How can early orthodontic treatment help my child's self-esteem?

Dante A. Gonzales, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Early, or Phase I, orthodontic treatment can help correct problems like severe crowding, teeth that are extremely protrusive, or a jaw misalignment that may be producing a severe overjet (overbite) of the teeth. These types of problems may make a child feel bad about their smile, or they may get teased about their teeth. Early orthodontic treatment can help alleviate these problems and thus help a child's self-esteem.
S. Jay Bowman, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
A great new smile will definitely boost self-confidence. According to the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, virtually all Americans (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing and 74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

“We live in a very image conscious society and impressions are made within seconds. Straightening teeth makes a difference and can ultimately make or break your changes of getting certain opportunities.” -- Mark Montano, TLC’s 10 Years Younger
Dustin S. Burleson, DDS
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Having a nice smile gives a child a great deal of confidence. They smile more, feel great doing so, and they avoid feeling ashamed, like some do that have oral problems. Oftentimes, children who suffer from conditions where their teeth are crowded or their bite is off, among other conditions, may be teased or have lower self confidence as a result.

An important condition that early orthodontic treatment can help to address is Class II Malocclusion, which is otherwise known as “buck teeth.” While children who have this condition may grow up being teased and feeling embarrassed, the orthodontist may be able to help correct it through early orthodontic treatment.

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