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Get the Picture? Selfies and Orthodontics

 The age of the "selfie" has led many people to fix their smiles in hopes of presenting a picture-perfect image to share with the social media world. Dr. Buck sees many patients who are unhappy with the state of their smile and are looking to make a change. But what many patients aren’t aware of is that improving your smile isn’t just aesthetically beneficial, but it also provides several health benefits.

Social media has revolutionized the way we do many things, like shopping and staying connected with friends and family, but it’s also changed how critical we are of ourselves. Gone are the days of tearing up an unflattering picture, and what remains is an ever-present snapshot that lives on across social media platforms. With our social media accounts being so heavily scrutinized by prospective partners and employers, the pressure is on to put our best face forward.



While applications like Photoshop are great for sprucing up a photo, the reality is that a flawless and healthy smile can’t be faked. To ensure those selfies are worthy of likes and share, many patients go in for a consultation to straighten their teeth, and they’re often surprised by what they hear; yes, their teeth aren’t straight, but they also suffer from a misaligned bite.

The source of an uneven smile is often a misaligned bite, but what many people don’t know is that a misaligned bite can cause a whole host of serious problems. If not treated properly, those problems can be exacerbated by traditional orthodontics treatments, like braces. Many orthodontists believe that braces are the cure-all for a crooked smile, but simply throwing braces on won’t solve the problem and may, in fact, lead to more serious health issues including chronic headaches, sleep apnea and TMJ later in life.

Dr. Buck’s approach to treating a misaligned jaw is different than a traditional orthodontist. Because he understands that the bite can impact other parts of the body, he’s adamant about carefully evaluating the patient and creating a treatment model that is unique to their situation. By properly correcting the bite, it can alleviate jaw pain and chronic headaches, leading to a better quality of life for most patients.

If you’re ready to take your selfie game to the next level by improving your smile, contact our office at 206-316-8286 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Buck to have your smile treated the right way.

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