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New Year, New Smile? 5 Reasons to Get Braces or Invisalign ® in 2021

By January 19, 2021Blog

a lady on her last day of Invisalign with her new smile

It’s a new year! Many of us — including your Davis Orthodontics Simpsonville and Greer orthodontists and teams — look forward to brighter days ahead in 2021. If the past year has been a bit of a drag for you, what better time than the New Year to prioritize and refocus on your well-being. This includes your orthodontic care.

If you’ve ever thought about getting braces or Invisalign®, 2021 is the time to dive in. Addressing your orthodontic concerns in the new year not only leads to a new smile, but carries a host of other benefits, too. 

5 Reasons to Get Braces or Invisalign

Are braces or Invisalign worth it? From better overall health to greater self-confidence, here are five reasons metal braces, clear braces, self-ligating braces, lingual braces or the Invisalign appliance can dramatically improve your quality of life. A new year, a new smile, a new you from us at Davis Orthodontics!

Enhanced Physical Health

What’s going on in your mouth is connected to your overall physical health. Did you know? Studies have shown that gum disease is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. And poor oral hygiene increases the risk of bacterial infections in the blood. Sounds serious. The American Dental Association reports that misaligned teeth are also linked to strokes, pneumonia, and diabetes. Someone hand us our dental floss, fluoride toothpaste, and toothbrush… stat!

When your teeth are spaced correctly as a result of braces or Invisalign, those nooks and crannies that once were more prone to harboring bacteria are now more easily reached. With straighter teeth, you can more effectively clean against tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities.

More Pleasant Breath

It’s a simple equation: a mouth with less bacteria equals better breath. Who doesn’t want that? Once your teeth are straightened by braces or Invisalign, you have the ability to more precisely clean your teeth, gums, and tongue to get rid of odor-causing bacteria. Your mouth area is also more open and your teeth are properly spaced apart. Dr. Buddy and the staff at Davis Orthodontics will show you how to correctly clean your newfound smile and keep any foul-smelling bacteria at bay. 

Improved Speech

What once was a lisp is now clear as a bell. Braces and Invisalign close the gaps between teeth and align the over-or underbite that was causing your speech issue. A properly aligned mouth also allows the tongue and palate to work better when speaking.

Reduced Pain & Muscle Fatigue

Do you suffer from headaches or sore facial muscles as a result of chronic teeth grinding or jaw clenching? When your teeth are optimally aligned — using metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign — these painful issues are alleviated. If you’ve suffered from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), a corrected over- or underbite will lessen the stress on your jaw and surrounding facial muscles. Cleaning up potentially painful tooth decay and gum disease is also easier with correctly-aligned teeth.

Well-aligned teeth can also fix minor annoyances like biting your cheek or lips when you chew (ouch!) or not chewing your food efficiently.

Greater Self Confidence

How You See Yourself

The old adage is true — when you look good, you feel good. The most well-known reason people get braces or Invisalign is aesthetics: it’s no secret that straight, properly-spaced teeth help you face the world with more confidence. 

More than 4 million people in North America have an orthodontist and get braces or Invisalign to achieve their winning smiles. This isn’t just vanity, however. People are hardwired to equate straight pearly whites with youth. Picture the milky white baby teeth in a toddler’s smile vs. the gummy grin and crumbling teeth of a centenarian. Which is more appealing?

How Others See You

We also know that when you have straight teeth, others think you’re happier, more successful, and more intelligent. Others tend to trust you more, too. About 73% of Americans say they are more likely to trust someone with a nice smile rather than someone who doesn’t but has an attractive job, nice outfit, or fancy car.

Which One Is Right For Me: Braces Vs. Invisalign

There you go. Five robust reasons for getting a new smile in 2021. Now that you’re informed about why straightening your teeth with braces and Invisalign is beneficial, how do you know which option is right for you? The array of orthodontic options might feel overwhelming. Lucky for you, your Simpsonville and Greer orthodontists at Davis Orthodontics are here to answer all your orthodontic questions, assess your needs, walk you through your options, and help you through the process of braces or Invisalign — step-by-step. 

Davis Orthodontics Braces and Invisalign Options

At Davis Orthodontics, we practice the most cutting edge, proven orthodontic care with amazing results. We make the process of getting straight teeth as quick, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. Our orthodontic services include:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear (ceramic) braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual braces (behind the teeth)
  • Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

How Much Do Braces and Invisalign Cost?

Dr. Buddy will walk you through the pros and cons of braces vs. Invisalign, and advise which will provide the best results for you. Wondering about pricing? Braces cost vary, but, in general, traditional metal braces are the least expensive, then clear braces, then lingual braces. Invisalign cost is comparable to braces and is dependent on how many aligners you will need. Sometimes our clients ask us if Invisalign is worth it (compared to braces). Your lifestyle is a big factor to consider when weighing Invisalign cost vs. braces cost.

The First Step Towards A New Smile

No matter what your reasons for wanting a straighter, healthier smile, start with a free virtual consultation with Dr. Buddy or Dr. Adam at Davis Orthodontics. Or call to schedule an appointment at our Greer or Simpsonville braces and Invisalign practices. Remember, a new year, a new smile, a new you from us at Davis Orthodontics!

Make 2021 your new year for achieving the new smile you always wanted!