A smile to be proud of. What’s that worth to a child?
Let’s examine the story of a fictional young boy, though the scenario is equally true for girls.
Imagine what life is like for someone who is self-conscious about his smile. He consciously tries not to smile. He doesn’t speak up in school because his peers might notice.
Other people make assumptions
He starts thinking of himself as different or undesirable. Because of this, other children make assumptions. “He isn’t happy.” “He doesn’t know the answers.” “He doesn’t want to hang out with us.”
He is treated differently. Self-consciousness about his crooked teeth shape his personality and limit his progression.
Missed opportunities accumulate
The years go by. His low self-esteem intensifies. He doesn’t put himself in situations where he would be noticed. Foregone opportunities accumulate. He misses out on the personal development those opportunities could offer.
Of course, the young man could correct his smile anytime in his adult years. Regardless of his age, straightening his teeth would change his life.
But how would his childhood have been different if he had been able to straighten his teeth in elementary or middle school?
Self-esteem is essential for healthy psychological development
Investing in orthodontics as soon as possible changes the trajectory of a child’s life. It requires an investment of time and expense. But it’s the most valuable investment a parent can make.
A smile to be proud of is worth everything
If your son or daughter has any sort of tooth alignment impairment, make an appointment for a consultation.
We will examine your child’s teeth and recommend various orthodontic treatment plans. We’ll also discuss financing options.
We look forward to meeting you and your son or daughter.
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