who choose orthodontics to properly align their teeth because they want to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime.
What I am going to share with you is why properly aligned straight teeth have many benefits above and beyond looking fabulous for those photo shoots and “selfies”.
- Straight teeth are much easier to clean, maintain and keep healthy. This means, lower risk for tooth decay and food traps. Also, with less tartar and stain, they will likely stay whiter! Flossing is so much easier!
- Properly aligned teeth function better, which means you can properly chew your food which aides in digestion. Maybe not a problem now when you are young… but don’t forget these are the same teeth we will have in our 80’s and 90’s!! Proper digestion is key to our health when we are in our senior years.
- Well aligned teeth will lower our risk for bite problems associated with TMJ symptoms like headaches, tired jaws, uncomfortable bite. We have had success in minimizing chronic headaches related to bad bites.
- Minimizes tooth chipping and wear. Have you noticed your lower teeth chipping on the edges? This could be due to your bite! Don’t let this go on for long… a bad bite can destroy teeth at an accelerated rate.
- Tooth crowding typically gets worse with time… notice that older people often have crooked lower anterior teeth? This is because as the teeth wear down, the bite changes which causes issues that cause the teeth to shift and crowd.
So…when you are considering orthodontics, feel confident that you are putting your teeth in the best position possible to be healthy for a lifetime! And don’t forget that the side benefit of straight teeth is usually a gorgeous smile!!
So here is a topic that I know is a concern around dentistry and it can get in the way of people going forward with recommended dental care…. a lack of trust.
How do you know if you can trust your dentist? So often in meeting new patients, there are many stories of people questioning previous care, how it was done and whether or not is was necessary. I ask myself, how is it that this perception is so pervasive?
First, let’s talk straight about a few things…
- Dentistry is a service business.
- We perform dental services for a profit.
- Our goal is to be profitable AND serve our patients dental needs at the same time.
Now if I sound like I am defending our profession…. maybe so. I believe that dentists often get a bad rap and are accused of recommending unnecessary treatment. The REAL deal is that there is a lack of trust between the dentist and the patient before the treatment began. When a patient trusts their dentists’ recommendations, they are empowered to make educated decisions before proceeding with treatment. When a patient has been educated about what to expect with their dental care, things usually go very smoothly.
So. the question remains…what makes you trust someone?
From personal experience, it is a feeling, a knowing in the pit of my stomach that tells me something is right for me.
If you aren’t as in touch with your inner knowing… ask yourself these questions…
- How does the dentist and the team/staff interact with you?
- Do they spend sufficient time with you to get to know you and find out why you are there?
- Do they take photos of your teeth and educate you about the condition of your mouth?
- Do they make sure you understand the condition before they offer a solution?
- Is there testimony from other people who are satisfied with their care?
- How does the office make you feel? Comfortable? Safe? Secure?
I love this definition of “TRUST”, in the dictionary – “One in which confidence is placed”.
Have confidence in the ONE that you choose to care for your teeth… just know that when we have our patients’ trust, we feel valued.
To blog or not to blog…. that has been the question.
After over a year of considering whether or not to create a blog for New Image Dental, the time has finally come for me to jump into the deep end.
I’ve been told there are so many great reasons to create a blog…. for marketing and improve website searches, attract new patients, etc. To be honest… those reasons were not enough to inspire me to start. I am a big fan of Seth Godin, author, marketer and entrepreneur. I have been reading his book “The Dip”, and realized that I should not start a blog unless I was sure I could get through the dip of the excitement wearing off and struggling to write blog posts consistently.
I decided to create a reason to blog that moved, touched and inspired me to write… this is is what I came up with…
Intention for my blog
to make a difference
to let our patients get to know us
to educate (about teeth and gums of course)
to let people know what we do
to be original and authentic and unique
to be different and unlike other dental blogs….
to be of service
to change the way you see your dentist forever.
So this is what you can count on me for…. enjoy!!