Are you afraid to smile because of crooked teeth, missing teeth or yellowed and discolored teeth?Young male, leaning against a wall with his hands in his pockets

The shocking truth is that over 1/3 of American adults are unhappy with their smile. This study, which was commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists, also discovered that 36% of American adults believe they would have a better social life if they had better teeth.

This feeling is especially strong among young adults  18 to 24 years of age. A staggering 48% of this age group has untagged a picture on Facebook because they did not like their smile.

There is  good news. You can change your smile quickly and affordably today with all that modern dentistry has to offer.

Did you know the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US is teeth whitening? You can whiten and brighten your smile while relaxing in the dental chair, or through the use of trays you use at home. Both will whiten your teeth and immediately give you a more youthful and attractive smile.

For missing teeth, there are dental implants that replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. These are permanent restorations so no one will ever know you had a missing tooth or teeth.  A dental implant can last a lifetime so they are a great investment for improving your smile for a long time.

Finally, you can correct your crooked and misaligned teeth or overbite with a visit to an orthodontist. With options like clear braces and the popular Invisalign removable braces, adults can now achieve the smile they have always desired.

Orthodontic correction of your smile is one of the BEST investments you can make for not only your smile, but your confidence, health and even your paycheck!

Recent studies done by Kelton Consultants found that when looking at images of other people, American adults perceive those with straight teeth to be more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job, especially when the competition for the job is intense.

Furthermore, this same study found that people with straight teeth were 58 percent more likely to have wealth and be successful. This study proves that having a stunning smile will increase your chances for getting that job, being more successful and increasing your income.

Besides the advantages to your career, a stunning smile along with healthy bite and gums is good for your overall health – especially your heart. Straight teeth are easier to floss and brush keeping the bad bacteria that causes decay and gum disease away.

For more information about the benefits of modern orthodontics order Dr. Galante’s book, Healthy and Beautiful At Any Age: Your Smile and Modern Orthodontics, for even greater details on the various treatment options for you and your family.