How Do I Benefit?

creating the most natural smiles:
with and without visible braces

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness
– William Arthur Ward

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.

Straight teeth can lead to healthier gums and teeth as they are easier to brush and floss.  Better chewing and speech, along with a decreased risk of both dental trauma and abnormal wear are other benefits of orthodontics.

A report published in the European Journal of Orthodontics indicated that bad bites or malocclusions that bring people to the orthodontist also place them at risk for developing TMD temporomandibular disease (jaw dysfunction and pain).  Those with deep overbites (overlapping front teeth); especially with upper front teeth that are tipped towards the back of the mouth are most prone to TMD and also subject to the likelihood of severe wearing down of their front teeth (loss of enamel) over time.

Early correction of crossbites (upper teeth, in the front or the back of the mouth, are caught inside the lower teeth; often indicating incorrect jaw development) is an exceptionally successful treatment and has also been demonstrated to improve jaw development and improve their function (American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics).

“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

“I would not have been Miss America if I had not had orthodontics, including the removal of teeth, to fix my smile.”
Katie Harman, Miss America 2002
treated by Dr. Brown, Clackamas, Oregon

A Great Smile Always Gives a Fabulous First Impression!

What are some benefits of orthodontics?

  • An enhanced and more attractive smile
  • Reduction in self-consciousness during critical development years
  • Teeth function better
  • Increase in self-esteem
  • Orthodontically corrected teeth are less prone to chipping and wear
  • Better ability to clean the teeth and gums
  • Teeth and gums are in better health
  • Better chewing and food digestion
  • Permanent teeth are guided into better positions
  • Helps optimize dental treatment such as crowns and bridges
  • Reduced risk of TMD or TMJ: less strain on jaw muscles/joints
  • Early correction of crossbites improves jaw development and function
  • Closing spaces between teeth to reduce need for some bridges/implants



“Where would Hannah McCuaig be now if she had not had orthodontics as a child? She would certainly not have won the Miss UK Globe contest. As a schoolgirl she was called vampire teeth by bullies who also tried to burn her with cigarette butts and kicked and punched her.”

Dental Tribune UK
treated by Dr. Jonathan Sandler, UK

What Your Smile Says About YOU!

Think the way your teeth look doesn’t really matter? Survey says: think again.

Without saying a word, your mouth is sending messages to everyone you meet. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), people often make snap judgments about individuals based solely on the condition of their teeth.

“This phenomenon was documented more than 25 years ago,” says Dr. Don Joondeph, president of the American Association of Orthodontists, referring to an eye-opening study in which photos of young smiling individuals were altered to show varying orthodontic problems and then reviewed by focus groups.  When the focus groups looked at the altered photos they used unflattering terms such as ‘unattractive’ and ‘aggressive’ to describe the individuals,” says Dr. Joondeph. “However, when groups saw photos of the same individuals with a healthy, beautiful smile, they were more likely to view the individuals as ‘intelligent,’ ‘attractive’ and ‘a friend I’d like to have.'”

Dr. Joondeph believes that the original study, which was published in 1981, is even more applicable in today’s image-obsessed world. “More than ever, young people and adults want to be perceived as healthy, attractive and appealing to their peers and others.”  To obtain optimal oral health and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, the AAO recommends a team approach. “In addition to seeing a dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning, patients also should see an orthodontist to ensure that any underlying orthodontic problem is not overlooked,” says Dr. Joondeph. “An orthodontic consultation is especially important for children or for anyone who is considering a cosmetic dental procedure.”

For children, an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven can identify potential problems and ensure that any future treatment is timed appropriately. For adults, an orthodontic consult may reveal that cosmetic dentistry is unnecessary. “Patients may be pleasantly surprised to learn that their unattractive teeth are generally healthy, just misaligned,” says Dr. Joondeph. In regards to the study, Dr. Joondeph believes that the first thing that people notice about his young and adult patients is obvious: “The confidence and sense of self-esteem that comes with their healthy, beautiful smiles is unmistakable to anyone they meet.”

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Our smiles are a big part of our identity and how our peers perceive us.  Improving your smile is one of the most valuable investments you can make to enhance your overall appearance and self-image.  Come visit Kalamazoo Orthodontics for a no-fee, complimentary evaluation to begin a journey to a beautiful new smile – call us at 269-344-2466 for an appointment at any of our three convenient practices in Portage, Kalamazoo, and Paw Paw.

Click here to view Testimonials from KO patients describing how orthodontics has benefited them.


A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever

-John Keats, Endymion, 1818

Kalamazoo Orthodontics:  Improving Southwest Michigan One Smile at a Time

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