Straight Teeth Have a Bigger Impact on Your Life Than You Realize

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Hello there! I’m Dr. Casey W. Johnson, an orthodontist serving Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Rifle, and Aspen, Colorado. Over nearly two decades, I’ve seen firsthand how a great smile can transform lives. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about the ripple effects that confidence can have in our daily lives. So, let’s dive into why straight teeth are much more significant than you might think.

Confidence and First Impressions

We’ve all heard that first impressions are crucial. But did you know that straight teeth make you 57% more likely to land a date? Imagine walking into a room with the confidence that comes from knowing your smile is on point. It’s like having an invisible cape of charisma. This newfound confidence doesn’t just stop at dating. It extends to job interviews, social gatherings and even casual interactions at the grocery store. Simply by straightening your teeth, you can feel better about yourself which can affect many different areas of your life.

Health Perceptions

Straight teeth can also make you 47% more likely to be perceived as healthy.  People often judge others’ health based on their smiles. When your teeth are aligned, it signals that you take care of yourself. It’s a small thing that can lead to big assumptions about your overall well-being. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be seen as the picture of health? Furthermore, studies show that your smile is the first thing that people notice about you.

Oral Health Benefits

Beyond the social and psychological perks, straight teeth are easier to clean. Crooked teeth can create nooks and crannies where plaque and bacteria love to hide. By aligning your teeth, you’re making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. This means fewer cavities, less gum disease and better breath. It’s like giving your mouth a head start in the race towards lifelong health.

Functional Advantages

Straight teeth aren’t just about looks. They improve the functionality of your bite. Misaligned teeth can lead to problems like jaw pain, difficulty chewing, snoring and even speech impediments. By straightening your teeth, you’re ensuring that everything works as it should. Think of it as fine-tuning a machine for optimal performance.

My Personal Journey

Let me share a bit about my own journey. After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, I completed my advanced training at Albert Einstein Medical Center. My time as a dentist in the U.S. Navy further solidified my passion for orthodontics. Over the years, I’ve helped countless patients discover the life-changing benefits of a straight smile.

But my dedication to creating beautiful smiles doesn’t stop at the clinic. I’m an adventurer at heart, always looking for the next thrill, whether it’s skiing, mountain biking or wake surfing. My wife, our three kids and our Shih Tzu, Gunner, are my biggest supporters. Together, we live a life full of laughter and love, always reminded that a confident smile can light up any moment.

Real-Life Stories

I remember a young patient named Emily who was incredibly shy. She barely spoke during her first visit. After her treatment, her transformation was astounding. She became more outgoing, joined the school play and even started a YouTube channel. Her new smile gave her the confidence to pursue her passions. Stories like Emily’s are why I love what I do.

Invisalign®: A Modern Solution

Invisalign has revolutionized the way we achieve straight teeth. This clear aligner system is a popular choice among my patients in Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Rifle and Aspen. It offers a discreet way to correct misalignments without the need for traditional braces. Invisalign fits seamlessly into your lifestyle, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and activities without interruption.

More Reasons to Smile

Did you know that teeth that protrude, especially at the front, are more prone to injury? Proper alignment can reduce the risk of damage and wear. Misaligned teeth can lead to jawbone issues and even contribute to sleep problems like sleep apnea (  Straight teeth help you avoid these problems and promote overall well-being.


In conclusion, straight teeth are more than just a cosmetic preference. They boost confidence, improve perceptions of health, enhance oral hygiene and ensure better functionality. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, take this as your sign. Remember, a confident smile can open doors you never even knew existed.

So, next time you flash your pearly whites in the mirror, know that you’re not just looking at straight teeth. You’re looking at a gateway to a more confident, healthier and happier you. And that’s something to smile about!

For more information about my journey and how I can help you achieve your best smile, check out our website.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Here’s to your journey towards a brighter, more confident smile!

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Glenwood Springs

2624 Grand Ave, Suite 200
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 81601


Monday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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990 Airport Road
Rifle, Colorado, 81650


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Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


1185 Capitol St., Unit 101
Eagle, Colorado, 81631


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Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
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*Tuesday and Wednesday, every other week. Hours do change, so please call for more details.


204 W. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, Colorado, 81611


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Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.*
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Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

*Last Wednesday of every month. Call for more details.