If you’re guessing that orthodontic treatment is only for youth—guess again!
In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Orthodontists hear a myriad of concerns from their prospective adult patients who try to avoid treatment, but many of those concerns are unfounded, or have been alleviated with advancements in orthodontic technology. One of the many concerns adults have about orthodontic treatment is whether or not it will be effective at their age. It’s important to note that age does not prohibit the success of moving teeth into a healthy bite. Treatment not only makes an adult’s teeth fit better together, it also decreases the risk of future dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Adults also try to avoid treatment for aesthetic reasons, as many simply do not want their orthodontic appliance to be visible to others. However, with the abundance of orthodontic treatment options available such as clear brackets, it’s possible for adults to achieve the smile they desire with hardly anyone noticing.
Lastly, many adults are reminded of their painful and lengthy adolescent orthodontic experiences. The length of time required to wear orthodontic appliances to achieve optimal results can be deterrence; however, thanks to new advancements in orthodontics like AcceleDent®, orthodontic treatment can be reduced significantly—even up to 50 percent!
It’s never too late to begin your orthodontic treatment. Everyone, no matter what age, deserves a smile they love!