March 18, 2012 • News • Comments Off
But have you ever worried whether his peers would think he wasn’t as smart or athletic if he didn’t have straight teeth?
A recent study by Virginia Commonweath University shows that dental aesthetics may also adversely shape perceptions of your child among his friends.
A study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in Sept. 2011 looked at how dental aesthetics play a role when teens judge their peers leadership, academic, social and athletic abilities, according to information posted on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website.
“The results were quite interesting,” says Dr. Trudy Bonvino, a Lakeville, Savage and Prior Lake orthodontist. “We hear all sorts of reasons about why children want orthodontic treatment or why parents what treatment for their children, but aesthetics are the most popular reason.”