The Psychological Benefits of Seeking Orthodontic Treatment

By Cory Liss

How about the psychological benefits of wearing braces?

In orthodontics, as in life, it’s easy to list the negatives of any situation. Wearing braces is no exception to this human dilemma.

But what’s more important is to mention the numerous psychological benefits of investing in orthodontic treatment. Studies reveal that low self esteem, due to an individual’s dissatisfaction in their smile, is greatly improved when the smile issues have been addressed. Whether we want to admit it or not, our society can make some pretty harsh judgments against people whose looks don’t measure up.

Imagine what it’s like for a teenager to participate with their peer group when they don’t feel confident about themselves. Hearing from Mom and Dad that they’re great sometimes just isn’t enough, it’s how their school or soccer friends interact with them, which has a greater impact. And with over 80% of teenagers needing some form of orthodontic appliance can actually present a bonding opportunity. After all we all want to fit in.

So how do you support your teenager/child through the process of wearing braces? A great start is to seek a consultation with a Certified Orthodontist who can offer the latest in orthodontic brackets. Having access to the latest technology means being able to offer the most up to date esthetics, and that can make the difference between making orthodontic treatment rewarding, or painful.

But what about the other segment of population who seeks orthodontic care? There are more adults seeking orthodontic treatment today than ever before. Granted some of the reasons they are turning to orthodontics is to address issues like TMD, Migraines, Neck and Shoulder pain, but there are those who have decided to perfect their smile so that they feel more confident in life. The feedback from adult patients who have completed orthodontic treatment is that they just can’t stop smiling. They feel younger, more desirable, more confident and more sociable. Though esthetics may not have driven all adult patients to seek orthodontic treatment, the esthetic results are just as powerful and transforming in all cases. The sense of having a great smile, healthy dentition and being pain free gives adults the ability to focus on their lives in a positive way. It’s as though the little cloud following them has been lifted.

How we feel about ourselves is projected in to our lives. Orthodontic treatment allows people to feel great about themselves and to therefore accomplish things in life that they would otherwise not attempt.

Orthodontists like Calgary Orthodontist, Cory Liss, is dedicated to helping patients discover their self confidence by creating beautiful smiles. To discover more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment visit

Cory Liss Orthodontics is a Certified SureSmile provider based in Calgary. Along with SureSmile Dr. Liss offers other orthodontic systems that address decreasing treatment time and discomfort. For more information visit or call 403-287-0746.