The Truth About Your Appearance While Wearing Braces

The Truth About Your Appearance While Wearing Braces
Posted on 12/09/2014

It's common for someone to be reluctant to contact a Monroe, WA orthodontist because they're worried about how their appearance will be affected when wearing braces on their teeth. The team at Dr. Max Orthodontics understands the concerns some people have about looking less attractive with braces. However, the truth about this is that most people looking at someone with braces do not view that person as being any less attractive due to the orthodontic appliances they're wearing.

A recent study that was carried out on this topic was designed to investigate how people who wear fixed orthodontic appliances see themselves and how they are seen by others. Smile photographs were taken for each subject which consisted of 60 adults (21 men, 39 women ages 18 to 47). One photo was taken with each subject wearing metal braces, a second taken with each subject wearing ceramic braces and the third photo featured each subject without any braces on their teeth. The subjects rated each of their three photos on a scale from 0 to 10 from not beautiful at all to very beautiful. Concurrently, the same 180 photos were rated by 15 adults who were not in orthodontic treatment.

The results of this study showed that the subjects wearing braces viewed themselves as more attractive when not wearing a fixed orthodontic appliance, followed by wearing an esthetic fixed orthodontic appliance (clear ceramic braces) and then by wearing a metal fixed orthodontic appliance (stainless steel braces). However, for the raters, there was no statistically significant difference between any of the three photos. What does this mean? That wearing braces has no bearing on how people will judge your appearance.

If you've been putting off seeing an orthodontist because you're worried about how others will judge you when wearing braces, put those worries to rest. Today, it is very common to see people of all ages wearing a variety of orthodontic treatment types ranging from traditional metal braces, to clear ceramic braces and Invisalign, the “invisible” way to improve a smile.

For many long years, Dr. Maxwell and his Monroe, WA orthodontics team has been helping people from all age groups achieve and maintain more beautiful and confident smiles. With many advances made in orthodontic technology recently, today most braces are designed with esthetics in mind.

Don't allow an old misconception to stop you from getting that new, straight smile you've always wanted. You can rest assured that people won't find you any less attractive just because you happen to be undergoing orthodontic treatment. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment time. We look forward to meeting you soon!