1. Your confidence is going to go through the roof

You might need braces for medical reasons or cosmetic reasons, but either way, you’ll come out of it with a gorgeous, sparkling smile. And you might be worried about the next year or two but what’s that compared to a lifetime of smiling confidently? It’s also encouraging to know your teeth are getting straighter, day by day and week by week. So celebrate your braces – they’re allies, not enemies. (By the way, did you know it’s important to have an orthodontist close to where you live or work? It makes the process much easier. Especially because you’re going to have to make multiple trips to their clinic for the next few months. Click here to find an orthodontist in or around your neighbourhood.)

2. Braces are a worthy investment

A study by Invisalign (Align Technology) reported that people with straight teeth are 45% more likely to be hired for a job. They are also 58% more likely to be wealthy and successful and 73% of people found faces with straight teeth more trustworthy. Overall, people with straight teeth are perceived as healthier and happier than those with crooked teeth. You may want to take the results with a pinch of salt (considering who sponsored the research) but it’s undeniable that teeth – being so closely connected with appearance – do play a role in how people perceive you.

3. It’s a great time to start wearing braces

If this had been a few decades ago, okay, fine. Maybe you’d have less cause to rejoice. Braces were far more unappealing and a lot more painful in the old days. But today, you have so many (comfortable) choices, you’re bound to find something that works for you. Invisalign, for instance, is extraordinarily discreet – people won’t even be able to tell you’re wearing braces. Ceramic braces (which are cheaper) are also a great option if you’re self-conscious. If you’re not though – if your style is colourful and quirky and unapologetic – you’ll definitely find trendy, brightly coloured braces that reflect your personality.

4. Your hygiene habits will probably improve

And unless you’re already super rigorous, that’s a good thing. When you get braces, there’ll be no skipping flossing or falling into bed without cleaning your teeth. It’s imperative to be diligent and even put in some extra effort. Your orthodontist will advise you on what your cleaning routine should entail. The reason this should make you smile is simply because your oral hygiene habits will be impeccable for the rest of your life (provided you stick to them even after your braces come off).  As a result, you’ll have greater protection from tooth decay and all its horrible associations for life.

5. The result > the effort

Braces today are incredibly efficient and work well to provide dramatic results without causing pain or too much discomfort. The most important change you’ll have to make is to visit your orthodontist regularly. That’s why it’s important to find a trusted one close to you. We can help if you click here. Make sure you follow their instructions (there won’t be too many) and you’re set.

By getting braces, you’re giving yourself a perfect smile for the future. There’s no better reason to smile with all your heart right now.