A confident smile and improved oral health are often the first benefits that come to mind when we think about braces. However, orthodontic treatment offers various surprising ways to enhance your quality of life. At Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we are passionate about creating beautiful smiles and transforming lives. Discover five unexpected ways braces can positively impact your overall well-being. 

Improved Oral Health

Oral health is paramount when beginning your journey to straighter teeth. When your teeth are correctly aligned, it’s easier to keep them clean and well-maintained. Misaligned teeth can create crevices that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss, making removing plaque and food particles more challenging. Over time, this can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental issues. With braces, you can enjoy: 

  • Easier Cleaning: Brushing and flossing become easier and more effective with a straight smile. 
  • Reduced Risk: Lower your risk of gum disease, cavities, and other dental issues. 
  • Improved Oral Health: A healthier mouth contributes to many patients’ positive quality of life. 

Boosted Self-Confidence

A confident smile can work wonders for your self-esteem. Braces can align your teeth and boost your self-confidence, encouraging you to smile more often. When you smile more frequently, you’re more likely to: 

  • Engage Socially: Participate in conversations, meet new people, and build meaningful relationships. 
  • Take on Challenges: Face new opportunities and challenges with confidence.
  • Smile More: Show off your beautiful smile, which can brighten your day and the day of those around you. 

Improved Speech

Misaligned teeth can affect your speech clarity, making communicating difficult. Braces can improve your speech in ways you might not have thought: 

  • Articulation: Pronounce words more clearly. 
  • Confidence in Public Speaking: Conquer your fear of public speaking with clear speech. 
  • Effective Communication: Express yourself more confidently in professional and social situations. 

Positive Diet and Nutrition

With straighter teeth, you can enjoy the following benefits: 

  • Easier Eating: Chewing and eating becomes less problematic. 
  • Willingness to Try New Foods: Explore a broader range of foods with ease. 
  • Better Nutrition: Improved eating habits lead to better overall nutrition. 

Pain and Discomfort Relief

Orthodontic treatment is often linked to aesthetics rather than relief from discomfort and pain associated with misaligned teeth. Many patients experience: 

  • Jaw Pain Alleviation: Relief from TMJ disorders and jaw pain. 
  • Reduction in Headaches: Fewer headaches due to less strain on the jaw and facial muscles. 
  • Increased Comfort: Greater overall comfort and well-being. 


Braces have the ability to transform your life in several ways. Beyond achieving a beautiful, straight smile, orthodontic treatment can improve oral health and boost self-confidence. Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics is here to support you on your path to a straighter, more confident smile. Schedule a consultation with Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, and let us help you achieve a healthier smile today.