Did you know that there are apps designed specifically for people who wear braces?? It’s true! We have combed the internet and have brought you a list of apps for all of our fabulous braces-wearers!
This fun app puts braces on a picture of your smiling face. You may want to know how you would look in braces before take the plunge at the orthodontist’s office. Or, maybe you already have braces, and your brother or sister (or friends, or parents!) want to know how they would look in braces like yours.
This helpful app provides critical orthodontic information for people who wear braces. Menu options include Elastics, Brush Timer, Color Braces, My Doctor, Home Care, Food Center, Emergency, and more. From answering your basic questions about braces care to helping you pick the color of your braces and helping you remember what to do when a problem with your braces arises, this certainly seems to be a handy app to keep on your device!
This app isn’t necessarily specifically for people with braces, but it is a fun way to help everyone take the time they really need to brush their teeth. The app plays songs from your library or from a streaming service, and sets a timer for two minutes, so you can have fun while you brush for exactly as long as you need to. The app also allows you to set reminders for when it’s time to exchange your old toothbrush for a new one, or when it’s time to brush or floss, and even when you need to make your next dental appointment.
Speaking of setting alarms, this helpful app reminds you to wear your rubber bands. Wearing your rubber bands when you’re supposed to decreases the amount of time you’ll need to wear braces. In addition to giving you reminders, the app can “challenge” you, by asking you throughout the day if you’re currently wearing your rubber bands. Based on your (honest!) answers, the app will grade you on your progress that you can proudly show your parents and orthodontist. The app also has a fun “braces-off-O-meter” that rangers from “You’ll never get them off” to “You are going as fast as possible.” This app certainly seems like a fun and helpful way to encourage braces-wearers to stay on track!
My Day: Countdown Timer
This app can be used for any number of special days, but we know if you have braces, the day your braces come off can feel like the most important day of your life! This app is easy to use and has beautiful graphics for whatever occasion you are counting down to (get the app for your braces, keep it for other important dates in your life!). Not only can you count DOWN to the day your braces come off; you can also count UP to appreciate the number of days you have powered through so far.
We all love to smile. Smiling lifts our spirits, brightens our days. Smiling at other people can cheer them up, too.
Let’s Talk About Endorphins
Science shows us that when we smile (or laugh!), our body releases endorphins. Endorphins are a hormone that our central nervous system and pituitary gland produce. Not only do these hormones inhibit the transmission of pain signals; they also produce in us a euphoric feeling.
In short, they help us feel great!
Do we smile because we’re happy, or does smiling make us happy?
We smile when we are happy, but we also become happier when we smile. Charles Darwin first suggested this theory, which is known as “facial feedback hypothesis,” or “feedback loop.” When we smile, our brain decides we must be happy!
A Natural Stress Reliever
Smiling is also known to relieve stress. When we become stressed, we can calm ourselves down by breathing deeply and smiling, to try to change our mood. In fact, a scientific study was conducted that revealed this very fact! The abstract of the study (whose link you can find below) states that the findings of the study show “that there are both physiological and psychological benefits of maintaining positive facial expressions during stress.” We don’t always feel like smiling when we are stressed, but let’s trust science and give it a try!
Watch out, it’s contagious!
Smiles are contagious! Actually, science shows this statement to be true, too! (Follow the link below to read more about the study.) When someone sees another person smile, they are likely to smile, as well. And, because smiling can decrease stress and release endorphins in our brains, our smiles spread calm, positive euphoria to everyone around us!
People can trust a smile!
Another scientific study showed that people who are viewed as being more attractive—including people who smile—are also perceived as being more trustworthy. (Again: the link to the study is below!) We know smiling doesn’t actually make you more trustworthy. We’ll leave it to you to back up your newfound perceived trustworthiness with actual substance!
Let us help your smile!
So now that we know that smiling has SO MANY benefits to us physiologically, psychologically, socially, and communally, we’d love to help you attain a smile that you are truly proud of! If you are self-conscious about your smile, or hide your teeth when you smile, give your orthodontist a call. Truly, it’s for the betterment of society as a whole that everyone has a smile they are excited to show off!
Stress relief study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23012270
Smiles are contagious study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12738341
Smiling and trustworthiness study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22913033