Orthodontic ads that claim straight teeth will boost your confidence have bitten off more than they can chew, with new research showing braces won’t necessarily make you happier.
In fact, brushing twice a day is more likely to put a smile on your dial.
Research from the University of Adelaide has found people who didn’t go the “train tracks” route were more optimistic than those who chose braces.
The Adelaide Dental School study followed 448 teenagers as they grew long in the tooth and tracked their self-confidence and happiness later in life.
“A lot of people are convinced that if they have braces, they will feel more positive about themselves,” Dr Esma Dogramacci said.
“But brushing at least twice a day and seeing a dentist regularly were amongst the factors related to better psychosocial scores.”
The study also found that those who had braces in their youth had varying levels of crooked teeth in adulthood, just like those who had skipped the metal mouth option.
(The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.)
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