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Did fixing Cristiano Ronaldo's teeth help his career?

Dr. Sum gives his verdict

Cristiano Ronaldo smiling after dental work

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of football's brightest stars, has not only dazzled fans with his on-field prowess but has also undergone a remarkable transformation off the field, particularly with respect to his dental health. Known for his agility, precision, and impressive goal-scoring ability, Ronaldo has amassed numerous accolades throughout his career, including five Ballon d'Or awards and leading Portugal to a UEFA Euro 2016 victory. However, alongside his success on the pitch, Ronaldo's smile has seen its own evolution, significantly enhancing his image and possibly impacting his performance.

The Evolution of Ronaldo's Smile

When Cristiano Ronaldo first entered the international football scene with Sporting Lisbon and later moved to Manchester United, his talent was undeniable, but his smile told a different story. His early photographs reveal misaligned and discolored teeth—a sharp contrast to the vibrant and aligned smile he flaunts today. Ronaldo's dental transformation began with orthodontic treatment, likely involving braces to correct the alignment of his teeth. This step was crucial for setting the foundation for further cosmetic improvements.

Following the alignment, Ronaldo is reported to have invested in dental veneers. Veneers are custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, improving their color, shape, size, or length. This treatment significantly transformed Ronaldo's smile, giving him the bright and symmetrical teeth seen in countless billboards and advertisements across the globe. In addition to veneers, professional teeth whitening treatments were also part of his dental makeover, enhancing the overall brightness of his smile and contributing to a more polished public appearance.

Impact on Performance and Image

Cristiano Ronaldo before and after smiles

Analyzing Ronaldo's career statistics before and after his dental treatments reveals an interesting pattern. While it's challenging to attribute his athletic improvements solely to his dental care, the confidence gleaned from a better smile could have psychological benefits. In his last season with Sporting Lisbon (2002-2003), Ronaldo scored 5 goals in 31 appearances. In contrast, after his treatments, during the 2007-2008 season with Manchester United, he remarkably scored 42 goals in 49 appearances. This period marked the beginning of his transformation into the global icon we know today, suggesting a correlation between his self-image enhancement and performance on the field.

Health Benefits Beyond Aesthetics

Beyond aesthetics, orthodontic treatments like the ones Ronaldo underwent can have significant health benefits. Properly aligned teeth contribute to better oral hygiene, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Moreover, correcting misaligned teeth can positively affect overall posture and the musculoskeletal system. Misalignments can lead to improper jaw alignment, which in turn can cause chronic pain and issues with posture. By aligning the teeth and jaw correctly, orthodontic care can help alleviate these issues, potentially contributing to better athletic performance through improved body alignment and decreased discomfort during physical activity.

how orthodontics helps posture

In conclusion, Cristiano Ronaldo’s journey through dental transformation highlights not just a cosmetic change but underscores the potential holistic benefits of such treatments. His enhanced smile, likely contributing to his confidence and health, parallels his outstanding career trajectory, reminding us that taking care of one's dental health is an investment in one’s overall wellbeing and success.

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This article was written by Dr. Oscar Sum

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